Monday, November 14, 2011
Review: Magic On The Line by Devon Monk
Magic on the Line is the seventh book in the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk and a ROC Fantasy.
Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price of pain to use magic, and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes-and enforces-all magic policy. But when the Authority's new boss, Bartholomew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland might be caused by magic, Allie must choose to follow the Authority's rules, or turn against the very people for whom she's risked her life.
To stop the plague of dark magic spreading through the city, all that she values will be on the line: her magic, her memories, her life. Now, as dead magic users rise to feed upon the innocent and the people closest to her begin to fall, Allie is about to run out of options.
It has been a few days since the battle at the Life well took the lives of several magic users and left others wounded.
The authority is without a leader and Bartholomew Wray has stepped in to ‘sort out’ the problems in the Portland branch. His first order of business is to interrogate the surviving participates of the battle, mete out punishment and appoint new leaders.
He doesn’t care for Allie at all - a sentiment that she returns whole heartedly.
When Allie begins to be sickened by the magic she’s using - and then begins to see things others aren’t seeing - things that shouldn’t be happening in the first place - she suspects that something is wrong with the magic in Portland.
But when the head of the Authority doesn’t want to hear what she has to say, and her contact at the local police needs more proof before he can act - Allie and her Hounds are on their own.
With Zay and the crew at her back and her father (literally) in her head - Allie comes up with a plan to cleanse the magic....but that is easier said, than done.
Especially when the Authority has her on the run...
Magic on the Line is a really good read and I enjoyed it very much.
I give Magic on the Line 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Roc (November 1, 2011)