Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom Series #2)

Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom Series #2)

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by Devon Monk
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451462671
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Allie Beckstrom Series, #2
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
384,873
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by colorful and numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She has sold over fifty short stories to fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, and young adult magazines and anthologies. Her stories have been published in five countries and included in a Year's Best Fantasy collection. When not writing, Devon is either knitting, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration.

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Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
STBEEMAN More than 1 year ago
Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series has become one of my new favorite voices in the Urban Fantasy sub-genre. The novels are quick-paced and have a unique take on the use of magic - it's price and the lengths people will go to avoid it are a major plot point in the novel. So is Allie's continuing struggle with her identity and the shadowy realm of magic users in the Pacific Northwest. The book contains a major romantic sub-plot that adds depth to the characters and the story. I highly recommend this book to folks who love Jim Butcher, Katherine Allred, Anne Aguirre, Rachel Caine, etc.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
This was another fantastic installment. The book picks up a few weeks where Magic to the Bone leaves off. Allie is still recovering from the physical and psychological trauma she experienced. Thanks to Allie's father being an overprotective tyrant, Allie is extremely unprepared for the new life his death has thrust her into. It seems that the secrets he fought so hard to conceal from her are violently coming to light. Allie hasn't taken a hounding job in a while and decides to accept an offer to work with the police. The job seemed pretty basic, trace magic that was used to abduct girls back to its caster. Too bad the cop she's working with is cursed and anyone who works with him seems to bear the brunt of the misfortune. Allie involuntarily gets thrown into the underbelly of blood magic, violence and magically gluttonous ghost. I don't think Allie could be more unfortunate. She's in love w/ her ex-stalker Zayvion but doesn't remember loving him, but knows this by secondhand accounts and the chemistry between them. Every time she uses her magic she gets attacked in one of the most spookiest of ways (sorry no spoilers). Zay is no longer stalking her but lots of other people are..including her dead father. Good news, Allie's life is no longer as heartbreakingly empty and lonely as it was. Even though hounders are notorious loners by nature, most hounders (including Allie) are now coming out of the woodwork and networking with one another. Zay has taken his rightful place in her heart and she now has her stepmom as family. I love Zay and Allie together. They seem to make the perfect couple. They are both too willfully stubborn and mysterious for their relationship to ever fizzle. I highly recommend this book and the entire series. I also look forward to Magic in the Shadows due out 11/3/09.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Magic is locked into a series of pipes made of metal and glass kept underground making it easy for a practitioner to tap into. Allison Beckstrom is a Hound, who can trace a spell back to its creator. Every time she does this, she pays an exorbitant price with migraines, fevers and head colds as well as some memory loss because magic charges quite a personal cost. Following a difficult case, Allison falls into a coma. When she awakens she has suffered a major memory loss especially involving Zayvion the man she loves. On a bus, she meets Lon Trager, a man she helped put in jail. He uses blood magic and steals her blood which results in binding her to him. He wants her to bring Martin Pike, whose granddaughter she saved from Trager to him if Allison wishes to live. While seeking a way out of her predicament, there are those who want to use her also; especially an organization she previously was unaware existed. Allison better learn what is going on and how to extract herself from the growing messes she finds herself in if she is to live. Devon Monk is a fantasist fans need to keep on the look out for because the author's books are superb. MAGIC IN THE BLOOD is a highly original fresh tale, starring strong characters, especially the lead, who makes this world feel real. The protagonist is independent and obstinate to the point that migraines, memory loss, and more powerful nastier people do not prevent her from acting; albeit placing her in danger. The sequel to MAGIC TO THE BONE is a fantastic urban fantasy. Harriet Klausner
nakcft37 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series and provides more information about Allie and the obstacles she is facing. It's a bit gritty and you have to pay attention to the details, but it will maintain your interest for the entire time. I personally appreciate that her love interest is African-American, who has depth, compassion and strength. I also like the character's quirkiness and I think she can easily be identified with. It's a great, fast-paced read and I recommend it highly.
narcam More than 1 year ago
Allison is back in the second book in the series. In this book, she interacts with other hounds, which adds a nice dimension to the world. There is a good plot with new twists and turns. give it a try.
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This book started out slow to me but picked up fast! Devon is an amazing author who takes her time in creating a believable cast and an amazing escape to another world. I have read all the series to date and am on constant watch for the next one. This is a great blend of adventure, love, self discovery, trust, and non trust. There is more depth then you expect and a pleasant surprise at the end of the ride. So grab your favorite beverage kick your feet up and plan to be busy for a bit and fall in love with Allie
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