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Magic at the Gate (Allie Beckstrom #5)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  3,759 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Allie Beckstrom's lover, Zayvion Jones, is a Guardian of the Gate, imbued with both light and dark magic and responsible for ensuring that those energies don't mix. But Zayvion lies in a coma, his soul trapped in death's realm. And when Allie discovers that the only way to save Zayvion is to sacrifice her very own magical essence, she makes a decision that may have grave c ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Roc (first published September 29th 2010)
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
This is probably the first time I have finished a book in this series without the burning desire to rip into the next one. Not that it was a bad book. It wasn’t. But I didn’t connect with it as much as with some previous installments. And I think that had a lot to do with the gaping hole in the story where Zayvion Jones usually lives.

Though Zay is a driving force in the story, his absence is a bigger factor than anything else. The story begins with Allie, her father, and her gargoyle Stone enter
Nov 05, 2010 Kt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: hardcopy
This book starts right up where the last one left off, with Allie, her father, and Stone traveling into death's realm to rescue Zayvion's soul. She succeeds, but at a terrible price, having to sacrifice the magic that belonged to her soul. As dangerous as things are for her in that realm, those dangers pale in comparison to what awaits her when she returns. Some of the most powerful veiled have gotten a hold of the disks that were charged with the wild magic. These disks give them corporeal bodi ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

When considering the Allie Beckstrom series as a whole, MAGIC AT THE GATE was my slow point, as so much of the book revolved around the relationship between Allie and her father. While, by design, we don’t get much Zayvion (and more Daniel Beckstrom than I'd like), Shaymus and Allie and Stone have more than enough gravitas to carry a story on their own, enough so that I eagerly await MAGIC ON THE HUNT in April.

As you might have guessed from MAGIC ON TH
While entertaining and a fairly easy read, I had a hard time reading this book. Why? Because I have come to really really hate the characters. Every single choice made by Allie in this book upset me. But what upsets me more is what happens to her. I honestly cannot think of a character I hate more than her father. WHAT IS DANIEL BECKSTROM UP TO? How can he do this to his own child? He is so evil it is ridiculous to me. I don't know what his goal is, maybe he wants to save the world, but his poss ...more
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and revolving around Allie, a Hound involved in too many problems.

My Take
Dang, this is so confusing. On the one hand, I despise Daniel for his greed, his hunger for power, the way he'll use anyone (and I MEAN everyone) for his end goal. On the other hand, he says things that make me think he MIGHT be a good guy, somewhere under all that. Things like "I am on magic's side. To see it … whole — light and dark used equally…" I suspect it's the main r
After the events of the wild magic storm and the betrayal from trusted Authority members, most everyone escaped major harm. Battered, yes, as each member involved carries not only the memories of the battle, but some now carry small reminders of the events that transpired, mainly Shamus. The only member who didn't get so lucky is Zayvion. Now in a coma, his body may be here on the living realm, but his soul is trapped in Death. If his soul is recovered and brought back to him, there's a chance h ...more
The BookWhisperer
Allie Beckstrom is the kick ass heroine that keeps readers coming back for more. With such a talented author; Devon Monk writes this character as a powerful magical female that is not much different than you or me. Allie has more strength and endurance that imaginable, but Monk offers interpersonal characteristics that allow readers to really know her characters with stregnths and flaws. Allie is more powerful than she knows, but humble and modest to the core. The Allie Beckstrom series has had ...more
Dangerous Romance Book Reviews
I don't think it is too spoilerish to say that I knew when reading the end of the last book, "Magic on the Storm", that Allie would face down Death itself to fight for and retrieve her lover, Zayvion Jones. I like that theirs is an interracial love story and that it is completely insignificant to the story line, as if saying his eyes were brown and hers were hazel. It isn't a pro or a con, it just is.

I like that she doesn't always know what to do, who to trust, or how to fix things, she just kno
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Warning – Slight spoilers for the previous book in this series

Magic at the Gate is book five in Devon Monk’s awesome ‘Allie Beckstrom’ series. It starts off exactly where book four left us. Allie, her ‘dad’ and Stone (Love Stone!) are headed into death to retrieve Zayvion’s soul. Allie has to trust her father since he is the one who knows death and he can tell her what she needs to do in order to survive and go
Again it’s Allies inability to trust or listen to her dad that grated a little in the first 1/3 of this book. It slowly got worse as the story unfolded. Yes I know she could end up being right eventually; that daddy dearest could very well end up hurting her and her friends, but there has been tender moments from his part, yet she doesn’t even acknowledge them. Even when she has memories of him missing meetings to be with her on her birthday (there were a few other memories that proves this poin ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Finished Devon Monk's Magic at the Gate today. I really couldn't put it down at all! Magic at the Gate picks up right where Magic on the Storm left off, which is a good thing, since Allie and her dad and Stone were just about to enter the other world, death! in order to save Zayvion's soul.

They didn't stay for as long as I thought they would, this is only takes up the first 60 pages. And the rest of what happens is just as exciting!!

I don't want to get too into what takes place but it's big and
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
NOTE: I have not read the first four books in this series.

At first, not having read the first four books didn’t bother me - the action was exciting and plot was pretty interesting. I didn’t feel lost and could infer the meaning of most of the magical terminology. I loved Allie right from page one... she is snarky and sharp. She doesn’t take crap from her dad or anyone else. And although Zay wasn’t awake from most of this book, I got a sense of the love these two Soul Compliments share.

But as th
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
A rather lacklustre entry to the series. I had high hopes that the new setting, the trip into Death, would revive my waning interest in this series. Nothing like a change of scenery to perk you up, right?


Well, in Monk's hands it's wrong, anyway. The descriptions of the World of the Dead were so unimaginative it was almost laughable. Crumbling buildings was about the extent of it. Wow. So very vivid, it's like I can taste it.....only not.

The great rescue attempt of her lover, Zayvion was co
"When the action was present, it rocked. Sadly, it took a long time for the book to pick up and become interesting. This seems to be a common theme in this series" ... That was my opening lines for the review of the last book Magic On The Storm, and it's how I felt about this book too.

My thoughts about this book fall along the same lines as the previous books. Instead of repeating my self, I'll just break the stars down.

Plot 3 stars
Cover 3 stars
Writing 3 stars
Setting 3 stars
Originality 4 sta
I finished this book today - I had been waiting a long time for it to come out - only to find out I have to drive out to SLC to buy it :( So I got it at the library - I had to wait 3 weeks for them to order it - but it was worth the wait -
I LOVE this book!
There is a lot of awesomeness in it! Stone is an awesome pet - I want a gargole so bad :)
And Shame is my hero - I hope he and Terrik become friends in the next book - I can't wait for it to come out next Spring 2011 :)

Hopefully things will
Penney Nile
Once again, I have come into the middle of a series -- something I seem to do frequently, whether it be from the library, in this case, or a book that I have picked up at a previously loved book shop. It was just a bit confusing at first, since this is the fifth book (I think) in the Allie Beckstrom series, but after a few chapters, I got involved with the characters and the basic story line to know that I want to go back and find the books that came before this and after, so I can read the enti ...more
Shannon Dyer
Slower than others in the series. Once it picked up, it was quite enjoyable.
Kerry Davies
Wow!! What more can I say? Roll around April 2011!
Ah Allie-girl what will you get up to next!
Chelsea Johnson
Picking up right where Magic on the Storm left off, Magic at the Gate continues Allie's journey.

Allie's gone into death with her father and Stone in order to rescue Zayvion's soul. In spite of everything piled against her (and maybe just because of her stubborness and refusal to give up), she succeeds, bringing Zay's soul back to his comatose body where it lays in Maeve's inn. However, the cost is higher than she thought--she sacrifices part of her magic to get him back.

That being said, what she
I enjoyed this book more than the previous two in the series, and I think that is because there was a feeling of importance to this one. The previous book had danger, but it was mostly squabbling between the characters. Since Zayvion is not present for part of this book I think that helped increase my interest. On a side note, I think many urban fantasy authors could learn a thing or two from series where the main character doesn't get into a romance in the first few books. Relationships get coz ...more
Mrs. Badass
Sep 14, 2012 Mrs. Badass marked it as to-read
Shelves: nov-10-release
Nov 2nd
Wow! Just Wow! I have been a rabid fan of Devon Monk ever since I picked up her very first Allie Beckstrom novel back in 2009. It was great. Each sequel has been just as fun to read. This is the fifth Allie Beckstrom novel, and there is just as much to enjoy as in the first four.

It starts off right from the cliffhanger ending that Magic In The Storm ended with - in fact if I remember right, with every single cliffhanger ending Ms Monk has teased us with, she has jumped right into with the next b
I'm really glad I decided to read this series- it's managed to keep me entranced enough to finish the first five books in less than two weeks- yes, I know, I'm late to the game since the entire series has been published. But better late than never, right??

Anyways, back to the actual story.. So much tends to go on in these books- this one started one way and ended another. I like that - I think- I definitely can't be bored.

The secondary characters are interesting- I want to learn so much about t

I love that Allie literally walks through Hell for the love of her life.. Her father is still hard to figure out. He's helpful, but on his own terms and for his own reasons. I do think though, that he is extremely intelligent and if she played her cards right, she could learn a lot from him.
I love how close Allie and Shame become in this book. He doesn't open up much about himself, but he makes himself a lot easier to read than Zay does. That being said, I love Zay and Allie together
Bethany C
I vacillated between giving this 3 or 4 stars, but ultimately decided it deserved 4. I want to start by saying I have never docked stars from books in this series based on poor writing, bad ideas/plots or lack of character or world development. There are just a couple of things that really annoy me about them, which have been fairly consistent throughout.
I was disappointed with the previous book in this series I read. But part of my lack of enjoyment came from not knowing what was going on becau
Devon Monk has been on my auto-buy list for quite a while nw and I really love this series. So I was pretty sad that it took me so long to finally read Magic at the Gate. Good thing that I chose to start reading on the weekend, because I wouldnt have been able to out it away otherwise.

Magic at the Gate kind of reminded me of the TV show LOST. No, seriously. When I read the first hundred pages, I was constantly thinking WHT?, but in a good way. A very good way.

Devon Monk takes her story to places
More talk than action in this Allie Beckstrom mystery. It picks up where the cliffhanger ending of the previous novel left off, with Allie crossing through the gate to death, where her father materializes as her guide. He teaches her about the rift between light and dark magic five hundred years before, telling her that they were broken apart to separate all powerful Soul Complements, Leander and Isabelle, who were committing unspeakable atrocities. Daniel Beckstrom tells his daughter that his m ...more
Michelle  novelsontherun

This is the best book in the series to date. Devon really gave us everything in this book.

I didn’t mind that Zay had a stint in a coma as we got lots of Shamus. I loved Shame in, ‘Magic on the Storm’, but I LOVED Shame even more in Magic at the Gate. Devon writes Shamus Flynn very well and he is a cool guy who is smexi and hot but at the same time you keep guessing what his thing is he has with Terric. Is it going to be a bromance? I think it may end up that way
I haven’t read Magic on the Storm, the fourth book in the ALLIE BECKSTROM series, but I gather it ended on a massive cliffhanger. The opening of book five, Magic at the Gate, finds Allie in the land of the dead. She has ventured into death to find the soul of her boyfriend, Zayvion, who is in a coma after the events of the previous book.

I normally love to read about underworld journeys, but this one falls a little flat. The problem, I think, is that Allie lacks agency during this sequence. Danie
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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)
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  • Magic in the Blood (Allie Beckstrom, #2)
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