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Magic in the Shadows (Allie Beckstrom #3)

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Allison Beckstrom's magic has taken its 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 very mind. With the help of The Authority,
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Roc (first published January 1st 2009)
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Beanbag Love
Feb 28, 2012 Beanbag Love rated it liked it
Was going to round this up to four stars, but decided not to.

This is the third installment in the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk. I had one major problem with this book that brought it down by major points.

What's the problem? Allie Beckstrom. She was a menace in this story. A danger to herself and others. Not just a danger but an extreme danger. Every time someone would tell her to do (or not do) something she'd defy them. Why? She knows she doesn't know what the others know but she's tir
Dec 17, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
And we are back with book three in Devon Monk’s awesome ‘Allie Beckstrom’ series, Magic in the Shadows. I know *bows head*not ‘we’…just me. But I am going to make as much noise as I can about this book. Let me just say Magic Fight people! A Magic. Fight!!! But I’ll get to that a little later.

Before I continue, a little warning. I won’t be able to write this review without slipping a couple little spoilers about the first two books in the series. Nothing that will take away from your reading enjo
Kathy Davie
Third in the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series set in an alternate Portland, Oregon, and revolving around a unique Hound who tracks magic spells.

My Take
The premise of the Allie Beckstrom series is fascinating, and I have differing levels of enjoyment for the characters. I am conflicted about Allie herself. I appreciate her morals, her dilemma, but I hate her stubborn stupidity. It's that push-my-way-into-danger trope that really irritates me. She has no skills, can't take instruction, and end
Nov 05, 2009 Colleen rated it really liked it
If you liked Magic In the Blood and Magic to the Bone, you'll definitely want to read Magic in the Shadows. This is the third book in the "Allie Beckstrom" series and it takes place immediately after "Magic in the Blood". I recommend starting with Book 1, but if you're new to the series, there is enough back-story so won't be too confused. The back-story does cause the first part of the book to be a little bit slow, but the rest of the book is fast paced and packed full of action.

"Magic in the S
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Maybe my tastes have changed because I absolutely loved Magic to the Bone and Magic in the Blood, but I really didn't like this book. My main issue is the plot. There is some sort of creature running around trying to eat Allie's dad out of her head. This creature appears a few times and takes up maybe 20 pages total, the rest of the book consists of banter, banter, and more banter. There wasn't anything especially appealing about Allie's character in the previous novels, and if anything she has ...more
Nov 08, 2009 marlene rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this puppy down for anything. once i started i am not sure i even blinked.

this installment of allie's life picks up almost right after book 2. allie is trying to remember the parts of the last few weeks that have been erased by her magic use while settling into her new apartment. she also has to take care of the hounds, pass magical tests by the Authority, rediscover the magic between her and Zay, and her dead father is in her head taking control of her body. not too much to hand
Oct 23, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
I'm still not ready to give this series a 4 star even after (3) books. However, I do appreciate that Ms Monk has added a new character to the mix, whom I actually liked. Shamus Flynn. I think that along with Zay, and Allie, they make a great team, and an even better story line. I Stone, the gargolye that Allie releases by accident. He fast becomes Allies protector, which she is in serious need of. I don't, however, trust Violet, or her body guard Kevin. I think they have alot more evil ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Dec 30, 2010 Yolanda Sfetsos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Have I mentioned that I absolutely love the covers for this series? They're awesome. Just as awesome as what's inside. :)

After reading the second book in the series last week, I couldn't leave this one sitting on my TBR pile for long. I couldn't wait to get stuck into the third. And boy, is it awesome. This series is another one of those that reminds me just why I love the UF genre so much. It's got a little of everything in it. And since I've got a total weakness for gargoyles, I loved the intr
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One would think that once dead, a person stays dead. Not so for Allie. First finding out her father is possibly killing proxies illegally. Then he is killed and she's accused. Now she's possessed by her dad. She just can't get a break.

I read this book in one sitting and immediately picked up the next book and read it. I have no idea why I waited so long to read this series. I like Allie. She's young at times and she tries her best. She is still in the age where everything is black and white. She
Apr 27, 2016 Preethi rated it really liked it
I loved this book!

I read the previous book Magic in the Blood two years ago and loved it. I have no idea why I didn't continue reading this series further. Did not want to be disappointed perhaps?

I needn't have worried. I liked this book a lot! Books with multiple story lines tend to annoy me a lot (ahem, Charlie Davidson, ahem). But Devon Monk has managed this with a finesse that I didn't even notice that there were multiple plot lines - the Necromorph, Nola trying to get custody of Cody, the
Oct 07, 2014 Marc rated it really liked it
Une série qui est décidément loin d'être décevante !
Apr 13, 2012 Tami rated it really liked it
Some spoiler alerts!!

Ok.. well.. I liked the book over all.. The pace was a bit better than the last 2.
The story picks up exactly where the last one left off, in the bathroom mirror. Allie has to deal with her dead dad being in her head while some crazy half dead creature thingy is causing a ruckus around town and trying to kill Allie (well her father, who's stuck in her head). The accident with the gargoyle (which when described sounds like it looks a lot like the crazy half dead creature thin
Mar 22, 2012 Tynga rated it really liked it
Allie Beckstrom’s life is far from being easy and simple, she really has a knack for getting herself in the worst positions possible and this time around is no different. After a magical incident, more like apocalypse really, she is stuck with a part of her father, somewhere in her mind, and he is doing his very best to take her body over. Annoying you say? But it’s not all she has to deal with, after promising a dying friend to protect the other Hounds in town, she finds herself facing bigger ...more
Mare S
Jan 18, 2011 Mare S rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Allie Beckstrom novels. I had to originally put this book down as I was at the will of the library and got swamped. But once I'm able to get into these books, I really enjoy the stories and want to keep reading it until the end. This book fleshes out the world of magic much more and the world that Allie's boyfriend, Zayvion, was a part of. I really love the way the history and universe of magic these books has put into motion. I'll admit the fact that Allie's dad is residing ...more
Dec 07, 2009 Shanon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
I've really enjoyed this series! Allie has such a great voice and I find myself smiling at her thoughts and comments all the time.

The addition of several characters was great, I think Shamus & Stone are wonderful and can't wait to read more about them.

Zayvion is still the sexy beast he was in previous books and I was finally able to figure out why he felt a little familiar - he reminds me of David from Caine's Weather Warden series. They are both confident, mysterious, powerful & sexy
cat reads
Feb 22, 2016 cat reads rated it liked it
This isn't a horrible series, but it just isn't doing it for me. I never really started caring for Allie or any of the other characters, and without any feeling for them, everything else turns grey and lifeless.
Lori Watson
Mar 03, 2013 Lori Watson rated it really liked it
I love Allie and her sarcasm and her stubbornness. This third book was no different and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Shamus is a great addition to the cast of characters and I hope to see more of him in the future. :)
Heather (hungrycookiemonster)
Apr 10, 2012 Heather (hungrycookiemonster) rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, supernatural
I give Magic in the Shadows by Devon Monk 4/5 stars for its ability to keep me interested and bring new meaning to possession.

Though I will give no spoilers for Magic in the Shadows, there are spoilers from the first two prior novels.

Magic in the Shadows:

Allie Beckstorm is back again with all her humor and terrible luck. This time, the Authority, who we have heard about in the past two books but have not really seen, are finally ready to test Allie to see if she is worthy of becoming a me
Marissa Teng
Nov 01, 2016 Marissa Teng rated it really liked it
this one was good. i really dont like how corny Zay and Allie are when it comes to their love life. i also HATE how she always says "Hells" instead of "Hell"
I also want to see Zay lose his shit! I can't wait for that!
And i love Stone. He made me smile.
Oct 09, 2016 KarenF rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, own
I like the world and the overall plot and I loved Stone the gargoyle but I really, really hate the evil-ex trope. Not that we know Chase is evil per se, but given how few women Allie has in her world vs. how many men I just wanted it to go a different way. Anyway, I did like it overall and I'm willing to give it some time to see if that plot line maybe goes a different way.
Dec 20, 2010 Jessica(Spinecracker) rated it really liked it
Originally posted at

4.5 stars
Magic in the Shadows is the 3rd installment in the Allie Beckstrom series, and if after reading my first 2 reviews you didn't add this entire series to your TBR pile, maybe a straightforward review is not what you need to see? Maybe you've been burned by series in the past; investing your time and emotions with a set of characters only to lose interest along the way. Maybe I need to disspell those fears right here and now; prove t
Ethel N. Lucee
Nov 12, 2013 Ethel N. Lucee rated it it was amazing
I really liked the first book in the series and loved the second book; but I adore Magic in the Shadows.

Allie goes on a date, interrupts a kill site, almost gets killed, gets in a fight with her date, overloads on magic at the restaurant, trips and accidentally frees a gargoyle, and gets a good night kiss at the door. This girl knows how to be an interesting date! And that's just the start.

At a breakneck pace, situation after situation unfolds itself. Allie has assumed authority over the hounds.
Nov 18, 2009 Susi rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Alliemagic in the shadows Beckstrom series and it’s the best so far. I started the book and after a few pages I had the urge to mark a page because it was of the most hilarious scenes I ever read. *Please take note that I don’t usually put post-its in my books.Sometimes I have 2-3 post-its tops in one but only in my all-time favorites.* Considering this fact please take a look at the picture of my copy---> yep, there are many post-its(to view this picture please ...more
May 14, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I strongly suggest you read the previous books in this series (Magic to the Bone and Magic in the Blood) in order, before reading this book. This story picks up right where Magic in the Blood leaves off.

Allie Beckstrom's life has been invaded. She has gone from a life of intentional solitude, too having a full plate overflowing with family, obligations, responsibilities and friends. Allie's father has come back from the dead in spirit and created a little pocket of existence for himself in Allie
My favorite so far. I loved how "close" Allie and her father have grown, despite his being dead and all :)

Many changes are in store for Allison Beckstrom. Not only does she still have decisions to make regarding the fate of her late father's company, which is now hers, but she is also the new Pack leader for the Hounds. Add to that, she is also offered a job and is given an invitation to join a secret magical alliance. She's going to be one busy girl.

This installment picks up on the very day th
Dec 12, 2011 Shdnx rated it really liked it
I was really surprised as to how much I liked this book. The book I read before it was really awesome (although unfortunately never published abroad; it's from a Hungarian author, called J. Goldenlane, and this was her book titled "Farkastestvér" or "Sister of the Wolves" if I had to give a direct translation) - and usually the book that follows an awesome book fails miserably.
Anyway, after the first 20 pages I was sucked into the story and I'd dare to say that this is the best installment of th
Mar 15, 2011 Karissa rated it really liked it

This is the third book in the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk. The sixth book, Magic on the Hunt, is due out in April of 2011. This book was an excellent addition to the series and really broadened and complicated Allie's world. So far this book has been my favorite of the set.

In the last book Allie's father forced himself into her mind. In this book Allie is trying to figure out how to cope with that. Her father is there giving her advice she doesn't want and constantly pleading with her t
Novels On The Run
Oct 10, 2011 Novels On The Run rated it really liked it


Talk about Jedi mind tricks. Dear ol dad is really working his mind mojo in this book. I do like this angle that Devon has taken with Allie’s character. For a man that she hadn’t seen for 7 years, to now living within her, listening, watching through her eyes, wow! Great angle, still lots of dad mystery that we need to understand.

I’m still not sure if Daniel is evil or if he is half evil when he wants to be or totally misunderstood. I think
Allie Beckstrom is back in this fast paced installment of this series. This time Allie is not alone - her father basically lives in her head and she talks to him, much to her dismay and he is able to control her to some extent, much to her horror.

When some strange man-beast thing attacks her, Allie knows it's time to sort out everything that is going on in her life - well as much as she can. She's now the heir to the Beckstrom empire but doesn't want to be part of it, so she needs to get that s
Michelle  novelsontherun
Oct 10, 2011 Michelle novelsontherun rated it really liked it

Talk about Jedi mind tricks. Dear ol dad is really working his mind mojo in this book. I do like this angle that Devon has taken with Allie’s character. For a man that she hadn’t seen for 7 years, to now living within her, listening, watching through her eyes, wow! Great angle, still lots of dad mystery that we need to understand.

I’m still not sure if Daniel is evil or if he is half evil when he wants to be or totally misunderstood. I think I have trouble ge
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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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Allie Beckstrom (9 books)
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