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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
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ebook, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Roc (first published January 1st 2009)
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Beanbag Love
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
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Julie
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
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marlene
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
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Ithlilian
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
Yolanda Sfetsos
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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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
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 intention ...more
Marc
Une série qui est décidément loin d'être décevante !
Colleen
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
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Tynga
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 a ...more
Tami
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
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Mare S
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 i ...more
Shanon
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
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Meigan
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
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Lori
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. :)
Vannessa
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
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Kalynn
If Devon Monk could start books as well she finishes them, I would buy and read each of her books the day it came out. That said, this installment of Allie Beckstrom's adventures picks up much more quickly and moves at a better pace than the last. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I recommend that anyone, who has read the first two and is uncertain about whether to continue the series, should give this a chance. If you haven't read the first two, you should do so first. this is absolutely not a stand ...more
The BookWhisperer
Wow I mean wow. Let just suffice to say that I LOVE THIS BOOK. This is the third book in the Allie Beckstrom series, and chosen to be my absolute favorite of this series. Magic in the Shadows turned a corner in the series with this book. Allie is no longer following a endless tunnel of uncertainty. She has found friends and build relationship that have not failed with her memory loss. Devon Monk appeared to have become comfortable with her writing in this book, and soared through this amazing no ...more
Wendy Hines
Allie may be losing her mind, but she still has magic at her fingertips.

Allie Beckstrom is a Hound; she is able to trace magic back to its source. She does a lot of jobs for the police helping to stop practitioners from harming more innocents. Every time magic is used, it expends right back in some form. It could be a headache or sore muscles, but in Allie's case, her powers are so great she usually pays a higher price. She keeps a journal of her day-to-day activities because she never knows whe
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Melindeeloo
This has been sitting in my pile (along with all of the rest of its younger siblings) for quite a while now, so picking back up with magical Allie was a bit of a challenge at first. I read so much that I honestly not only didn't remember much coming back in, but that didn't really end up being and issue because there were enough references to events in the past book to jog my memory.

Since this has been out for so long I am not going to bother with a synopsis. I enjoyed Magic in the Shadows, but
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Mardel
Ever since I read Devon Monk's debut book (Magic to the Bone) I've felt obsessed (in a non-creepy way, okay?) with her books. When I finished reading the second book, (Magic in the Blood) I wanted to read it again. With this book I felt the same.

In this installment Allie Beckstrom deals with having her brain inhabited by her father. She also acquires a sidekick (one of my favorite characters in the book). She is tested by the Authorities, has other-worldly beasties after her, and is trying to k
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Kechelle
Devon Monk first came to my attention two years ago whilst I spent the day in Bunbury with a friend. My friend, who avidly reads paranormal fiction, influenced me to step outside the square and try something different. I first read Monk’s Magic in the blood and collected the others after enjoying her first book.

Devon Monk has now published four novels with her next two in the Allie Beckstrom series to be released soon. She lives in America.

Magic in the shadows was published the 9th of May 2009
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Amy A
So far, I believe that this is the best book in the series. The first one was good, but at the end when Allie loses her memories, she kind of has to start over and so do we in the second book. I felt like Magic in the Blood was a little foggy storyline wise as I assume everything was likewise foggy for Allie.

Magic in the Shadows literally picks up the exact moment that Magic in the Blood ends. At the end of the second book Allie is in her bathroom moticing how her father's soul is in her, and th
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Lola
3.5 stars again. Well I could basically repeat all my points of my review of book 2. Again it is a nice book, but not great. I feel like I am still waiting for something to happen that makes this series great for me. The point is I like the world and the fact that magic costs a price. But I just have difficulties conitnuing this book sometimes, I just do not have that urge to keep reading, but when I am reading I enjoy it. This book introduces some major changes in the story line, we learn more ...more
Hope
In this one, Allie and Zay face the gruesome discovery that someone is blending dark and blood magic to cross from death to life. The stolen disks figure heavily in the plot, and we learn more about Daniel Beckstrom's murder... and his refusal to die. On the lighter side, Nola finds a love interest, and Allie frees a gargoyle. Her ability to see that it is alive, and the way she can visualize magic, seem to be unique to her. Cody plays a critical role in the climax, and there are hints that even ...more
Kt
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, ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun
RATING : 4.5 SHAMUS AND STONE STARS!!

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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Susi
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
Shdnx
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
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Jenny Delandro
Allie gets accepted into the Authority - after she and Zayvion prove that they are soul complements and they kill a lot of hungers(bad dogs)

Davy is recovering from being by Tomi who was under a spell from (jingo or greystone)He is still in hospital

Shame is just great stealing Stone from the Authority...

and Stone.... who could not be happy with a pet that does not eat, does not poop everywhere... Ok it is capable of making a mess and he can seriously kick butt! and he likes being scratched behind
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Kaarina
I am so in love with series I don't know where to begin! Got to love a fast-pace plot and kick-ass characters AND a pet gargoyle. I really wouldn't mind have a pet one myself.

I have a total girl-crush on Allie, I have said this a million times but I do. I really admire her. I read urban-fantasy where I think the main character is awesome but there's just some about her. And her caffeine addiction? I can totally identify with that.

/SPOILERS/
And FINALLY we learn a bit more about Zay's past. It's
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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 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)
  • Magic for a Price (Allie Beckstrom, #9)
Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom, #1) Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom, #2) Magic on the Storm (Allie Beckstrom, #4) Magic on the Hunt (Allie Beckstrom, #6) Magic at the Gate (Allie Beckstrom, #5)

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