Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
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...
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Absolutely loved this book. For me at least it is a much different take on magic and they way that it is used. In a world where magic was discovered 30 years ago and is now a commodity that can be harvested, stored and used by anyone, there is a need for laws regulating it's use, because magic use has it's price. The price is pain in one form or another. Of course humans have also discovered a way to pass that price off to others and that is where Allie comes into the picture. She is a Hound, someone who can trace the source of illegally offloaded magic back to the original caster. When she takes on a job to see who offloaded magic use to a Boy who is dying because of it, she is drawn back into her father's world, something that she walked away from years ago.
This book really is a non-stop action ride from start to finish. I love the characters, the plot and the possibilities for future books. Going to have to get my hands on the other 3 books in the series so far as the author has me hooked!
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