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Magic Without Mercy

(Allie Beckstrom #8)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,835 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic, but she’s never faced anything like this.

Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father may have left the only cure in the hands of a madman. Hunted by the Authority–the secret council that enforces magic’s laws–wanted by the police, and unab
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by New American Library (first published April 1st 2012)
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Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this series. It's one that had snuck up on me, and I'm really not sure why. The world building is genius, the characters wonderfully mysterious, the adventures top notch, but it wasn't until about book 4 that I really clued into how much I looked forward to release day. Being at book eight I am so pleased to report that this series is not stagnant, and there is nary a book to let us down! I'm talking to YOU Kim Harrison and Charlain Harris!!

In this one magic has somehow become poisoned, a
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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After Allie killed the corrupt leader of the Authority - Bartholomew Wray, she along with her friends are on the run. There's a lot Allie has to deal with: she's wanted by the police and the Authority, her friend Davy is dying, Portland's magic has been poisoned and the Veiled are infecting and killing people. Allie, Zay, Shame and co work together to try and find a solution to fix the magic all whilst trying to avoid the bad guys.

The Good

-The fight scenes and actions are well writt
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) At the end of Magic on the Line, Allie Beckstrom killed the head of Portland’s Authority — who was ignoring a magical plague in the city for his own ends — and now she is a fugitive, along with her lover Zayvion and a handful of her closest friends who have now broken with the Authority as well. In Magic Without Mercy, Allie and her small band investigate the poisoning of Portland’s four magical wells and try to find a way to cleanse magic before the problem can go worldwide. But the ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I’m a big fan of this series since the beginning so I’m always really happy to get into each new Allie Beckstrom’s adventure. Devon Monk had made an impressive work since her debut for the world, characters and plot. You might think that the story gets less interesting over the volumes, but this is not the case, oh no, quite the contrary. The seventh volume was beginning many great things that I knew would be detailed in this eighth volume. And as I was righ
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Magic Without Mercy is the eight installment in Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series. It really does a phenomenal job setting up the ninth and final book due out in November of this year. *takes a moment to try not to panic about the series coming to an end in just a few short months…deep breath…deep breath…*

This time around Allie and her loyal friends from the Authority are being hunted by…well pretty much by everyone. You see, there was a big misunders
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let's face it I couldn't have put this book down even if I wanted too. It was AWESOME! The whole book spanned about 2 days but in those days there was so much going on. I can't wait to talk about it with someone/anyone. I am all hyper over it and of course Devon Monk set it up to go perfectly right into the next book. This series is one of my favorites and I cannot wait for that final book. Only one part of the book had me so stressed and mad that I wanted to quit right there and then but of cou ...more
Jenna Howard
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
There are so many things I like about this series. The magic world Devon Monk has created is It's so twisted and cool that I just love it. It's not overly complicated for me to grasp, which I like. Some series I read and I'm all "I have no idea what's going on" and I keep reading hoping I'll grasp it.

It's the characters. How they interact. They're such a cohesive unit. Allie & Zay (who is rrrawr). Allie & Terric (again....rawr). Allie & Shame (again....rawr). Allie & h
Kathy Davie
Eighth in the Allie Beckstrom urban fantasy series and revolving around the annoying Allie, a Hound. The story is based in Portland.

Don't even start this series if you don't like stupid protagonists. Allie starts out irritating and is quite consistent in remaining irritating. So why am I still reading it? I wanna know what her dad is up to, god help me. I also want to know the secret of St. John's. Supposedly, there is no magic in this neighborhood, but Monk keeps dropping hints about it.

My Take
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*Review coming*

Magic Without Mercy (Allie Beckstrom # 8) finds our protagonist, Allison Beckstrom, hunted by the Authority (the secret council that enforces magic’s laws) after she killed Bartholomew Wray. She’s wanted by the police for supposedly embezzling money from her own company which was fabricated by the Wray in an attempt to destroy her own father’s work and to keep Allie in check.

Magic has taken a severe toll on Allie’s body from years of abuse and bein
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

With Magic unusable to Allie, and everyone under the sun out hunting for her, including the magic council called the Authority, Allie's own freedom is a ticking time bomb. Of course more than just her freedom is at stake because capture would mean losing her mind, literally. Stripping minds is the Authority's standard procedure for renegades. Unfortunately, she cannot lay low until the tide changes as Magic has been poisoned. Allie and her f
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I don't really know what to say about this book. The action is great, but still not much resolved. PLUS now we had poisoned magic to the problems. I think it's strange that all of the sudden Allie is the one calling all the shots. I still can't figure out how that seemed to have happened. I mean it works great for her as far as the Hounds are concerned, but with the Authority business, it just doesn't make sense. I do however, admire her take charge attitude. She seems to ask more of
Jen Davis
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book kicks ass. It is action packed. It’s full of danger. And it sets the stage spectacularly for the series finale. If you have been enough of a fan of these stories to make it to book 8, there is no way it won’t get your blood pumping.

It’s a transformative book for Allie. She and her friends are on the run and for the first time, she is stepping in to a leadership position. Maybe it’s the time she has spent leading the hounds; maybe it’s her unique way of looking at things; or her dad’s k
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Two steps forward, One step back. Allie and her friends are in a race to find a cure for the poisoned magic that is killing people and with magic making Allie sick, she has to depend on her friends and more conventional means to keep herself safe from those who are hunting them.

I am still completely lost when it comes to Allie's father. One minute I felt like he is truly interested in helping Allie, and the next I'm convinced he has a massive ulterior motive. I'm also still really upset about Al
Fresh from the aftermath of book #7, Allie is now unable to use magic. Magic has been making her sick. Meanwhile, Allie also has double troubles: she gets both Authority and police on her back. She killed Bartholomew Wray, the leader of the Authority, and she is being framed of embezzlement of his father's company. But Allie and her friends have a more important thing to take care of: somehow magic has been poisoned and people are badly affected. They need to find a way to find how it happens an ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012

A lot of the same problems I had with the past few books in the series are still there...
-Why isn't Allie doing any ass-kicking? Yeah, okay, she can see magic and talk to ghosts. Sweet. A few tatoos and a death hand as well...all mysterious and all that good shit we like in our Urban Fantasies, but...she literally has done nothing. Yeah, she's the cruise director for the whole plot, but really, as a few reviewers mentioned, how did she get put in charge? She has the least experience...
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, devon-monk
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I was so excited to get this, the 8th book in the Allie Beckstom series from B&N this past week! I love, *love*, **LOVE** this series even though I stumbled through one or two of the books... around book 3 or 4. Before and after they were fabulous! And the ones I felt like I was slogging through.... they gave valuable insight and information to both previous and future books so I am utterly grateful I did not give up on them! :-)

Magic Without Mercy was a gripping, page-turn
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Allie's dead father features quite a bit in this one and it totally creeps me out. The worst has happened in this one. The enforcers have now been infiltrated. The secret council: "Authority" have gone wild. Possessions are a bad bad thing. What is worse is the explanation of these soul mates with the original one and why magic has been split.

Magic has gone toxic. At ever turn, Allie's efforts are being stopped. For so many smart people in this secret society, they seem to be easily misled. It
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe there is only one book left. I will miss this series. I don't want it to end. At the same time, this book really has laid the ground work for the final battle and I'm really, really looking forward to that. There are still a lot of questions left to be answered.

Magic Without Mercy didn't only set-up the scene for the final installment though, it also did a very good job of developing the characters and relationships further. By now Allie has turned into a great leader and I reall
Michelle Cristiani
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
There comes a point in every lengthy series where the author starts to sound like s/he is writing fanfiction of her own characters. Luckily for Devon Monk, she isn't doing that. Instead, this book seems to fine-tune the voices of each of the characters. Because Zayvion is gone for much of it, supporting roles get to shine, and the interaction is really well-done. This far into the series there might be a lull, but I'm impressed that Monk has managed to keep the intensity with continuity.

I also
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
As usual, Allie, Zay, Shame, and Terric face horrible odds and an evil authority, and Allie does it while magicless. What an exhausting, but exhilarating story! I laughed, I cringed, I cried, I loved (the interplay between characters especially Allie and Shame---I think I love Shame most of all!) Was there anything I didn't like about the book? Well, it ended too quickly. The ending battle, was very similar to the last big battle with the authority, and it might have been nice if Allie could hav ...more
Claire (Cem)
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Gosh. I knew this would be intense. I knew it would be tough going. I knew tears were likely. But some of what happened here? Never, ever, saw it coming. I've laughed and cried and bearly breathed through several chapters. I'm both gutted that I now have to wait several months for the next book, and relieved because it means I've got time to catch my breath and prepare myself for it. Completely fantastic, completely addictive, and completely worth the late night, tears and heartache.

Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Number eight in the nine book series. I don't know why I kept reading this series. Maybe I just want to know if Allie ever rids herself of her father's ghost and just what is it he's really up to. This book was boring until the last third of the book. It really broke loose in the end and recaptured my attention. Can't wait for the last book so I can finally finish this series and find out what good old dad has been up to. This could have been a fantastic series if the author hadn't made Allie so ...more
Tobi Summers
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is a book series that's gotten better with time, and now, with one book left, it's mind-blowing. The magic is so complex that it should be overwhelming, but Devon Monk does a great job explaining it simply and clearly. The chemistry between the characters is fantastic, especially in this book, when characters from many different points in the series are coming together. The series arc is starting to come to a head now, and I can't wait for the last book to find out what happens next.
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I heart Zayvion, I heart Shame, I heart Terric, I heart Allie, I heart Stone, I heart the hounds, I pretty much heart everyone in this series- hell I'm even beginning to heart Allie's dear old Dad. But most of all I wicked heart Ms. Monk who was super amazingly fantastic enough to hold my hand & send virtual hugs to ease my panic attack at 3 am while I was reading!!! LOL =)
Rosalind M
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So much going on that, for me, it read like Allie was an observer more than an active participant.
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Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic. But she’s never faced anything like this.

Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father may have left the only cure in the hands of a madman. Hunted by the Authority—the secret council who enforces the laws–wanted by the police, and unable to use magic, she’s got to find the cure before the sickness spreads beyond any power to stop it.

But when a death magic user se
Michelle  novelsontherun
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it

I love this urban fantasy series and I have just realised that there is only one more book to come, ‘Magic For A Price’ due for release 6th November 2012.

I have heard there may be a Shamus Flynn spinoff, I am hoping this is not a rumour as I can soooo see Shamus and a book series, he just has the most brilliant character voice with his snark and humour, yet he is a caring soul underneath all that black. I would love a wallpaper imag
Novels On The Run
Oct 01, 2011 rated it really liked it


I love this urban fantasy series and I have just realised that there is only one more book to come, ‘Magic For A Price’ due for release 6th November 2012.

I have heard there may be a Shamus Flynn spinoff, I am hoping this is not a rumour as I can soooo see Shamus and a book series, he just has the most brilliant character voice with his snark and humour, yet he is a caring soul underneath all that black. I would lov
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Devon Monk is a national best selling writer of urban fantasy. Her series include Ordinary Magic, House Immortal, Allie Beckstrom, Broken Magic and Shame and Terric. She also writes the Age of Steam steampunk series, and the occasional short story which can be found in her collection: A Cup of Normal, and in various anthologies. She has one husband, two sons, and lives in Oregon. When not writing, ...more

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“What the hell?” I muttered. Then I realized it was Jack Quinn’s car. Jack was a Hound and Bea’s boyfriend. The left blinker flashed on for just a second, and then Jack drove at speed again.

“Zayvion, I’m sorry to tell you I think I have a crush on another man.”

“Who is this unfortunate and soon-to-be-dead fool?” he asked.

“Jack. That’s his car. He must have been waiting for us, or maybe he followed us.”

“Jack Quinn has been following us?” Shame said.

“And now he’s taking us to Collins, I think.”

“Or a trap,” Shame said.

“He’s a Hound, Shame.”

“My statement stands.”

“You still don’t get it, do you?” I turned left, following the car. “Hounds are loyal. Jack and Bea told me they’d help me if they could. They’re not going to turn against me while I’m in trouble.”

“What happens when you’re not in trouble?” Shame asked.

“Don’t know. It’s never happened.”
“Everything quiet?"
"You mean Shame"
"I mean your Pooh News. Any rumblies in the tumblies?" I gave him a grin.
He shook his head. "You just can't let that go, can you?...”
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