"Using magic meant it used you back. Forget the fairy-tale hocus-pocus, wave a wand and bling-o, sparkles and pixie dust crap. Magic, like booze, sex, and drugs, gave as good as it got."
Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user -- maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, Offloading the cost onto innocents. It falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster -- and Allison Beckstrom is the best Hound there is.
Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune -- and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magical Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown back into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.
If Allie wants the truth, she has to call upon forces that will challenge and change her ... and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.
Series: Allie Beckstrom
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: February 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.1 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.24