I LOVE where this story went.
Everyone had to get a little understanding of each other to get past age old hate, to save them all. The world changes for them all anyway. The end of this book opens up a whole new world of options, possibilities and dangers for Rachel and Trent.I hope the Kim Harrison goes there even if it takes Rachel into a different series. It will be sad to leave old friends behind but that makes room for the new. Growth always come at a cost.
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?
This one is not the best of series but still good. A beginning to the coming end. It's a good one to see Rachel and Trent come into their own. While hearing less of others in the series. It's good but not one of the best.
wonderful..characters..and new horizons! meditation..space that is just as real as here and ever after...amazing..justice to those who go through work in other manners..thank you for bringing the reality Kim Harrison! The detail even in magic / geography amazing. (prior work ) - I can only wait for the day we have more cities with better 24/7 work conditions around nocturnal, daytime, and diurnal folk rather than forced 1st 2nd 3rd shift ..and a world where we can follow our instincts without social concern like basic medical...even Rachel had to fight for that. :) Amazing.first to last.
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!)