BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Rachel Morgan must deal with magical mayhem in Cincy while also juggling her forbidden feelings for Trent Kalimack in the penultimate book in the Hollows series.
PROS: Attention to detail is flawless in a fully realized magic-rich Cincinnati, and longtime fans will be very satisfied.
CONS: While fans will be satisfied, this one is not for the uninitiated. Make sure you’re caught up before diving into this one. Also, it gets off to a pretty slow (but steady) start. I personally like this, but it may try the patience of some readers.
BOTTOM LINE: With intricate characterization, plotting, and a story line that stays very true to firmly established back stories, Harrison more than delivers in one of the best urban fantasy series going.
[Note: There are no spoilers for this book, although there may be for prior books. This review assumes you’re caught up with the series.]
Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times best selling EVER AFTER, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. She’s currently developing what comes after the Hollows between working on the Hollows books. When not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.
Kim was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about the new Hollows novel, THE UNDEAD POOL, and much more!
REVIEW SUMMARY: While I wouldn’t recommend Ever After as a starting point for new fans, it will more than satisfy current fans of the Hollows series.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In the 11th installment of the Hollows series, Rachel must fix the ley lines and stop one of the most powerful demons ever in order to save demonkind, and herself
PROS: Lots of action, angst, bombshells…and gargoyles!
CONS: Honestly? No complaints here! Loved it!
BOTTOM LINE: Tension-filled and action packed, Ever After is one of my favorites in the series so far!
As Ever After opens, we find Rachel heading off to Chicago’s Carew Towers to meet Quen, Trent Kalamack’s right hand man, for what Rachel suspects is a job offer. Well, it is, of sorts, but it’s not quite what Rachel had in mind. Quen is afraid that, with his new responsibilities as a father to his and Ceri’s daughter, Ray, and also to Trent’s daughter Lucy, he’s not able to provide the level of security for Trent that he’s managed in the past, and he’s asking for Rachel’s help. If you’ve been keeping up with the series, you already know that Rachel and Trent have a long, very complicated history, and Rachel is adamantly opposed to the idea. She doesn’t quite trust Trent, plus she’s pretty sure that Trent would be insulted if he found out about Quen’s offer.
REVIEW SUMMARY: An excellent edition to The Hollows urban fantasy series, and Rachel Morgan is as tough and driven as ever! Will certainly provide big rewards for series fans.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A Perfect Blood, the 10th book in the Rachel Morgan urban fantasy series, joins Rachel as she follows the trail of an evil, insidious group bent on using her blood for their nefarious means, while navigating the ins and outs of her new identity as a demon.
PROS: The magic world of The Hollows is fully realized and intricate, and as always, Kim Harrison’s characterizations are rich and engaging.
CONS: There were a few instances where the prose meanders and you might find yourself wanting to get back to the action.
BOTTOM LINE: A Perfect Blood delivers top notch urban fantasy with plenty of action and intrigue, and characters that you’d want to be friends with yourself! Although it isn’t recommended new readers begin the series here, Harrison manages to wrap up the main story line without leaving you wanting, and her writing is in top form.
REVIEW SUMMARY: An excellent addition to an addictive series.
PROS: Well-rounded and evolving characters; deftly designed urban fantasy landscape; appeals to a wide audience.
CONS: Rachel’s second-guessing led to some frustration; the plot may move a bit slowly for some.
BOTTOM LINE: A very enjoyable reading experience overall.
Whether she is swapping summoning names with a demon, or swapping spit with a living vampire, Rachel Morgan finds trouble like others find quicksand. Every new Hollows book lands her in ever deeper predicaments with ever more dark and dangerous challenges to overcome. Working through very dark and very adult situations, Morgan must live with the metaphysical smut that comes with dabbling in the gift of Black Magic as well as with the inner moral conflicts that arise as she realizes her potential as both a witch and a demon. Instead of focusing heavily on the monsters and the plot and the mysteries faced in each novel, Kim Harrison pens a story that delves into the mystery that is Rachel Morgan.