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This week I am daring you to read an highly original series… the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk, starting with Magic to the Bone.
I first picked up this series because of its pretty covers, and I have to admit they sat on my to be read shelf for a long time before I finally picked up the first book, and right as I started reading, I found myself wondering why-the-hell had I not picked it up earlier?
Devon Monk created a jaded world where magic isn’t about shiny spells and pretty incantation. Magic is raw, dirty, and treacherous. Use it and it will use you right back and like with anything, when there’s power, there’s wrong doers. There is a whole underground and illegal world surrounding the use of magic in this world and its horror keeps you glued to the pages.
Of course, the world isn’t everything. Miss Monk blessed us with amazing characters. Allie is fierce and determined, putting Good before her own life and she pays the high price for it. She also has an amazing sidekick/lover called Zayvion and I love the guy to pieces. Their relationship evolve slowly throughout the books and has me begging for more.
I’m not up to date in the series yet, only read the first three books so far, but I’m truly enjoying this series and I think you would to!
Here’s a bit about Magic to the Bone:
Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy-tale, hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o, sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got.
Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user - maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster - and Allison Beckstrom's the best there is.
Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune - and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.
Now Allie's out for the truth - and must call upon forces that will challenge everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine ... and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.
The following books in the series: