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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©2006 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor
"This strong entry in Harrison's intricate [Rachel Morgan] series....plunges headlong into the action." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
I am easily amused!
This book is action packed and full of adventure! Rachel Morgan becomes more involved with demons and her relationships with Ivy Tamwood and Nick evolve. The gang actually leave Cincinnati on a rescue mission which causes a unique set of challenges. We get to see Jenks in a whole new light which makes this my favorite in The Hollows series so far.
I listened to this on audio and while I enjoy Marguerite Gavin's narration many sentences were halting and broke the flow of the book. She even made mistakes with character's voices a few times which was terribly distracting. Whoever was in charge of production really dropped the ball but I still loved the book.
Nothing like a great book when on the move.
I think this will have to be the end of the series for me...I just cannot take it. Rachel has outlasted my endurance for stupid. I enjoyed the storyline and the supporting cast of characters, but Rachel is like the talented kid in your family that decides to break the law for a living. At some point you turn away from the wreckage, this book is that point for me. :-(
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.
My first book I read was Winnie the Pooh, many years ago!
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?
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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.
Narrator just couldn't seem to find the right timing for this read.....VERY distracting and frustrating, although the story is good.
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!!!
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