Magic to the Bone

Magic to the Bone

eBook - 2008
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Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. Some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent, and when they do it's Allison Beckstrom's job to identify the spell-caster. When she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown into his world of blackmagic, and the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that somewill do anything to control.
Publisher: New York : Roc, 2008.
ISBN: 9780141972398
0141972394
9781440602573
1440602573
9781440602542
1440602549
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 355 pages)

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tracycherry
Aug 27, 2014

looking forward to reading the next one

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ShamaBole
Nov 22, 2012

Pathetic protagonist, barely able to help herself let alone someone else. I could only manage about 1/3 of the book

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Ubalstecha
Apr 06, 2011

Magic is real. It was discover 30 years ago and has been woven into the everyday fabric of life. But magic has a cost. It might be a headache, a bruise or a cold. Or it could resort with a lose of memory. Those that have learned to manipulate magic and offload its cost have become powerful and rich.

Allison Beckstrom's father is one of those very rich men, rich enough that she could have had anything she wanted. But Allie was tired of being her father's trophy/toy. So she dropped out of university and became a Hound, someone who traces the misuse of magic to its origin.

So when Allie finds her father's signature on a five year-old child who is dying, she sees red. But when her signature is found on her father's corpse, she realizes something much bigger is going on. The question is, can she figure out what is going on before those who want her in jail or dead get their way?

And they really have no preference.

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Mahala
Feb 23, 2011

I was really impressed by this book. Fascinating characters, strong female lead and strong storyline. I really felt for her throgh-out the book (poor girl just couldn't seem to get her so desired cup of coffee :) I couldn't put this book down and can not wait to read the next one in the series. Highly recommend!

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20KBT10
Nov 26, 2010

Fascinating to read, with twists and turns. I truly did enjoy Ally's snaky comments and strength.

FairyGirl Sep 27, 2010

This is an amazing book with great characters. I found it so hard to put it down. The whole series is like that.

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Mahala
Feb 23, 2011

Mahala thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Mahala
Feb 23, 2011

The story begins as our heroine, Allie Beckstrom, discovers a child near death from an illegal Offload, and senses her father's magical "signature" in the spell that is affecting the boy. Allie is the black-sheep scion of a great business/magic empire, and confronting her father about the spell means speaking to him for the first time in seven years. It goes badly, and when Daddy turns up dead, Allie is the prime suspect.

What follows is an exciting and often poignant story that follows Allie as she attempts to stay alive, deal with a suddenly complicated love life, and solve a mystery. Along the way, she learns far more about magic and its uses than what is taught in the official magic schools. We meet several delightful secondary characters that I'm looking forward to seeing again, and unlike many other urban fantasy writers, Monk doesn't set up Allie as the only worthwhile female character in the book. She allows Allie a wonderful best friend and a fascinating woman who might become another good friend someday.

I also have to applaud Monk for not forgetting about a small "notebook" that she introduced early in the story. Allie, knowing she's prone to memory loss due to magic, carries a notebook with her to keep track of important things. I kept noticing throughout the book that she wasn't writing in it, and thought Monk had just forgotten to incorporate the notebook into the story. I should have had more faith! Allie's absentmindedness has consequences later.

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Mahala
Feb 23, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Mahala
Feb 23, 2011

"you use magic, it uses you,and I've been magic's bitch for a long time." Allie to Zay

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