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
"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.
Reviewing Romance & Urban Fantasy
JENKS!! Got to love a pixie that uses Tink (Tinkerbell) as a curse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This series is an amazing series but this is by far the best. I could not stop listening. The characters become even more real and I laughed non stop. There are so many twists and turns that you may feel dizzy but in the best way possible. Don't miss out! Download it!!!!
I can not get enough Rachel Morgan! High intensity with lots of twists and turns. I am always left wanting more! Please let Rachel live forever!
This is the best book yet in this series! I really enjoyed it with its new twists. If you've been listening, this installment won't let you down!
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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