Review: Magic on the Storm by Devon Monk

magicon the storm mech.inddReviewed by Jen

These endings are killing me. Just when I thought this series couldn’t turn on its ear any more than it already has, Devon Monk manages to pull the rug out from under me yet again. This book has something of a slow build at the beginning, but wow does it explode in the second half. And it ends with a cliffhanger that made want to throw my real-life responsibilities out of the window and dive right in to the next installment.

This book picks up about two months after the events of the last one.  Allie and Zayvion are in a good place, which I really loved getting to see. Poor Allie has been to hell and back and it gave me the warm and fuzzies to have them just reveling in their happiness. But you know it can’t last.

The Authority has discovered a wild-magic storm on the horizon and Allie, Zay and the others must come together to save Portland from the effects.  This, as unrest grows in the ranks of the powerful magic society. Allie has no idea who the Good Guys and the Bad Guys are.  Frankly, she is pretty clueless about everything, but she is trying to learn.  Meanwhile, she is working to figure out what is going on with her father’s consciousness –and there’s still that pesky problem of Chase and that creepy hybrid Greyson.

It’s not all action and angst. In addition to the growing romance between Allie and Zay, there is the sweet and loveable gargoyle, Stone. And I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the disarming and engaging relationship between the straight Shame and his gay male soul-mate Terric. Such an interesting dynamic there.

But at its heart, this book is about Allie. About her growth as a magic user, her growth as a person, and her ties to the people in her life, both good and bad. For me, it worked. And the end… I guess I can be excited, because the next book is already out and ready for me to start. If I would have had to wait a year, I might have gone crazy. Because it looks like this ride is just getting started.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Magic on the Storm
by Devon Monk
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Roc

Comments

  1. Jen, I love these books, so I’m happy to see you reviewing them. but I think you mean gay, male soul-mate Terric. Terric is gay; Shame is straight. Shame cracks me up and I’m totally into him and Stone. I love Stone. I’m really attached to Cody also.

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      Yes! That is what I meant. Thank you for alerting me to my typo. Sometimes my brain gets ahead of my fingers.

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