Magic on the Line (Allie Beckstrom Series #7)

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Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price of pain to use magic, and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes-and enforces-all magic policy. But when the Authority's new boss, Bartholomew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland might be caused by magic, Allie must choose to follow the Authority's rules, or turn against the very people for whom she's risked her life.

To stop the plague of dark magic spreading ...

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Overview

Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price of pain to use magic, and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes-and enforces-all magic policy. But when the Authority's new boss, Bartholomew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland might be caused by magic, Allie must choose to follow the Authority's rules, or turn against the very people for whom she's risked her life.

To stop the plague of dark magic spreading through the city, all that she values will be on the line: her magic, her memories, her life. Now, as dead magic users rise to feed upon the innocent and the people closest to her begin to fall, Allie is about to run out of options.

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Allie Beckstrom knows that a serial killer is using magic to spread a deadly plague in Portland, but the new Authority boss warns her off the case. To stop the fiend behind the epidemic, Allie, Zay, and others must put their own futures on the line. The new addition to Devon Monk's urban fantasy spotlights characterization without sacrificing action or suspense. A paperback and NOOK Book original.

Publishers Weekly
Monk’s electric seventh Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy (after Apr. 2011’s Magic on the Hunt) is the best one yet. With Portland’s magical community already in upheaval, local leader Bartholomew Wray decides to completely overhaul the Portland Authority. His plans don’t sit well with Allie; her lover, Zayvion; and their friends Shame and Terric. Wray is also ignoring some incredibly suspicious magical events: undead magic users are possessing the living, and several people are dying of magic poisoning. Allie refuses to stand by and do nothing—but using her own magic is making her ill. This dark and delicious novel digs deep into the characters, their relationships, and the mysterious Authority. Allie is one of urban fantasy’s most entertaining heroines, and her latest adventure will leave readers desperately wanting more, especially when Monk whips out a killer cliffhanger ending. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Allison Beckstrom works as a Hound, using her magic to track down old and often illegal spells, but the close-minded and heavy-handed Authority that controls magic's use for Portland, OR, arouses in her almost as much resentment as those she hunts. When a plague of dark magic that revives dead mages spreads chaos throughout the city, Allison risks her life as well as her reputation to stop the forces of darkness. This seventh series entry (Magic at the Gate; Magic on the Hunt) will appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" and Tanya Huff's "Victory Nelson" series.
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"This dark and delicious novel digs deep into the characters, their relationships, and the mysterious Authority. Allie is one of urban fantasys most entertaining heroines, and her latest adventure will leave [listeners] desperately wanting more." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451464286
  • Publisher: Roc
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Allie Beckstrom Series , #7
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 483,880
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Monk's latest leaves me wanting more

    The seventh in the Allie Beckstrom series, Magic on the Line seems like a transitional novel, part of a longer volume marking the change in leadership of the Authority from the old guard to the young turks, perhaps. After the battle with Leander and Isabelle and their minions at the Life Well, Allie's convalescence is cut short by her interview with Bartholomew Wray, the outsider who has been placed in charge of the Authority after the crisis. Wray and his cronies rub Allie the wrong way from the beginning, seeming to be more interested in a political coverup than actually getting to the bottom of the problem and protecting the public from the evildoers.



    At the end of Wray's "investigation", his hand-picked team is primarily put in charge in Portland, and the former leaders are Closed (have their magical memories and abilities wiped), including Shamus' mother, Maeve, plus most of the magic users from Seattle who had come to help out the Portland Authority during the recent magic storm and resulting crises. Zayvion, of course, was forced to Close them, and he goes into a guilt-ridden funk for a time, which Allie has to work through with him.

    The Veiled are now infected with a magical plague, and when one is able to escape from the wells where they have been confined, they infect the living with the disease, causing a horrible death among magic users, and merely flu-like symptoms among normals. Allie's friend and fellow Hound, Davy Silvers is bitten and infected by one, and a great deal of the time in this story is spent dealing with his illness, while trying to understand how it is spreading and how it may be stopped.

    Allie is still possessed by her dad's ghost, but they seem to have worked their way to an uneasy yet handy alliance - he always seems to come up with some magical tidbit or contact she needs when the going gets rough. Allie, herself, becomes violently ill whenever she works any significant magic, though for some reason she really doesn't do a lot of investigation into why that might be. Stone, the gargoyle, also seems to be stricken with an odd malady, but Allie isn't all that curious about that situation, either. I think Monk was just overwhelmed with all the necessary plot elements to move the story in the direction it's going, and didn't have enough room in the paperback format to deal with all of it in Magic on the Line. The way the book winds things up makes it obvious that resolution on these and other issues will take some time.

    Allie and her friends must rebel against the authority of the new Authority in order to save the city from the plague and malicious magic. We've seen this coming for a while now, as the old ways of doing business were getting a bit raveled around the edges. For the preternatural branch of the police to deal with some of the new threats, they're going to need to know more about magic than they've been allowed, and for Allie's Hounds to help her avoid getting killed, she's going to have to clue them in on reality, plus she's going to have to stop keeping secrets from her best friend, Nola, or lose that relationship. Change is in the wind.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    This is a terrific entry in a great series

    In Portland, Hound Allie Beckstrom adheres to the strict rules of the overseeing of magic Authority while risking her life and soul in support of the practitioners (see Magic at the Gate and Magic at the Hunt). Allie and her cohorts find the corpse of rookie Hound Ant Bell. When Davy Silvers takes a closer look at the body, Ant bites him before dying again. Davy is dying from the bite.

    Other dead Hounds have arisen to kill peers and the innocent as a plague epidemic devastates the city. Allie informs the new Authority chief Bartholomew Wray that she believes magic is being deployed by a serial killer. Bartholomew rejects her theory while warning her to strictly adhere to the rules. While Bartholomew fiddles with a power game by isolating Allie from her friends and lover Zayvion Jones, she believes she will have to break the rules of the Authority making them fugitives in order to end the magical plague.

    This is a terrific entry as for every action (the Life Well battle) there is a reaction (Bartholomew seemingly the righteous by the book bureaucrat), which leaves Allie, Zay and others trying to do what they believe is right to end a magical borne disease at a great personal cost. Filled with action and strong characterizations, readers will appreciate Devon Monk's latest urban fantasy as the heroine must choose between ignoring the truth and crossing the outlaw line.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    The Tables have turned...and some rather hasty spring cleaning



    The Tables have turned...and some rather hasty spring cleaning has been done. A new Authority watch has been formed by the blatantly, obviously batting for evil, or power, rather than good, Bartholomew Bray.

    Not a nice dude!

    There are Veiled popping up doing some naaassssty things, getting all bitey, bitey and this needs to be stopped .

    I am just crushing badly on Shamus aka Shame, he is just a gorgeous character. Poor Shame is in a lot of pain and just keeps on doing his thing.

    I did chuckle at Shamus and Terric at the little get together and Grant. Now if you know Grant, well you can imagine why Shame got his feathers ruffled...even though he isn’t that way inclined??

    I do feel sad for Terric, he has it bad for Shame, and whether Shame is or isn’t, Devon is keeping tight lipped and the tension keeps rolling on.

    I felt bad for Allie when it came to her feelings, Zayvion had a love for Chase and he has to grieve while she watches. Not an easy thing to do.

    I did feel like Zay and Allie’s relationship is ...well, what’s the word. They love each other and respect each other, but this book had them more, maybe tip toeing around each other. Is that the right words to use? Put it this way... it didn’t feel to me as close as it has in the past, even though it is.


    Poor loyal to the core Davy, gets himself in a pickle and is struggling to stay alive.
    New characters are introduced. Not sure whether to trust Collins, but he seems to be ok at the moment. Is he a genius, a torturous , dangerous, mad man? Can he be trusted with Davy's life in his hands?

    Dad is still rattling about in Allie’s head offering words of wisdom when necessary.

    My big ol’ lug of a cutey Stone, is always about when Allie needs him most. I missed seeing him play with the plumbing or play with his Jenga blocks. No click clacking as he walked across her apartment. I miss Stone living with Allie, I admit it.


    I do love this series and I do believe I am forming a rather large crush on Shamus, he is stealing the limelight from Zay. I am looking forward to Magic Without Mercy # 8, so stay tuned....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Love it!

    I can't get enough of these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    I loved all the books so far and already told my friends about them.

    I love then series Allie is a storng women that can stand on her own but dose'nt have to. I just wish they would all stop dying.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    Try it for free!

    If you do not already have B&Ns Book Buddy get it and start discovering new writers for free. This is where I found Devon Monk and have read all of her books since. Treat yourself to a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    this was great

    I had a great time with this series. There are a lot of characters that I enjoy, and she seems to find trouble wherever she goes. Can't wait till the next one.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Disapointed

    I really don't like cliff hangers. And this one is definately that. And it isn't the only one of D. Monk's Beckstrom books that does that. I know that to continue a series there is some things that have to continue on to the next book, but not (I don't think)major things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Highly Reccommend

    I love the Allie Beckstrom series. A must for paranormal readers!

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