Magic to the Bone
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Magic to the Bone

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Devon Monk is casting a spell on the fantasy world... Using magic means it uses you back, and every spell exacts a price from its user. But some people get out of it by Offloading the cost of magic onto an innocent. Then it's Allison Beckstrom's job to identify the spell-caster. Allie would rather live a hand-to-mouth existence than accept the family fortune--and the strings that come with it. But when she finds a boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into his world of black magic. And the forces she calls on in her quest for the truth will make her capable of things that some will do anything to control...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 355 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • ROC (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0451462408
  • 9780451462404
  • 49,896

Review quote

"Fast-paced... gritty and urban... fantastic and original." -- Nina Kiriki Hoffmanshow more

About Devon Monk

Devon Monk has one husband, two sons, and a dog named Mojo. She lives in Oregon and is surrounded by colorful and numerous family members who mostly live within dinner-calling distance of each other. She has sold over fifty short stories to fantasy, science fiction, horror, humor, and young adult magazines and anthologies. Her stories have been published in five countries and included in a Year's Best Fantasy collection. When not writing, Devon is either knitting, remodeling the house-that-was-once-a-barn, or hosting a family celebration.show more

Rating details

11,087 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 24% (2,619)
4 34% (3,803)
3 29% (3,218)
2 9% (1,027)
1 4% (420)

Our customer reviews

I wanted to like this, and I thought I would, but it just didn't grab me. I wasn't a fan of this world, where magic is almost like electricity, it's pumped through the city in pipes and can be accessed by anyone. I feel like I have a hard time getting into books where magic and such is known by everyone. Most of the book is from Allie's prospective, but there are a few bits from another character's POV which I wasn't much of a fan of. I ended up reading about half way or more of the book, but then skimmed the last bit. I didn't have a problem with the characters or the overall general plot, that someone has framed Allie for murder, but this world was not one I wanted to be part of. Although this wasn't really for me, I would recommend to those who like UF that centers around magic and to fans of Three Days Till Dead by Kelly Meding as it has a similar feel to it.show more
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