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.
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©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)
Im a guy who likes both vampires & detectives. My favorite author/character combo is Robert B. Parker's Spencer series. Im also an Ann Rice fan. This book I got on sale & the following book, Every which way but dead. I have to say it took awhile to get into the characters not having listen to the 1st book. But by half way though I was very interested in where the book was going & all the new type of character that she added to the vampire genre. By the end of the book I was hooked & I went directly to the 3rd book. I love following a character's growth through a serious of books. Im going to enjoy these character's and this serious. Audio book nerd (ABN)
This is the second book I have read from this series. I was a little disappointed with this one, Rachel who is the main character is sometimes just plain stupid just so the author can create drama. Also the narrator has a cold in many chapters and it is a little irritating to hear the nasal clog in her voice. I still recommend it but not as enthusiasticly as book one.
I'm a 30-something paranormal, mystery, and humor enthusiast. For me, the main character is the most important part of a book.
Overall, I like this series, and I did enjoy listing to it. It's a complicated plot with a lot of characters, but overall it's not hard to keep everyone together. I just felt that Rachel whined ALL THE TIME. She always jumped to the wrong conclusions- which was a little frustrating.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and wanted to like this one too, but it was too gruesome, not lighthearted enough, and the main character became more and more annoying. Having the heroine continually make wrong assumptions and bad decisions didn't work for me. Character flaws can invigorate a story, but this time they didn't.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
This series is just a fun listen. It is not for those of you looking for the depths of The Mists of Avalon. What it does give you is a fun ride, with surprisingly interesting characters that begin to really grow on you. It's mind candy at it's finest, just remember to brush afterwards!
I really enjoy genre fiction, mostly fantasy and mysteries but enjoy discovering new authors.
I loved the first book in the series so much but this one really let me down. It fell into the trap that a lot of female-centric fantasy books do which is soft-core porn. I'm glad that Rachel and her boyfriend have a lively sex life, but the unimaginative details are too common for the genre. I'm still not sure why she's dating this guy, anyway. He put her in debt to a demon in the first book. That's not leaving the cap off the toothpaste, that's putting her soul in danger when she begged him not to. Also, the excuses that she makes for her room mate, who attacks her over and over, makes her sound like a delusional battered wife. "It's my fault, she needs me, I'm special, I'll be careful next time, I'm worried about her." blah-blah-blah. So annoying! That said, I thought the second book in the Dresden Files series was horrible for many of the same reasons. I'm willing to give the next book a try after a break.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
This series sounds good and the reviews are high, but it's just not holding my interest. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't to keep focus on the main plot line and gets bogged down with other smaller escapades.
Narrator is very talented, but she seems to be content with just a mediocre performance. She will often pause, then add the rest of the sentence on like it's an afterthought. Sometimes she rushes into the next paragraph when a tiny pause would have made the topic change a little clearer.
I'm going to try one more book and hope...
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.
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.
I am easily amused!
Urban Fantasy at it's best. Reminds me of Jim Butcher's, Harry Dresdan series, but with a tough, likable female lead. The story is complex and layered. I recommend you read the first in the series because the relationships with the characters are an essential part of the charm.
Kim Harrison has built a terrific world with humans and every type of creature/species interacting that makes for a thrilling tale. Rachel is an underdog with a big heart that is loyal to her friends at any cost. You can't help but cheer her on. She is an earth witch living in an old church with her vampire friend Ivy who is fighting to resist her blood urges. Jenks, her pixie friends lives in her gorgeous garden with his wife and multiple kids. Together the three of them have an started an investigation firm. The newest challenge is to find out who is the serial witch killer. Old foes are presented as suspects and Rachel reluctantly aligns herself with the FIB.
By the end of the book discoveries about herself and her father are made, she boosts her reputation, breaks her arm, and has three precarious relationships that will make the next books really interesting. I am a fan!
The first third of the book is a little slow but stick with it and you will be rewarded. The narration on this book is some of the best I have heard. Even though I have a lot of these books in hardback I plan on listening to them because it makes the book even better.
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