From New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison comes the first book in an exciting urban fantasy series. Packed with the perfect balance of wry humour and thrilling action, it will delight fans of thrillers and fantasy alike.
Rachel Morgan is a white witch and runner working for Inderland Security (I.S.) in an alternate world where a bioengineered virus wiped out a great deal of the world's human population – exposing the existence of the supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity. For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down law-breaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem is that no one quits the I.S.
Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal weres armed with an assortment of nasty curses. She's a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack is just as deadly as leaving the I.S.
©2012 Kim Harrison (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Action packed… chick-lit with a supernatural twist." (The Times)
"A spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination. A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world." (Kelly Armstrong)
"Discovering a new series like this is like finding buried treasure." (Diana Gabaldon)
This is a modern sassy series, fun and entertaining. As I remember I preservered with the first book but loved the rest of the series.
I think its a stand alone, it's part dectective, part adventure, part witchy and some romance. I ended up loving Rachel, Jinx and Ivy
I really enjoyed Marguerite's narration of the series
Once I progressed probably to book two I had to listen tot them all. When I found a gap in. The series I read the book on iBooks as I wanted continuity
It would be great to get ' A Perfect Blood' to complete the series
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
This author is a hack. I put this book in the "airport" category. A book that you can read/listen to when other things are likely to distract you. I would never buy anything by this author again.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Unfortunately i did not enjoy this book at all. I gave up after the first few chapters. Just not me.
I'd say the vulnerability of the main character, the story was also well written.
I cant say i think the narration threw it off for me, maybe if i read the book i would have a favourite character.
There was something off with the narrators voice it didnt quite match the character. And she didnt quite pull off the other characters either, I dont know how to explain it but just lowering your voice and making it deeper doesnt cut it for me. I think that if the writer had a different narrator one that actually matched the characters then i would've actually really liked this book, but i just couldnt get past this deep husky pretend voice, or her actual voice for that matter.
"Great to re-enter the Hollows again!"
It's probably in the top 25, bearing in mind my top two series span 13 books each...
It sits on my bookshelf next to Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld [start with Bitten] and Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden [Start with Fool Moon] and consider them to be similar but individual.
I have a few performances by Marguerite Gavin, personally she's not too bad to listen to, but i'm not American and do find it a little grating hearing some of the accents. For some reason, when I read I don't hear accents as such.
Jumps to conclusions and kicks ass.
I already own the paperbacks of these and the kindle editions too. But lately I have little time to read and can fit in audiobooks. I have found myself, more and more of late, continuing series in Audio, as the great expense of a hardback hits my budget. My audible account is paid for by my family as a gift each year, so find this a great way to still get my series fix :)
"Lacks a strong storyline"
I would have given it more time. The writer keeps describing people and atmospheres instead of really saying what's going on, so the story is really hard to follow sometimes. Additionally, describing Ivy's eyes for ten minutes every time she is mentioned gets annoying super fast.
I did not like the two main characters. Ivy, as said previously, was described way too much, which made it hard to see why she was described as mysterious and quiet sometimes. Rachel seemed very disconnected, it sometimes felt like her personality shifted and changed as the story progressed and she was not narrated very well. Jenks, their Pixy, probably was one of the only really enjoyable characters being a bit sarcastic, funny and having a strong and clear character development and description.
I already does have a follow up book but I'm not sure if I will give it a try yet. There definitely is huge potential to continue this story and come up with new adventures.
If you like very descriptive audiobooks with lots of talk about atmospheres, the way someone's eyes look and notes of every movement of their face, this will be the book for you. If you need a strong and consistent storyline from beginning to the end, it's probably not the audiobook for you.
The narrator was good and the characters she read were engaging.
Nice pace to the story and had me snagged early on.
"A great new finding, both author and narrator"
I had never heard of Kim Harrison, but from a recommendation I thought I'd give it a try with a "spare" credit, and boy was I surprised... the story is compelling, funny & imaginative, not to mention that the book is well read
Before this I had never heard anything ready by Marguerite, she's charming, engaging & has a good voice for this style of book - after hearing the first few chapters I did a little research on her and quite often she's rated as one of the best narrators, and it's understandable why - not only does she dramatically change her voice per character, but she also adds personality to what is being said
I've noticed something about most of the narrators on this site, each has a little quirk about their pronunciation - some say a few words wrong, some say one or two, some get annoying when they mis-pronounce words, some are just frustrating (why can't someone say the word "lived" properly???), but Marguerite only has a couple of minor ones which aren't that much impact, so it doesn't grate as much as others have
Overall, this book is great, it's well written, well read and is a new series that I'm picking up!
"A great start to a fantastic series"
I absolutely love this Author and her series of books. Having purchased them in paperback I am overjoyed to be able to ‘read’ them on the go. The series is set in the modern times on a parallel to the world as we know it, except for some massive differences such as Pixies, Witches and Vampires living alongside the Humans and Tomatoes (to some anyway) have become reviled.
This first book introduces us to this world and the characters living within but has a great storyline and sets up the rest of the series, be advised you do need to read in order – give it a go and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.
"Dead Witch Walking"
I enjoyed listening to this book very much. The narrator was very engaging and I particularly liked the way she managed to tell the story in a fashion that made it easy for the listener to differentiate between the various characters in the book in a believable manner. Would recommend this book particularly to anyone interested in this type of genre.
This is an excellent series that I have had in book form for a long while, but having the time to sit down and read can be difficult. The books are read by an american, which was an annoyance at first (particularly her innability to pronounce names like Ceri) but she is a good narrator with a reasonable range of different voices.
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