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Magic at the Gate

(Allie Beckstrom #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,192 ratings  ·  190 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
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by New American Library (first published September 29th 2010)
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Jen Davis
Jan 08, 2015 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
Nov 05, 2010 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
Feb 28, 2016 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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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
4.5 Stars... Here is what I love about this series (And this book did not disappoint), there is so much substance in the storylines of each book... With that substance you get a strong sense of your characters, their backstories, personalities, and their developing relationships; it allows me to fully connect with the overall story on a more intimate level... I was catapulted into this fantastic world that Devon Monk has created and I was captivated the entire time; she writes with a unique and ...more
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
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 T
Consider Book 4 and 5 a two-parter because 4 has a doozy of a cliffhanger and will leave you ANTSY. Having said that, this is the perfect continuation/completion of this story arc. I feel like I'm finally truly immersed in the Allie Beckstrom universe.
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Aug 17, 2012 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
Jun 12, 2010 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
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
Jun 13, 2010 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
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Oct 14, 2010 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
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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
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
Jun 25, 2010 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
Dec 04, 2010 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
Kerry Davies
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What more can I say? Roll around April 2011!
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ah Allie-girl what will you get up to next!
Shannon Dyer
Slower than others in the series. Once it picked up, it was quite enjoyable.
Dec 01, 2014 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.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this one - listened to it and loved the narrator. On to the next
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)
Sep 05, 2011 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
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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The action and overall plot are getting better and are developing more sound,y, but ugh the whining from whenever Allie is insulted--the constant reiteration of how capable she is is really boring and exhausting when it is never quite demonstrated. Yes, it is frustrating that people doubt her, including her lover, but I'd be more sympathetic if she wasn't such an idiot about proving her abilities. Also exhausting is the whole Zayvion saving aftermath (I have Many Feelings about women sacrificing ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'm going to make this short and sweet. I wasn't thrilled with this book. I'm not even sure why. Probably because Allie did really stupid shit, like NOT telling important facts in a timely manner to those that needed to know them. That tended to really dumb down the character on a whole other level.

While the author did her best to keep up a fight scene and keep the pace of the book quick, it lagged in important detail and seemed choppy.

Maybe it was a quickly written book? I don't know, but I did
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How does she do it?

I have no idea how Ms.Monk continues to write one story after another and still keep me enthralled, still hungering for more and so not bored with the series.
Allie and her band of hero's have saved the day again. Allie is still battling with her father and learning so much more about him, maybe at some point she will realize he has always loved her, he may have been so much further ahead of he had only just talked to her father than trying to shield her, but I think with them
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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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