Allison Beckstrom has willingly paid the price of pain to use magic, and has obeyed the rules of the Authority, the clandestine organization that makes---and enforces---all magic policy. But when the Authority's new boss, Bartholomew Wray, refuses to believe that the sudden rash of deaths in Portland might be caused by magic, Allie must choose to follow the Authority's rules, or turn against the very people for whom she's risked her life. To stop the plague of dark magic spreading through the city, all that she values will be on the line: her magic, her memories, her life. Now, as dead magic users rise to feed upon the innocent and the people closest to her begin to fall, Allie is about to run out of options.
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©2011 Devon Monk (P)2011 Tantor
"This dark and delicious novel digs deep into the characters, their relationships, and the mysterious Authority. Allie is one of urban fantasys most entertaining heroines, and her latest adventure will leave [listeners] desperately wanting more." (Publishers Weekly)
In Monk???s Magic series, this book ranks well for me. The story twists and turns in interesting ways. Some I thought were predictable but I like seeing where an author is going before she goes there. The moment Allie goes totally against her nature as portrayed in the previous 6 books I cheered, ???Finally!??? Monk???s character development is slow but steady. Some series authors think they have to stay true to their characters and don???t??? let them grow. Though this is a fantasy setting, I find it more human than other series I???ve read.
In this volume I grew to like Mave more and am seeing her in my mind in the body of Mary Steenburgen. Not sure why.
Emily Durante is getting to me. With each book she is growing to be an important part of my enjoyment of the story for me. Her voicing of the characters has gotten more precise with each new addition. I particularly like when she voices one character possessing another. She cleverly combines the 2 in a way that you understand who has taken over whom. It???s amazing.
I love the Allie Beckstrom novels, but listening to the narrator is an awful experience. Since the story is first person, the voice is representing Allison Beckstrom's character....this Emily Durante lady does not. She sounds like a 40 year old librarian- which Allie is not. Durante has a very pleasant voice but it does not suite these novels well at all. Very sad! Please audible.com- fix this!
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