|Magic in the Shadows is the third book in Devon
Monks series about Portland, Oregon magic user Allison Beckstrom.
I had reviewed
Monks immediate prequel, Magic in the Blood, to this work and was not
looking forward to reading this volume. To my immense surprise it is as though the book
has been written by a different author. Yes, Allison Beckstrom is still a stupid cow who
doesnt learn from her mistakes, but at least the author didnt make Allison go
out of her way to be irritating and foolish; and she got her comeuppance when she was
stupid. Further, the authors style had markedly improved: the rules and history of
the magic were explained, in a way that fitted with the story; the over use of place and
character names had disappeared; and there were even moments of humour in the action and
drama. And this time around there were characters I actually cared about, something the
author failed to achieve in Magic in the Blood. I had to check
that it was the same author credited with writing both books that is how different the
styles were. Devon Monk has learnt and grown as an author and that is no mean feat
in itself and deserves to be encouraged.
My last review I damned Devon Monk with faint praise, this time I am prepared to be
more generous: if you enjoy fast-paced, urban fantasy, with characters that are more than
just two-dimensional puppets then Magic in the Shadows is a book for you.