Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.
But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.
For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight, freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.
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©2011 Kim Harrison (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
It's been awhile, however, I enjoyed this story. Yes, I did get it on sale, thank you AUDIBLE. It took me awhile to come back to this series. Don't know what was happening then but I wasn't enjoying the series. However Kim Harrison and the Marguerite Gavin are back.
I loved all the twists and turns that happened in the story and I became familiar again with Rachel Morgan's friends, Ivy and Jenks. This is one of her best, I believe. I really enjoyed Book 9 and look forward to more Rachel, the half demon's adventures.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
It was great....funny, sad, and infuriating at times....but definitely great!
Rachel accepting herself, and empowering herself to go forward as herself no matter what anyone thinks! And I LOVED Trent driving across country with them...it was soooo funny!!!!
I would have, but it was too long too....lol
Great series....Highly recommend!!!! I am reading #10 now and am sad I am almost done with Rachel, Jenks and Ivy!
Had to listen to this book twice because the nuances were such that I wanted to really under stand what was happening to Rachel &Trent and how the relationship between them would play out.
Rachel is not slow on the uptake but that kiss she and Trent had should have told her something.....I just didn't think she got it from the story's ending.
Rachel is a very passionate person. She gives her all for those she loves. Trent knows that. Ivy knows that, and yet. . . This ending was a bit flat....
All the books leading up to this one were entertaining but it gets tedious constantly waiting for Rachel to smarten up. In this book she finally realized that everything is not black and white but varying shades of grey. She realizes that others that she considered "evil" were merely doing what they believed they had to for what they cherished, very much the same way she did what she did to end up where she is.
I can't wait to see what decisions she makes in the next book (A Perfect Blood") now that she has cone to terms with who and what she is.
On another note I hope that they keep Marguerite Gavin as the narrator as she is truly the voice of the hollows, they tried to change it up once and I could hardly even make it through the book. She is amazing in the way she captures the essence of each character and I cannot imagine any other narrator doing these books justice.
I Love Rachel Morgan! Kim Harrison+ Marguerite Gavin = A perfect Rachel Morgan! Everyone of these books are so much fun to listen to (With the exception of "The Outlaw Demon Wails', which unfortunately had a different narrator. But was still an excellent story). Marguerite Gavin is one of my favorite narrators. She takes books to a different level. For me, the story teller can either ruin a good book, or can make "a not so good" book better. But when you have a great Author paired up with a fantastic Narrator, it makes the audio book experience superb! Pale Demon, is the most epic book in the Rachel Morgan series yet. Opening the doors for a different kind of adventure in the next book. As always, Kim Harrison writes one helluva story.
I love the characters, love the way they have developed, and this particular one is even better than I dared hope. Really. No kidding. Ms. Harrison has created a world that despite it's total improbability, I nonetheless find believable ... and very enjoyable. The relationship between characters and species is rich, complex and evolves from book to book. I sense that the author is beginning to head toward the end of the series. I hope I am wrong. I am a dedicated fan and look forward to each book, then read it multiple times in print and in audio. Great stuff folks.
I love listening to audio books because I have little time to read. Faves are paranormal/sci-fi, with romance & inspirational thrown in.
I waited quite a while to listen to Pale Demon after buying it on sale. When I started listening, I wasn't sure if it would be as good as I had hoped. Well, it exceeded my expectations and I think it's the best book of the series. It has a little different feel than previous books but we got to explore more of Rachel and her men.
Even though the book wasn't exactly a cliff hanger, I found myself thinking that it couldn't end this way. I don't want to wait another year to find out what happens (and of course, we all know what path Rachel will choose) and possibly who Rachel's love interest will be.
I'm definitely on board for the next book in the series and I think Marguerite Gavin is an exceptional narrator.
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
An alternative reality caused by a GM tomato-induced pandemic with transgenic witches, tycoon elves, and libertine demons? What???s not to love? Kim Harrison consistently writes tight and interesting stories, and Pale Demon is a solid addition to the Rachel Morgan series. In this book, some long-standing issues start to be resolved, but when did Rachel get so dumb? Al and Trent are back and still fantabulous. Pierce is back and still annoying. Unfortunately, Ivy???s character has lost some of its dimension, but Jinks is still full of Tinkerbell love. Of course, Marguerite Gavin is brilliant. Finally, a two-credit price for any book in this genre is ridiculous. Even ???A Game of Thrones??? by George R. R. Martin is only one credit and that is a long, award-winning book.
This is book 9. I feel like the author has nothing left to write about. It’s lots of conversation about very little. When bad guys appear, Rachel solves the problem by pulling on a ley line and using magic.
My biggest problem is I don’t like Rachel. She doesn’t show humility. She acts like a bratty snotty teenager. Most of the time she argues, gets angry, and threatens. There is a lot of “You did this? Well I’m going to do that to you.”
Trent enthrals two assassins so he can ask them who sent them. The enthral only lasts a couple of minutes. Rachel is furious and argues with Trent because his enthral used “black magic.” She wasted time instead of asking the assassins who sent them. Finally Jenks and Ivy interrupted Rachel’s rant and asked the assassins who sent them. I was not interested in watching Rachel do this.
The author used contrivances to create suspense which annoyed me. For example, someone tells Rachel to plead guilty, go to jail, don’t worry, I have a plan. But he doesn’t tell her the plan. So for a long time Rachel is worried and there is a lot of angst. I would rather just see how the trial and things worked out instead of someone saying “I have a plan, but I’m not going to tell you.”
More contrivance examples. Rachel rushes in yelling “they took him...they took him.” After a minute Trent gets out of the shower and says “took who?”
Rachel makes statements like “It didn’t work.” A minute later the reader hears that it did work.
The word clench was over used. I felt like it was used on every other page. There is teeth clenched, jaw clenched, gut clenched, fingers clenched, hands clenched, my heart seemed to clench, worry clenched my chest, we both clenched in pain, stomach clenched, clenched my eyes, my gut unclenched as it grew quiet.
I listened to the first 15 hours and couldn’t take any more. So I jumped to the last chapter and was glad to be out.
Genre: urban fantasy
I was so in love with this series. I listened to books 1 - 7 one after the other. Couldn't wait for book 8. The same for book 9. I'm currently 3/4 through book 9, still slogging through, hoping it will get better. It's so different from the other books in the series. The setting, the way the characters relate to one another. I'll listen to book 10, but if it continues going the same way, I won't be listening to 11.
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