Early Review: Magic for a Price (Allie Beckstrom #9) by Devon Monk

November 4, 2012 Review 0

*This title will be released on November 6, 2012*

Magic for a Price

(Allie Beckstrom, #9)
by Devon Monk

Genre: Urban Fantasy |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; November 6, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0451464869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464866


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Brief scene of sensuality.


Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic, but she’s never faced anything like this.

Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father may have left the only cure in the hands of a madman. Hunted by the Authority–the secret council that enforces magic’s laws–wanted by the police, and unable to use magic, she’s got to find the cure before the sickness spreads beyond any power to stop it.

But when a Death magic user seeks to destroy the only antidote, Allie and her fellow renegades must stand and fight to defend the innocent and save all magic…


I’ve had a mixed relationship with the Allie Beckstrom series, and MAGIC FOR A PRICE addressed many of my issues.  But a nine book build up to get answers means high expectations, and my own reaction was mixed to say the least.  I enjoyed MAGIC FOR A PRICE very much as an individual book, but it’s ending suffered significantly from my issues with the series as a whole.

In past books I felt like the action moved too slow, with Allie facing the same magical problems over and over. This contributed to my difficulty in keeping track of which books I had read in the series, the events and descriptions from Allie’s perspective changed so little I always struggled to find my place in the series.  This isn’t a problem at all in MAGIC FOR A PRICE. Monk interweaves new action with unobtrusive references to past events, making it very easy to refresh my memory on the series while moving forward with the plot.

And Monk does make sweeping changes to her world in MAGIC FOR A PRICE, something I wish had happened earlier in the series.  I would have liked this book so much more if I could see Allie and company dealing with the consequences of their battle in future books.  As a series finale, however, I didn’t care enough about these conflicts, stretched long and thin over nine books, to make the resolution pack significant punch.  The magical architecture Monk has created is unparalleled, the relationships (between both living and dead) are unique and nuanced, but there is some elemental aspect of pacing and character that is missing for me.  It’s telling that my affection for Stone is so much stronger than my interest in Allie’s love life, or that my curiosity is so much stronger for the Hounds than the Assembly.  This series and I have been just half a step out of sync the whole way through.

For readers who have enjoyed the incremental plotlines while staying invested in the mystery of Allie’s past and relationship with her father, MAGIC FOR A PRICE will be a bittersweet treat that answers longstanding questions while bringing the series to a close.  I enjoyed this individual book very much, though my relationship with the Allie Beckstrom series as a whole stays where it started, conflicted.

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