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.
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.
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.
I believe that the next book will be the last in the series and it makes me a little sad. However, this is an awesome second to the last book. There is a lot of foreshadowing and by the end of the book you feel like you're creeping to the top of the hill on a massive roller coaster- lots of adrenaline, excitement and a little foreboding. The storyline is great- the undead asleep, magic going haywire and the chaos that goes along with it. The mystics are an interesting aspect and I hope they come into play in the next book (I kind of hope the series ends with Rachel becoming the Goddess). Al is one of my favorite characters and I hope that he's in the next book. I also hope the chrysalis survives. This has been one of my favorite series, the characters have always been interesting and the storylines never stale. I will be sad to see it end, but what a ride it's been.
Marguerite Gavin has been an awesome narrator- every voice discernible and every voice consistent throughout every book. Can't say enough good things about how talented she is!!
Learning more about the history of the goddess entity and how it all works.
I would have dropped the Trent romance line. I know a lot of people love this pairing, but I still remember how he was introduced as a drug running murderer and while he had his reasons to keep his secrets, the secret of the survival of the elven race he in my mind is still a murdering scumbag.
I hope the final books answers more.
Good, not great
Always, she is a very talented writer
Accurate voices, easy to keep up with ready and very fluid work
This was a bit of a let down. So much was left unfinished in the end and so many relationships were lost, broken or changed for the worst.
The issue with the vampires immortality never really got touched
The issues with repairing the ever after never got looked at.
What happened after the ever after leak was fixed? Did it recover to its old size? Is it still shrunken? Why would the demons be okay with that if it is still smaller?
What about the demon babies? What happens with them now? Doesn't Rachel care about them now?
Why is she so bloody obsessed with Trent now? She used to be a kick-ass witch and ever since she got rescued from the HAPA group caught them she has gone boring.
A lot of things were left unanswered which were things I wanted to know about. So I was very disappointed in the finale of this series.
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.
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.
Demons, witches, and an elf
Rachel never fails at being a good protagonist with an attitude problem, who is slightly oppositional defiant. Kim Harrison created a well written group of characters that you come to know as family. Rachel finally gains acceptance in the strangest places.
Marguerite Gavin is an excellent narrator. She has a great way of making the character's voices completely different from one another. I almost stopped listening to the series when the narrators where changed, but I plugged through it.
I just wish they'd make the film.. : )
This series was excellent, from the in-depth back story of the tomato virus, to the history of each race representative in the book. I have a difficult time with the run of the mill fantasy, and tend to skip the D&D writers. However, Kim Harrison has provided a story that is both fantastical and appealing to all readers. I highly suggest this book.
"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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