Review: Magic on the Line by Devon Monk

magic on the lineReviewed by Jen

I thought this installment of the Allie Beckstrom series kicked ass. It’s a major game changer for the characters I have come to know and love over the course of seven books now. The people are evolving.  More enemies are revealing themselves. And things get worse for Allie than ever before.  That poor woman just can’t catch a break.

The hits begin in chapter one and they just keep coming.  The Authority now has new leadership and the new boss is sporting an obvious grudge for Allie and her friends.  Her hardships begin with a painful interrogation and within hours, Allie has lost her ability to use magic.

Here’s the thing with that.  Magic has been one of the only constants she has ever had. She had a crappy family, no money, a spotty memory, constant pain and only one friend. And magic. I hated it when she had to give up her magical reserves a few books back, but for Zayvion, I understood the sacrifice. But now, it’s like losing a limb –and for me, that hit hard.

Anyway, the new Authority boss is turning the organization upside down, and it affects almost everyone in Allie’s life.  Where I found it most interesting, though, is how it hits Zayvion. One of the things I love best about him is the quiet sense of honor he carries with him. It’s terribly sad to see him struggle between his vows and his own sense of right and wrong.  He is such a wonderfully complex character and is still one of my favorites. I love him as an individual and as part of the relationship with Allie. They give me so many feels.

I also continue to enjoy the dynamic between Shame and Terric. A whole new layer of that is unveiled here, which adds to the emotional confusion.  And then there’s Daniel. He is… less awful here… almost helpful. I don’t know how I feel about that. We don’t have any new answers about him. And he can’t undo all that he has done to earn my hatred over the course of the series. So I guess that is all I have to say about that.

The climax is fantastic and we have returned to the cliffhangers of the early books. If I would have had to wait between these installments, I would have lost my mind.

Rating: B+

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Magic on the Line
by Devon Monk
Release Date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Roc

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