This series is my favorite fantasy series, and this is the first book in the series. I first read it in print, now I'm listening to it in audible format. A great premise, completely engaging characters, snappy dialog, mystery, danger, and a great reader. What's not to like!?! And the witch Rachel Morgan (like my favorite wizard, Harry Dresden) has that wonderful trait: a very good heart, so trying to do the right thing in impossible situations always sinks her deeper and deeper in trouble.
The series is a total of 13 books, the last of which is to be released in September of this year, plus one book of short stories. Those of us who want to move into the Hollows eagerly await the final installment, but we will be sorry to see it end.
OOPS wrong box but here are my thoughts. The world of Rachel Morgan who is a witch becomes complicated when she choses to leave the Inderland Security who police the nonhuman population. The problem is that people who leave the I.S. usually face swift elimination i. e. death. As Rachel tries to stay alive with the help of a living vampire (who she has difficulty trusting), a smart ass but loyal pixie and his family, a nice old man who lives across the street and appears to know more about Rachel than he should and Nick a human. She is attacked by witches, fairies and more. To further complicate things she is trying to prove that Trent Kalamack, a powerful councilman, is actually trafficing in brimstone and more. Trent is a formidable opponent and also not human. From the original premise of genetically altered tomatoes nearly wiping out mankind to Rachel's interactions with friends and foe there is humor, action, intrigue, mystery, possible romance and an great fear of tomatoes. Who could ask for more.
M Gavin' s performance was perfect for this story. I especially liked her portrayal of Jenks and the mink!
I bought this on the recommendation of the Kindles & Wine blog which have been dead on with authors like JoJo Mayes, Charlaine Harris and Karen Moning - this book however they were dead wrong. Uninteresting story with a lead character I didn't like, I had to struggle to finish this one (not wanting to waste my credit). Unlike Johanna Parker whose smooth southern accent accentuated the True Blood story and drew me into the world of Bon Temps - I did not care for this narrator at all. Waste if a credit
First of all the narrator of this book is also the same lady that doses the "Kitty" series. (a werewolf named Kitty.) O.K. She brings the chacters to life. From her normal voice with Rechel to the high pitched voice of Janx. She makes fun and interesting.
The plot was a never ending roller-coaster of fun and madness. The bad guy is a very interesting dude. But it makes me wonder who the real bad guy is.
Marguerite's performance was quit compelling as a whole. Especially when she's reading some expellant material as this.
I laughed, cried, and got totally pissed. Reches's boss is a real piece of work. This jackass troughs Every thing he can at her and still fails to kill her.
If your like me and enjoy a good story with witches, vamps, and other nasty critters. Then you'll get a kick out of this one.
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
Fantasy, Action, Attitude
Rachel is obviously my favorite character, but there really isn't much to choose from. She's clearly the character we are meant to identify with, and all the others are either somewhat 2-dimensional or pretty flawed and not likeable.
It's typical Marguerite Gavin, and that's a good thing! She is perfect for this role, as she gives it just the right amount of "attitude".
No, I was happy to spread it over a week or so.
I've been through the entire series, and the series has had it's ups and downs, in terms of my enjoyment of the books. In hindsight, this first book is certainly one of the best.
Aside from the alternate reality setting, the lead character makes me think of a female Harry Dresden. The lead is just a bit too concerned with her libido as well. The performance is ok. I've heard better and I've definitely heard worse.
Todd W. Brown
I love stories that set themselves in "our" world with slight twists and a history of their own. Rachel Morgan is a blast as a character and her adventures will keep you pulled in. It is light reading that has an almost perfect amount of main and supporting characters that populate this world where magic, faeires, demons, vamps, and all sorts of supernatural beings are "normal" parts of society.
As for the narration on the audio version, Ms. Gavin sounded a little older than I expected her to sound as Rachel and one of her male characters sounded a lot like a bad Napoleon Dynamite impersonation (Francis), but she give the story some real pop and does a fine job of voicing the variety of individuals that populate the world Harrison has created.
The story line and composure of the dialog and the style of writing kept you involved. Its intense, unpredictable and funny.
yes, I really enjoyed how you were learning who the main character was through internal thoughts and others actions rather than a monologue. Monologue's are good but the way this is written it flows nicely and as new characters were introduced the main character was also being introduced. Little to no back tracking.
I found her takes on the characters very easy to enjoy. It put spunk and more personality to the people. I am a huge Lorelei King fan, and I found myself enjoying Marguerite just as much as I do Lorelei. You know the difference in each character.
I laughed several times, and found that it was very hard to turn off.
I am a huge urban/scifi fantasy fan. I like the Mercy Thompson series, Jayne Yellowrock, Stephanie Plum(no scifi), oh i cant list all of them. But this after one book, is near the top of my favorites.
This book was hilarious! The characters were well written and the scenes were fantastic. The story line was in-depth and interesting.
Every time Rachel had an encounter, here inner dialog was great.
Rachel was done well and Francis was the best! Nasally and annoying..
Absolutely. I'm pretty picky about how I spend my credits, and I'm really tired of the Teen drama with a twist of fantasy. I've read a ton of the vampire and ghost stories available, but this one is for adults without the sex.
Action. Humor. Beginnings.
Jenks always lights up every scene he is in.
Yes. I wish I had the time to do that!