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Friday, April 8, 2011

Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom, Book 6) by Devon Monk

Magic on the Hunt by Devon Monk

What an entertaining book. Magic on the Hunt has lots of action, cool world building, a great romance, and intrigue out the ying-yang. I am seriously loving this series. I didn't care much for the first book in this series but stuck with it because so many people had said the series was so good once you got into the second book. After finishing the sixth book, all I can say is that I don't want to wait to read the seventh. Luckily it's only seven months until Magic on the Line comes out.

Here's the blurb for Magic on the Hunt:

There aren’t many girls who can say they’ve gone into the realm of death and lived to tell the tale. But to restore her lover Zayvion’s soul, Allison Beckstrom had to pay a bitter price–and things are about to get worse….

It turns out the leader of the Authority, the council that decides what can–and can’t–be done with magic, is being held hostage. But when the trail leads Allie and Zayvion to the secret prison where the Authority locks away magical criminals who are too dangerous to be held anywhere else, they find more than they bargained for. An undead magic user has possessed one of the prisoners, and he wants his freedom–and then some. Now Allie and Zayvion are the first line of defense against the chaos he’s about to unleash on the city of Portland….

Some questions were answered in this installment, though lots of questions still need to be answered. I love the way Allie and Zayvion are getting along with each other at this stage of their relationship. It's nice to see two adults working together and not rocking the boat just for the sake of adding drama.

As for the writing elements:
  • The plot is great. Plots. Plural. Layers of them. And they all work together beautifully.
  • Pacing was fine. Lots of action with a few slower spots for them to catch their breath.
  • Prose and dialogue were skillfully woven together. Very nicely done.
  • Character development is about as good as it gets - both for the main characters and a few of the secondary characters.
  • World-building is detailed and creative and beautifully constructed.

I've been wavering  back and forth between a 9 and a 10 for Magic on the Hunt, and I'm thinking this one gets a 10 of 10. I'm going to leave the series at a 9 of 10 for now.

  • Book Rating: Magic on the Hunt: 10 of 10
  • Series Rating: 9 of 10

Magic on the Hunt by Devon Monk

1. Magic to the Bone
2. Magic in the Blood
3. Magic in the Shadows
4. Magic on the Storm 
5. Magic at the Gate (Nov 2, 2010)
6. Magic on the Hunt (April, 2011)
7. Magic on the Line (November 2011)


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