Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Release date: November 3, 2009
Series: Allie Beckstrom #3
Source: personal shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
Allison Beckstrom’s magic has taken its toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories-including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren’t the only things preying on Allie’s thoughts.
Her late father, the prominent businessman-and sorcerer-Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities-and find a way to deal with her father…
Allie Beckstrom’s life is far from being easy and simple, she really has a knack for getting herself in the worst positions possible and this time around is no different. After a magical incident, more like apocalypse really, she is stuck with a part of her father, somewhere in her mind, and he is doing his very best to take her body over. Annoying you say? But it’s not all she has to deal with, after promising a dying friend to protect the other Hounds in town, she finds herself facing bigger and worst enemies than she ever has before and even though she has new back up in the form of the Authority, can she really trust them?
The Allie Beckstrom series is simply amazing, and quite honestly, each book gets better and better! I love how Devon Monk pushes the limit even farther every time she writes a new book, taking the reader by surprise book after book. Urban Fantasy is at it’s best with Allie and Zayvion on board!
A & Z’s relationship took a huge step back after book one and I was really happy to see their relationship move forward once more in this novel. I like the two of them to pieces and seeing them dance around each other is simply delicious! A new female character was introduced this time around and she will wreck havoc between them, bringing with her viciously interesting moments.
Chase wasn’t the only new character introduced, with Allie joining the Authority and all, and I must say I have a sweet spot for Shamus. He comes across as all fun and games but there is a lot more under his shell and I can’t wait to discover more. Allie also meets a new friend at a restaurant and I liked the touch of humor he brought to this dark world.
Monk was true to herself delivering an intricate and addicting plot once again. I love her way of setting different events into motion and bringing them all together, somehow, by the end of the book. Even though you know she’ll do it, you just never know how all the pieces will fit in the bigger picture, brilliant!
The conclusion was an amazing pyrotechnic show and the consequences should be rather interesting. I’m really anxious to find out all about it in the following book, Magic on the Storm. I also can’t wait to see where Allie & Zayvion will stand *wiggle eyebrow*.
If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I strongly suggest you do because it’s totally different from any other Urban Fantasy series out there. This world is dark and gritty and magic isn’t all sparkles and bright lights. Magic is dirty and when you use it, there is always a price to pay. The trick is to decided is it worth paying it when every time you use it, there’s a chance you could forget your own name?