Enter the woods...if you dare.
For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?
And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.
The tales here include an original Hollows novella, "Million-Dollar Baby", about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, "Pet Shop Boys" and "Temson Woods," that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, "Spider Silk" and "Grace," set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories - together in one volume for the very first time.
Step into the woods and discover the magic for yourself.
©2012 Kim Harrison (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
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The collection contains 11 short stories. Some are offshoots and back stories to the Hollows series. Some are stand alone. I have read all The Hollow’s books and found that I very much enjoyed spending more time with some of the characters. Most who look into this book will have been drawn to it because they are Hollow fans, but I truly think a reader would enjoy the stories even if you have never read the Hollows series. I would predict that soon after that same reader would be hooked on the series. Marguerite Gavin is a great narrator and makes listening to the books very enjoyable. Kim Harrison embodies her writing with good plots, exciting stories, some romance and great characters. This holds true throughout this anthology.
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I was pleasantly surprised with the writer, reader and story overall.
I would mostly recommend this particular book of shorts to people who are already reading the hollows series the only reason I really say that is because some of the stories would be confusing if read before starting the series. as some of the shorts contain characters that aren't in all of the hollows books.
I was impressed with the reader especially liking the voice she chose for the infamous pixie Jenks.a good voice match for a good character.
I picked up this gem of a read for a change in pace when things started to get a little too slow paced for me in the hollows series. hoping that the shorts would pack just enough concentrated punch to encourage me to go back to reading the hollows series at great length ... and it had me doing just I am now on book seven of the series and that is pretty good because i was two books behind that only a couple weeks before.
This was a great listen. It was the only short story collection that I really enjoyed! The back ground on some of the characters as well as the other short stories were great! This makes the series, it brings it all together!
Kim Harrison is a great story teller and Marguerite Gavin is one of my favorite narrators.
If you like the Hollows you have to listen to this!
Some of these short stories help fill in the blanks on Rachel and Jenks in Kim Harrison's Hollows series. Other stories are totally unrelated, with some being very good and others harder to get into. I bought it for the Hollows stories and it is well worth those.
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This was just okay for me it's just a review of all the books,
but I do love the series keep them coming Kim.
I would rather spend my money on her next book
This collection of stories has not only missing pieces in the Rachel Morgan series, but other intriguing stories as well. A great book: even for those who haven't been introduced to Rachel yet!
I am not sure what could be changed. I think this is just a personal choice issue. I did not like the format with the mishmash of stories and was surprisingly disappointed with this listen. A few stories were OK to fill in some blanks, but generally I felt these were just some left over stories that got cut from the books.
Just finished listening to Ever After. That was much more like what I am used to from Kim Harrison. That one I would give 5 stars.
She brings the Hollows books to life. I have read and listened to many of Kim Harrison's books books and it is far more enjoyable to listen to her interpretation.
The question does not make sense since these were short stories.
Yes. There are several short stories in this collection, and each one takes you deeper into various characters.
I really enjoyed finding out how Trent and Janx snatched Lucy. It was a wonderful insight into Trent's character. I also loved Janx teaching Jamoke how to be a runner. His thoughts about his failings with Jax and his interactions with Madalina brought tears to my eyes.
Marguerite Gavin does a wonderful job with the narration. Most of the characters have very distinct voices, and she adds just enough wit and sarcasm to bring the characters to life.
Really. After faithfully following this series for about 4 or 5 books I've finally given up. There is one interesting story in this one, about Al, and that's it. Marguerite Gavin is brilliant as always, as for the story....
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Most of the back-stories I knew, but good detail. I love the story of how Trent got Lucy, totally help me like his character, never seen what Rachel seen in him until he became a father.
"Every bit as brilliant as the other novels"
I was totally taken by surprise by this collection. In my experience, anthologies in this genre are usually short, overpriced, and poorly narrated with someone other than the main series books use.
Into The Woods is rich and long, a huge collection of detailed stories about different Hollows characters, and is all narrated by Marguerite Gavin, who is simply the voice of all the Hollows characters to anyone who's been listening to them for a while.
The stories are often from different points of view; I found it particularly fun to read from the POV of Al, and Trent, among the others.
They contain insights, more world building, fantastic characterisation and glimpses into the relationships from a perspective other than Rachel's.
If you're a fan of the Hollows books, this is absolutely worthwhile. It's a fantastic collection and wonderful to see it being given such attention so it really fits into the series.
"For Hollows readers"
If you like Hollows series you will probably like this book too. It was interesting to read how Trent rescued his dotter and how Al got Ceri to ever after.
I even enjoyed the stories, most of them, that aren’t linked to Hollows.
"One for the fans"
I love the Hollows books and I really enjoyed these back stories, although they did make me want to revisit some of the books to fix the timeline. If you are new to the books, not one to start with, but if like me you have read them all and wait with baited breath for the next installment, then you will enjoy it.
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