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Magic at the Gate (Allie Beckstrom #5)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  4,353 Ratings  ·  165 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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Mrs. Badass
Sep 14, 2012 Mrs. Badass marked it as to-read
Shelves: nov-10-release
Nov 2nd
Mar 15, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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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
The BookWhisperer
Feb 02, 2011 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
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
Nov 11, 2010 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fantasy, own-it
"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
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
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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Nov 09, 2010 Jessica (a GREAT read) rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 05, 2010 Kt rated it really liked it
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
Kerry Davies
Nov 07, 2010 Kerry Davies rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What more can I say? Roll around April 2011!
Pamela / SpazP
May 07, 2011 Pamela / SpazP rated it really liked it
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Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
Disclaimer: This review assumes you have read the first 4 books of the Allie Beckstrom series and does not offer spoilers provided you are up to speed with the series to this point.
Magic at the Gate is the 5th book in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom Urban Fantasy series. It picks up right where the 4th book Magic in the Shadows left off with one heck of a cliffhanger ending. Allie, Stone the gargoyle, and Allie’s father Daniel head through the gate and in
Dec 27, 2010 Shelley rated it really liked it
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Dec 20, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
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
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
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I am really hooked on this series. I kind of wish I had borrowed all of them at once so that I could keep reading one after another. It's good that I've only limited myself to read a few at a time otherwise I would never get any of my work done. I'd be reading all the time!

In this one, Allie is pretty screwed. It's fascinating what happens to her and it's also exhausting. This was another page turner for me as I'm trying to figure out what bad thing will happen next. Each reveal makes me want to
Michelle  novelsontherun
Nov 16, 2011 Michelle novelsontherun rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 19, 2012 ☀Rachael☀ rated it it was amazing
Ah Allie-girl what will you get up to next!
Sep 05, 2011 Hope rated it liked it
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
Novels On The Run
Nov 16, 2011 Novels On The Run rated it it was amazing


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 m
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
Dangerous Romance Book Reviews
Aug 17, 2012 Dangerous Romance Book Reviews rated it really liked it
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
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
Bethany C
Nov 17, 2012 Bethany C rated it really liked it
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
Chelsea Johnson
Jul 25, 2015 Chelsea Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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
Shannon Dyer
Jan 11, 2015 Shannon Dyer rated it liked it
Slower than others in the series. Once it picked up, it was quite enjoyable.
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
Jan 24, 2016 ARomanceLover rated it liked it
As Zay is in a coma, Allie tries to muster the troops to battle the veiled who are suddenly solid and powerful. This book felt like a filler and I missed having Zay in on the action.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Feb 21, 2015 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it really liked it
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
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
Loved it! Never knowing for sure who's good or bad or entirely what Daddy Dearest's intentions are makes for quite a ride.

(4.5 stars)
Mar 02, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Picking up from the massive cliffhanger at the end of book four, this one starts with Allie walking through the gate into death in order to find and retrieve Zayvion's soul. Recovering his soul and taking it back with her into the world of the living, however, has a price: Allie must give up the small magic she carries in her soul to get her lover back. Once returned from death, she is right back in the middle of the war that has broken out among the different factions of the Authority. While Za ...more
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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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