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They say there is no rest for the weary and this holds true as Allie and Zayvion can t ever seem to catch a break With only three days of rest since the last book s fiasco, and Zay s almost death, they get attacked This is only the start of a whirlwind of catastrophes that threaten everything they have worked so hard to protect A very dangerous undead man has found a body to possess down in the depths of the Authority s maximum security prison Between tracking down the man that attacked them They say there is no rest for the weary and this holds true as Allie and Zayvion can t ever seem to catch a break With only three days of rest since the last book s fiasco, and Zay s almost death, they get attacked This is only the start of a whirlwind of catastrophes that threaten everything they have worked so hard to protect A very dangerous undead man has found a body to possess down in the depths of the Authority s maximum security prison Between tracking down the man that attacked them, and cleaning up the mess the possessed is making, Allie and Zayvion can barely hold things together Luckily they have a little help from Terric and Shame, but even they might not be enough to stop what is coming.From the start, Allie and Zayvion have been warned to keep some semblance of a distance from each other, as being soul complements can be extremely dangerous In this book they get a further glance as to why that is I think that as time goes on it will become evendifficult for them to keep their souls separate I could be slightly delusional, but A, I don t think they will ever lose the ability to separate themselves if they join again, and B, I just don t think they will take the crazy train like the rest of the soul complements they have known They just really seem to have a connection that will beat the odds, and somehow get the happily ever after that has been denied to so many others One can only hope.Things that have been hidden are really starting to unravel, and the ones responsible for the insane mess the Authority has been dealing with recently have finally been revealed To be honest I had some suspicions early on as to who was truly behind things, but even so some of the revelations still caught me off guard So many people were really not who everyone thought they were The good guys are actually bad and some of the bad ones are actually trying to do good Everything has been shaken up, and the repercussions will have to be dealt with Things have been escalating for several books, even now that Allie and friends know who is actually to blame, they are still a long way from being able to stop everything once and for all I really loved this book, and how everything seems to be coming together, or at least a littleclear I ve had the sense that the past few books have been leading to something big, and while I am not quite sure we have seen that big thing yet, I think this book really paved the way The only thing that worries me about this is that could also mean that the series is starting to wind down I certainly hope that isn t the case as I love these characters too much to say goodbye to them yet Congratulations to Ms Monk for yet another great installment in the fantastic Allie Beckstrom series More onto the next book. My problem with these books remain all these years later, things happen to Allie She doesn t do enough She s a narrator while everyone else does the heavy work and then every now and then she does some magic I mean her father does some magic using her body She s just not a good heroine. 4.5 Stars I just love getting lost in these books The characters are incredibly vibrant and rich in their personalities, abilities, and storylines that you instantly feel a connection with them and fully experience their emotional journeys Devon Monk has created such a unique and captivating world of magic that enthralls her readers spectacularly This is one series that I am so happy to have discovered this year and eagerly anticipate each read I feel like I absolutely flew through this book The reason basically non stop action While the last installment kind of dragged, this sixth book in the Allie Beckstrom series barely gives you a moment to breathe between the trials and tribulations of the main characters The book actually starts with a well deserved basking in the Allie and Zayvion reunion, but it only lasts for a very short while In virtually no time, they re brought to their knees and the hits just keep on coming.A lot bui I feel like I absolutely flew through this book The reason basically non stop action While the last installment kind of dragged, this sixth book in the Allie Beckstrom series barely gives you a moment to breathe between the trials and tribulations of the main characters The book actually starts with a well deserved basking in the Allie and Zayvion reunion, but it only lasts for a very short while In virtually no time, they re brought to their knees and the hits just keep on coming.A lot builds on what we have learned about the original Soul Compliments, Isabelle and Leander, as well as the volatile history of Sedra and Mikhail If you don t know what I am talking about, this story is NOT the place to jump into the series These books really build on one another and you can t enjoy it much if you are totally lost We got much of that foundation during Magic at the Gate and Devon Monk was really setting the stage for us here We learn quickly the identity of the shadow man is who has been skulking around and his mission is nothing I would I have figured out on my own.So Allie, Zay, Shame and Terric are trying to hunt him down, but it s only the tip of the iceberg They re also after Dane Sedra s old bodyguard who has now tried to kill Allie twice and successfully killed her dad Oh And speaking of her dad, this plot is progressing a bit I think Allie and Daniel are becoming a bitsympathetic to one another But frankly, I wantI want to know the details about how he was split in the last book I want to know HOW he became such a bastard though I have my theories I want him to realize and regret what a horrible parent what a horrible human he is and manifest some way other than in Allie s head.The Soul Compliment thing is a very big theme here And there are a lot of dark rumblings about what that connection could mean for Allie and Zayvion Let me be clear These two must stay together Even though Zay kind of irked me in a couple of scenes in this book by overriding Allie, I still love him This couple hits my happy buttons and I believe in their love.One other thing of note, Monk is really good with her twists and turns I am never really sure who the good guys and bad guys are It s a little frustrating, but largely impressive in how she manages to keep surprising me.A good installment for existing fans of the series.Rating B If you all recall, in my review for the previous book, Magic at the Gate, I mentioned that I felt as though I was reading a book 2 in a UF series because I felt as though we were being set up for a change in direction to the story Well, I was right and I really like where Devon Monk s Allie Beckstrom series seems to be headed Page one, you are witnessing bliss You feel peace with and for Allie and Zayvion for the first time in probably two books, maybeThen suddenly Pow You are hit in If you all recall, in my review for the previous book, Magic at the Gate, I mentioned that I felt as though I was reading a book 2 in a UF series because I felt as though we were being set up for a change in direction to the story Well, I was right and I really like where Devon Monk s Allie Beckstrom series seems to be headed Page one, you are witnessing bliss You feel peace with and for Allie and Zayvion for the first time in probably two books, maybeThen suddenly Pow You are hit in the face with a whoa and a wtf that is just the beginning of the ride you will be on until pretty much the end of the book This is not unusual really for these books, but the last book also had lots of information in it This time, it s mostly action and where is this all going mixed with snark remarks and incredible magic.There is one part of these stories that was starting to get a little tiring for me and that s the parts surrounding Allie and her dad Early on in Magic on the Hunt, this was addressed and I m really pleased with what s happened That is all I am going to say Okay, just onething Yay for Allie And for those of you who are fans of Shame and hell, who isn t you will not be disappointed in this one There is lots of Shame In fact, I would say that there is an abundance of Shame And Terric s there too, of course I would love to eventually knowabout them and their freaky special little bond, but for now, I m content with what I read.In this series, Allie works as a Hound She tracks the signatures of magic users who have been naughty We ve witnessed her Hound in previous volumes, but in Magic on the Hunt, we really get a good look at how she does it I found it fascinating how Devon wrote those scenes They, once again, remind me how much I love these unique aspects of this series and how talented this author is.Onething that made me remember that we are dealing with a talented writer is my feelings for dear old Dad, Daniel Beckstrom He s an ass No, scratch that He s a selfish prick But you get a teensy glimpse at his father side in this book And even though I can t stand the guy and am still a little confused as to what his angle really is in all of this, I felt a little sad for him in the end About what he s missing out on We ll see how I feel after reading the next book though lol.Overall, I was very very happy with this installment In fact, I feel it s my favorite of the bunch so far The turn that the story arc takes is good and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes us Allie is still a wonderful heroine She seemed stronger this time around Maybe she s finally growing into herself as a strong magic user We ll see I suppose when Magic on the Line comes out hopefully November 2011 |READ EBOOK ♙ Magic on the Hunt ☨ There aren t many girls who can say they ve gone into the realm of death and lived to tell the tale But to restore her lover Zayvion s soul, Allison Beckstrom had to pay a bitter price and things are about to get worse It turns out that the leader of the Authority, the council that decides what can and can t be done with magic, is being held hostage But when the trail leads Allie and Zayvion to the secret prison where the Authority locks away magical criminals who are too dangerous to be held anywhere else, they find than they bargained for An undead magic user has possessed one of the prisoners, and he wants his freedom and then some Now Allie and Zayvion are the first line of defense against the chaos he s about to unleash on the city of Portland I had a love not love but never hate relationship with this book as I was reading it I ve enjoyed the Allie Beckstrom books since the beginning of the series They re well written, smartly plotted and have fully alive characters, and this one was no different That, however, was also the cause of my unease with it The series is starting to feel a little formulaic, at this point You have the ghastly villain, the teamwork and cameraderie of the hunt for said villain, the things keep getting I had a love not love but never hate relationship with this book as I was reading it I ve enjoyed the Allie Beckstrom books since the beginning of the series They re well written, smartly plotted and have fully alive characters, and this one was no different That, however, was also the cause of my unease with it The series is starting to feel a little formulaic, at this point You have the ghastly villain, the teamwork and cameraderie of the hunt for said villain, the things keep getting worse section, and then the big final battle I ll still get the next book, but I m hoping for something a little different next time Sixth in the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series set in Portland and revolving around Allie, a self important Hound.My TakeMonk uses a first person point of view so we get full exposure to Allie s self importance And yeah, she s tough She doesn t need to Proxy her pain, although we have to suffer listening to all the pain she has to endure Trope, trope, trope, trope trope, trope Allie s heart is in the right place even if her brain doesn t engage as often as you would expect from her charact Sixth in the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series set in Portland and revolving around Allie, a self important Hound.My TakeMonk uses a first person point of view so we get full exposure to Allie s self importance And yeah, she s tough She doesn t need to Proxy her pain, although we have to suffer listening to all the pain she has to endure Trope, trope, trope, trope trope, trope Allie s heart is in the right place even if her brain doesn t engage as often as you would expect from her character She has a bad habit of leaping into anything whether she knows what she s doing or not and isn t concerned with how her actions will hinder or hurt her friends Well, she s always concerned afterwards when they are hurt and she realizes it s her fault Somehow, the girl never learns.She s a pain as well about the cavalier approach the Authority has about Closing Yeah, it s wrong that the Authority seems to Close people as casually as if they were eating potato chips, but Allie endangers her friends too often as she argues about it And she also goes on at Zayvion about his Closing people She never stops to consider underlying issues, whether it s about Closing, diplomacy, tact, the concept of making a move that puts you in apowerful position, controlling the damage, gaining background knowledge that might explain it, nothin.Monk states that Shame and Terric have a connection ever since Terric used a combination of magics to save Shame s life in Magic on the Storm , 4 Although I seem to recall that they ve been sharing a connection since the start of the series due to the high probability that they re Soul Complements Of course, I could be projecting my irritation with Monk about that detail.I know, I know If I m so irritated with Monk and Allie, why am I reading this It s that series long question about what Daniel s plans are I wanna know if he s as black as he paints himself or if there actually is a glimmer of good guy buried under all his posturing I also like the warmth and hominess of most of the characters and their interactions That and I do like the series premise I do not like Allie.Jesus, Dane says he and Allie s father have the same approach to a problem Use, discard, destroy Yep That sounds like Allie s dad all right.I do want to believe Daniel and his loftier stated goal, but he s such a scum sucking liar that he makes it impossible And then he wonders why his daughter fights him on everything.I do have to agree with Allie about the Hounds, and I m curious to know why no one ever addresses the reasons why the Authority no longer has Hounds in its roster I haven t much respect for the Authority They re so interested in their own small areas and following the rules that they can t think outside the box How is it that they ve never seen the children s ghosts that are always around Jingo Jingo Oh, NO Nola tells Allie she s selling the farm, and Allie gets all upset about it It s been a refuge for her Whatever will she do without Nola having that farm for her to retreat to So, she s got all this money she inherited from her dad Buy that damn farm Another thing that bugs me is how much the Authority sits on its hands They have resources they refuse to use Anything they learn, anything that needs to be done, Allie and crew are told to stand down Let the adults handle it Which they don t Allie and her friends get into a bad situation, one they were specifically told not to do But they gain life changing knowledge Without their actions no one would know what had happened until it was way too late So what does the Authority focus on That they went against orders Oy.Another thing After we learn that the Portland Authority is just one fish in a big pond, I start wondering why the other cities regions aren t pitching in to help Sure, I know that Monk has already told us that the cities are independent, but magic isn t going to limit itself to that one city It ll affect all the others too And what s happening in Portland is not exactly a minor upset.Oopsies, Nola finds out how much Allie has been holding back from her.The StoryIt s a short rest for Allie and Zayvion, now that theexperienced members of the Authority have locked the solid Veiled away in the secret prison.Now if only people didn t keep escaping The CharactersThe claustrophobic Allie Beckstrom is her father s heir and has the ability to work all the branches of magic If only she knew how Unlucky for her, her father took possession of her mind and occasionally wrests control of her body from her Daniel is her dead and disgusting father who doesn t care who he steps on to gain immortality and power He does seem to love Violet Beckstrom, though That s his pregnant widow with whom Kevin Cooper, her bodyguard and Authority member, is in love Stone is a gargoyle, an Animate, that Allie brought to life Now he stacks anything in her apartment and keeps an eye on her.Nola Robbins is Allie s non magic using best friend Cody Miller is half the person he used to be, part of the punishment for being a crooked Hand in Magic to the Bone , 1, and Nola is fostering him His other half, his spirit half, is with Mama Rositto in Saint Johns Nola is also dating Stotts.Zayvion Jones is her Soul Complement and the guardian of the gate with the same ability to wield magics The Authority is a secret organization that polices all magic users Too bad they don t have anyone to police the ruling Voices, the Watch, or the Ward Every region in the country, the world, has two overseers, a Watch, and a Ward Bartholomew Wray is the Northwest Watch and his boss is Sam Arch, the Ward They have the power to Close everyone in Portland.The Portland Authority is in turmoil with all the events so far Rebellion amongst its members, betrayal Possession Victor Forsythe is the Voice for Faith and a Closer, Maeve Flynn is the Voice for Blood and the Blood well of magic is located under her inn, Dr Fisher is the Authority medic, and Shamus Flynn is Maeve s son and a user of Death magic Daniel is impressed with his abilities Sedra Miller is the kidnapped Head of the Authority Melba Maide is the Beckstrom Enterprise lawyer and a member of the Authority along with Sunny and Carl and La, the twins.The Seattle Authority is sitting by, waiting to see what happens, although some of their members have come to help in Portland Hayden is probably going to be Shamus stepdad Daniel had killed Maeve s husband, Hugh Terric is Shame s Soul Complement although they haven t been tested Worse, Shame wants nothing to do with Terric Carl and Nik The three Georgia sisters came down to help, and we finally learn the name of two of them, Savannah and Atlanta It s only been five books Flo Hill is an amazing teacher.The other prisoners who escaped include Henry Aslund and Jakob Single There s a third person, but their records were wiped, but Joshua thinks it may be Roman Grimshaw, the last guardian of the gate.The Hounds are magic users who scent magic and can track it back to the person who cast the spell They re in demand by the police, morgues, corporations, andOnly they don t Proxy their magic and the pain involved finds many of them resorting to extremes to deal with it The Hounds Davy Silvers trusts include Sid, Jamar Legare, Bea, Jack Quinn, Theresa Garcia, and Dahlia, well, besides Allie Bonnie is another Hound.The Portland PD and MERC is the Magical Enforcement Response Corps which is responsible for crimes involving magic Detective Paul Stotts heads this division up Garnet, Julian, and Roberts are his team Officer Makanie Love is one of the cops who has worked with Allie in the past.Betrayers in Magic on the Storm.Dane Lanister had been Sedra s bodyguard who disappeared after Magic on the Storm Jingo Jingo was Shame s boss and is a Death magic user Seems he was also watching over the Death well since he was the cemetery s groundskeeper.The now dead Mikhail, the previous leader of the Authority, was married to Sedra.Leander followed Allie through the gate from death and has been wreaking havoc on the Authority and the world He and his Soul Complement had been a distant myth come true.Grant owns Allie s favorite coffeeshop, Get Mugged, and he s her landlord for the warehouse next door Jula and Ryan are two of his employees We met Mama Rositto in Magic to the Bone , 1 She is James Hoskil s mother her husband, Perry Hoskil, had been Daniel s business partner before Daniel forced him out of the business.The Veiled are fragments of magic users that are still hanging around and are attracted to magic, to eat it The solid Veiled shouldn t exist, and they re near impossible to kill All thanks to Daniel and Violet s magic disks.Closers are the assassins They also Close people s minds, able to select memories, remove the ability to do magic, kill, and open gates To Proxy a spell is to cause someone else to endure the pain of the magic you are using A Disbursement is a spell the user casts choosing what kind of pain to suffer for using magic.The Cover and TitleThe cover is golden browns with a classical looking observatory in the background, mountains sloping upwards on either side, a glowing circle of runes in the sky, and a jean clad Allie in a black cropped tank top just what the Allie who wears lots and lots of layers would not be wearing , a katana balanced over her left shoulder as she looks back over her shoulder at us.The title is the main activity as Allie, Zay, and Shame go for a Magic on the Hunt for n er do wells Devon Monk, you made me cry Okay, so they were tears of joy The book was awesome I fell in love with Allie and Zayvion during Magic to the Bone and Shame and Terric endeared themselves to me with Magic in the Shadow and Magic on the Storm Has it really been 6 books already It just is not long enough Thank goodness the series is still going Quick Look for my full review visit Highlights Allie is still kicking butt throughout the book next to her Devon Monk, you made me cry Okay, so they were tears of joy The book was awesome I fell in love with Allie and Zayvion during Magic to the Bone and Shame and Terric endeared themselves to me with Magic in the Shadow and Magic on the Storm Has it really been 6 books already It just is not long enough Thank goodness the series is still going Quick Look for my full review visit Highlights Allie is still kicking butt throughout the book next to her lover and soul compliment, Zayvion Their bond is still strong and much needed during the book to help balance the wrongs that were done Allie and Daddy Beckstrom seem to get along better thanks to Victor Shame and Terric add the comic relief needed amongst all the action Baby Backstrom makes first appearance Excitement and tears abound Most shocked by Mikhail He is the Black Knight of this book I know SHOCKING Warnings You might want tissues handy towards the end I admit I did cry I can t help it being a Mom of 2 and 1 on the way.This book is hard to set down because it is action packed in every page Pizza is what s for dinner.Favorite Quotes And it s just a hunt Bea asked Just tracking the guy down, or are we going to have to do a little covering up of our own Had she just told me she was willing to kill someone and cover it up She gave me a happy smile, but that glint in her eyes told me that, yes, she d just offered to off someone Dad pressed against my mind Please, Allison Let me, just this once, hold my son.I shouldn t Nothing good ever came from letting my father have his way But I could feel his love for this baby And even if he couldn t love me, I knew that at this moment, before the baby could grow up and become a disappointment to him, he truly loved him I slowly stepped away from the front of my mind, letting him fill that space, letting him feel through my hands, see through my eyes He s amazing, Dad said through me You re amazing He looked up at Violet, and she smiled I glanced up at Zay, then walked over to stand next to him You look good with a baby in your arms, he murmured.I took his hand, careful with his fingers that were still wrapped in tape Don t get your hopes up, Jones I m not the settling down type Want to bet on that he asked Sure I made a fist so did he We pumped three times.I threw paper Zayvion threw scissors.I d lost Startled, I looked up at him Two out of three Zay grinned So did I