I really enjoy Rachael's character. She is young, impetuous, fearless, and loyal. The mythology is rich. Rachel Morgan is an an independent runner who nearly almost lost her life to a demon disguised as a vampire in the first book. That story established Rachel as a freelance investigator, living with an almost undead vampire (Ivy), in an old church. In the garden live her trusty assistant, Jenks (a pixie), and his family. Vampires can live in the daylight, the werewolves are organized, and Ever After is not a nice place to be. Kim Harrison makes you believe.
Trent’s storyline is a clincher. We have such a love-hate relationship with his character right now. He has been set up as the worst kind of bad guy and is certainly seems to be doing his best to earn that reputation. Still Kim Harrison surrounds him in enough mystery to wonder if he could possibly turn out to be a good guy in the end?
I heard her in Dead Witch Walking. Now, her voice is Rachael's voice in my head.
Things come together in a terrifically violent climax. Certain secrets are revealed, and other mysteries come to are brought to light. It is brutal and brilliant.
which is too close to stupidity for me.
If you like to lose yourself in an urban fantasy world, this is a good one. But I want stories where character and plot are the main draws. Here not much happens to support the plot. The setting has a wide variety of paranormals: witches, vampires, pixies, elves, werewolves, and demons. I like the way they live, work, and interact with each other and humans in current day.
My biggest problem is that I don’t enjoy Rachel. She is reckless, impulsive, jumps to wrong conclusions, and makes mistakes. Those character traits are the source of her troubles and conflicts throughout the book. Some of it is stupid. In one scene she tells Trent she doesn’t like him because he is a thief (and other things). Well, Rachel is a thief in this book which bothered me. A thinks B stole a fish. Rachel is hired to steal it back which she does. Then she finds out A was mistaken and B did not steal the fish. So I think Rachel should return the fish to B. She does not. She keeps the fish for herself. Yes ornery characters can be fun. In fact I love some of them in other books, but this didn’t work for me. I couldn’t like her, and therefore I could not enjoy her escapades.
Other Rachel examples:
A wants to take one of Rachel’s books. Rachel says “Let him have it.” After A leaves, B tells Rachel now she cannot do the spell she needs because it was in that book. Rachel says “Oh.”
Rachel is in a dangerous situation and needs to do a chant. She gets distracted in the middle of the chant and says “Oh my God,” then she forgets the last word of the chant, but she has already interrupted the chant, then several moments later she remembers the last word.
In every crisis, someone else comes along to save Rachel - at least in the first two books. She may do something weird trying to save herself, but it doesn’t finish the scene. It reminds me of “deus ex machina” (a god comes in to move the story forward when the writer can’t think of another way out).
The narrator Marguerite Gavin was ok.
Genre: urban fantasy
I had listened to the first book becuse of a group of stories offered by Audible of different authors, one being Kim Harrison.
I enjoyed the first book so much, I purchsed the second right after.
Love the personalities, the wry humor, and Jinx too!....lol
Marguerite Gavin is wonderful as usual, she really brings all the characters to life. I'm a big fan.
Wicked witched you bad.
Yes, while many of the charactors are set in the first, you as a reader can pick right up on the characters in this book. Marguerite Gavin , IMO, is incredible, with her emotions, and voicing, she makes this book very interesting. She is a great narrator, doing this book justice. This is a very entertaining series.
THe conniving of the vamps, and sub-plots in the story.
I enjoy Rachel and Ivy, and Nick and Glenn.
Sinners in CinCin
Can't wait to read the next.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It's great! right up my alley...I love a good Paranormal series and Rachel fits the bill to a T!
Rachel! She is great, even when she is scared she pulls thru and saves the day!
Just the Rachel books...I am starting #3 now...and she is a good narrator!
Yes....a few..one being how even though Rachel was frightened she tended to Ivy after she was assaulted...
Great Series...I highly recommend!!
yes.....funny intriguing never a dull moment
Racheal...She is clumsy but she gets the job done eventually.....
more vivid scenes
can't think of any
this series is an excellent choice.
This is Just as good as the first book.. The story continues and the characters development grows. A well worth listen.
I would recommend this to anyone. This series is very interesting and enjoyable to listen too.
Ivy is my favorite she is dark but wants to be the opposite.
This whole series keep impressing me more and more.
All of the hollows series are right up there at the top of my must listen list for audiobooks can't recoment them enough.
Thats a hard question, Kims characters are all very well written and all have there moments. If I had to choose I would say Jenks he really holds it them all together.
Marguerite really brings a great voice to the characters and personality that although is on the page is brought to life by her increadible voice.
I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say this alot of people have a problem with all the mistake Rachel makes, but really in the end she allways gets the Job done. My favorite part is allways when our little witchy figures out whats going on and starts handing our bad guys there heads.
Funny and sexy these stories are an all around good time.