Magic Without Mercy by Devon Monk

Magic Without Mercy: An Allie Beckstrom Novel

It’s always sad to see a series that you’ve enjoyed start to wind down.  I’ve been following Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series since day one, and now it’s almost over.  The penultimate book, Magic Without Mercy, has a ton of action, suspense and spell-slinging from both bad guys and good.

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“Allison Beckstrom’s talent for tracking spells has put her up against some of the darkest elements in the world of magic. But she’s never faced anything like this.

Magic itself has been poisoned, and Allie’s undead father may have left the only cure in the hands of a madman. Hunted by the Authority—the secret council who enforces the laws–wanted by the police, and unable to use magic, she’s got to find the cure before the sickness spreads beyond any power to stop it.

But when a death magic user seeks to destroy the only thing that can heal magic, Allie and her fellow renegades must stand and fight to defend the innocent and save all magic…”

It’s odd, but I find myself more fascinated by characters other than Allie in this series.  This time around, my focus landed on Shame and Terric, who admittedly have a fairly large role here.  Up until this point, they’ve been unacknowledged Soul Complements, and it’s interesting to see what happens when they finally work magic together.

There’s also a showdown with everyone’s favorite villain, Jingo Jingo.  Monk has written him as a creature so vile and slimy that you want to wash your hands after reading any scene that he’s in.  The weird thing is, the showdown with him almost felt like it should have been in the final book.  I know that Leander and Isabelle are the true “big bad” of the series; however, Jingo has been around longer and is closer to home, and so to me it felt like a huge deal that he and Allie finally square off.

Speaking of squaring off, I really liked the action sequences herein.  There were plenty of them too, as Allie and her friends try to shut down the magic wells to stop the spread of the taint that they carry.  This time it isn’t just Allie and a friend or two in danger—the entire crew shows up to fight, so there are some epic battles involving members of the Authority on both sides, as well as the Hounds that Allie unofficially leads.

I’m not quite sure how Monk is going to wrap up this series, since the only thing left to do is stop Leander and Isabelle, but this novel certainly brought together all kinds of plot points and action in a jam-packed race to the finish line.  Magic Without Mercy is probably my favorite of the novels thus far.

Also by this author: Dead Iron, Magic at the Gate, Magic on the Hunt, Magic on the Line, Tin Swift

This review appeared on Owlcat Mountain on December 6, 2012.

Series: Allie Beckstrom
ISBN: 9780451464484
Publisher: Roc
Page Count: 368
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Acquired: Provided by the publisher
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