Review: Magic on the Hunt by Devon Monk (Allie Beckstrom #6)
In the secret lockup of the Authority, the council that decides what can and can’t be done with magic, an undead magic user has possessed one of the prisoners. He wants his freedom-and then some. Now Allie Beckstrom and her lover, Zayvion, are the first line of defense against the chaos he’s about to unleash on the city of Portland…
If you all recall, in my review for the previous book, Magic at the Gate, I mentioned that I felt as though I was reading a ‘book 2’ in a UF series because I felt as though we were being set up for a change in direction to the story. Well, I was right…and I really like where Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series seems to be headed!
Page one, you are witnessing bliss. You feel peace with and for Allie and Zayvion for the first time in probably two books, maybe more. Then suddenly Pow! You are hit in the face with a “whoa” and a “wtf” that is just the beginning of the ride you will be on until pretty much the end of the book. This is not unusual really for these books, but the last book also had lots of information in it. This time, it’s mostly action and “where is this all going” mixed with snark remarks and incredible magic.
There is one part of these stories that was starting to get a little tiring for me and that’s the parts surrounding Allie and her dad. Early on in Magic on the Hunt, this was addressed and I’m really pleased with what’s happened. That is all I am going to say. Okay, just one more thing: Yay for Allie!
And for those of you who are fans of Shame (and hell, who isn’t) you will not be disappointed in this one. There is lots of Shame. In fact, I would say that there is an abundance of Shame. And Terric’s there too, of course. I would love to eventually know more about them and their freaky/special little bond, but for now, I’m content with what I read.
In this series, Allie works as a Hound. She tracks the signatures of magic users who have been naughty. We’ve witnessed her Hound in previous volumes, but in Magic on the Hunt, we really get a good look at how she does it. I found it fascinating how Devon wrote those scenes. They, once again, remind me how much I love these unique aspects of this series and how talented this author is.
One more thing that made me remember that we are dealing with a talented writer is my feelings for dear old Dad, Daniel Beckstrom. He’s an ass. No, scratch that. He’s a selfish prick. But you get a teensy glimpse at his ‘father’ side in this book. And even though I can’t stand the guy and am still a little confused as to what his angle really is in all of this, I felt a little sad for him in the end. About what he’s missing out on. We’ll see how I feel after reading the next book though…lol.
Overall, I was very very happy with this installment. In fact, I feel it’s my favorite of the bunch so far. The turn that the story arc takes is good and I am looking forward to seeing where it takes us. Allie is still a wonderful heroine. She seemed stronger this time around. Maybe she’s finally growing into herself as a strong magic user? We’ll see I suppose when Magic on the Line comes out hopefully November 2011.
Giggle worthy quotes –
“Dad kicked, and even through the cotton ball, I could feel his anger.
Yeah, well, he could suck it.”
“’Rough night?’ Zay asked.
‘Oh, no. Glorious, thanks. Mum had me cross-checking data on the solid Veiled all damn night. Fuckin’ A, there better be a shot of whiskey at the end of this damn morning.’
‘Nola said she’d have fresh coffee,’ I said.
‘Whiskey. I’ll say it slow: whiiiskey.’”