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MAGIC ON THE LINE
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
For Hound Allie Beckstrom and her friends, the fallout from the magical battle at the Life Well has dangerous repercussions, for there is a new power in town. This chapter in the remarkable series focuses on a magical plague and bureaucracy run amok, both of which threaten all that Allie holds dear. Times and events are getting dark indeed as Monk ratchets up the threat ratio. Excellent as always!
From the moment Allie meets the new head of Portland’s magical Authority, Bartholomew Wray, she senses they are going to have issues. However she is not prepared for his refusal to believe that magic has something to do with the rash of plague deaths in the city. Allie gets a firsthand view that something is seriously wrong after a trainee Hound dies hemorrhaging magic after first biting Davy. Now Davy is dying and Allie is determined to save him. Bartholomew not only refuses to believe there is a magical problem, he is effectively eliminating all of Allie’s allies and putting a strain on her relationship with Zayvion. If they can no longer trust the Authority, who else is left? (ROC, Nov., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith
Published: November 2011