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Magic for a Price (Allie Beckstrom #9)

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For most of her life, Allison Beckstrom has used magic and accepted the heavy price it exacts. But now that all magic is poisoned, it’s no longer just using people—it’s killing them.

With Portland about to descend into chaos, Allie needs to find a way to purify the wells of tainted magic beneath the city. But the only options left to her are grim: attempt to close down magi
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Roc (first published November 1st 2012)
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What came to mind when I reached the very last page of Magic for a Price, the ninth and final installment in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series? “Now THIS is how you write a final book in a series!” I loved this book. From the moment I started reading it to the very last word, it was brilliant. The pace was perfect, the character development was perfect, the story was perfect, and the ending was perfect. Yes people, it was that good.

Now let me expand a
Wow! I always forget how intense these books are. Constant drama and action. I'm a little sad to see this series end but I was happy with the way DM handled it. I'll definitely be checking out the Shame and Terric spin off. I was very intrigued with the direction their characters took in this book. I had a few gripes about them praising Ally again. I'd have liked a few more details about Eli but there was so much packed in this book it's barely a blip. Great series.
A satisfying conclusion to a terrific series full of action and emotion. This one suffered a little bit from too perfect heroine syndrome, the typical UF sudden leadership malady. It's hard for me to believe that people who've been leaders for their entire lives, or practicing magic for up to thirty years, would turn to a young woman who's always been a loner, has no leadership or battle experience, and has only been aware of what magic can really do for one year and doesn't really understand th ...more
3.5 stars — spoilers

Allie and the gang try to save magic.

-The plot was fast paced, most of the characters were likeable, the action was spot on, the romance was kind of lame but since there were so many other things going on, it wasn't that big a deal.

-Allie was a decent enough heroine, she wasn't quite as annoying as she used to be although she still had her moments.
For the most part, I thought Allie was useless in the fight to save magic and defeat Leander/Isabelle — her dad was the one with
Deborah Blake
The "Magic" series featuring Allie Beckstrom has been one of my favorites for many years and I have been feeling somewhat bittersweet about it coming to an end. As both a reader and an author, I know how hard it is to tie up all the loose ends and bring a series to a satisfying conclusion.

Thankfully, I can report that Devon Monk has done this in spades. MAGIC FOR A PRICE was a fast and furious, clever, nail-biting ride from beginning to end, full of twists and turns and ending up with a conclusi
It's been 2 months, so I'll stop kidding myself. I can't finish this. It's sad to say, since I gave almost every book a 5 and forced my obsession on others to read it too.

This feels like several of the other books:

Allie and Zay! I've over it and I find them boring and predictable.

Terric and Shamus. Are they gay? I always wished they would get together or at least that Shamus would stop feeling so awkward.

Allie STILL can't use her fucking magic! This has been going on for several books and I c
This is final book in the Allie Beckstrom series and what a ride it’s been! This book does an excellent job of tying up the main storyline while staying realistic. Definitely don’t start with this book, go back and read the rest of the series first or you will be totally lost.

Jingo Jingo may be dead but magic is still poisoned. When Allie and crew find out that the head of Seattle Authority has been possessed by the Soul Complements Leander/Isabelle time becomes of the essence. Leander/Isabelle
Ah, sweet hells how I adore this series!! I cried off and on like a little baby, and that was just from the s/l, not that it's the last in my beloved series.

I don't even know what to say. It won't do justice to how much I love this world and those people, so I'm not going to try right now. What a great feeling knowing that this is the second time in only a few days that a book has made me speechless (the other one was Iced).


End of series.
End of magic.

I loved it.
It's amazing.
The twists. The irritating trust issues.
I love everything from this book.

I love Shame. Perhaps a short story on him soon?

And I love Daniel Beckstrom.

I wish I know more about Eli.

This is really a wonderful journey.
I'm glad that I did not give up on this series.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
I can’t believe it’s over. I’m very sad to see the Allie Beckstrom series draw to a close, but I have to give Devon Monk credit where credit is due. The lady clearly had a plan. That may sound like it should be a given in a series like this, but I can tell you that when you get past book 3 or book 5 in an ongoing arc, many (if not most) stories start to lose their way. Threads get lost. The focus changes. But in this series, it feels like everything was done for a reason… to get us to this place ...more

I really wish I could give this book 5 stars. It really was a great read, but there were some things that bugged the bajezus outta me. For one, why must Monk think she needs to explain to us what soul compliments are and what they can do about a dozen or more times in ONE BOOK? We get it already. In fact, she managed to over explain several things.. Almost like she was reaching for a word limit or something. And how many times can one person die in a single book, let alone a whole series.?
:'( Good bye Allie, Zay, Shamus, Terric and Stoney and all others. How do you even compare????????? There is no comparison to the wonderful adventure and all the magics thats been presented throughout this series. I love Devon for her style in writing and her wits, humour and wonderful plots and mysteries in these books. I am in love with Allie's life and felt really sad that this is the final book :'(

I don't know how I can read any other book after this without comparing the quality and the con
This is the last book in the series *crying* and I get so wary about last books as more often than not they don’t live up to those books that came before them. I am so pleased that this was not the case. Magic For A Price was a perfect last book.

Over the eight previous books we have seen Allie use magic and get used by magic, make friends and loose friends and fight to save Portland and keep magic pure. Allie has had ups and downs and there have been many questions raised that I hoped…no, that
So all good things must come to an end ...

Book #8 ends with sort of a cliffhanger, when Roman Grimshaw told Allie and Zayvion that the Overseer has been possessed by Leander and Isabelle and they are bringing the apocalypse war to Portland. Now, Allie, Zayvion, Shame, Terric, and the rest of Portland magic users, the Hounds, even the cops, are ready to defend their city, no matter what. Starting with closing the Wells, so no magic can be used. Then, it's basically a race against time and a four-
Brilliant! Devon Monk did an Amazing job bringing this series to an end. I loved every minute of this book. It was fast paced,explosive and one heck of a ride. There were many moments that I had to dry my eyes and by the end I had to have my box of tissues ready at hand. All of the questions I had were answered and many more things were revealed. The Allie Beckstrom Series has always been one of my favorites and I am very sad to see it end but I am also ready to see what she has instore for us w ...more
Kathy Davie
Ninth and, thank god, last in the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and revolving around a young Hound who has found her Soul Complement. And the only one in the world who can save it…poor thing.

It's been two days since Magic Without Mercy , 8.

My Take
Well, this was annoying. I've only been reading this series to find out how her father behaves at the end, and…what a letdown. The greatest intrigue in the whole series has been Dad shifting and shying away from telling Allie anything meaningful
The bad guys are coming and the big showdown is wait that was the last book. A large group of less menacing not really bad guys are coming so let's close off magic so we can stand a chance to stop them. That's pretty much all I have to say, it was ok. I don't love the individual characters so the banter and their personal growth doesn't appeal to me. There isn't much world building left and only a few loose ends that I stopped caring about long ago, so it's just prep, battle, conclusio ...more
Firstly, my thanks for writing such an amazing series has to go to Devon Monk. Never have I read anything so addicting, so captivating, so everyday-reality in my life. The author definitely had me on the edge of my chair, laughing, crying and even a bit jealous lol but I fell in love with these characters in so many way.
Thank you Devon Monk for writing such an amazing series.
a great build up to the end of the series. It's been a great ride. I can't wait to see how it ends....
Tracy T.
And that is how you end a series, ladies and gentlemen.
All Things Urban Fantasy
I’ve had a fraught 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
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Allie Beckstrom has faced down some pretty steep odds and came out on top in the past, but this time things may just be insurmountable. Magic itself is poisoned and killing people at an alarming rate. Even worse, while Allie has always been able to rely on her magic in the past, she now suffers in agony after using only the smallest spell. But, she's the only one who even stands a chance at healing magic, and no matter the price, she'll pay
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC from the author via a contest for review, I was in no way compensated for this review.

It's the series finale and boy are things about to go out with a BANG! Magic for a Price concludes Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, one I started years ago and fell in love with. Although quick comment on the cover, yet again I love it! Allie is totally fierce, yet her hair is still supposed to be super short and it's not. Oh well!

So Portland is in major trouble. The BIG BAD--Leander an
Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
When it comes to ending a series it is often difficult for everyone to get that feeling of satisfaction. Answering the unanswered questions and making everything tie up nicely is a challenge. So for the final instalment of the Allie Beckstrom series I held my breath. Allie has always been a fiery heroine whom I have a slight girl crush on and Zayvion Jones is one smoking hot, sexy, powerful man. Ahem, excuse me. The last book left us with Portland's magic poisoned, illness spreading like wildfir ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Magic for a Price picks up right where Magic without Mercy left off. Allie, Zayvion, Terric, Shamus, Maeve and others are on the run from the Authority. They have survived the great show down with Jingo Jingo and his supporters but not without heavy losses. Unfortunately, they are not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.

Magic around Portland, Oregon has been poisoned spawning the veiled, ghosts of dead magic users who in turn are infectin
Feb 07, 2013 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, uf
Pretty much what my issues were with the last book are my issues with this one. Allie seems more to be a narrator then a heroine. Yes, she's the leader doing all the planning, but lots of people saving her, lots of her dad, lots of not her. The fight at the end wasn't even that crazy, nothing really happened except them driving around to close off the wells, only to have Zay just rip them open with an hour of closing them all. In the end, we barely learn anything about all the holes in her mind, ...more
Its really 4.25/4.5 stars..... but because its one of my fave series I had to round up. As always it was action packed and we had a lot of our main fave characters for most of the book. As the last in the series the main story line was nicely tied up; while still leaving a lot to go ahead with the spin-off (which I cant wait for)!! Shame and Terric are going to be hysterical!! What didn't make it as good as some of previous books is there seems to have been a lot of repetition and stagnant dialo ...more
Magic for a Price is the ninth novel in the “Allie Beckstrom” series by Devon Monk, and it reads like it may well be the last–I guess we’ll see! The first book in the series, Magic to the Bone, blew me away. There was a bit of a slump after that–it’s great that Allie has flaws such as her intense stubbornness, but for the span of a couple of books she was so stubborn she kept putting people in danger, and she just wasn’t learning from her mistakes, which grew very frustrating. Finally she starte ...more
Michelle Cristiani
This was a superb ending to a really good series. I kept wondering how Monk was going to pull it all together, and she did it, expertly. Until the last few pages, I truly couldn't predict the fate of each of the characters - including the protagonist. The action was nonstop and the banter was perfect.

What also impressed me was how Allie the protagonist and Zayvion, her lover, were in the backseat for much of the time. This battle was a team effort - each and every person mattered. It has a real
I would rate this book 5 stars, but the writing was a little annoying when it came to the characters' lives. Too much teasing on will they survive or not. It would have been okay if it was one or two times - but it seemed to be a trend in this book and I found it annoying. I suppose it was meant to be "thrilling and suspenseful" but it did not come off that way. JMO
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Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She writes the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and the Age of Steam steampunk series. Her collection of short stories, A CUP OF NORMAL is a finalist for the Mythopoeic and Endeavour Awards. When not writing, ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Allie Beckstrom (9 books)
  • Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom, #1)
  • Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom, #2)
  • Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom, #3)
  • Magic on the Storm (Allie Beckstrom, #4)
  • Magic at the Gate (Allie Beckstrom, #5)
  • Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom, #6)
  • Magic on the Line (Allie Beckstrom, #7)
  • Magic Without Mercy (Allie Beckstrom, #8)
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