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Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, Bk 3)
Magic in the Shadows - Allie Beckstrom, Bk 3
Author: Devon Monk
Magic is Allison Beckstrom's blessing and curse. As a Hound, she uses her gifts to track down practitioners who abuse their power and stop them from inflicting harm on unsuspecting innocents. Unfortunately, her spells have taken their toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories -- including those of the man she supposedly lo...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451462879
ISBN-10: 0451462874
Publication Date: 11/3/2009
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 77 ratings
Publisher: Roc
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, Bk 3) on + 13 more book reviews
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Great book, but read it in order with the others. This is one of my favorite series. If you like a long story arc, with lots of mystery slowly revealed, you will like this.
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reviewed Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, Bk 3) on + 84 more book reviews
Enjoyed this book - lots of action and great characters. The thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars is the stubbornness of Allie. It's constant, and it gets annoying at times. That is not a deal-breaker though. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
reviewed Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, Bk 3) on + 2527 more book reviews
This is the third book in the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk. The sixth book, Magic on the Hunt, is due out in April of 2011. This book was an excellent addition to the series and really broadened and complicated Allie's world. So far this book has been my favorite of the set.

In the last book Allie's father forced himself into her mind. In this book Allie is trying to figure out how to cope with that. Her father is there giving her advice she doesn't want and constantly pleading with her to find the disks. Then on her first date with Zayvion Allie senses something in the alleyway; it is a creature unlike anything she has ever encountered and it is hunting the streets of the city. Allie is also taking on new responsibilities; she is leading the support group for the Hounds and is thinking about signing on with the police department as a permanent consultant for Hounding.

This was the best book in the series so far. Allie is put in contact with the Authorities through Zayvion and actually decides to go through some training to learn how to use her magic better. It was great to see a heroine actually taking the time to get training to learn how to use her powers in the best way possible. As a reader we also get to spend a lot more time with the other Hounds and all of them are interesting characters. We meet more members of the Authorities (another really interesting group of people).

There was a lot of action in this book, which was great. Allie and Zayvion actually progress in their relationship some and get more information on how their two magic types Compliment each other. We learn a ton more about the Authority and the struggle for magic that is happening behind the scenes. In general this was a fun read.

Allie is still not my favorite heroine ever, but I am getting more attached to her. Zayvion is awesome and we learn so many neat things about him in this book. This book also packed in more story than the previous two and I really felt like Monk had found a better writing groove.

Overall an excellent addition to this series. It was a fun book to read and I am enjoying all the complexity added to the magic world. I will definitely continue to read this series. I would also recommend Kate Daniels by Ilona Andres, Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter, and Elemental Assassin by Jennifer Estep which are all wonderful urban fantasies featuring strong women.
reviewed Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, Bk 3) on + 225 more book reviews
Really really good book. Just an overall good read. Good plot, great characters. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.