Friday, 20 January 2012

Review: Magic In The Blood by Devon Monk

Magic In The Blood
Allie Beckstrom #2
Devon Monk
Berkley UK
Publication date (UK): 5th Jan 2012
My rating: 4 out of 5

Working as a Hound—tracing illegal spells back to their casters—has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn’t about to quit. Then the police’s magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic

"Okay, so far today I'd been haunted, stabbed, strong armed by an ex-con, interrogated by the police, hired by a cursed criminal magic enforcement guy, and threatened and/or invited by a Hound to join a secret union/army/tea party/club thing.

And I'd missed my bus. I hated missing my bus. That, most of all, officially put me in a pissy mood."

I read the first instalment in this series Magic To The Bone a while back and really enjoyed it, I promised myself I would continue with the series but as usual my enormous TBR got in the way. So, with the UK publication of Magic In The Blood on the 5th of January and a nice new updated UK cover I figured it was a good time to dive back into Allie Beckstrom's world. I'm so glad I did. My revised new years resolution is to read more juicy urban fantasy.

Allie is right in at the deep end from the very start of Magic In The Blood, she's paying the price for her magic talent which means gaping holes in her memories and leaves her unsure of who she can trust and her her feelings for the mysterious (but completely hot, magical and zen like) Zayvion. Not only that, she's being threatened by evil drug lord Trager, she's helping the police's magic enforcement division (MERC) to Hound a series of abductions, and finds herself being stalked by scaring beings drawn to the magic in her body. To top it all off her magic has changed and she's now seeing the ghost of her dead father. So quite busy then. Thankfully Allie is still as tough and gritty although she continues to get her arse kicked (which I love as it makes her much more realistic, less super heroish).

I can't believe I've not kept up with this series, and after the cliffhanger ending and hint of more Zayvion to come I want to delve into the next instalment right away. I really hope it includes more of the pack and more Zayvion.

Favourite Allie quote: "Weirdos. My life was full of 'em"

Thanks to Berkley UK for the opportunity to read and review Magic In The Blood.


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, It's one of my favorite series. The 7th book is just awesome, I hope you'll like them as much as I do.

  2. I've read the first book as well and never got round to reading any more. But I might have to catch up as well - Magic in the Blood arrived on my door step a few weeks as well - will have to catch you up! :)


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