Magic in the Blood

Magic in the Blood

Book - 2009
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"Allison Beckstrom knows better than most that when magic's involved, nothing is free. She's had to pay its price of migraines and forgetfulness while working as a Hound, tracing illegal spells back to their casters. And even though magic has stolen her recent memory--including her history with the man she supposedly fell in love with--Allie isn't about to give up on Hounding or the city she cares about. Then the police's magic enforcement division asks her to consult on what seems to be a straightforward missing-persons case. But what begins as a way to make rent leads Allie into grave danger when the trail she's following draws her into the dark underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic. There, Allie discovers it will take more than just magic to survive...."--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Roc/New American Library, 2009
ISBN: 9780451462671
045146267X
Characteristics: viii, 358 p. ; 18 cm

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ladymac
Jan 11, 2013

Great series. I like this one.

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emerge
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.

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Mahala
May 08, 2011

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

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dprodrig
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.

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20KBT10
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!

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ufolie
Jan 10, 2010

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

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Mahala
May 08, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Mahala
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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Mahala
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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