One of the best series ever, and one that I always look forward to. I love that Rachel has grown up, and it was nice to have less Ivy in this book. Marguerite Gavin's narration was great, as usual. However, I am about halfway through the book, and the over-use of phrases such as "I went cold", "His brow furrowed", etc. is driving me nuts. The constant use of "His best Peter Pan pose" and "Bunny-eared kiss kiss" used to just grate on my nerves. We are 11 books into the series. Just saying it may be time for some new lines.
I have loved all of the book in this series. And this one is no exception. Well written and interesting. Kim Harrison has developed a world that seems complex and deep in scope. The characters seem like real people, flaws and all.
Absolutely amazing, from start to finish. I think this is my most favorite series, and I think Kim can keep it coming. I can't wait to see where Trent and Rachel go in the next book. I love them together.
It has been a long wait since Perfect Blood. I read it at least four times in print and as an audiobook. When Ever After arrived, showing up simultaneously on my Kindle and in my Audible account the day before yesterday, I was dizzy with excitement. Finally!
Casual readers for whom books are just another way to pass the time will never understand the particular excitement of receiving a long-awaited book. This was a joyous event, a happy day. Finally, the next installment of the Hollows.
The thrill isn't gone, not by a long shot. I had just completed "A Memory of Light," the fourteenth and final book of Robert Jordan's (now Brian Sanderson's) Wheel of Time, so I needed to travel from one magical realm to another. It is a testament to my mental agility that I can slide so swiftly between planes of unreality and nary miss a beat.
I always read the audio version first, then read the book in print. Margeurite Gavin is so much the voice of the Hollows I can't imagine anyone doing a better narration. She was perfect as she has been in previous books.
I want to avoid spoilers since the book was released just two days ago and many fans haven't read it yet. I'll update it later when more people have had a chance to read it. In the meantime, I'm not going to tell you what happens, but I will tell you how I feel about it.
I had been enjoying the book. I was missing Ivy -- though not as much as I thought I would -- until I got to the second part of the book. At that point, I went from enjoying it to being enthralled.
After another chapter or two, Ever After had become so exciting and I was so gripped by the story, I trotted out to the living room and announced: "This book is so good you aren't going to see me again until I'm finished." I believe I babbled a bit more, then went back to my office and back to the world of magical Cincinnati, the saving of the Ever After, the world, and the shaping of Rachel Morgan's future.
Two hours later, the book ended.
I sighed, sitting there, absorbing the silence, unwilling to let go of the magic and bump down to my real world. So I stayed there for a while. Then I turned the computer off. It was late, nearly seven and past dinner time. I turned the oven on -- frozen pizza would have to do -- too late for anything more complicated.
Ever After was the most satisfying reading experience I've had in a long time. It scratched all my literary itches. There was magic passion and battles. There was a blooming of love and hope, the sadness of loss, and powerful demons to vanquish. I mourned the fallen, exalted for the living and dreamed about the what might lie in the future.
If a witch, an elf and a demon can work together to save the world, what other dreams may come?
So glad the series is headed in the direction it seems to headed in. We all want a happily ever after for Rachel & maybe someday, she will get hers with a man she has secretly loved all along. (She just didn't know it!)
This is without doubt the worst book yet.
This is because of all the ridicules rule breaking, the lack of continuity and the absurdly stupid choice’s made.
Lets just take a few of the worst offenders:
The most important rule of demons which is the “Because GOD SAID SO!” rule, which we most assume is 100% unbreakable else it means nothing:
“demons Can’t Lie!” even so kjusak constantly lies. Which should be impossible, and the whole problem of the book would be instantly cleared if that rule was followed. Since he can’t frame anyone when no demon can lie. (you can try to excuse this with the, he is a modified demon… which really shouldn’t matter since he is a full demon).
Second one: “demons have to always keep their word”, yet the author is going on about some bullshit paper work to the demon world… seriously? They got a shared conscious where all curses gets filed for the power of GOD to decide the whether or not the curse require x amount of unbalance given and its effect, who it is bounded to etc.
So you are telling me that you need to file extra papers which then takes GODS 3 months to register? Are you kidding, that is so stupid it is just amazing… on top of that, the deal is made with a human, you are telling me that humans need to file papers to the demon register for who count as their family?
I think we can all agree that if that was the case such a deal would do nothing to protect you from a demon that promised not to harm you or yours, since no human could ever file such paper.
Thirdly: so now all a demon needs to just abduct humans or inderlanders is to possess a weak person, then through them have FULL access to their magic and now they can just force snatch anyone just because they want to? We would get into the basic in a bit. But lets assume that this is durable, any demon would snatch houndrad of powerfull inderlanders and mortals, selling them as slaves and basically bring anyone to their realm, just because they could.
Considering the amount of power hungry inderlanders and humans calling on demons, this is a MEGA GIGA breaking of the basic world they are in.
Now to the rules of the whole abduction thing:
First it was stated when al possessed someone earlier that he ONLY had access to the power that person already had while in the human world. This means that ANYTHING kjusak does on earth, nick can do… sooo nick is MANY times tronger than Rachel, a female demon, demons so strong that they are demigods in their own right, a demon so strong she could fight up with the entire counsel of the very best witches in the world without even using her full abilities. But nick is WAY stronger than her and any other security system on earth ?.... that is so badly written.
Secondly, he snatches biss. Ok so lets get into this issue.
First of biss is a gargoyle, he can jump ANY line, at ANY time and they are impossible to catch because of this, no way to get them. And NICK cought and forced it through a line even though if biss wanted he could break the jump and leave nick/kjusak to die in a line without a protection sphere.
Second problem: gagoyles Binds themselves to ONE person, only one! It shows in their aura, they can never be given away, or rebind to another owner, it is something that happens automatically by some magical decisions. Once they are bound they are seen as an item owned by their owner, in the same thing as a golden familiar that could NEVER change its owner and dies when the owner dies.
So there can be ZERO discussion whether or not biss belongs to Rachel and whether it is counted as one of hers and she got the right over it.
YET kjusak just snatches biss for no other reason than “I don’t want you to be able to fix the line” -.-
This is soo stupid it is just SAD that the author got so little clue about which rules she set up as she goes along and she simply just ignores it.
Now when all that is accepted, and we ignore these ridicules inconsistencies and rule breaking we STILL got some serious issues.
So assuming that all these rules need paperwork which takes months to get through, Rachel STILL trades away the removal/alteration of a cursed set on kjusak (which we will get to the ridicules part of in a second) for nothing but a child, a child which kjusak can just steal yet again just because he wants too. Apparently NOTHING is forcing him to keep his word, he can lie as he wants too and it apparently takes months to register the people which the “GOD RULES OF DEMON” counts for. Which means that there is ZERO incentive for kjusak to keep his word and not just snatch the child again etc.
Now for the curse she removes from him, first of this is an ELVISH curse, she doesn’t even have the ability to change it. The first time she needed a nuance (at least several powerfull witches or demons to move the curse. That was made VERY clear), so she cant change the curse even if she new how without at least 2 other very powerful demons, elves or witches which wasn’t used. Secondly she CAN’T take the curse, it can only be given, thirdly she doesn’t just take it no she modifies it within kjusak which makes zero sense…..
And if she is able to do that then she can’t she bind him to a metal box or to a shoe for the rest of eternity, then just kill nick and be done with it?
Thirdly, how did she get the knowledge to recreate elvish magic? She seriously did that by getting 5 words from trend? And if so why have it taken her YEARS! To learn basic demon magic, something as basic as jumping lines, or changing her strength (we will come to this). Etc.
So now we are at next inconsistency: are demons REALLY strong or REALLY weak, you got to decide. Some scenes the demons are far stronger than even ancient dead vampires, and even al which is crazy weak in comparison to nout or kjusak and thereby for Rachel as well, is strong enough to easy mode the ancient dead vampire in the earlier books even when getting surpriced attacked he won the fight handedly. Yet normal strengthen humans and witched can apparently fight up with them equally in melee which makes ZERO sense.
Magical power: Rachel has proven several times to be more powerfull magic wise than even kjusak, nout and al, + 4 counsel members at the same time. Yet she acts like a scared child that needs to fight to the nails to even hold herself vs. someone like nick? A freaking weakling… makes zero sense… neither does it make sense that when she is strong enough to fight up with the strongest demons that she doesn’t even mode EVERYTHING besides those….
You see the devastating kjusak does in days, he is literally an immortal demigod/god compared to the humans, yet Rachel can fight up with him in magic at the right scenes and WIN in some, yet she gets easy mode beaten by almost everything…
Her decision making throughout the book is just amazingly stupid as well…. Makes so little sense, but then again if I was a main character in a universe where every 100% god rule was just broken on a wimp and my power went from godlike to handicapped child jumping up/down constantly, then it would properly be hard to make decisions as well..
The demons reactions also makes zero sense compared to their knowledge and thousands of years of extra knowledge, and the knowledge that no demon can lie (besides Rachel because she is a “witch demon thing”) etc.
Especially that they ignored that kjusak got all their female demons killed beside nout, basically killing their whole race and then ignoring when he tries to do it again, he even directly tried killing al which is a demon for no reason, which again is something that makes no sense in the demon realm (if demons can just kill whichever demon they don’t like: especially considered that there cannot come more demons without the females. And kjusak is trying to kill 1 of the last 2 and destroying the everafter while doing so…..
Its stupidly pathetic that the demons would EVER ignore this in any way shape or form.
And since kjusak is only AS strong as a female demon, actually a bit weaker since nout apparently is to strong for him to kill and why he got her to kill all the other females because he couldn’t do it himself, which was stated directly earlier:
Why are the demons ok with trying to kill Rachel that is a female demon FAR more important and far harder to kill than kjusak is….. that makes zero sense as well… they expect her to just lay down and die? For the only other female demon to allow this? And why? So they don’t have to deal with a demon who is KNOWINGLY trying to kill them all and have done so once before already?.... so idiotic
Now to the whole personalities; the personalities makes so little sense, suddenly trend altered personality 180¤ which makes no sense, and suddenly now when he is acting like an idiot she thinks his a good person? But when he tried to save millions he was a bastard -.-
The sexual frustration of the author also starts to push through several times in the book at ridicules times… seriously Rachel can’t see a back a wet cloth without talking about how sexy she thinks it is…
As said this was no doubt the WORST book in the series, the stupid was so incredible through every aspect of it and nothing made sense with everything else said and established through the other books….
The narrator is amazing which I think is the ONLY reason people keep on listening… but seriously the author is so bad and doesn’t improve on these breaking area that is it just useless to keep on hoping