|Title: Magic at the Gate
Author: Devon Monk
Series: Allie Beckstrom #5
Cover Art: N/A
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reviewed by: Julia
Sexual situations, sexual assault, and a reference to child abuse.
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & pre-order the sequel.
Allie Beckstrom’s lover, Zayvion Jones, is a Guardian of the Gate, imbued with both light and dark magic and responsible for ensuring that those energies don’t mix. But Zayvion lies in a coma, his soul trapped in death’s realm. And when Allie discovers that the only way to save Zayvion is to sacrifice her very own magical essence, she makes a decision that may have grave consequences for the entire world.
When considering the Allie Beckstrom series as a whole, MAGIC AT THE GATE was my slow point, as so much of the book revolved around the relationship between Allie and her father. While, by design, we don’t get much Zayvion (and more Daniel Beckstrom than I’d like), Shaymus and Allie and Stone have more than enough gravitas to carry a story on their own, enough so that I eagerly await MAGIC ON THE HUNT in April.
As you might have guessed from MAGIC ON THE STORM’s heart-pounding ending, MAGIC AT THE GATE starts with Allie and Stone in Death, looking for Zayvion’s soul. Despite the bickering between Allie and her father, I enjoyed this trip into Death. So much of the magical anomalies in Allie’s world seem tied to the balance of magic with this “other side”, it was great to get a first hand glimpse of what’s going on. Furthermore, Monk provides tantalizing and truly sinister hints regarding choices Daniel Beckstrom made when a young man, choices that may be the root of his troubled relationship with Allie.
Hints remain just that, however, as this book raises more questions than it answers. Monk doesn’t rush the end game, but rather seems to be placing details and clues that suggest a much larger (and one would hope) more satisfying resolution to come. MAGIC AT THE GATE was a welcome dip back into the Allie Beckstrom series, and it raised so many questions I’m glad April isn’t too far off.