Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want?
But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when your roommate's very bad ex-boyfriend wants her back and wouldn't mind you in the process. And especially when he's six feet of sheer supernatural seduction and you've got a demon mark that makes vampires literally hotter than hell.
To save herself and Ivy, Rachel must confront the vampire master - and the dark secrets she's hidden even from herself.
And hear more from the Rachel Morgan series!
©2005 Kim Harrison; (P)2007 Tantor
"You'll love this bounty hunter!" (Charlaine Harris)
"[Rachel Morgan] is a protagonist that blends the best qualities of Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum." (Jim Butcher)
Audio books are just my cup of tea!
This is the second book in a good series. I gave book one 3 stars and this one earned 4 stars. It is a series that drags you in. If you enjoy Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville you will like The Hollows. Listen in order it's important in this series.
Rachel Morgan is an earth witch who gets into trouble with demons and elves. She has two partners in her Runners Service Ivy, a vampire, and Jenks, a pixie. Jenks may be my favorite character. Rachel does not usually understand the consequences of her actions this keeps trouble on her heels.
Marguerite Gavin does a great job as narrator. But I have to say the production quality was not the highest and it seems to get worse as the series goes on.
art impresario, wonder afficianado and avid reader.
Really enjoying the Kim Harrison series, just wish the rewind worked better. I only want to go a few lines back but end up at the start of the chapter.
Good reader, but her male voices all sound like the same guy.
It gives you an escape from daily life and brings you into the world of witches and vampires as if they are everyday normal people with abnormal problems. A nice change of pace.
I really enjoy Rachael's character. She is young, impetuous, fearless, and loyal. The mythology is rich. Rachel Morgan is an an independent runner who nearly almost lost her life to a demon disguised as a vampire in the first book. That story established Rachel as a freelance investigator, living with an almost undead vampire (Ivy), in an old church. In the garden live her trusty assistant, Jenks (a pixie), and his family. Vampires can live in the daylight, the werewolves are organized, and Ever After is not a nice place to be. Kim Harrison makes you believe.
Trent’s storyline is a clincher. We have such a love-hate relationship with his character right now. He has been set up as the worst kind of bad guy and is certainly seems to be doing his best to earn that reputation. Still Kim Harrison surrounds him in enough mystery to wonder if he could possibly turn out to be a good guy in the end?
I heard her in Dead Witch Walking. Now, her voice is Rachael's voice in my head.
Things come together in a terrifically violent climax. Certain secrets are revealed, and other mysteries come to are brought to light. It is brutal and brilliant.
I would probably try another Harrison book if I were bored. The narrator actually does quite well.
The character interaction is probably the best part; Harrison does a good job of making Rachel believable as a person. The magical aspect is the least interesting. Witches as not human, spells as enzyme-based... Harrison has some original thoughts, but nothing that I particularly like, and the biology (and Latin) which she constantly references in her ideas of magic are clearly outside her sphere of knowledge.
Probably nothing. But she is a good reader, and presents the characters well.
which is too close to stupidity for me.
If you like to lose yourself in an urban fantasy world, this is a good one. But I want stories where character and plot are the main draws. Here not much happens to support the plot. The setting has a wide variety of paranormals: witches, vampires, pixies, elves, werewolves, and demons. I like the way they live, work, and interact with each other and humans in current day.
My biggest problem is that I don’t enjoy Rachel. She is reckless, impulsive, jumps to wrong conclusions, and makes mistakes. Those character traits are the source of her troubles and conflicts throughout the book. Some of it is stupid. In one scene she tells Trent she doesn’t like him because he is a thief (and other things). Well, Rachel is a thief in this book which bothered me. A thinks B stole a fish. Rachel is hired to steal it back which she does. Then she finds out A was mistaken and B did not steal the fish. So I think Rachel should return the fish to B. She does not. She keeps the fish for herself. Yes ornery characters can be fun. In fact I love some of them in other books, but this didn’t work for me. I couldn’t like her, and therefore I could not enjoy her escapades.
Other Rachel examples:
A wants to take one of Rachel’s books. Rachel says “Let him have it.” After A leaves, B tells Rachel now she cannot do the spell she needs because it was in that book. Rachel says “Oh.”
Rachel is in a dangerous situation and needs to do a chant. She gets distracted in the middle of the chant and says “Oh my God,” then she forgets the last word of the chant, but she has already interrupted the chant, then several moments later she remembers the last word.
In every crisis, someone else comes along to save Rachel - at least in the first two books. She may do something weird trying to save herself, but it doesn’t finish the scene. It reminds me of “deus ex machina” (a god comes in to move the story forward when the writer can’t think of another way out).
The narrator Marguerite Gavin was ok.
Genre: urban fantasy
I had listened to the first book becuse of a group of stories offered by Audible of different authors, one being Kim Harrison.
I enjoyed the first book so much, I purchsed the second right after.
Love the personalities, the wry humor, and Jinx too!....lol
I like the world that has been created and most of the characters. However, I can't get over the way Rachel treats her friends. She endangers one's career for a petty reason and continues to trust one even though it is obvious she shouldn't. Also, the whole thing between Rachel and Ivy. Either it's a thing or it's not. There is no need to drag it out. As always, Marguerite Gavin does a great job as narrator. I will give the next one a try when I have caught up on my reading and have nothing else.
Marguerite Gavin is wonderful as usual, she really brings all the characters to life. I'm a big fan.
Wicked witched you bad.
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, while many of the charactors are set in the first, you as a reader can pick right up on the characters in this book. Marguerite Gavin , IMO, is incredible, with her emotions, and voicing, she makes this book very interesting. She is a great narrator, doing this book justice. This is a very entertaining series.
THe conniving of the vamps, and sub-plots in the story.
I enjoy Rachel and Ivy, and Nick and Glenn.
Sinners in CinCin
Can't wait to read the next.
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