Inspirations and Influences

Guest Author & Giveaway: Devon Monk on Inspirations & Influences

“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their…well, Inspirations and Influences. The cool thing is that the writers are given free reign so they can go wild and write about anything they want. It can be about their new book, series or about their career as a whole.

Today’s guest is Urban Fantasy novelist Devon Monk. Devon is the author of the Allie Beckstrom series – Magic to the Bone, Magic in the Blood, Magic in the Shadows, and Magic on the Storm (you can check out Thea’s review of book 1, Magic to the Bone, HERE). To celebrate the release of the fourth book in the series, Magic on the Storm, we’re having the lovely Devon Monk over to talk about her writing, magic, and her Inspirations & Influences.

Please give it up, ladies and gents, for Devon Monk!

When I was a kid, I was convinced there was a secret room in our house. I knew that if I just touched the right bricks in the right order on our fireplace, or pulled the right book off the bookshelf, I would discover a doorway into another world, and that world would be magic.

Even back then, I understood magic wasn’t free. I grew up reading old fairy tales and very quickly it became clear to me that magic always came at a cost. The little mermaid gave up her voice for the magic of legs, the miller’s daughter offered her child’s life for the magic to turn straw into gold. Even the little match girl gave up her matches–the only thing that could keep her warm and alive–to see a magical glimpse of her loving grandmother’s ghost.

But there was also hope in those stories. Beauty saw the kindness in Beast and fell in love with him despite his monstrous appearance. Her love broke his curse. The sister in the Six Swans never gave up silently knitting shirts for her brothers, not even when she was almost burned at the stake. Her love broke their curse. In fairytales, a kiss, or a single tear from a One True Love can break any magical spell or wicked brew.

Magic comes at a high price in fairy tales. Yet those stories also promise that love, courage, and the strength of the human spirit is just as strong–if not stronger–than anything magic can do.

When I started writing MAGIC TO THE BONE, the first book in the Allison Beckstrom urban fantasy series, I wanted to be true to certain things about magic I had learned from fairy tales.

One: Magic has a cost, and that cost is always a very high price.
Two: Just like in fairy tales, people can do good things or horrible things with magic.
Three: Courage, hope, and love can be every bit as strong as the darkest spell.

Now that the fourth book, MAGIC ON THE STORM is out, we know Allie lives in a dangerous world where magic is around every corner, on every fingertip, and at the edge of every blade. The city streets of Portland, Oregon have been changed by the magic that flows beneath the city, and so too, have the people who live there. And even the Authority, a secret society that guards the darker aspects of magic, will have to struggle to keep the wild magic storm, and the dark souls who want to control all magic, from destroying the city.

Even though Allie carries magic in her body, she is still learning how to use it. But she never gives up on the people she cares about, she never stops fighting for what she believes in, and she never expects someone else will ride to her rescue.

Allie is a modern-day heroine, like Leeloo in Fifth Element, or Ridley Scott in Aliens.

And just like the brave heroines in fairy tales, she finds the strength to pay the price for magic, to fight the battles for the innocent, and to have the courage to fall in love with the one man who has always stood at her side, the mysterious Zayvion Jones.

In MAGIC ON THE STORM Allie will face the hardest choice of her life. She must decide just how much she will pay to see that not only are the people and the city she calls home safe, but also how high a price she will pay to be with the man she loves.

Devon Monk spent her early childhood tucked behind couches or any other place with low light, “ruining her eyes” and reading. Her love of fairytales turned into a love of adventure, magic, future science, romance, mystery, humor, noir, and anything else she could get her hands on.

She wrote her first story when she was six. When her teacher praised its quality, Devon was surprised. She looked it over again and all she thought was, “I can do better than this.”

And thus, a writer was born.

You can read more about Devon on her website, or follow her on her blog.


To celebrate its release, we are giving away FOUR COPIES of Magic on the Storm! The contest is open to addresses in the US and Canada, and will run until Saturday, May 8 at 11:59 PM (PST). To enter, simply leave a comment here letting us know what YOUR favorite book, series, or story featuring magic is (for example: The Allie Beckstrom books, the Harry Potter books, Beauty by Robin McKinley, etc). Only ONE comment per person please! Multiple comments (even if they are saying “Oops, forgot to leave my email address!”) will be disqualified. Good luck!

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  • Bella F.
    May 5, 2010 at 12:34 am

    hi Devon 🙂
    I’m new to your books but I can totally relate to searching for that magical door in your own house as a kid. For years I tried to make my teardrop turn into a fairy godmother every time I cried, lol! I saw it happen in a cartoon 😆
    My current favorite series featuring magic is Richelle Mead’s Succubus series with Georgina Kincaid. A LOT of magical stuff happens in these books but like Devon mentioned above, love and the strength of the human spirit can still overcome magic, especially the dark kind.
    bells dot franco at gmail dot com

  • susie brown
    May 5, 2010 at 1:26 am

    my daugter would love ur books,they look great.

  • susie brown
    May 5, 2010 at 1:28 am

    was ment to say daughter,sorry.. will be looking out for ur books and following on twiiter @gettogirl09

  • Stella (Ex Libris)
    May 5, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Hey Devon, welcome! 🙂 I also just recently discovered youa nd your books, but added them to my wishlist as they sound just the kind of books I would love!

    I love magic and believe it definitely exists. Even if only the “ordinary” kind: luck, unexpected help from someone, support, love.

    My favourite magical series is the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong and the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews.

    Don’t enter me as I live outside the US 🙁

  • Jacqueline C.
    May 5, 2010 at 2:31 am

    So many of my favorites have magic in them! However, right now I’m on a Kate Daniels kick – probably because I’m itching to read the next one. The release is so soon but feels so far away!

  • dwndrgn
    May 5, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Well, I love the Allie Beckstrom series but my absolute favorite book with magic is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. The magic is at once big (going back in time) and small – only tiny bits of magic here and there – but the story is so good you almost believe it all happened and you could meet Brianna on the streets someday.

  • Jasmine A S
    May 5, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Oh my, go ahead and ask the hard questions. You know there are quite a few series I could use, but right now, I’m reading Here There Be Dragons, the imaginarium geographica, and I’m really enjoying it. And THAT has magic! ^_^

  • Melissa (My words and pages)
    May 5, 2010 at 7:25 am

    I think I need this series! With just the writing for this post, I need to get the books. 🙂 I have been wanting to get and read them, but my list is just… well, you know. But now I need them. Thanks!

    My favorite magic story…hmmm, there are so many. I love Harry Potter, but there isn’t much in the way of limits for me. I really liked the short story in an anthology, Strange Brew, I read. Signatures of the Dead by Faith Hunter. Thanks to this anthology I had to get the first of the series, Skinwalker. 🙂

  • Marie
    May 5, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Wow! So many great stories! Some of my faves (in no particular order) are:

    -Elizabeth Vaughan – Epic of Palins series
    -Devon Monk = Allie Beckstrom series
    -Moira Moore – Hero series
    -Jim Butcher – Thomas Dresden series
    -Robin McKinley – ‘Beauty’
    -Shanna Swendsen – Hex series
    -Patricia Briggs – Anything!! (but can’t wait for the rewrites to the Sianim series to be published this year!)
    -J.R.R. Tolkien -LOTR series
    -J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter series
    -Kim Harrison – Rachel Morgan series

    Can’t wait to read the new Allie Beckstrom!

  • Zia
    May 5, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I loved the Harry Potters series, but LOTR is also an old favorite of mine.


  • Ashley
    May 5, 2010 at 7:55 am

    I suppose I really need to finish Magic in the Shadows now. I had to stop reading it because I didn’t want to have this gap between 3 and 4. And then my grad classes ate my soul anyway.

    Favorite book…oh, that’s hard. I can blame Harry Potter for convincing me fantasy was an awesome genre. I think Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders books are it for me, though, especially the original trilogy and the Harper Hall trilogy. I realize that technically they’re closer to science fiction and most things “magical” are somehow explained by science, but yeah. I love Pern.

  • Vicki Casso
    May 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi and I love your books. Your series and Ilona Andrews are my extreme favorites right now!! Got one more new book coming out this May how lucky can a girl get? Good Luck with this new one I know it will be a success.

  • van p.
    May 5, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Hi Devon, (love your name!)

    Haven’t read your books yet but looking forward to, it sounds just like my kinda books 😀

    My favorite series right now is Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniel series and Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.

  • carol
    May 5, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Tough question. My first thought was the Drake Sisters by Christine Feehan.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  • CrystalGB
    May 5, 2010 at 8:22 am

    My favorite series that uses magic is the Harry Potter series.

  • Celia
    May 5, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I think Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite books with magic. Thanks for the chance to win this!


  • tina
    May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Not one fave but many likes …

    Harry Potter
    Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews)
    Allie Beckstrom 😀

  • Emilie
    May 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hi! I just started reading your books and I love them! My favorite book with magic is probably Sunshine by Robin McKinley. (Although, Beauty was a huge favorite of mine when I was younger.)

    Keep writing!

  • Debbie Mumford
    May 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

    This is what I LOVE about your books, Devon:

    “But she never gives up on the people she cares about, she never stops fighting for what she believes in, and she never expects someone else will ride to her rescue.”

    You’ve created a true heroine who rescues herself, and the ones she loves. And of course there’s Stone! I’m really looking forward to seeing more of that little guy 😀

  • Caitlin U
    May 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I think Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series is one of my favorites. I am re-reading them all now to get ready for the new book out on May 25th.

  • MinnChica
    May 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

    My favorite magic series so far is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. SO GOOD!! I actually read Ilona’s high praise of Devon’s books too, and went out and got the first 3 a week ago or so. They are currently in my TBR pile and I’m greatly anticipating starting them! 😀

    my e-mail is Nicole.Healy (at)

  • J
    May 5, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I’ll have to keep an eye out for this series, it looks like great fun. My favorite book with magic is Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Thanks for the contest.

  • elaing8
    May 5, 2010 at 9:15 am

    I can’t wait to read this series,I have the others in the series.

    my favorite series with magic is The Hollows (Rachel Morgan)series by Kim Harrison


  • Marlene Breakfield
    May 5, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Hi, Devon,
    Your books look great! I really enjoyed CHARMING THE DEVIL by Lois Greiman. It is part of her Witches of Mayfair series. I’m trying to locate the other two in the series.

  • Corrie Lamkin
    May 5, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I absolutely love the Allie series. She is wonderfully written, just like the rest of the characters. I am one of those people who just love to read, constantly, so choosing a favorite series is difficult for me. I would have to say the Patricia Briggs Mercy series is my favorite at the moment. Though, with both this new book and the new Charlaine Harris book coming out this week and I can’t really say!

  • MarionG
    May 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Hi I also loved the Harry Potter books. My favorite – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Magic in books adds a mysterious element I enjoy.

  • MaryK
    May 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

    My favorite book featuring magic? It’s hard to single one out! My top two favorites are probably Howl’s Moving Castle and McKinley’s Beauty with Beauty edging to the front because of the library. 8)

    What is it with low light reading? My favorite time to read has always been after dark with just a lamp on. I envy people who can read on their iPhones at odd moments during the day. I need more immersion than that.

  • Kimberly H.
    May 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

    One of my favorite magic series is The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Those books are so good!

  • Teresa W.
    May 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    The Harry Potter series would have to be my favorite!

  • Devon Monk
    May 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Just wanted to sneak in here and say hi! I don’t want to mess up the number count too badly for when those books are drawn…but thought I could leave a quick note. 😉

    Thanks for stopping in, everyone! I love all the magic books you’ve picked so far. I’ve read and loved most of those too. And thank you for reading, or thinking about reading my books. I really have enjoyed writing them, and exploring both Allie and her world.

    I’ll duck out and make room for more comments. But if you have a question for me…go ahead and ask and I’ll try to answer them in a post or two.


  • Jennzah
    May 5, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    my favourite book series is the WVMP series by Jeri Smith Ready 🙂 they are SO addictive! 🙂

  • Amber S
    May 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Harry Potter is my favorite magical series. Like you were convinced there was a magic room in your house, I was convinced I would get my Hogwarts letter inviting me to study magic. Rowling made the HP world that vivid, that real.

  • Jen Adam
    May 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I love just about anything with magic in it, so it’s hard to pick just one favorite. But I can say that the Allie Beckstrom books are among my all-time favorites. The writing is tight and smooth, the pace is breathless, and I LOVE the dynamic between Allie and Zayvion. I also love that magic has a price. Instead of making life easy, it often adds dangerous (and fascinating!) complications. I cannot wait to read the fourth book!!!

  • Chris
    May 5, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Devon, I love your books. In fact, books 1-3 were a Christmas gift to my future sister-in-law last year! I’m loving MAGIC ON THE STORM thus far too. ^_^

    My favorite series with Magic? Cliche, but it’s Harry Potter. After that, well, the waters get far murkier when I try to figure out just what order my favorite authors are in. 🙂

    I love Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Charlaine Harris, Ilona Andrews, Anton Strout, Simon R. Green, Rachel Vincent, Keri Arthur, and many others.

    Looking forward to finishing MOTS, and November cannot come soon enough with MAGIC AT THE GATE. ^_^

    Hoping you are well!

  • Andressa
    May 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite magic books are definitely the Allie Beckstrom series. I think they’re so original because it’s exactly like what was said: magic is used and it has a very high cost. I find that most books that have magic in them tend to forget that that was basically rule number one of fairy tales. Also, they’re so well written and I can’t seem to tear my eyes off of the page.

    Thank you so much for such a good story, Devon. I’m so excited to be able to read the next book =]

  • Maya M.
    May 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Really enjoyed the first two books in the series, and thought it was clever that the magical heroine, who lives in a world where magic pulses along various channels like electricity, has ‘strom’ in her last name which means ‘current’ in German (and maybe some other languages I’m not fully familiar with).

    In magical stories, I’m also a fan of the Wheel of Time, and (as the Booksmugglers know! *g*) Alison Sinclair’s ‘Darkborn’, as well as Seanan Macguire’s October Daye series.

  • Natasha G.
    May 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    As much as I love Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstorm series, I have to say my favorite books featuring magic is without a doubt The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It sets a wonderful modern world of magic and myth and the storytelling is just beyond any other writer I’ve ever read.

    <3 Monk's books come in a clear second though. I love Allie and Zay.

  • Angela/Reading Angel
    May 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I think the Hollows by Kim Harrison are definitely one of my favorites, but I think my first magical loves was the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osbourne. Now I’m reading them to my son!!

    dukesangel002 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Sandy G
    May 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Although I love Devon’s Magic series my favorite series featuring magic is the Harry Potter series.

    sgiden AT verizon DOT net

  • Brittany Lucey
    May 5, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    My favorite books that had to do with magic were the series that Tamora Piece produced, I absolutely loved them and ate those books up when I was younger. I had to hide them to read them though because books about magic were not welcome in my house.

  • Bethany C.
    May 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I love your series, and I also am IN LOVE with Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares

  • Sara Sandor
    May 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    There are a number of authors that have magic and the supernatural that I do regular reads on. To pick a favorite, I can not do. Each have their own identity where it all depends on the mood that I’m in to determine which one gets a re-read.

    Below are the authors/series in question:
    Anne Bishop – Black Jewels books
    Trudi Canavan – Black Magician Books
    Patricia Briggs
    Karen Chance
    Ilona Andrews
    Brent Weeks
    Stephanie Meyer
    And I have come to realize that Devon’s “Allie Beckstrom” books will be included in this list. 😀

  • Donna S
    May 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Devon,

    I recently read and loved your first book and am looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series.

    Another series I have recently found and enjoyed that is about Magic is the Kate Daniels series.

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  • Heidi C
    May 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Wonderful givaway! Great meeting you at RT! I’d love the chance to win one of your books.

    My favorite magic series right now has to be Kim Harrison’s Hollows Series. Magic and vamps, does it get any better?!?

  • miji
    May 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    my favorite book with magic… so hard to choose one. but atm i would say the name of the wind (though it’s not magic magic).
    tamora pierce- the treasure at the heart of tanglewood. gerald morris’ books. sevenwaters series by marillier… (though its more sorcery)

  • Robin K
    May 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I just finished Dangerous Highlander by Donna Grant and enjoyed the magic woven into the story. I also LOVE Cheyenne McCray’s Magic series.

  • Breana W
    May 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    My two favorite stories with magic in it would have to be Children of Chaos by Dave Duncan and Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves both unique stories that I just couldn’t put down

    crazypixielady at gmail dot com

  • chey
    May 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    My favourite series that involves magic is still the Harry Potter series. I have read and enjoyed others, but I rarely remember titles or series names.

  • Zanthera Degore
    May 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Urban Fantasy is my “crack.” I cannot get enough of it. I love finding new authors and have spent hundreds of dollars and enjoy every page even the bad ones. I do have to say thanks to Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” for getting me hooked so badly.

    Other series I must insist on getting every single instalment since Harry’s influence are the “Lords of the Underworld” by Gena Showalter, “Black London” by Caitlin Kittredge, “Guild Hunter” by Nalini Singh, “OSI Novels” by Jes Battis, and of course currently reading “Magic in the Shadows” by Devon Monk.

    Before Urban Fantasy? Dungeon and Dragon’s Forgotten Realms. Yeah, I’m a magic junkie.

  • Kimmy Davis
    May 5, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    My all-time favorite series is the Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop. My husband and I both love it so much we would have named our child after one of the characters had he been a she.

    However, the Harry Potter books are a very close second. Very very close.

    Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels is also a favorite of mine. I’m just now getting to “know” Allie, since I’m into the first book now. I think Kate and Allie would be friends, I can totally see them having coffee together, lol.

  • Barbara Elness
    May 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I love Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series, and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.
    I’m looking forward to getting started reading the Allie Beckstrom series.

  • Lexi
    May 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I had to share a story about searching for magic doors. When I was four, I lived in an old farmhouse that was over a hundred years old. My twin and I were sure that there were secret rooms somewhere. We looked and found a panel that moved and behind it was a dishwasher. I am not sure to this day why someone went to all the trouble to have a secret dishwasher installed.

    Right now, I like Hood by Lawhead for a different look at an old story and subtle use of magic.

  • Sara M
    May 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I just recently finished Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, and I absolutely loved it! I’ve read book one of Devon’s Allie Beckstrom series, and am looking forward to the rest.

  • Pam S
    May 5, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Wow there are a lot out there! I really like Karen Chance and Ilona Andrews releases.I also really enjoy Donna Grants work! She does great Druid/Fae storylines.

  • Moon1006
    May 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Ilona Andrews
    Jim Butcher

  • Raquel Vega-Grieder
    May 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I Haven’t Really Read Many Books With Magic In Them. But A Series That I Love That Has Magical Elements To It Is The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare. The Way They Are Able To Cast Runes On Themselves Not To Mention The Warlocks Who Have Amazing Abilities Macks This A Great Magic Series In My Opinion.

  • Christine H
    May 5, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    My favorite series would have to be Alexander Ivy’s darkness series. But Harry potter had more magic.

  • Shirley H
    May 5, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I’m entering this for my daughter, I know she loves Harry Potter.

  • Oma L
    May 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    The Magic Knot is one of my favorites and my grand daughters.

  • Jennifer M
    May 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve tended to stay away from books and series that are based on magic (although I loved Harry Potter), but I recently got sucked into the Kate Daniels series and am loving it. From the descriptions I’ve seen of the Allie Beckstrom series, it sounds like I’d probably love it too especially if the magic comes with a cost.

  • Pamk
    May 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    love the HP books cause the sucked my kiddos into their world too and Love Syndey somers witch series but kiddos are not allowed those books. lol
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  • Linda
    May 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    My favorite magic series is the Lord of the Rings Triology (okay the Hobbit too). I think because it was my first intro to fairy tales for adults that it will always hold a special place in my heart. Of course, I enjoy the Relics of Merlin series, so don’t think I’m too far behind on my reading. 😀

    linda @

  • Julie Swaney
    May 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I love Devon’s books but I would have to say the Greatest magic books would be THE HARRY POTTER series

  • Bullish
    May 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I love the Karen Chance books with Cassie Palmer!!

  • Stephanie K.
    May 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    My favorite series with magic is The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

  • Katie B
    May 5, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Recently, I’ve been stuck on Daughter of the Forest, which involves magic, as its an adaptation of the Six Swans story mentioned above. The protagonist’s courage and dedication to her brothers is really impressive. In her position, I think I would have given up hope for my siblings pretty quickly.

    Other magic stories set in more modern times that have been stealing my time include the Kate Daniels series, Patricia Briggs books, and your Magic series. And now, back to finals…

  • Anna
    May 6, 2010 at 12:08 am

    My all time favorite fantasy series is the Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey. She actually started me off on it. And I love how she makes the entire magic a part of the fabric of the Valdemarian universe!!! Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on fantasy. I love the Allie Beckstrom books, but the Valdemar series (and the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper) really vetted my appetite for fantasy 🙂 I am waiting to read “Magic on the Storm” though!!

  • Pam P
    May 6, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Love your series, Devon. I like wizards and witches and have some older favorites: Wizard of Seattle by Kay Hooper, and Maggie Shayne’s Eternity and Infinity.

  • Kimberly B.
    May 6, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Oh, I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I can’t wait to read the others!
    I think (for today, at least) my favorite book with magic in it is Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. Because magic can be used for good or evil, and it crops up in the most surprising places! Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

  • Zita Hildebrandt
    May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

    My favourite so far is Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series.


  • Jennifer R.
    May 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Hmm, my favorite fantasy series is probably Robin Hobb’s The Farseer Trilogy. Or pretty much any other Robin Hobb book. I love her writing and characters!

  • Dagmar
    May 6, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Favorite books with magic in it? Easy! It’s the new genre I’ve been tapping lately, right now I am finishing up Allie #3. Also love Kate Daniels. And I am in the middle of reading The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho. Btw, love your blog, I found so many great reads through it, so thanks very much. Please keep reading and writing about it!

  • Dawn Emry
    May 6, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    (3) series favorites. Loved them all but for different reasons so its hard to say I loved one more than the other: “Harry Potter”, “Gemma Doyle”, & “Eragon”. I’m curious to check out the “Allie Beckstrom” series!

  • Katie
    May 6, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    I know it is not surprising, but I have to go with the Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings series. They’re just so good! Although I have enjoyed many of the other books mentioned above.

  • iokioj
    May 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    There are so many good series that include magic now. I don’t think I can say I have A favorite, but 2 of my favorites are Kim Harrison’s Hallows and Mercedes Lackey’s Heralds series. The Herald books will always be high on my list.
    I haven’t gotten a chance to try any of the Allie series yet.. they are on my wish list which continues to go at alarming speed after every stop here :}
    Thank you for the chance to try a “new to me” author. Good luck everyone.
    ioki_jo at hotmail dot com

  • Kristie Quon
    May 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Hi Devon. I’m new to your books and I can say that I love them. Out of all the magic books that I’ve read yours has made me tear for the main character since the first book. My favorite magic book would have to be The Black Jewel Trilogy by Anne Bishop and second to that are the books by Tamora Pierce. I can’t wait to read more of your books!

  • Raelena
    May 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

    favorite series featuring magic would probably be the Harry Potter books 🙂
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  • Stacey R.
    May 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    The Allie Beckstrom novels have been great so far and I’m looking forward to the next one.

    I love’The Dark is Rising’ series by Susan Cooper-picked them up as a kid and still think they’re great.

    I also really enjoy C.E. Murphy, particularly the Negotiator Series and Faith Hunter. They Rock.

  • Jeanne R
    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    This sounds like such a delicious book!

    My favorite magic series is Harry Potter since it appealed to readers across so many demographics.

    alohajeanne at yahoo dot com

  • Sarah A
    May 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I love the Allie Beckstrom books and have been waiting impatiently for Magic on the Storm! 🙂

    My favorite magic themed book when I was growing up would have to be… Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock. It was deeply influential to me– I even named my dog after the main character.

  • Donna W
    May 7, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    It’s hard for me to pick just one…..but I’ll go with Jim Butcher’s Dresden series, which I absolutely love.

  • Lisa G.
    May 7, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Great Giveaway! I love these books. My favorite magic books are Harry Potter and the Dresden Files

  • Tonya Dean
    May 8, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Not sure they are my favorite but I’m reading Jim Butcher’s series the Dresden files again.

  • Lisa B.
    May 8, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I haven’t read very many magic-based books but I recently finished Beautiful Creatures and loved it. I’ve been wanting to read the Allie Beckstrom series for such a long time but I’m building up my collection so I don’t have to wait to start the next. I’ve heard great things about Devon’s writing.

  • pixie13
    May 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    My favorite book series about magic would be the Harry Potter series. Or maybe Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time Series. Hard to choose.

  • Kate L @ YzhaBella's BookShelf
    May 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Hi everyone! My favorite series involving magic is mist definitely Harry Potter! But, there is a more mature series, The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop, runs a very close second!

  • Gerd D.
    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Just wanted to chime in to say:

    Ridley Scott is not a heroine … unless he changed, a lot. 🙂

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