Ever since the magical apocalypse a few years ago had made magic a gentle force, it was just us Soul Complements who could break magic and make it do the old horrifying things.
Well, and the old wonderful things too, but that wasn't really my department.
I was the guy who handled the darker side of things.
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.
Devon Monk's Stone Cold concludes the Broken Magic duology and it was just as entertaining as the first one. Although I gotta admit I was pretty sad for most of it. I just really felt for Shame as his life just continued to down spiral after everything he went through the first go around, but he's a fighter and he won't go down easy!
Shame's plan is to basically find Eli and kill him. Eli has messed with his life enough. He also needs to rescue Davy who has gone missing and while he's at it, kill Krogher too since he's basically the one running things and Eli is merely a pawn--a pawn with his own evil plan. So basically, just another week in the life of Shamus Flynn.
This was really one intense read. Shame was really down spiraling and losing control of his Death magic abilities, it was starting to rule him and not the other way around. Things with Terric are tense as always. But then when Terric gets into danger, Shame takes the blame and is ready to raise hell to save his friend and Soul Complement.
There was no romance in this one this time, but that's to be expected considering what happened in the first one. But it was still kind of sad to read through this one, just because it seemed like everything that could go wrong for Shame, did.
But Shame still has his same attitude which is always entertaining! There were several shocking developments in this one that I wasn't expecting considering this is the end. I was once again happy to see Allie and Zay and a few of the Hounds as well.
The ending itself was the nice sort. One where you can smile at seeing a change on the horizon for the city of Portland or really the world at large. It was definitely a worthwhile read, one all Allie Beckstrom fans should read at on point!
Overall Rating 4/5 stars