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Magic in the Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom Novel (edició 2009)

de Devon Monk

Sèrie: Allie Beckstrom (3)

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"Magic is Allison Beckstrom's blessing and curse. As a Hound, she uses her gifts to track down practitioners who abuse their power, and then stops them from inflicting harm on unsuspecting innocents. Unfortunately her spells have taken a toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories--including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie's thoughts. Her late father, the prominent businessman--and sorcerer--Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her mind. With the help of the Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities--and find a way to deal with her father...."--p. [4] of cover.… (més)
Membre:twocatlover
Títol:Magic in the Shadows: An Allie Beckstrom Novel
Autors:Devon Monk
Informació:Roc (2009), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Col·leccions:ebook
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  Janicemo | Jul 10, 2016 |
Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom Series #3) RATING: 2.5 stars.
 
Still not convinced with this series. I like Allie well enough but am not convinced with her relationship with Zayvion. And Zayvion has too little personality for my taste. Also I think the fact that Allie has to deal with both the Hounds and the Authority is too much. ( )
  slayra | Sep 21, 2013 |
Is it strange that I'm knee-deep in this series and one of my most prominent, recurring thoughts is, "Argh, Allie, buy a car already!" I mean, the girl is a billionaire or near enough to it - even if her father's will is processing slowly, you'd think she'd have the spare cash to get herself a set of wheels? Instead she's always taking cabs or cadging rides off of people and it's really starting to get on my nerves.

So far I have a love/hate relationship with this series. There are a lot of things in it that I love, a lot of others - some nitpicky like Allie needing a car, others more substantial - that get on my nerves. Some of them are essential to the series and probably make it better. For example: Allie's relationship with her father. She spends all this time trying to get him out of her head...but a couple of times she gets a real opportunity to kick him out and doesn't take it. That drives me crazy, but it's realistic. It's hard to hate a parent, or condemn a parent's soul to the endless torments of hell.

I did NOT like the storyline centered on Allie joining the Authority. Allie seems really casual about it, like, "Guess I have to join, oh well," a little mocking and suspicious but that's all. I found the Authority increasingly awful as the book went on and I didn't understand why Allie was even going through the motions to join. Especially when Allie tells Maeve one day that Cody changed her, bringing out the tattoos on her arms, and the next day she finds out that Zavion Closed him. That made me so mad. Am I the only person who remembers that Cody knew glyphs for healing? And since Allie's memory was wiped, those glyphs are gone. Just generally though, all the Authority people seem high-handed and mean, more like villains than allies.

Allie seem to have a highly variable level of intelligence. One second she's smart and strategic. The next she's dumb as a box of rocks. There's one scene where she tries a spell on a bad guy and the spell doesn't work at all. So Zavion warns her: don't use that spell, it will only make the bad guy stronger. Then, a few chapters later, she ends up in a situation with the same bad guy. She promises to stay back and observe, and then she gets another warning: remember, that kind of magic won't do any good, don't use it! So Allie's like, sure, of course not! What does she do? Yep, she tries the same stupid useless spell and gets herself into trouble.

Stuff like that drives me bonkers. And when you compare scenes like that one, where she only seems to know a grand total of three spells and doesn't apply them very well, verses other scenes where she does incredibly complex magic and achieves seemingly impossible things, I start to wonder if the world building and characters are properly constructed and consistent.

Lastly...much as I like Zayvion Jones as a character and a love interest - three and four books down the line he remains really fascinating and mysterious and charismatic - the opening scene where they go on a fancy date was really boring. Usually Allie and Zayvion have pretty snappy, funny dialogue but that whole sequence dragged like nobody's business. So boo to that.


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  MlleEhreen | Apr 3, 2013 |
This my favourite book in this series. The world building is fantastic and I’m loving all the history of Magic. The secondary characters are more prominent and fleshed out a little more than in books 1 and 2, although there are lots of them, and they all have different roles, it doesn’t make it too confusing. I loves Shamus. He is definitely my favourite and I really do hope to see more of him in future books. However, Allie is still grating on my nerves. Her attitude sometimes is damn right annoying, acting like a stroppy 13 year old instead of a young woman in her early twenties. She still listens to no one, putting people in danger because “how dare they tell/advise/suggest her to do anything that might keep her alive”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still enjoying this series I just hope (again) that she grows/learns in the future… and soon ( )
  littlechoo | Apr 22, 2011 |
Not only does Allie have to deal with losing her memories, but now her father's soul is invading her mind as well. She turns to Zayvion, the lover she has no memory of, and the Authority, a secret group of magical enforcers for help getting her father out of her mind. She must tread carefully for not everyone in the order wishes to help her. Meanwhile, one of her hounds gets into trouble, and Allie finds herself in the center of yet another plot for power. In the end it becomes a fight of wills, and if she isn't careful the fight could cost her much more; all her memories, her magical powers, even her life.Allie's father is like the ghost that just will not quit. I found myself saying "You died in the first book, now just go away already!" Poor Allie has had so much thrown at her in such a short amount of time. She really has had to learn to pick up the pieces. While she is not physically strong, she has the tenacity and willpower of a tiger. It has become clear that she is incredibly powerful even though she does not realize this herself. She doubts herself and her powers, and I think that isn't always a bad thing. Overconfidence is a very dangerous thing for someone in a world like hers. There was a good amount of progression in the relationship between Allie and Zayvion, and my earlier frustration at their starting over because of her memory loss is gone. I think this time around will work much better for them, and helps build the interest in the series. I look forward to Allie building her confidence and powers so she can protect the ones she loves, as that is her greatest wish.
  liddlshortydemon | Jul 28, 2010 |
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"Magic is Allison Beckstrom's blessing and curse. As a Hound, she uses her gifts to track down practitioners who abuse their power, and then stops them from inflicting harm on unsuspecting innocents. Unfortunately her spells have taken a toll on her, physically marking her and erasing her memories--including those of the man she supposedly loves. But lost memories aren't the only things preying on Allie's thoughts. Her late father, the prominent businessman--and sorcerer--Daniel Beckstrom, has somehow channeled himself into her mind. With the help of the Authority, a secret organization of magic users, she hopes to gain better control over her own abilities--and find a way to deal with her father...."--p. [4] of cover.

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