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Working as a Hound---tracing illegal spells back to their casters---has taken its goll on Allison Beckstrom. But even though magic has given her migraines and stolen her recent memory, Allie isn't about to quit. Then the police's magic enforcement division asks her to consult on a missing persons case. But what seems to be a straightforward job turns out to be anything but, as Allie finds herself drawn into the underworld of criminals, ghosts, and blood magic.
©2009 Devon Monk (P)2011 Tantor
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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-23-11

Don't Think I'll Continue This

Allie is totally clueless to the point where she's dumb! There are a lot of things going on around her and even with her memory loss she can't figure out she's in danger. Plus she has an attitude because other characters realize she's not safe although she doesn't. I like strong female characters, even if the action is improbable. Allie isn't one of them. I can't recommend this to anyone who is looking for a strong urban fantasy femal character.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Verity V on 02-20-13

Clever Magical Universe

I enjoy the magical universe that Devon Monk has set up. She's a clever writer and, while each book answers most of the questions posed, she leaves hints to tantalize the reader to continue reading the lengthy series. The pacing of revelations is good. My problem is with the main character. One of the given parameters is that magic uses the user and there is a physical price to pay for casting spells. Allie (yes, she's coping with memory loss caused by magic) still can't seem to remember to disperse magic when she uses it. She also seems to be too stupid to realize she needs to eat more than coffee and donuts. And doesn't seem to be able to come in out of the rain all the time, either. The narrator has a nice voice but as the tension ramps up, she becomes very whiny sounding rather than the tired/dogged voice I would expect from someone trying to save the world.

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