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Apr 10

Stone Cold – Devon Monk + GIVEAWAY

About the Book

This two-book series is set in the Allie Beckstrom universe. It takes place three years after the end of the Allie Beckstrom books. While it stands on its own and can be read without having to read the Allie Beckstrom novels, the experience may be even richer if both series are read.

The latest Broken Magic novel from national bestselling author Devon Monk.

Marked by Life and Death magic, Shame Flynn and Terric Conley are “breakers”—those who can use magic to its full extent. Most of the time, they can barely stand each other, but they know they have to work together to defeat a common enemy—rogue magic user Eli Collins.

Backed by the government, Eli is trying to use magic as a weapon by carving spells into the flesh of innocents and turning them into brainless walking bombs. To stop him, Shame and Terric will need to call on their magic, even as it threatens to consume them—because the price they must pay to wield Life and Death could change the very fate of the world…and magic itself.

368 pages (paperback)
Published on April 1, 2014
Published by Roc
Author’s webpage

This book was sent for me to review by the publisher.

You know, if you asked me a few years ago if I would ever enjoy urban fantasy books, I would have said hell no. No questions asked. I never would have touched it. But, I try hard to get out of my comfort zone, and I’m glad I do. If I didn’t, I never would have discovered Devon Monk, or her fantastic books, which are urban fantasy. And, I also happen to love them.

Stone Cold is the second book in a spinoff series by Monk (from her Allie Beckstrom series/world). I have to admit, the first book, Hell Bent, in this Broken Magic series actually hooked me so hard it made me give the Allie Beckstrom books a try, which I also enjoyed so much I am having a hard time making myself finish the series (which is the best compliment this bookworm can ever give any series).

Stone Cold is the second book in a two part spinoff series, and it ends with one hell of a bang. This is important for readers because it gives a nice, round conclusion for both Shame, and Allie, in her own way. It’s nice to have a conclusion to things, and what a conclusion this is. That being said, the journey to get to said conclusion is filled with emotional ups and downs, and plenty of tension. Stone Cold for a lot of reasons, will probably pack a hell of a punch for fans of this world.

Shame is a character that has really grown on me, not just because of his biting sarcasm and his don’t-give-a-shit attitude which I absolutely love. The thing that really got me about this series, and about Shame himself, is how well Monk created the magic that he uses. It is so important for authors to balance their magic system with equal “good” points and “bad” points, and it is rare that I see it as well done in urban fantasy as I have seen Monk manage. The thing is, the magic is so much more than something that Shame uses, it actually uses him, and that’s never more clear than in this book. The tug-and-pull relationship between Shame and his magic is absolutely emotionally jarring, and will keep readers on the edge of their seats, and plenty fascinated at the same time.

The plot moves quickly. In fact, it moves so quickly you’ll probably finish this book before you really want to finish it. As I said above, the events move toward one impressive conclusion, and I sincerely hope that Monk revisits this world. I want to know more. I want to see what happens next. That being said, I can also see how this could be a nice ending point for the world in general. There’s a huge BANG at the end, but it leaves everything nicely tied so Monk can easily go onto new worlds and projects.

This duology, and indeed Monk’s writing in general, has taught me is how absolutely wonderful urban fantasy can be. Shame is one of the most tortured, emotionally jarring characters I have read in urban fantasy, but it is balanced nicely by the characters that move through the events with him. His counterpoint, and in many ways, his “balance” of sorts, Terric, is also a fascinating character, and the two play off of each other really well, but it is the intense emotions that thread the novel right under the surface that really got me. So much happens in this book, and so much is left unsaid. It is very powerfully written, and makes an incredible impression on me.

It is kind of sad that this is only a two book series, but on the other hand, it is amazing just how much of a full story Monk can pack into two books. I’m not sure I’d want a series that goes on and on. I feel like after a while the powerful story that Shame and Terric tell would be too watered down. Two books might be painful to readers who are fans of Monk’s world (they will inevitably want more. Hell, I want more.) but sometimes it is nice to see an author go in, gut punch the readers, and get out fast.

Stone Cold left a huge impact on me. Honestly, the world that Monk has created, and her fantastic writing style, coupled with her complex characters and a magic system that is equal parts beneficial and negative, really makes Monk the author that has set the bar for all other urban fantasy authors in my mind. Check this series out. Stone Cold is a powerful conclusion to a series that has really effected me in ways I truly didn’t expect.

 

4/5 stars

 

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

 

  1. Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada only.
  2. To enter, leave a comment under this post.
  3. You have until Wednesday, April 16 at midnight, Mountain Time to enter.
  4. On Thursday, April 17 I will choose the winner and let them know via email that they have won.

 

Good luck to all who enter!

 

17 comments

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  1. pat hall

    love this series and happy that it brings in the characters from the last….

  2. Colin Soule

    Woohoo! More Broken Magic!

  3. Deborah Blake

    I love these books! Devon Monk is one of my favorites.

  4. Margaret

    Love Shame! Hope he gets to have a little less dark in his life.

  5. Tiffany

    Devon Monk is the Queen of Urban Fantasy in my book, I’m glad you got hooked just like I did. <3

  6. Jessie H.

    I love the Allie Beckstrom series! I need to get around to reading these!

  7. Michael Carter

    Sounds great!
    Please enter me.
    Thanks —

  8. Northwoman

    I loved Hell Bent and will enjoy seeing more of this story. Devon Monk is a star.

  9. Jason

    Devon Monk is awesome! I love the series! Thanks for the chance

  10. Bridget Howard

    I have heard so many wonderful things about this series and I can’t wait to start it!!!

  11. bill thompson

    looks great…please enter me!

  12. Colleen MacLennan

    Not familiar with this series so I good opportunity to acquaint myself.

  13. Madison W F

    Love magic themed books and Devon does it very well! Thanks for the op.

  14. Northwoman

    I love Devon Monk’s books. I was so excited with Hell Bent because I adore Shame. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  15. Al Clay

    I’m rather fond of Devon Monk!

  16. Margo Hurwicz

    I haven’t read much urban fantasy but your review suggests that this would be a good book to read to give it another try. For Shame! :)

  17. Fox

    Well, this book certainly looks interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. I’ll throw my name in the hat.

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