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

Series:
on November 4th 2008
Pages: 355 pages
four-stars
Magic to the Bone
Allie Beckstrom
Devon Monk
Urban Fantasy, Magic, Adult
Roc
November 4, 2008
e-book
355 pages

Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy-tale, hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o, sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got.

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.

Ezi’s Thoughts:
I am pleasantly surprised. I don’t know what I expect, but the book was better than I anticipated. It didn’t have the usual suspects, Vampires, Shifters, Fae etc, it was just plain old magic. It was different, but still engaging.

Allison Beckstrom is a hound for hire barely surviving. I mean, she doesn’t even have cab fare, but she does some jobs for free on principal. Allie had a falling out with her dad and she dropped out of college where she was studying magic. Daniel Beckstrom hired Zayvion Jones to trail his daughter, and some how Zay developed feelings for Allie.

When a young boy got hurt by magic offload, Allie went to confront her father whose magic signature was all over the accident, Allie threatened her father. That same day Daniel Beckstrom was murdered and Allie was the chief suspect.

Allie has to go on the run to buy time to find out who killed her father and framed her, and is also trying to kill her. She is with Zay, but she doesn’t fully trust him as he is so secretive about everything. Who is betraying Allie?

While this story was kind of slow in pace, it was a well laid foundation to a series. It was interesting and I liked Allie a lot. She isn’t as tough as Kate Daniels or Jane Yellowrock, but I also like that she isn’t snarky. She just seems to be a nice girl with great magic capabilities and a good heart. I will continue this series.

*Set in Portland, Oregon

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