Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom Series #2)

Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom Series #2)

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 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: 234,718
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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. 85 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister got me to read these books because she kept insisting the main character reminded her of me. I was unprepared for how true that is. I have multiple chronic pain illnesses, one of which can also cause memory loss. The way the author describes pain, the confusion of memory loss, and the casual acceptance of inevitable pain and inconvenience are the most viscerally true expressions of what life dealing with those conditions is like that I have ever read. On top of that, the humor is on point, the storytelling is brilliantly put together, the characters are organic, and the setting blends seamlessly into the backdrop. I can't wait to read the next one.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Magic with a twist. Devon Monk's second 'Allie Beckstrom' book, "Magic In the Blood" is just as good as the first. This world is filled with magic available for those who can use it...provided they're willing to pay the price. That price is pain. Small magics? Maybe a headache, fever, or a light rash and a few old memories. Big magic? Bad flu and broken bones and gaps in the memory. Blood magic? Death. Allie's mostly recovered from the coma caused by her use of alot of magic to save a guy she supposedly fell in love with that she can't remember now. Sound confusing? Well, that's Allie's life all right. With bills to pay (sure she COULD use her Dad's money, NOT) she's out looking for a few 'hounding' jobs--tracing the source of illegal spells or magic use. So a job for the police department could be just the thing...if it didn't involve a cop with a 'curse', an old enemy out for Allie's blood (literally), and the ghost of her dead father.How can I tell you how good this series is? Devin Monk's imagination has come up with a realm that's distinct and unusual. I only needed a few pages to find myself right back in Allie's world, with all its logic and mystery. The plot jumps into action and then accelerates through to the ending without a pitstop. My heart was racing (along with Allie's, I'm sure) as she tracks from spell to ward, trying to locate some missing children before they turn up dead. This isn't romance per se. Instead it's Allie's life with all its mysterious twists and memory holes. There IS romance, but the series isn't built on the romance, it's built on the mystery of a woman's life as it spirals out of control and her efforts to snatch pieces of reality. As far as I'm concerned, Devon Monk can't write fast enough and I'm already anxious for the November 2009 release of "Magic in the Shadows" to see where Allie's headed next.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is good, though not as good as the first. I like the character, Allie, and I think this is a great concept for a series. Still, after finishing this one I didn't feel much rush to pick up book three.
kalynn06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final third of this book is really good, fast moving and engaging. The first hundred pages, though, are slow. The next hundred are quicker, but not as engaging as I expected. The problem is that, while this is the second book in a series, we still have hundreds of pages of world building, and it's nitty gritty world building without the engaging wonder of coming into a brand new universe that we got in the first book.As readers of Magic in the Bone know, Allie Beckstrom suffers memory loss from using magic,and as this book begins she has forgotten many of the events of the first book. This should be intriguing, but combined with the dozens of new characters we are introduced to in the first pages of the novel, it is frustrating. It could have been intriguing if handled differently, I think, but it just ended up feeling like we needed to rehash past events as well as keep present ones straight. That said, the last hundred pages were good enough that I'm looking forward to the third entry. Monk's world is a scary, intriguing place, and Allie is a flawed, fascinating heroine who gets her butt kicked as much as the reverse.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find myself extremely impressed with the writing style of Devon Monk. Monk has excelled emensely between the first two book of the Allie Beckstrom series. The first book Magic to the Bone was an exceptional read, although a little slow at times and sotry line seemed drawn out in the end. Magic in the Blood redeemed Monk with the pace and enthralling story line that had me wanting through out the end of the book. Allie Beckstrom continues her journey in Magic in the Blood. All in one days work Allie finds herself marked by Lon Trager, the interest of a special organization investigating magic, and hounding for the police that leaves her questioning some of her hounding friends, as if this was not enough Allie then starts seeing the ghost of her late father. All the while Allie struggles with the loss of memory that accompanies her use of magic; such as the memory of Zayvion Jones that man that she is told she once loved.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Allie Beckstrom series by Monk. It was a solid book and introduces the reader to even more of the magic in Allie's world.Allie is recovering from her coma and memory loss that happened at the end of the first book, Magic to the Bone. She can't remember most of what happened during the first book and remembers almost nothing about Zayvion. Then she finds that one of the men she helped to convict and send to jail has been released and is out to get her. On top of that she is expected to take over her father's company, is occasionally seeing ghosts, and is hired by the police to help on a kidnapping case. Things get stranger and Allie has a lot to deal with in this book.This book was written in an easy to read style and was a fun read. You learn a lot more about magic in Allie's world and how it is affecting her. This book was more investigative than the first book because Allie is trying to Hound down the sites of some kidnappings. I have been enjoying how Monk has both a storyline to be tied up in one book (the kidnappings) and also has another over-arcing thread that is built on in each book (the stolen magic disks).It was also intruguing that Allie can't remember most of what happened in book 1. It makes all of the revelations between Allie and Zayvion that happened in Magic to the Bone disappear. Basically Allie and Zayvion have to fall in love all over again; it was weird but an interesting way to string out the tension in their relationship. Allie herself is an interesting character, not as compelling as some urban fantasy female leads, but she is still fairly engaging.There was more action in this book than in the previous one. I am still loving how magic users have to pay a price for the magic that they use; Devon uses this is so many creative ways and does a great job of making it part of the story.These are going to be hard books to review separately because so many things that happen flow right from one book to the next. This book introduced some new and interesting characters; mainly the group of other Hounds and Stotts the lead investigator for the magical division in the police department. Anyway, this book ended well but also opened up a whole new series of questions.You can really tell that the first two books in this series are just scratching the tip of the ice berg here. Devon hints at so many other things going on below the surface and I hope we will be introduced to those in future books. I did kind of wish that things moved faster in these book; it just seems like not much is happening in this book and that the story is only progressed a little bit.Overall a solid addition to this series. This series isn't as good as the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews or the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep; but it is solid and fun. I enjoyed watching Allie learn to use her new powers and enjoyed learning more about the magic and how it works. I am looking forward to reading future installments in this series and hope they are a bit more complicated than this installment.
Dragon_LadyCA More than 1 year ago
Really enjoying this series.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Loved it, a magical who done it.
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