Magic in the Blood

Magic in the Blood

Book - 2009
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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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Roc, c2009.
ISBN: 9780451462671
Characteristics: viii, 358 p. ;,18 cm.


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Jan 11, 2013

Great series. I like this one.

Nov 01, 2011

I had enjoyed the first book in this urban series. Allie is a tough woman with special abilities & due for a break. This instalment kind of reins in some of the promise of the first book so I didn't enjoy it as much. Certain events & characters are put on hold so didn't progress as much. Still, an entertaining read with new developments & I'll read the next one hoping that some of the original storylines are picked up again.

May 08, 2011

I enjoy this series and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Jan 04, 2011

This series is extremely fast-paced and keeps you going. Not sure if I like the characters all the much, but I'm definitely picking up the next installment to find out if Allie's going to be digging herself into a deeper hole or finding tools to understand and help her figure out what the heck is going on... as well as the progression of the various groups to which she's a part of.

Dec 15, 2010

It seems to take some effort for me to get into the rhythm of these books, but the effort certainly is worth it. The whole concept of this alternate reality is really fascinating, the storyline strong, as are the characters. A great urban fantasy!

Jan 10, 2010

'Magic to the Bone' and 'Magic in the Blood' hounding = magic bounty hunting with physical consequences.


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May 08, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

May 08, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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May 08, 2011

This new urban fantasy series from Devon Monk is good in a lot of ways. The heroine, Allie Beckstrom, comes from an incredibly rich (in money and magic) family. Unfortunately, Allie's father is a major control freak with delusions of magical world conquest. Allie strikes out on her own and picks a career as a Hound. Hounds do detective, Private Eye, work by using their magical powers to sense, taste and track spells on criminals and "people of interest". The problem is using magic in this new world Allie lives in creates physical illness, pain and memory loss for the user. A "disbursement" spell can be used before casting magic, so that the magic user can pick their "own poison" so to speak - in other words, they can decide if using magic will cause them a migraine later, a case of the flu, body aches, etc. Without the disbursement spell, things can get quite rough.

In Allie's life, there are entirely too many people interested in her and following her - and not just because of the family money. Allie is just now finding out that she is incredibly powerful (in fact, she still hasn't got it, just the reader and everyone around her), and there are various factions wanting to either use her or contain her.

Allie's love interest is Zayvion Jones. He started out watching her, but in this book has gotten to the point of loving and pursuing her. The problems between the two are many - but a huge lack of trust and memory loss on Allie's part has certainly compounded the problem.

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