MAGIC FOR A PRICE
The breathtaking conclusion to Monk’s outstanding Allie Beckstrom series roars out of the blocks and never looks back. Due to her magic-induced memory gaps, Allie’s relationship with her deceased father has never been more complicated. Of course it doesn’t help that her father’s soul is currently residing in Allie’s consciousness, a bit problematic since her father’s lust for power is insatiable. The large cast of vividly rendered characters gives depth and passion to this thrilling conclusion. Monk is a storyteller extraordinaire!
The city of Portland is under siege as the “Overseer” of the magical Authority has been taken over by the evil Soul Complements Leander and Isabelle. The Overseer has ordered the Authority members of Seattle to shut down Portland by killing Allie and her friends. To save their city and their lives, Allie, Zay, Shame, Terric and the others must quickly find a way to clean the still-poisoned magic and stop the Authority. Ironically, Allie’s father Daniel may have the answers, but can Allie trust his motives? Only one thing is certain: The battle is coming, and sacrifices will have to be made. (ROC, Nov., 368 pp., $7.99)