Number-one New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison returns to the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan in the penultimate book of the Hollows series.
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.
The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.
The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils - for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.
©2014 Kim Harrison (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
I waited a long time for this (it seemed like forever!) and Ms. Harrison delivered as always :) I totally enjoyed the book. I always like the idea of Rachel and Trent being together, even way back when he put her in the rat's cage! (I think it was a rat, hamster..or rodent of some kind...humm may have to start back over and listen to it again :)) I was really pulling for Ivy....never felt good about Rachel and Ivy hooking up, lol but it was tempting :) Who I was excited about was Nute (sp?) I liked her/his role in the story a lot better than past ones. It seemed like everyone was content or happy except for Al, poor demon. And for all the action junkies, yes we had shoot-um up, blow-um up and knock-um down action. Oh, and I LOVED the mystics! Just imagine what trouble Rachel could get into with new powers from the mystics? ( hint, hint, and a wink) This addition to the series was a good as gorging on chocolate and almonds and finding out you lost 5 pounds because of it!
If, as I have, you've been following this series from the beginning, this book has been a long time coming. Rachel Morgan has come an enormous distance -- professionally and personally -- since she first decided to leave the I.S. and become an independent runner. She has transformed from witch to day-walking demon and repeatedly saved the world.
Not that the world has been particularly grateful. She keep pulling the world's bacon out of the fire and they keep whacking her over the head. A simple thank you would do!
Ivy has moved on to a genuine relationship -- fragile but real -- with Nina. Jenks has (apparently) finally recovered from the death of his wife, Matalina. Bis, the baby gargoyle, isn't such a baby any longer. He's coming into his own and may just live up to the name he bears amongst gargoyles -- Worldbreaker.
Then there's Trent. Rachel and Trent have been dancing around each other through a lot of pages. Approach, back off, sashay left and do-si-do. Finally all the waiting pays off and we get some long hoped-for romance.
This is a deeply satisfying book on many levels. Kim Harrison not only gives us what we've waited for, but she does it so deliciously. The characters -- even background characters like Trent's irritating fiancé Ellasbeth -- are fully fleshed out. Great characters who have been MIA for a while, such as David and his were-pack, are back and ready to mix it up. Hail, hail! The gang is here!
Will Rachel save the world again? You bet.
A quick summary: Living vampires are rebelling. Their undead masters are asleep, apparently unable to waken. The world is being overwhelmed by wild magic Elven magic and Rachel is at the center of the maelström. There's no question she has been chosen by the Goddess. Why? For what exactly? Where does Newt fit in?
Although not every question is answered in this next-to-last book in The Hollows series, it answer a great many of them. Things you've been waiting for through eleven books finally happen in this, the twelfth volume. It is about time and was absolutely worth waiting for.
There's a lot of exposition in the first half of the book. Action explodes in the second half. The momentum picks up to such an extent I found myself backtracking and rereading to make sure I didn't miss a critical event or piece of information.
I have loved every book in this series and it was inevitable I would love this, too. Unlike many long running series, there's nothing tired about this book. It's as fresh, exciting and rich as it was in the beginning and in many ways, more so. I'm going to read it again. And probably, again after that.
Do not -- please -- read this if you haven't read the rest of the series. You need the background of the characters not to mention a lot of development of relationships. And history. If you haven't read the series, read it. It has been my favorite series for all the years I've been following it and has never disappointed me. It won't disappoint you, either.
As usual, Margeurite Gavin does a perfect job with the narration and if you liked earlier, book you'll love this one -- maybe even more.
This is, in my opinion, the best urban fantasy series. Period.
The whole nine yards, the story is refreshing and wholly engrossing. Narration by Marguerite Gavin was excellent as always.
In a class by it's self, the only other books that compare in this genre is the rest of The Hollows.
I love them all.
Made me very happy with the relationships and how all of them evolved, not just in this book but in the series.
First don't read this book without reading the entire series, it would be like reading Queen of Sorcery before Pawn of Prophecy (David & Leigh Eddings).
Second for all those who have read the series FOR HEAVENS SAKE READ THIS.
You will not be disappointed in the slightest.
Big thanks to Kim Harrison for sharing her amazing imagination with us.
What a great story! Trent and Rachel work very well together now, and there are the usual interferences from Trent's "ex". Newt is very much front and center in this tale, adding adventure and a lot of story backfill that makes the book a rich read. Have a listen to this one for a great escape!
This has consistently been one of my favorite series, and 12 books in Rachel, Jenks, Al and the gang feel a bit like old friends. I get a bit annoyed with the descriptions of each mood, such as all the brow furrowing and teeth clenching, but at the same time I like that the books feel as if they flow together smoothly. Ivy's character has lost relevance, and hopefully her story will either wrap up or ramp up if there is another book. I love that the inevitable finally happened with Rachel and Trent. Long overdue!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
What can I say here, This book was amazing all the way through.. Its beginning was good and different and the whole book was different than usual, I have really enjoyed this book.. It was full of everything (action, love, hate, and everything)!!!!
Much much development to all the characters, all of them, and too many things got fixed and corrected.
Narration is as good as always.
Really loved this book.
I enjoyed this book. I have enjoyed every book in the series. Usually by book 12, I have gotten tired of the story lines. Not so with this series, I love the alternate earth and world that Kim Harrison has created. This one is maybe not as strong as some of her other books but I still have a vested interest in the characters and their lives.
Great book, 16 hours long and I listened to it in two days, that's how good it was. If you are following this series, you won't miss this installment and won't be disappointed. It brings together many of the characters we haven't seen in awhile, such as David and the pack, along with reminders from previous books, not forgetting Tristen and Ceri. The vampires play a heavy role in this one, with Ivy having a larger role. Jinks is at the top of his game, keeping us in stitches with his blunt outbursts of life as he sees it. Al seems to be the heartbreaker of the book, as we see where his torment lies (demon or not, I felt sorry for him) Things seem to be coming to an end as some of the lives of our friends get settled one way or another. The story mainly folds around Rachel and Trent though with yet another adventure to save the world, as they both struggle with personal emotions for each other.
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
Hollows fans will not be disappointed. The narration was awesome and the story just rocked.
OMG just doesn't cover the awesomeness of this story. I feel like after almost a decade of fandom I received the ultimate reward for staying loyal to a series.
It is so sad to think of a series coming to it's end with only one more book after this, with each book just keeps getting better and topping the last (when you thought the last was simply the best yet).
Rachel had less Too Stupid TO LIVE moments (thought I do love her dearly - I want to strangle her at times) and is truly - gasp - growing up!!! All the characters simply shined (especially my favorite elf). They evolved and grew but stayed true to themselves. Good feelings abounded, shock and sadness prevailed. It was the Hollows at it's best (or worst in this case) which means surprising turns and plot twists, some expected still didn't happen how you thought they might. Many questions answered and more so to be answered. I'm holding myself to not being spoilery other than I LOVE the cover of the book and it doesn't disappoint.
OMG - now I can't wait for 2015. How will all this end???
Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell
Elves have come out and it's easy to see how a long, protracted war with the demons could have happened. What isn't clear is which party was the most aggrieved - history is written by the winners and it looked to me like the winners were the elves. Trent's character continues to be fleshed out and he is proving to be a most atypical elf. It appears that Rachel and Trent with their small group of friends are the only obstacle stopping the destruction of two worlds.
I love this series but I gave this book only 4 stars instead of the usual 5 because I felt the increased complexity of the story line came at the cost of the involvement, volume and depth of the interpersonal interactions of Ivy and Jinks within the story line.
"Another great adventure from my favourite demon."
A nice continuation of the story. Well done Kim Harris in creating characters we are eager to follow.
Jenks. He has all of the best lines.
Trent's fiancé getting a verbal slap (long anticipated).
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