Review: Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Magic is Allison Beckstrom's blessing and curse. As a Hound, she uses her gifts to track down practitioners who abuse their power and stop them from inflicting harm on unsuspecting innocents. Unfortunately, her spells have taken their toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories—including those of the man she supposedly loves.

But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie’s thoughts. Her late father, the prominent businessman—and sorcerer—Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her very mind. With the help of The Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities—and find a way to deal with her father…

(Author’s website)

This is the third book in the Alliemagic in the shadows Beckstrom series and it’s the best so far. I started the book and after a few pages I had the urge to mark a page because it was of the most hilarious scenes I ever read. *Please take note that I don’t usually put post-its in my books.Sometimes I have 2-3 post-its tops in one but only in my all-time favorites.* Considering this fact please take a look at the picture of my copy---> yep, there are many post-its. To be exact, there are 10! So yes, I really enjoyed this one.

After the last book I was a bit afraid what kind of direction the story would take but all my worries were blown away. I was afraid that the relationship between Allie and Zayvion would suffer but luckily everything is fine in this book. *whew*

I loved the characters and I don’t mean only Allie and Zayvion. This book is full of wonderful new side characters which immediately stole my heart.

I totally adore Shamus aka Shame. He has his nickname for a reason but I’m luckily not easy ashamed of someone. *wink* He is Zayvion’s best friend and these two are the perfect opposite to each other. Loved the interactions of those two.


Zayvion to Shamus: “Remind me why I keep you around?”

”My good looks, quick wit, and, best of all, my connections,” Shamus said.” Need I say more?”
“No,” Zayvion said. “You need say less. Much, much less.”

The second character is Stone and OMG is this one is cute. He’s a gargoyle and loves to bring chaos in Allie’s cupboards or her bathroom. This quote from Allie sums him up:

“Stone, the toilet whisperer.”
He is one of the loveliest characters ever written.

Sure I loved Allie too. She’s a real tough girl and has great priorities in life, Zayvion Jones and fresh Coffee. Nah, just kidding. Sure, she’s vulnerable but at the same times she so strong and willful that she just amazed me. She tries to do everything right but we all know that’s not as easy as it sounds. She doesn’t give up easily and tries to reach her goals on her own way despite all the voices, perhaps it’s just one, telling her what to do.

In this book we finally learn more about Mr. Mysterious- Zayvion Jones. We get to know his past and what his job as a closer really means. All this made me love him even more. He’s not always Mr. Zen and that’s kind of comforting that he loses his cool sometimes too.
This book made the impossible possible- I felt sorry for Allie’s dad. Yep, really I did and not only “Oh, the poor guy!”. I nearly cried for him. Ok, I admit nearly means I had ONE tear in my eyes but please don’t tell.

The overall plot in this book was gripping and took me by surprise at each turn the story made. At the end I guessed right about what will happen next but that didn’t make it any less good or bad in that case. That sounds confusing even in my ears. I mean bad for characters in book and good for my reading pleasure. Yep evil me!
I adore this book and can’t wait to get the next one, Magic in the Storm.

To learn more about Devon Monk and her books please visit her website
here. The Allie Beckstrom Series:
1. Magic to the Bone: my review, reviews @
goodreads, buy @amazon
1. Magic in the Blood: my review, reviews @
goodreads, buy @amazon
1. Magic in the Shadows: reviews @
goodreads, buy @amazon
1. Magic on the Storm (relese May 2010)

I bought this book on my own. The amazon links are affiliate links.


Stacy~ said...

Alright, alright already! You've convinced me! *g* Adding to tbb list as we speak....

Great review S_S!

SusiSunshine said...

@Stacy Thankies hon!

Leontine said...

*puts hat on and takes magnifying glass* I'm off to investigate this series. Is this Zayvion Jones actually called Mr. Mysterious or is this a title you gave him? ;)

Book Chick City said...

I've wanted to read this series for so long and now your 5/5 review makes me want to press 1-click on Amazon!! But I've put myself on a book buying ban for a while as I have bought around 300 books in the past 5 months!! Bad book chick!

Patti (Book Addict) said...

This is a new-to-me author/series. Sounds very good, must run off to check it out!

SusiSunshine said...

@Leontine Oh my, I'm not sure. I always thought of him that way but it could be possible that I gave hime the title. *blush* Read the first one ages ago. I think he's only Mr. Zen in the books.

@BCC 300 books? Oh my you really should take a break and catch up on those books. Not that book buying is something bad, you know ;)

@Patti Please do. These books are wonderful!

Lusty Reader said...

add me to the list of converts! i've been loving urban fantasy/paranormals recently but hadn't heard of this series before. I'm a big Nalini Singh and Charlaine Harris fangirl so this sounds similar yet unique enough to really intrigue me, great review (and i love your pic with the post it notes!)

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

Heading over to goodreads now to add it to my to-read list...soundsl like a great series!

SusiSunshine said...

@Lusty Reader The story is really unique and I love Devon's style of writing. She really gives personality to each character.

@Colette It really is a great series!

Blodeuedd said...

Oh awesome! You so make me wanna read book 1 and yay for me I do got book 1 and 2..perhaps I should bump them up in the TBR pile

SusiSunshine said...

@Bodeuedd Oh you so should push them up the pile. Won't regret that decision.

Fiction Vixen said...

New to me and looks worth checking out! Wow! Thanks for the review. :)

Mandi said...

You have totally book pimped me!!! Just ordered the first in this series. I want to read it NOW!!

Excellent review!

pattepoilue said...

Why aren't these books in my TBR pile yet?!!! No no no that won't do. Great review Susi, you had me convinced here, and i can tell you that i didn't want to read this series at first because i had read mixed feeling reviews.
And well i want to know all about “Stone, the toilet whisperer.” lol

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

LOVE this series, this was a GREAT book :) The best of the series so far.
Awesome review :)

SusiSunshine said...

@Fiction Vixen Take a look at them, you will not regret it!

@Mandi Ya, I love pimping! Thanks hon!

@pattepoilue Mixed feeling reviews? Did they read the same book? LOL, never mind! You will love Stone. Such a cutie!

@Larissa Totally agree and thanks hon!

Smokinhotbooks said...

Gawd you gave it 5 Stars now I have to get it! The post-it notes make your book look like it has a little Mohawk *awww*.

SusiSunshine said...

@Smokinhotbooks Haven't thought about that. But you are right it looks like a Mohawk! LOL

Donna said...

I have the first book in this series, I'm going to move it to the top. Thanks for the wonderful review.

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