Monday, November 18, 2013

Hell Bent: By Devon Monk



Instead of the deadly force it once was, magic is now a useless novelty. But not for Shame Flynn and Terric Conley, “breakers” who have the gift for reverting magic back to its full-throttle power. In the magic-dense city of Portland, Oregon, keeping a low profile means keeping their gifts quiet. After three years of dealing with disgruntled magic users, Shame and Terric have had enough of politics, petty magic, and, frankly, each other. It’s time to call it quits.

When the government discovers the breakers’ secret—and its potential as a weapon—Shame and Terric suddenly become wanted men, the only ones who can stop the deadly gift from landing in the wrong hands. If only a pair of those wrong hands didn’t belong to a drop-dead-gorgeous assassin Shame is falling for as if it were the end of the world. And if he gets too close to her, it very well could be.... 


I really liked Hell Bent.

I had heard good things about Devon Monk but had never read any of her previous books. So when I saw that she was writing a new series I thought why not give it a shot.

I’m glad I did.

I learned pretty early on that Hell Bent is a spin off from Monk’s previous Allie Beckstrom series. As a reader who has never read the Allie Beckstom series I was able to follow and enjoy Hell Bent, so new readers shouldn’t worry about jumping into a series midway through. That said, after having finished Hell Bent, I want to go back and read the Allie Beckstrom series to see the set up the awesomeness that is Shame and Terric.

Speaking of Shame and Terric, they were fantastic. Each of these great characters are the reason why readers should read this book. Yes, there was awesome magic and there’s a very interesting twist on the effects of life magic, but it’s Monk’s dark humor through Terric and Shame’s dialog and their struggle with retaining their humanity that bring this book to the next level.

All in all, I really liked Hell Bent. It had an interesting system and backlash to using magic, the characters were dark but filled with enough snark and sarcasm to keep the story from getting dreary, and there’s enough action to keep even the most easily bored from losing interest. Because of all of this I’m going to pick up the books in Allie Beckstrom series and can’t wait for Stone Cold, the next in the series.


Publisher: Roc

Published: November 5, 2013

Price: $7.99

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