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A Fistful of Charms | [Kim Harrison]

A Fistful of Charms

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.
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Publisher's Summary

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

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.

And hear more from the Rachel Morgan series!

©2006 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This strong entry in Harrison's intricate [Rachel Morgan] series....plunges headlong into the action." (Publishers Weekly)

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    K. R. Holmes Traverse City, MI 09-04-11
    K. R. Holmes Traverse City, MI 09-04-11 Member Since 2008

    Good Book Lover

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    "Still lots of fun, but..."

    I've really been enjoying this series as a fun, not too deep, summer distraction. Even though the narrator makes the occasional pronunciation mistake in the previous books, I've enjoyed her performance overall. Living in Northern Michigan, however, I have a BIG problem with her narration of this novel. Since a lot of the story takes place on or near Mackinac Island, she really should have learned the correct pronunciation of the name. Mackinac is the French spelling, while Mackinaw is the English spelling, but both are pronounced the same way. Every time she said "Mackinack" instead of the correct pronunciation of "Mackinaw" I winced. And that was many, many times. So, if you're from Michigan, or just know what the correct pronunciation should be, you might want to read this installment instead of listen to it. It might save you some pain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorlene Butler 08-02-11
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    "Distracting Narration"

    Narrator just couldn't seem to find the right timing for this read.....VERY distracting and frustrating, although the story is good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liza 06-21-09
    Liza 06-21-09
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    "My Fave Thus Far"

    Loved this one, really brings the relationship between Ivy and Rachel forward, explains the dynamics between them better from Ivy's perspective. If you love Jenks though, THIS is the one to read!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Santa Clarita, CA, USA 03-19-08
    Patricia Santa Clarita, CA, USA 03-19-08
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    "My favorite by far!"

    I picked up the first book on a lark and have now listened to all six back to back. Whew! This is an addicting series & "Fistful" is my favorite of them all. The story is fastpaced and taunt; I couldn't put it down. The dynamic between Rachel and the other characters is really enjoyable. The tension between Ivy and Rachel has me in knots!! I've become an "Adrenaline Junkie" by way of my addiction to these darn audios. And Ms. Gavin is fantastic as narrator. I wish she narrated #6! In fact, I'm listening to this one again & enjoying Gavin all the more for having missed her interpretation in #6.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Book Nympho United States 10-21-13
    The Book Nympho United States 10-21-13

    Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy

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    "Jenks!!"

    First Thought(s):
    JENKS!! Got to love a pixie that uses Tink (Tinkerbell) as a curse.

    The Plot:
    Rachel and Jenks hit the road in order to save one of Jenks’ sons. Oh and Nick (Pfft).

    The last time Rachel saw Nick he was leaving town and wouldn’t tell her the whole reason he was leaving. Jenks’ son, Jax was living at Nick’s place to take care of his plants while he was out-of-town.

    Jenks and the rest of his pixie family left the church that Rachel and Ivy share as their home because of a fight he and Rachel got into during the last book, Every Which Way but Dead. It’s been a long winter without the pixies around and Rachel is sick of Jenks not talking to her. So when they get word from Jax that Nick is missing and Jax needs help they drop their difference and hit the road to save them.

    In true Rachel form this is no simple road trip. There are vampires and werewolves involved and Rachel fighting for her life but she has her trusty backup, Jenks. And Jenks is very much front and center in a big way.

    We didn’t get to see of Trent this time about but my fingers are crossed that he will show up in the next installment, For a Few More Demons. Which that title has me a little nervous. I’m thinking we may get to see more of Al.

    The Characters:
    Rachel is a kick ass witch but at the same time she boarders on “too stupid to live” but in a funny and endearing way. With the help of her friends, Rachel learns why she makes some of the dumb choices in her personal life. And knowing is half the battle, right?

    Jenks is a cocky and snarky pixie that’s always there for his partners Rachel and Ivy. He would die to save Rachel and his family. And I think he feels the same about Ivy but he hides it.

    Ivy has it hard being stuck behind wanting to be Rachel’s friend and partner to wanting more from Rachel. Not to mention she is trying to fight off some personal demons.
    Nick… is a turd and Rachel’s human ex-boyfriend.

    Kisten is a sexy vamp who is dating Rachel and seems to really care for her. He is also Ivy’s ex and friend.

    The Narration:
    I’m not sure if it’s Gavin’s narration or Harrison’s writing that keeps me coming back. I think it’s a little of both. I can’t picture myself reading this series now that I’m hooked on Gavin’s voice for the series. She does an amazing job for all the characters. Her voice for Rachel and Jenks is the best.

    Final Thought(s):
    JENKS!! One of the best secondary characters ever! And he summed up my feelings about Nick in this quote… “No one cares little green turds about you.”

    Will I continue the series:
    Hell ya! It gets better with each book. I’m really enjoying the snarky humor and the building relationships between the characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julie D. Dickinson Portage, Michigan USA 12-27-14
    Julie D. Dickinson Portage, Michigan USA 12-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Really bad - will be returning this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so looking forward to this book. Although the story starts out ok the entire plot line with Ivy is extremely irritating and non-sensical and unfortunately ends in such a manner that this story line can only continue in future books. Big bummer because I really liked Rachel, Jinks and several other other characters and greatly enjoyed listening to the first two books.


    What could Kim Harrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just not gone there with Ivy. It has nothing to do with homosexuality either. You need to listen to understand, but honestly I don't recommend it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marguerite Gavin?

    Her narration is fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Fistful of Charms?

    Most of the middle and end scenes with Ivy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shortnstout 12-19-14
    shortnstout 12-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "torture"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader was not performing this book, at best she is reading it with emphasis. And the Bad language was the worst part. It seems the author can not go a sentence with out putting in some curse or foul thought. I couldn't even finish the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Harrison again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Marguerite Gavin’s performance?

    Lack of enthusiasm.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    waste of time and I wish there was a way to know if a book is going to have bad language in it before trying to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claude D. Hayden Eustis, FL 10-20-14
    Claude D. Hayden Eustis, FL 10-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Beginning: Carpenter Middle: Marine then Firefighter Latter part: IT Admin; Books have always provided fuel for my imagination to feed on.

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    "Outstanding! Flirting w/black and demon magic!"
    What did you love best about A Fistful of Charms?

    The expansion of her skills into demon curses.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fistful of Charms?

    The twisting of a demon curse.


    What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her intimation of each character in a well played fashion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed many times.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the story arch and where it is going regarding RMM and what buttons she likes to have pushed. Most of us go our entire lives not acknowledging our buttons much less asking someone to push them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MomLorrie 10-14-14
    MomLorrie 10-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Grating Voice - wrong Title for Me"
    Would you try another book from Kim Harrison and/or Marguerite Gavin?

    No. This is not what I thought it would be. Marguerite Gavin's voice hurt my ears. I need a lower range to be able to enjoy the narration. As to the Book itself.. I thought I would try a different genre. I guess I'm not a fan of sexy witches, warlocks, werewolves, etc.


    What could Kim Harrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing- it is just not my type of read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Canada 03-01-14
    Dan Canada 03-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly Entertaining !"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fistful of Charms to be better than the print version?

    Not having read the print version it would be unfair to comment; i am a fan of the author, the Hollows story and characters are inviting, exciting and come to life during the reading. I will be reading the next instalment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book allowed the readers to learn of the deeper traits of many characters. I couldn't possibly pick a favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The island werewolf encampment, the bridge scene and the return to the hollows were possibly my favourites. I couldn't stop - every free moment a reached for it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship between Rachel, Ivy and Jinxs. The scenes unfolding throughout gave deeper glimpses into their dynamics.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't stop !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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