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 read this entire series. Perhaps listening to it meant I couldn't skip the annoying parts. In chapter one, for example, the wind ruffled Trent's hair. Then it blew Rachel's hair around. She stared at Trent telling herself they could not be an item. Then the wind blew through Trent's hair. Rachel felt a tingle. She stares longingly at Trent. Then something blows up, they are escorted out, and as they talk in the parking lot, the wind ruffles Trent's hair. Rachel stares at him longingly. Before anything serious starts to happen in Chapter two, Jenks and Rachel squabbled like 6-year-olds ("you want him," "no I don't," "Yes, you do," "No I don't.") Then a major event occurs, but by then I had had enough. The narrator was ok, the writing horrible.
Todd W. Brown
So far, my least favorite of the series. Okay...not much of a spoiler, but Rachel and Trent finally get together in one of the most annoying "should I or shouldn't I" moments in history. And even after they "seal the deal" we get a bunch of Rachel grousing about her choice.
As for the story, it just seemed to get lost in Rachel's back-and-forth mindset about her relationship with Trent. I waited a week to write this and realized that I can;t even remember what the actual problem or adventure was other than Trent maybe losing his fortune for consorting with a demon (Rachel).
As for the supporting cast that is usually a strength to these stories...they have almost vanished except for Jenks. And if they have not faded, they have become cardboard cutouts.
I just hope the conclusion is not as disappointing.
I really enjoyed the series even through I had my doubts at one point. I am not sure if I missed it but I didn't really see where what happened to Glenn especially why he was acting strange and everyone felt he knew something but wasn't saying. I would like to know what actually happened
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!
Rachel and crew are back to save the world again. Even though this is the 12th book in a series, it doesn't have an overdone feeling. Instead, Kim Harrison finds ways to make the plot seem new each time while developing the main characters in a manner that seems believable. Taken together, these elements leave the reader/listener feeling like he/she is curling up to check in on the exciting adventures of some old friends. The only part of the world Kim Harrison has built that sometimes forces a disconnection between the reader/listener and the story is as follows: Kim Harrison sometimes forgets to explain specifics about the Midwest; so, if the reader/listener isn't from the Midwest, he/she may get a little confused. An example from this book is that Kim Harrison forgets to explain to the reader/listener just how close Cincinnati is to Columbus. Also, Marguerite Gavin is one of my favorite narrators. Thanks to the publisher for keeping her employed.
My biggest complaint is that I have to wait so long between novels! It took me three tries to get into the first book in this series, but they just keep getting better. I'm hoping for that "happily ever after" but since the author never does the expected, I'm sure the next book will be a surprise! Can't wait.
If you are familiar with the story line this answers some questions.
Small answers appear here and there.
This is a good continuation of their stories. Good listen.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
In the top 10. This is one of my all time favorite series. I am sad to see it end. But, I am happy with how it did end. I will definitely listen to this series over and over again in the future.
There are way too many moments to name just one, but here are a few.
Ivy has moved on. She isn't stuck on an unhealthy reliance on Rachel any more. She has found something good with Nina. Nina needs her and that makes Ivy stronger. She seems to need that.
I am heart broken for Al. You know that he loves Rachel and she has hurt him. Even though Al is a demon, he's has pulled Rachel out of the fire quite a few times. Does that mean she should love him back? No, but was there a way for her to end things with him better? I don't know. I just feel for him.
I am happy that Trent and Rachel are finally together. There has been plenty of dancing around each other. They are settled into something they can both grow into and make their own. Finally! (I think I would have lost my mind had Ms. Harrison not put them together in the end)
Margeurite Gavin is perfect! She is the characters in this book. I can't imagine anyone else's voices narrating these characters.
The whole book was an extreme reaction. I hate it when series that are my favorites come to an end. (By Feb I have already lost 2 of my favorites.)
But this was a sweet end to a wonderful story. I will definitely listen to all the books again and again.
If you have read the other books, you need to read the way the story ends. You won't be disappointed.
Marguerite Gavin is an amazing narrator.To give so many different charceters individuality, a personality & their own voice is just awesome.She breaths Life into these fun & crazy characters that Kim created.I am almost sad that there is only one book left in the series. I felt like one of her little mystics eaves dropping on all the chaos & drama.Jenks is a JOY, he would be a fun addition to any ones Life.Things have"really"changed though in this book. Some good & some not so good.Rachel has possibly found love & has lost great Ali's. She finds the strength when shoved down time & again only to rise above everything becoming even better than before.Keeping her morals intact,she's been forced to make big decisions,let other's help her & to find trust & to teach it as well.Wonderful series.All the charecters are so much fun.This series has truly been a joy to read & or listen to.Highly recommended:)
Around the top. It is an excellent installation in a long running series giving both culmination to a number of relationships and a sense that the finale is nearing. She leaves us with enough unanswered questions still that the next book can't come quickly enough.
If you like books by Patricia Briggs, Chalaine Harris and Stephanie Meyer you will probably enjoy the Hollows Series.
Marguerite gives a credible performance.
Witches, elves and demons - oh my!
Fans of the Hollows series will definately enjoy this audiobook. Those who haven't yet discovered the world of the Hollow and enjoy their Urban Fiction - what are you waiting for?
This is the best Hollows book yet. I've always loved the tension between Rachel and Trent, and this time it gets turned up. All the other characters are here too, although I would have liked to see a little more of Al. Either way, I couldn't put it down and finished it it 2 days. The story flows and keeps you on your toes al always. Rachel is at her witty best. You see a very different side of Trent in this one, and Jenks and Ivy are always there to pick up the mess Rachel leaves in her trail.
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