Nov 6, 2012

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Review: Magic for a Price by Devon Monk (Allie Beckstrom #9)

Urban Fantasy
November 6 2012
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages
Received from publisher Canada / US

Kick Ass Chick – Allie Beckstrom

From Goodreads –
For most of her life, Allison Beckstrom has used magic and accepted the heavy price it exacts. But now that all magic is poisoned, it’s no longer just using people—it’s killing them.

With Portland about to descend into chaos, Allie needs to find a way to purify the wells of tainted magic beneath the city. But the only options left to her are grim: attempt to close down magic forever, or follow her father’s plan to set magic into the right hands—even though she’s learned to never trust his word.

Now, Allie will have to make a choice and face the darkness of her own deepest fears, before time runs out for them all…


What came to mind when I reached the very last page of Magic for a Price, the ninth and final installment in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series?  “Now THIS is how you write a final book in a series!”  I loved this book.  From the moment I started reading it to the very last word, it was brilliant.  The pace was perfect, the character development was perfect, the story was perfect, and the ending was perfect.  Yes people, it was that good.

Now let me expand a little bit for you guys…

The pace.  Seeing that this is the last book in the series, I sort of expected it to be a bit rushed.  You know, because all of the questions that have come up over the last eight books need to be answered and all.  But of course it wasn’t rushed because Devon is better than that.  Instead it was a rush!  The book starts off strong, and from pretty much exactly where the last book left off, and zooms you to the end.

The character development.  Yes, in a ‘book nine’, it IS possible to continue developing your characters.  Allie has grown consistently in each book of the series and she grew even more as a character, as a person in this last book.  I really felt like she found herself and found peace, for lack of a better word.  And she’s not the only character who grew in this book; pretty much everyone did.  Especially Shane, which makes sense since he and Terric will be the focus of Devon’s new series, coming…eventually but not soon enough to bookstores near you.  *grin*  In fact, Devon did such a great job with Shane that even though I have loved him since the first time I met him on the page, I absolutely can’t wait to see what his books hold.  There is just so much to his character already and yet, I know there is much left for us to discover.  I am looking forward to seeing him reach the same harmony that Allie attains at the end of her series.  Because goodness knows he deserves it.

The story.  Oh my goodness the story.  Allie and friends have to figure out a way to clean the magic that has been poisoned, saving Portland, her friends and the world.  No biggie, right? *snort* The twists, the turns…oh my goodness the twists and the turns!  All amazing.  And really, there is barely a quiet moment in the book.  The story was amazing with everything I was hoping would happen did and everything I didn’t know I wanted to happen did.

The ending.  I literally hugged the book to my chest and sighed when I reached the end.  I know I’m using the word ‘perfect’ a lot in this review but really, it’s the best word for many aspects of this book.  But for you, so you won’t find me redundant, I shall open up my thesaurus and see what it says to use instead of that word.  *opens thesaurus* Flawless!  Yes!  Great word!  The ending was flawless.  With this ending, Devon not only managed to take care of Allie and her story line in a very thorough way but she also managed to leave you wanting to send her tweets and possibly emails about Shame and Terric’s books, turning you into a borderline stalker, because now there are questions about them.  Really, it’s just perfect for a last book in a series.  Not perfect, sorry.  Not that word again…  Nope, I’m going back to perfect.  It’s the perfect ending.

I want to chat quickly about the series as a whole.  I really liked how Devon wrote this series.  It was not one looooong nine book story arc.  She changed it up every few books.  She kept it fresh.  But some of the little pieces that were left behind when she took the series on a new direction came back in the last book to tie everything up just right.  This is a wonderful urban fantasy series.  The way Devon describes magic and how it’s used in her books is just phenomenal.  I have not read magic used like that anywhere else.  How it uses you while you use it, how there is a price to pay when you use it…it’s so cool!  And even though there were some stronger books than others in this series, not once did I finish a book and think I had just wasted my time or think that Devon dropped the ball on that one.  Every book advanced the story and set things up for this awesome finale.

In case you didn’t catch it, I loved this book.  I really hope Urban Fantasy fans give this series a try.  Devon Monk has a wonderful writing voice, her imagination so rich and unique and her characters are fantastic.  And there is just enough humor to keep things fresh.  Overall, Magic for a Price reminds us how talented Devon is and how lucky we are to have read such an entertaining series.

5 stars

Giggle worthy lines –

“I never expected cookies at the end of the world.”


“Note to self:  Kevin sucks at the big fat lie.”


“Maybe they hadn’t done that because they didn’t know Roman Grimshaw had made it back to us and told us they’d possessed the Overseer.

He’s bought us more than time; he’s bought us an upper hand.

And then it hit me.

‘They don’t know,’ I said.  ‘They don’t know we know.  That’s why they only sent twelve people.  They don’t know.’

‘Guess who else doesn’t know?’ Shame said.  ‘Us.  What the hell are you talking about Beckstrom?’

‘Allie?’ Zayvion glanced in the rearview mirror.

‘Leander and Isabelle,’ I said.  ‘Twelve people.  That’s not enough.  They don’t know.’

‘It sounds like English,’ Shame said.  ‘But it makes no sense.  Zay, do you speak the babble?’

‘Shut up, Shame.’

Books in the Allie Beckstrom series –
Magic to the Bone
Magic in the Blood
Magic in the Shadows
Magic on the Storm
Magic at the Gate
Magic on the Hunt
Magic on the Line
Magic Without Mercy
Magic for a Price

  1. wow..9! When did that happen?

  2. blodeuedd – I know right lol. You have some catching up to do 😉

  3. awesome! I’m so jealous I can’t wait to read it and in the same time I’m so axious and sad it’s the last one.

  4. melliane – Make sure to let me know what you think when you’re done!

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