Friday, 27 January 2012

Magic in the Blood by Devon Monk (Urban Fantasy)

5th January 2012, Penguin
368 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Themes: magical glyphs, dark magic, seriously evil villains who deserve to be eternally dunked in a volcano, amnesia, lots of pain and hurt, constant surprises, lots of humours, occasional moderate adult content, some swearing, heaps of action, tissues needed. 

NB: Spoiler warning to those who haven't read book 1

Summary from Penguin
Allie Beckstrom knows that there's a price to pay for using magic...

She's suffered her fair share of migraines and gaps in her memory during her time working as a Hound, tracing spells back to their casters. But now Allie's been visibly marked by it with a mysterious iridescent tattoo. She's not only lost all memory of how she got it, but also of the man she's supposedly fallen in love with. Oh, and as usual, she's completely broke. 

So when the criminal magic enforcement division of the police asks her to consult a missing persons case, things start to look up. At first, it seems to be a fairly straightforward way of earning some money but like most things in Allie's life it soon turns into a dangerous mix of underworld criminals, ghosts and blood magic. This time Allie is going to discover it takes more than magic to survive...

Nayuleska's thoughts
Wow! This is fast becoming one of my favourite urban fantasy series. I love how there isn't too much romance, that much of the book is Allie trying to sort out her muddled life....using a bright yellow umbrella with ducks on! She's so cute with that. I'm amazed at how sharply the plot twisted and was quite frankly horrified by the last sentence. I want book 3 now! I'm sure it'll be 10/10 just as this book was.

You can find out more about Allie's adventures on Devon's website. 

Suggested reading
I recommend reading the fast paced book 1: Magic to the Bone

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