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Hell Bent

(Broken Magic #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,342 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric h ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Roc
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
BR with my MacHalo Freaks, starting November 1, 2015.

Up until the 80% mark I thought I was going to give this book a 4.5-star rating. Or at least a 4-star one. Up until the 80% mark, I felt like this:

After the 80% mark? I felt like this:

What happened? Let's start with the most heartbreaking part of it all, shall we? Here we go.

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Shamus Flynn, aka ex book boyfriend #12458 ← can someone please pass the booze? I'm on the verge of tears here. Thank you. Damn I was s
Liz* Fashionably Late
BR with my ladies.

I was expecting the Grim Reaper with a hangover. All I got was whinny teenager with a stupid name and lots of talking about FEELINGS. Terric was one of the few good moments of the book but the whole incident he was involved in seemed pointless to me.

The first half of this books was amazing, Shamus (ugh) was a sexy rebel with the power to kill everything around him. By the time I finished it, Shamus' moaning plus the insta-love drained me of the will to live.

Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, male-lead

Hell Bent is a spin-off of Monk's Allie Beckstrom series, and I can't even find the words to explain my joy about this. The main characters in this one feature one of my all time favorites, Shamus (Shame) Flynn. Shame was one of those characters that you just wanted more from, and every single scene they were in you couldn't help but be distracted from the main character in order to follow along with what was happening with him (you know the type), and when I learned that there was to be a seri
I'm in a love book coma right now. I can't say or type anything for fear of exploding or turning to dust. Devon Monk is my hero.
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Posted at Yummy Men & Kick Ass Chicks

Hell Bent is the first book in Devon Monk’s new Broken Magic series. Yes people, this is Shame and Terric’s series. Now for those of you who have no idea who these two are, Shame and Terric were introduced in Devon’s Allie Beckstrom series. They were not the main characters but they were in every book of the nine book series and they were favorites among readers.

Holy crap on a cracker, this one put me through the ringer! In fact, I don’t remember the la

-I didn't like this as much as the Allie Beckstrom books, it wasn't as fun or engrossing. My main problem was the main character, Shame, I loved him as a side character and was looking forward to his spin off but he turned out be a rather rubbish MC.

-The majority of the book consisted of Shame moaning about his Death magic, how he was so dangerous, and how he couldn't control his evul powers. When he wasn't whining he was spending his time either smoking, drinking coffee, or wearing his
Nov 02, 2015 marked it as dnf
DNF 54%

I just don't care enough to continue.
Pamela / SpazP
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

While it's true I've never read anything by Devon Monk before this, her name had been on my reading list ever since her Age of Steam books first caught my eye. I wasn't aware that she was working on something else, which explained my surprise when I saw that she had a first book of a new Urban Fantasy series out this month. You know me, I can never pass up a chance to read new UF! The fact that I'll also finally get to c
Snarktastic Sonja
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book was released right as I finished the Allie Beckstrom series – which left me wanting more, More, MORE! So, I happily snagged this one up from Netgalley with promises to provide an honest review. Not sure how honest or how fan girlish it will be – but they had no way of knowing that. ;)

First of all, this is a new series – same set of characters, new protagonist, new series. That being said, you will do yourself a favor if you read the Allie series first. While you can certainly jump into
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Hell Bent is the first novel in a two-part series called Broken Magic. The stories are set in the same universe that the Allie Beckstrom series was but three years from the ending of Magic on the Line when Allie and Crew stopped the apocalypse in its tracks and changed magic for the better.

According to Devon's notes, you can most likely read this series without having to read the Allie Beckstrom series since she does a fairly decent job of summariz
Nov 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, uf, magic, 2013
I knew this one was a spin off of the Allie Beckstrom series, but have been told that you don't need to read those to enjoy this one. However I feel like I am missing things, like how/why Shamus and Terric are Soul Complements.

I wasn't impressed with this book, part of it could be because of feeling lost by missing what happened in the other series. Also I can't stand Shamus, cannot stress enough how much I don't like him. I hate is self pitying/woe is me ways. I find his spending time at the b
April Dowling
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC give away on the authors blog. That's cool, I got to read the book before others. The problem is I've finished it and now my wait is longer than others for the second book. Ugh.

Hell Bent is full of the feels. Shame and Terric are as we remember them from the Alllie series, full of sarcasm, wit, and pain. Set three years after the end of the Alloe series, this book feels like it picks up where we left off, just with Shame driving. There were several times I thought
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Hell Bent is Monk's Allie Beckstrom spin-off. It features Shamus Flynn, Death magic user and Terric Conley, Life magic user. The two are Soul Complements or "Breakers" who, when using magic together, are able to break magic and make it do whatever they want. The story picks up three years after the events in Allie's finale, Magic for a Price. It is not necessary to read Allie Beckstrom first or at all, though I recommend reading it if you enjoy Hell Bent because it will give readers further ba ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: monk, favs, uf
Terric and Shame

Please, please, please, pretty please let Terric and Shame hook up. Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please.
Kathy Davie
Dec 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
First in the Broken Magic urban fantasy series based in Portland, Oregon. The couple focus is on Shamus and Terric with a view to introducing the series.

I keep meaning to read the Allie Beckstrom series and hadn't realized this took up from it. I don't think you need to read it to read this.

My Take
Well this is different. For one, the tale is about two guys paired up. No, not like that. Only one of them is gay while the other partner is straight. It's more a study of contrasts which complement th
Good spinoff pair of books about a formerly magic rich world nearly bereft of magic, except for a few people who are paired in Soul Complements.
This was another really terrific book from Devon Monk. She's terrific at writing great characters and balancing action, heart and humor. The scene with Shame having to wear Terric's Uggs was worth the price of admission in and of itself.

Fans of the Allie Beckstom series will definitely love this book. And while it's always hard for me to tell what new readers to a series or world would think, it really felt like this would be a time when new readers would be able to jump in without any problem
Jen Davis
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book took me to places I never expected to go. First, let me say that there is no way this series will have the same impact for people who did not read the Allie Beckstrom books before it. Yeah, you might understand what is going on, but I just don’t see how you could have the same kind of empathy and understanding for Shame and Terric. You may not really “get” the Soul Complement thing the way you would if you had been there with Allie and Zay. The changes in magic, the loss of a character ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of the Allie Beckstrom series and I was excited to see that one of my favorite characters, Shame, was getting his own book. I loved Shame because he was such a mysterious guy and I just wanted to learn more about him. He has always been such a bad boy and it was a treat to see how his world has changed since magic isn’t so readily available as it was before the apocalypse three years ago.

In Hell Bent, Shame is struggling with his death magic and worrying that someday his need t
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3 1/2

I have read just one book, the first, in the Allie Beckstrom series. I liked it, but not enough to keep me interested in the series overall.

But Ms Monk is quite a name in the field, and I decided I was going to give her books a try. Hell Bent was my second taste of this author, and I admit that I'm going to read the next book.

Overall, though, this is a tough book to grade. The first part is difficult to accept, it deals with self-pity, whining, alcohol abuse and the like. All things that
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When I first started this book, I almost didn't finish. Shame Flynn turned me off completely. I liked him in the previous series. Yes, he is death. Yes, he needs to drink life in order to survive. His over year long pity party drags out too long for me. What really bugs me is how he treats Terric Conley. Shame matches his name. He is a shame. His appalling behaviour wants me to whack some sense in him.

Ignoring asshat, Shame, the plot is riveting. This new world where magic is basically nothing
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this spin off of Devon's Magic series. Always enjoyed and loved Shame and Terric in the previous books, even better seeing them in a book of there own.

This series carries from when Magic is fixed, weakened and only Soul Compliments can break magic to make it powerful again. The hounds are still around, and every so often we see the other characters we love and know.

This is the journey of Shame trying to control his death magic, trying not to lose what makes him human to it, as he fights
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent start in a series. Of course the fact this world & characters are developed are a benefit to this spin off series. It allows the first installment to have plenty of adventure & not much info dropping. It was all show in this case from Shame's POV.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In spite of the old western saying (“Hell bent for leather!”), Hell Bent is not a western. Oh, it has shoot-outs, confrontations with the law, and just a sprinkle of the warning against civilized influences creating a lack of awareness of danger. But Hell Bent is a new modern fantasy series based on two Soul Complements, Terric and Shamus, who need each other in a mystical, Eastern religious, yin-yang sort of way. Terric is practically consumed with overflowing, disruptive LIFE magic while Shamu ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To get the most from this book I highly recommend you read the Allie Beckstrom series first.

Hell Bent is the first book in a spin off from the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk. I adore the Allie Beckstrom series which is all about magic. Not magic in a witchcraft way but rather magic in a natural energy kind of way. Anyway Hell Bent is set three years after the last Allie Beckstrom book and features my favourite character, Shamus Flynn or Shame as he is known, and his friend Terric.

At the en
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting take on magic users with a tortured hero fighting to retain his humanity, while being tested at every turn, this book is an offshoot of the Allie Beckstrom novels. I haven’t read that series, which I understand included Shame and Terric, but I had no trouble following the story. I think I would have had a richer experience if I had read them though. Shamus Flynn and Terric Conley are Soul Complements, or “breakers,” who have the ability to use magic at full power, unlike everyone ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am very uncertain as to how I feel about this book. There were some moments I really liked, there were some moments I felt completely lost, and there were great swathes of moments where I was kind of bored. Just to explain, I didn't read the previous series (and have no interest at all in doing so, based on the main characters of that endeavor). Because of this, there are things that didn't make sense to me and I had to waste time trying to puzzle out. With the detached feeling of this book, t ...more
Michelle Cristiani
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
If you were wondering if Shamus Flynn could carry a book by himself, well, the answer is yes, he can. He makes for an interesting protagonist because he's not particularly likable - even when he's telling the story, and admits things to the reader that he'd never admit to anyone else. Something about him is sympathetic - his loyalty mostly, which inspires heroism when it counts. Everyone winds up on his page, instead of the other way around, which was refreshing.

But he's still troubled, and kil
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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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