Sunday, 17 July 2011

Magic to the Bone - Book Review

Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom #1)
by Devon Monk

What is it about:
Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user - maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster - and Allison Beckstrom's the best there is.

Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune - and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now Allie's out for the truth - and must call upon forces that will challenge everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine ... and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.

What did I think of it:
I had some difficulties losing myself into the world Monk creates. Magic being distributed along cables like electricity? It really took a lot from me to go along with this I will confess. But as the writing was good and Allie was an intriguing character I decided to take the magic distributing for granted and from then on I was able to dive into the story, with only an ocassional 'yeah, sure' moment. All in all it turned out to be a pleasant read, with cool characters, but with a bit of a rattling story and setting. I did enjoy the book enough to give the next book in this series a try, but hope the story will improve as at the moment it's the characters and the writing that make this book.

Why should you read it:
It's a well written Urban Fantasy with cool characters.

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