Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Release date: May 5, 2009
Series: Allie Beckstrom #2
Source: Personal Shelf
Reviewed by: Tynga
Working as a Hound-tracing illegal spells back to their casters-has taken its toll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn't about to quit. Then the police's magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic.
Allie is recuperating, or at least trying to, from her magical outburst of Magic to the Bone’s end, but it’s not easy to get back to your normal – or not so normal- life when you have no memory of how you got there, forgot your father is dead and can’t remember ever knowing the guy you’re dating. But of course, Allie can’t deal with her crisis in peace because the police needs her help hounding a series of murders and ghosts – yes ghosts- decided now would be a good time to manifest themselves to her. To say Allie needs a vacation would be an understatement.
I really liked how Magic in the Blood picked up right where Magic to the Bone left-off. I actually read both books back to back and the distinction between the two feels blurry because they complete each other so well. This second installment in the series was exciting and action-packed and I loved how all the different elements of the plot eventually converged all together to make perfect sense – at least, as much sense as a paranormal world can make.
The world Allie Beckstrom lives in is amazingly original and I need to tip my metaphorical hat to Devon Monk for that. I love that magic is gritty and dirty and that this world’s reality is so harsh. Allie has a lot on her plate this time around dealing with ghosts, girls going missing, learning to play nice with other hounds, while being under threat by a powerful Blood Magic user and seeing her juggle with it all was highly entertaining.
We met some great new characters and got to know some others better and while I appreciated that, I truly missed Zayvion. Don't worry, he was there, but not as present as I would’ve loved and I wished the relationship between Allie and him would’ve progressed more. I have high hopes for the third book though! Hopefully the two of them will get back on track.
The conclusion was high in emotions and I enjoyed every moment! I’m really packed for the third book as I’m anxious to know what will hit Allie next.
The Allie Beckstrom series is definitely a must read for fans of darker Urban Fantasy.