Review: Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk (Allie Beckstrom #4)
May 4th 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Kick Ass Chick – Allie Beckstrom
“Allison Beckstrom is committed to her work tracing illegal spells. Now, there’s an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland, and when it hits, all the magic in the area will turn unstable and destructive. To stop it from taking out the entire city, Allie and her lover, the mysterious Zayvion Jones, must work with the Authority-the enigmatic arbiters of all things magic-and take a stand against a magical wildstorm that will obliterate all in its path…”
Allie Beckstrom is back in Devon Monk’s Magic on the Storm, the fourth installment in her totally kick ass series. This one starts off two months after Magic in the Shadow leaves off. Allie is training with the yummy Zayvion Jones and other members of the Authority. She is a Hound, someone who tracks magical signatures and helps track down magical evil dooers, so she already knows magic and she’s already very good at what she does. But she discovered in the last book that there is a whole lot more she could learn to make her even stronger. And that is what she is learning at the beginning of this book.
I’ve always liked Allie. She is sharp and sarcastic. This series is told via first person perspective so you ‘see’ Allie’s thoughts throughout…and even they are sharp and sarcastic. She is a character that is so real. She’s not a super hero. She has many imperfections and some pretty impressive fears. For example, she is very claustrophobic. And when Allie is going through an episode…well let’s just say that those are scenes that prove Devon has some serious writing chops. Her character is real. Her issues are real. But they all just happen to be mixed up in a world filled with magic.
And speaking of fun characters with sharp wits, Shame is back in this book. He is a hoot. He likes everyone to think that he’s this badass slacker who doesn’t give a damn, but you know he does. He is a fierce friend and a good soul. Shame is Zayvion’s best friend and he compliments him well.
It’s nice to see Zayvion being a little more open in this book. He has nothing else to hide so he’s more available with information. Okay, I’m sure he still has lots of secrets seeing that he’s the ‘sexy yet mysterious guy’ in these books, but he’s not so tight lipped and that was a nice change of pace. We got some good info from him and so did Allie. I’ve always found that Zay is the perfect complement to Allie. She can be a little hot headed and he’s mister Zen. She is overloaded with magic and he’s an incredible Grounder. She is easily distracted and he’s the epitome of focus. They really work well together, on all levels.
At the beginning of this series, you sort of wondered about Zayvion Jones. Was he a good guy? Was he a bad guy? When you thought about him, you pretty much thought “wtf is up with that Zayvion Jones?” But we don’t wonder about him much anymore because most of what was causing us to ask that has been dealt with. Now we wonder about Jingo Jingo. Now you think “wtf is up with that Jingo Jingo?” We know he’s creepy, but is he good or is he bad? There are lines in this book, two distinct sides, but you don’t ever fully know which is the ‘good’ side and which is the ‘bad’ side. You don’t even really know if there really is a good side and bad side. It’s all blurry. I found that to be quite interesting. You assume Allie is on the ‘good’ side, but she’s not even really sure what’s going on. She’s just supporting and following her friends. So not only is Jingo Jingo a question mark, but pretty much everyone else is too. Devon does a nice job with that.
One more character I want to quickly mention is Stone. I heart him. He’s Allie’s pet gargoyle…sort of. He’s just adorable and I want one too.
These books really should be read as a series. You can just pick one up and read it but I feel you’d miss out on lots of little stuff that, when put all together, makes this series that much richer. The story in Magic on the Storm builds up nicely and leads you to an amazing end…but nowhere near an ending. Because let me tell you, the way this book leave you, all you can say is “Duuuuude! Whoa!” Thank goodness book five, Magic at the Gate, is already out and readily available because, even though it’s not a gut wrenching cliffhanger, you still want to see where the story leads you…as soon as possible.
Giggle worthy quotes
“Time to change tactics. ‘How about food? Zay and I were just going to do lunch,’ I said.
‘Lunch?’ Shamus said. ‘Is that what you kids are calling it these days? Back in my day we called it fucking.’”
“’Pool?’ I asked. ‘You play pool?’
‘Why do the most mundane things about me surprise you?’ he asked.
‘Because you never tell me any of this stuff.’
A corner of his mouth quirked up. ‘I play pool. Shoot hoops sometimes too. Any other sport you’re curious about?’
‘Simultaneously. Trick is the keep the horses on their skates.’
“’That’s a hell of a long time to think over your answer.’ Shame said. ‘Try a short word like ‘no’.”