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 love The Hallows Series! My only complaint is that after listening to 11 or so audio books in this series Marguerite Gavin has a few inconstancies in her performance. Voices change and names are pronounced differently. It's just something that a regular listener would notice.
The Hallows cones alive in this next installment of the Rachel Morgan saga. There may not be a lot of action but the characters are growing and becoming like family as we watch them grow and evolve. I've come away from this story eager for the next one.
I would recommend this book, especially to anyone already familiar with the series which is likely to is reading/listening to this already. M. Gavin does an outstanding job, as always.
This book is very much a throw back to the first couple of books where the plot, story and character development appear to take a backseat to the harlequinesqe love story. I thought Kim had worked this out of her writing with Kisten's storyline ending, but clearly she had not and the teen angst returns in full force. Recent books had included love interests and romantic/sexual tension as a plot device, which generally added to the story, but this time it just distracts from it.
Newt catching 'fire flies'.
Discuss with my friends reading the same series why authors must write love scenes where 'no' secretly means 'yes. See below.
I'm sure Kim did not mean to undermine the positions of women everywhere who say no and expect a man to understand it means no, but she did. I was simply shocked and appalled at the scenes where Rachel would say 'no' to Trent's advances and then the mental dialog would make it clear that Rachel really wanted to say 'yes' and when Trent forced the issue, sometimes through physically overpowering her, it was OK. If this were my daughter who was saying 'NO' to someone who then pushed her back into a counter and grabbed her arms to force the issue I would hope she would knee this assailant in the private parts and call for the cops. Rachel is a strong enough character, and woman, for Kim Harrison to have put her in as an equal partner in the development/movement of this relationship onto a physical footing. The way it was done makes Rachel seem like a weak woman who really wants it even though she is saying 'no'. Male chauvinists everywhere can read this book and know that they can take what they want when they want it since 'no' clearly means 'yes' to this author. Very sad to see this from this author and I'm very disappointed.
I love Romance and Urban Fantasy
THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS!
If you are not up to date on The Hollow series then read this review at your own risk. (But really who reads a review on the 12th book in a series they’ve not read?! It’s your own fault if you get spoiled on the series.) And there will be spoilers for The Undead Pool. This is less of a review and more of my gushing about the book and what happens in it.
WE’VE BEEN WARNED!
If you can’t guess by the title, THE UNDEAD POOL installment deals with the vampires of Cincinnati. The vampires are my least favorite species in The Hollows series. I’ve just never warmed up to them as a whole and Ivy just gets on my nerves. I thought that maybe we would finally get the answer to the question if Rachel could save a living vampire’s souls when they die the first death. Nope. No answer.
Instead we get a new weird plot this late into the series. Seriously, this is the next to the last book. There’s no time for new stuff. We need answers to old questions.
THIS IS WHERE THE REAL SPOILERS START!!!!
Ever since Trent walked onto the pages of The Hollows series we’ve all wonder “will they”. Well they’ve danced around it with a few kisses here and there…
In THE UNDEAD POOL I’m reminded that female witches have an extra muscle in their lady town that grabs hold of their male partner’s penis when they orgasm. And better the orgasm the longer they hold on. And boy does the itchy witch hold on to the cookie maker.
So since the vamps are not my favorite supes in The Hollows for me the best parts of THE UNDEAD POOL was all the Rachel and Trent parts. And the few demons parts with Al and Newt. Speaking of Al I wonder how things will end with him and Rachel after the way their last talk went.
With 12 books under Kim Harrison’s belt, she still writes an outstanding plot and characters. I’m both excited and sad to get my hands on the last book, THE WITCH WITH NO NAME. I already have the audio pre-ordered and my tour tee-shirt in my closet. Now I just have to figure out which book tour spot to visit. It’s going to be hard to let Rachel, Jenks, Al and Trent go.
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.
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