Having been through the literal gates of death and back, hound Allie Beckstrom and her lover Zayvion Jones are hoping for some recovery time — fat chance of that happening! In the sixth book of Monk’s clever and original series, a kidnapping threatens to topple the magical authority council. The stakes are high and the consequences dire as Monk places her characters on a high-speed roller coaster!

Allie and Zay are rudely awakened when Dane Lanister, authority leader Sedra’s second-in-command, arrives with guns drawn, demanding to know where Jingo Jingo has taken the kidnapped Sedra. Dane believes that the consciousness of Allie’s father Daniel, who still resides within her head, knows where Sedra is — and Dane will maim or kill to get the info. Then there’s the fact that undead magic user Leander (who also escaped death’s realm) is on the hunt for a body to inhabit. And time is running out! (ROC, Apr., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
JIll M. Smith