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
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.
As with several of the other books it's all Rachel's friends that save the day. I was literally wishing Rachel would just die so Harrison could continue the series with the not beyond idiotic "fool me 52 times" characters Ivy, Jenks, and basically everyone else.I have no problem with the main characters being outwitted or out maneuvered but epic idiocy is inexcusable. She's a daemon now, she should be tried and convicted of "Uncommon Stupidity". I am not sure if Harrison is just that bad a coming up with how to set up the rest of the story or what, but the "trusting" the guy who has out right told her countless times she should be dead because she is a demon... Maybe this time he will be a nice guy and (I cannot even call it a scam it was so obvious) not hurt me had me yelling out loud with no one around, "you have to be kidding me."
All that said, still a really good book, but not because of Rachel. Thank you Ivy, Jenks, Newt, Al and Trenton for making this book worth listening to and bringing me back for the next episode of uncommon stupidity.
This is an intensely active series - always danger. There are strange waves of wicked magical energy reeking havoc in Cinncinnati and the Hollows. These are causing magical spells to backfire resulting in physical damage around the city. Strangely the waves seem to be following Rachel Morgan. Meanwhile the undead vampire masters, who control the younger living vampires, have all disappeared and the living vampires are beginning to attack humans and Inderlanders, including some of Rachel’s werewolf pack. Rachel isn’t a werewolf but she is a powerful witch and day-walking demon with a tie to the werewolves through her friend, David, the true Alpha leader.
Rachel has been working as security for Trent while Quinn is away with the girls, Lucy and Rae. Rachel and Trent have enjoyed working together as they dance around their mutual attraction. Trent wants one night with Rachel on a date instead of as security employee. Dangerous but tempting. They are clearly drawn to each other but Trent is expected to marry one of his own kind, a high elven society member, Elsbeth, the mother of Lucy.
As Rachel tries to help the authorities control the chaos in the community, elven leaders arrive with Elsbeth at Trent’s home. The elven leaders suspect that the wild magic may be coming from an elven goddess who is seeking to make contact through Rachel. The tension increases as one of the elven leaders betrays Trent by lying to Rachel, talking her into a ritual that turns out to allow the goddess a partial possession. Tiny bits of sentient energy move into Rachel threatening to drive her mad unless she can find a way to communicate and control them and stop the goddess from more destruction.
This is what I call a ‘high octane’ series! Rachel seems to be a trouble magnet but somehow, with the help of her friends - vampire Ivy, pixie Jenks, David and Trent - she manages to save the city and come out alive. I love the action intensity and the romantic tension that is finally developed in this book between Rachel and Trent. I wonder how Kim Harrison keeps coming up with great plots and I will look forward to the next adventure.
Audio Notes: Marguerite Gavin is a fixture for me with this series. She does such a good job and makes the series more enjoyable listening entertainment.
I love long car rides so I can listen to an audiobook. Cleaning is great when I can listen. Okay anything is great when I can listen. :-)
Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors, however I am getting tired of the series. It's hard to tell where the series is going and when it is going to end. Marguerite Gavin is the very first narrator I've every listened to and the reason I've started with audiobooks.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
This series has gone drastically downhill. Perhaps because it used to be 75% action and 25% romance, now it's flipped around.
Rachel used to be this strong woman that would go out and kick ass and take names. Now she second guesses everything she does and looks like she can get beaten down by anyone.
She's an ex runner that used to do her prep-work. Now that she has access to demon magic, and SHOULD be able to store spells like her mentor Al, she just falls apart. She's scared all the time instead of resolved.
Kim Harrison has managed to regress her main character into a state of adolescence, not grow her into the demon she has earned. This will be the last book I buy in this series. It's too bad, because it started out good, got really good, then just took a dive into maudlin weak romance.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
The Story and The Narration....OF COURSE!!! LOL
RACHEL AS ALWAYS!! Followed by Jenks...
She was Flawless as always...she is one of my ATF Narrators!!! She IS Rachel in my book!!
Oh I was so sad over the ending scene with Al...I hope in the future things change..But Rachel deserves to be happy...and so does Trent!!!
I love the Hollows...and I know there will be another one now...so I am very happy!! Rachel and Trent really made progress in this book...and I hope going forward they just become stronger...I hope Rachel can heal her relationship with the demons...I think she needs them...this was awesome...I did not want it to end!! 2 thumbs up!!!
Kim Harrison is a wonderful writer and this book just supports that claim. The book was entertaining and addictive I just had to know what happened next i really cant wait for the next book. This is a wonderful series and the narrator is amazing she really has the characters down and they are very believable. The only issue i had with this book's narration was the pronunciation of eden the other books she said it as ed-en now its eden hard to explain but it was a little distracting. But in all this is a great book give it a listen.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
If you're a fan of Kim Harrison, you'll read it anyway. I think I am bored with this series. I've read every one and this one was just like the last ones.
She should stick to reading and not acting. Her sex scenes were like listening to a fog horn going off in an elevator.
If this was the first book in the series it would have been good. Unfortunately it was like the ten (not sure of the exact amount.) before it.
I wish Kim harrison would write something new. I probably won't buy the next one if it is about Rachel Morgan....again.
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