So, you might have noticed that I missed a week on my book reviews. I did read the book on time, but forgot that I had a blog hop scheduled. *blush* I know. Thank goodness they sent a reminder.
But I did read a book this week…like six or seven times. Yeah, you heard me right. They are called edits. I read my book so many times in the last week, my eyes were crossing. But in the end, I finished the book and published it.
So now to the review for last week. We faced off with two urban fantasies:
Magic Without Mercy by Devon Monk vs The Mortal Bone by Marjorie M Liu
(Allie Beckstrom, Book 8 )
Author: Devon Monk
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: April 2012
We knew as soon as we stepped out on those streets, we were walking blind into a war. All of us were going to bear the pain for the magic we called upon. And I was going to have to bear the pain for carrying a weapon that made me face what I had become. A killer.
I’m a huge urban fantasy fan, so when this series was first released, I gobbled them up. And with each new book, the series just got better and better. So I’m surprised that I was a little disappointed in this book. Usually, by the first page, I’m pulled into the world and don’t surface until the book is done. Then I whine when there is no more.
Magic Without Mercy was missing something for me. I read it in one sitting, but by the end of the book, each scene felt like plan, action, plan, action. Rince and repeat. Don’t get me wrong, I loved getting to know the characters again (can we say gargoyle!), re-visiting the world, but this book was missing the sparkle I normally associate with this series. Maybe it was that Allie wasn’t as front and center with her magic as in previous books.
Will I buy the next book? Oh, most definitely. I might even pre-order it, which I rarely do. I love these characters (I’ll say it again…gargoyle anyone?), and I love the world Mrs. Monk built. The next book, Magic for a Price, will be the last in the series and released this November. Although I’m sad to see the series end, I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
Previous books in the series:
(Absolutely love the covers…her tattoos rock!)