Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses - savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.
Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. Suddenly, more than Rachel's soul is at stake.
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"This strong entry in Harrison's intricate [Rachel Morgan] series....plunges headlong into the action." (Publishers Weekly)
I have enjoyed the series but this book became one long whine about how nothing can go right for the main character and how she hates her life. Even cool things that happen are met with a pissy attitude. I am moving on to a main character that doesn't bitch about everything.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Yes, definately if the reviews were good, and it was narratted by Marguerite Gavin. I love her narration. I am starting to become disapointed after reading this book and not sure if I am going to get another of the hollows series. I am ready to read some other books. I definately agreed with many reviewers who recommended the first three.. I feel they are terrific and great of this series.
She could have included more of Kisten, demon Al, and writing off Nick was apparently evident. Nick started the series as an extremely nice guy, then off he leaves in the last book, and in this one, he becomes a real jerk. I did enjoy the partnership of Rachel and Jenks, even if she oogled him a bit too much. Also, the weres didn't make it for me along the plot. It becomes apparent that Kim wants Rachel's character to have more enchanting loves in her life, or open the door for Kisten or Ivy in her love triangle.
I love her connection with all the charactors, and thier personalities. I say that I cringed everytime when she read "MackinacK", not MackinaW several times in the book.
Perhaps, especially being a Michigan native, and visiting Mackinaw every summer, this could be an endless playing movie in an Imax theater up in Northern Michigan. Kim's inclusion in the book with the mighty Mac bridge, her describing the sites area of Mackinaw Mich and the islands, and mention of the "fudgies" made me chuckle. I am surprised that they haven't started selling this book all the gift shops in and around the tourist district.
It would appear that Rachel likes a heterosexual lifestyle, and Kim writes it safe between her and Kisten. Only brief teasing sequences between Ivy and Rachel which seems to me that Kim isn't truly prepared to make the Rachel the witch and Ivy the vampire lovers quite yet. Is she afraid that readers will respond negatively to such lesbian scenes?
Having already enjoyed the first 3 books in this series in rapid succession, I was eager to start this one. There was a lot I liked, but some elements of the plot (particularly in the 2nd half of the book) disappointed me.
On the plus side, the personalities of the major characters are developed even further as they face challenging new situations. The growth (in one character's case, literal) seems consistent with what we already know of them. Rachel continues to push the envelope as she begins to explore new types of magic. She exclusively used nature based earth charms in the first book of the series, but as she continues to tally up demon marks and increasingly rely on other forms of magic, you may wonder whether this "white witch" is gradually becoming a gray one.
The relationships between the characters are interesting to follow throughout the entire book, but the major plotline from the 2nd half of the book didn't work well for me. I felt that the plan developed by Rachel and company didn't seem well thought out, considering its complexity. Their scheme seemed full of holes and likely trouble spots, and I expected they could have arranged a solution that involved less risk and effort on their part.
The narrator from the previous three books returns again, and she continues to do outstanding work. As the number of recurring characters in the series continues to increase, she does a great job of giving each of them a distinctive voice and attitude.
If you've enjoyed the previous entries in this series, I suspect you will also enjoy this one (as I did). If you're new to the series, I'd strongly recommend starting with the first book, Dead Witch Walking. The author does a decent job of recapping key details from earlier books as needed, but understanding the characters, the world they live in, and the details of the magic they use may still be a challenge.
The final audio recording was poorly edited, with jarring, abrupt changes in volume, voice/tone, and strange sections where it seemed to be playing on a fast speed, as if I'd pushed the 1 1/2 speed on my iPod (which I confirmed each time I hadn't, and only happened with this audiobook.)
Also, the narrator made lots of mistakes, like saying FBI instead of FIB. She also kept ending her sentences before. They were done. She just kept taking on the ending parts of the sentence, even after she had finished. Saying the first part.
It drove me crazy.
Also, Rachel became more and more of a martyr, assuming guild and responsibility for EVERYTHING, to the point of ridiculousness. It would have been tolerable if it was just her neurosis, but everyone else blamed her for those things as well, which made no sense at all.
Lastly, the relationship between Rachel and Ivy has just gotten annoying and unbelievable. Rachel keeps narrating things about how she feels, but none of those things are ever evident in the story. It was the same with all the conclusions Rachel came to; there was no hint of those things, but she just kept suddenly narrating what she had figured out.
The only thing I liked about the story really was the plot line with Rachel and Kisten.
I had been hooked on this series, but I'm losing interest. I already had the next audiobook in the series, so I gave it a try as well. It was better narrated, but was MUCH worse as far as Rachel's personality, how everyone blames her for everything, and the ridiculousness of Rachel and Ivy.
This is the first time that I can write that I enjoyed the audio versions of this series more than reading the books themselves. The narrator is perfect. When reading on my own, the sarcasm and wit does not come as clear as when this narrator, Marguerite Gavin, reads the emotions and humor into the words. I've listened to every book in the series except the last one (because they switched the narrator) merely because I loved her reading.
This story, and all the previous, are very funny and are an original slant on the paranormal/romance genre. The pixies, the vamps and of course, the witch/demon Rachel Morgan are loads of fun.
I've listened to all the previous books in the series but this was the worst. Too many of the plot lines make no sense. The main character Rachel comes across as childish or downright silly in most of her actions.
I would suggest the author could have considered previous motives in her writing to help describe current motives. The characters don't appear to be growing.
There are major flaws in this plot line.The Nick Plotline. Rachel blames Nick for betraying her trust but the story has Rachael causing pain to Nick by forcing him to be her familiar. When he leaves to get away from the pain, they don't break up, Rachel just has an affair with another vampire because she needs the comfort. When Nick thinks Rachel has been killed by a demon (and Rachel knows this) she doesn't call or contact Nick to let him know she is okay, rather she lets him suffer for months thinking she has died (what a bitch). When Rachel comes to rescue Nick (unasked for) Rachel then steals the totem Nick has been contracted to retrieve then she keeps it from Nick as though she has a right to have it even though it belongs to the Weres. The totem would allow the Weres to organize and become as powerful an influence as the Vampires but Rachel has decided she doesn't want that to happen. None of this plot line makes any sense. Nick actually comes across as the good guy.The Kisten Plotline. This dude is a vampire who is also a mass murderer. He set a bomb that killed 14 people yet Rachel doesn't think it was Kisten's fault because he called in a warning to the owner of the boat that the bomb was set so clearly Kisten didn't mean to hurt anyone. Yeah right. Like that would fly in ANY court of law anywhere.The Trent Plotline. Rachel knows Trent is trying to save the entire race of Elves. Trent needs elf DNA from an older elf. Preferably one that is 2000 years old but any older DNA would help. Rachel conveniently knows of an elf princess named Ceridwen who is 1000 years old. However, Rachel won't tell either elf about what is going on. Why? Who knows!!!! Rachel has simply decided that she knows what is best for Ceridwen and the race of elves. Ceridwen isn't even asked if she would like to help her people! It makes no sense.The Vampire Rape Plotline. This rape/drink blood theme is ridiculous. Rachel does not want vampires to drink her blood and has clearly said no. However, the vampires/rapists who claim to be her ever faithful friends have lusts they apparently cannot control. So when the vampire rapists lose control, it's always Rachel's fault. She dressed wrong, or said something wrong, or flirted wrong or smelled wrong or followed them into a room, or touched them, etc.We are told the vampires want 'trust'. Of course when Rachel does finally trust Ivy, Rachel is almost murdered. Amazingly it ends up being Rachel's fault because she asked Ivy to take affection/sex out of the blood sharing. What???? Finally, Rachel is constantly saying she can take care of herself and others talk about how strong willed Rachel is or how bad-ass she is. But she never comes across as even remotely tough. She always whines and complains and carries a splat gun. She has no will power and never thinks of clever things to do. I can't recommend this book, it's not that good.
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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished:A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison won't go down as one of my favorites in the series mostly because of Nick!
1: Have never been a fan of Nick (though I honestly don't want her with Kist either) and so I am hoping the end marked their relationship from this point forward.
2: I still love the troubled threesome but the foreshadowing is making me pre-sad!
3: Big Jenks = Awesome!
4: Hoping this is a turn for Ivy and she will be more open!
5: No Trent so I felt like the overall story didn't move forward.
6: Need more Ceri--she is super interesting.
7: Less Kisten (and he wasn't even in this one much)
Narrated By Marguerite Gavin / Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
She really nails all of these characters. I am just a fan of Marguerite's narration. Awesome is just awesome :)
Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews
My Status Updates:
20%: #Listening Yeah Jenks is back in the mix!
51%: I am reading and listening. The library had the book so I can switch up Yeah!
56%: Listening while working today: I HATE NICK! Seriously I doubt he dies (cause really I wouldn't miss him so that means he lives) but the Ray Ray thing is going to make me fall into the world with some duct tape :)"
60%: Listening is that really about to happen? OMG really Ivy/Rachel--this is a really intense scene!
“If you do it once, it’s a mistake. If you do it twice, it’s not a mistake anymore.”
He grinned. “That’s because pixies are ever-after. We’re magic, baby. Just ask Matalina.”
“Damn it all to Disneyland! Where’s crap for brains?”
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I feel like the series really hit it stride with this book. Where the first few books felt a little slow in spots, this one was action all the way through. A lot happened, and while the relationships still feel a little over-dramatic at times, I'm enjoying the development of the characters. Looking forward to the next one!
Jenks is quickly becoming my favorite character in this series and the narrator does a fabulous job delivering his snarky, sarcastic comments.
It was nice to see Jenks interactions with his son.
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