Heck yeah! Each one of these books is better than the one before. I think what I like best about this series (other than the salty goodness of one Zayvion Jones) is the fact that Devon Monk isn’t afraid to advance her main story arc pretty significantly with each book. Yes, there is an individual crisis in each story, but every one of them moves us along in the big picture. And at the end of every book, I am excited to see what will happen next.
This book picks up right where Magic in the Blood left off. The very same day. (New readers, be warned, the installments in this series are not standalones. You need to start with book 1.) Allie’s dad is making his presence known from inside her head. He clearly has an agenda and she wants no part of it. She only wants to go on her date with Zay and keep her promise to take care of the hounds. But it can’t be that simple.
She does get to go on that date, though, and I loved every minute of it. There is definite advancement in Allie’s relationship with Zayvion and I found it very satisfying. The sex scenes still aren’t super explicit, but at least I knew for sure what was going on this time. Besides that, what is going on between them is way more than physical. I loved watching this relationship take shape. I loved learning more about Zay… even if it’s not all great. We see a new side of him in the context of the Authority, which was a little weird, since he is almost a different man with them. But Monk expands the world by introducing us to his peers and the people who have shaped his life. (I’m a big fan of Shamus, BTW.)
Allie’s dad, on the other hand, is a horrible human being. I don’t understand how he cares so little about his daughter, about right and wrong. He loves Violet, which is clear, but out of character, and again, I’m just throwing out there that I don’t trust her. We’ll see if that pans out later.
Allie’s job as protector of the hounds intersects with her police work and the Authority in a way that brings us full circle and kept me interested and engaged from beginning to end. Even Cody tied into it all. The climax is great –and I appreciate the fact that Monk doesn’t save it for the last chapter. Instead she lets us come down a bit to see a little of the aftermath with the characters before the end of the book.
I really liked this and will definitely stick with the series.
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Magic in the Shadows
by Devon Monk
Release Date: November 3, 2009