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
This is my favorite book so far in this series. You can tell that it is nearing the end and things appear to be falling into place. Rachel is wiser and she got a happy ending I this book which I hope continues in the finale.
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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.
Mom of Four
I LOVE this series. I wait for the books to come out and usually preorder them... I do listen to the series about twice a year, after it's not so fresh in my mind....
I love all of the characters. But I think if I HAD to choose one, it would be Jinx...he's so funny and M. Gavin reads the parts with perfection.
I don't want to give away anything to anyone who hasn't read it yet, but I was biting my nails waiting for Rachel and Trent to finally hook up...lol
I laughed during some parts...
It's a great book, they all are. I'm VERY SAD about there only being one book left after this one... I really wish Kim Harrison would keep the Hollows alive....this is one of the only series that I look forward to. I love the Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton, the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong (which is over now...sad but true), The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris (also over), anything by Cassandra Clare, Melissa Marr and Christopher Moore, the Love Story being my favorite by Christopher Moore and the House of Night Series by PC Cast...so these series are my favorites and it's sad when they end. But out of all of these, and more authors and series, I love the Hollows series the best.
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!
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!!
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!
Right up at the top!
I liked FINALLY hearing about the progression of Rachel and Trent's romance. It's about time it moved along - but I'm glad it did take several books.
I always like Jinks. I just love his little sayings - he's full of comedy!
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.
Say something about yourself!
Yes. To absorb details I may have missed the first time around.
The story line and the narrator.
She is wonderful! No one could do Jenks better than her!!
So Thrilled that Rachel and Trent are finally together, but want Rachel to kick ass again without second guessing herself now that she's in love. I was extremely sad to see the relationship between her and Al come to an end. I hope it is just temporary.
I think Kim Harrison was up for 12 or 13 in this series. I hope they sign her at least a few more as I don't know how you could cram all the is left unanswered into just one more.
I love how much Rachel and Trent grow and find they really can trust each other. There are endless possibilities for their future. Ivy is realizing she can be the person she always wanted to be. Jenks.....they still can't survive without him thank goodness. Everyone owes Rachel after this and I can't wait to see what they get into next!
Love the new Couple!
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