|Magic in the Blood is the second book, and
second in a series, by new author Devon Monk.
Magic in the Blood truly
was a parsons egg of a book: the setting of Portland, Oregon in late autumn was
refreshing in its novelty; the rules around magic use and the cost associated with the use
of magic were original; and the requirement that magic users needed to use magic to see
spells in use was explored in a way that I hadnt come across in a long, long time.
To balance these innovations: I had no sympathy or empathy for the main character, who had
a startling inability to learn from experience and was so self-centred it was a wonder she
had friends; the world setting of magic, its use and replenishment had to be guessed at,
indeed all this may have been explained in the first book, but for anyone who never read
that the world was all new and moved in mysterious ways; and the authors
occasionally leaden style, such as referring to a café as Get Mugged (its name, but ten
times in two pages!) reeked of a bad pun waiting to get out.
So if you enjoy fast-paced, urban fantasy and dont much care about the characters
then Magic in the Blood is a book for you but not for me.