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Publisher's Summary

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

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A little disappointing.

If you could sum up The Undead Pool in three words, what would they be?

Good, not great

Would you be willing to try another book from Kim Harrison? Why or why not?

Always, she is a very talented writer

What does Marguerite Gavin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Accurate voices, easy to keep up with ready and very fluid work

Any additional comments?

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.

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Unbelievably Satisfying!

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!

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Elvish has left the building!

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.

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Another Good One

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.

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Good

What did you love best about The Undead Pool?

Learning more about the history of the goddess entity and how it all works.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

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.

Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

Jenks

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

mostly

Any additional comments?

I hope the final books answers more.

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A strong Heroine sets a terrible example

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

If you’ve listened to books by Kim Harrison before, how does this one compare?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

Newt catching 'fire flies'.

Did The Undead Pool inspire you to do anything?

Discuss with my friends reading the same series why authors must write love scenes where 'no' secretly means 'yes. See below.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Whew!

Rachel is a heroine we all love because she is just so bad at it! In a good way, of course. She spends an inordinate amount of time saying "I'm sorry", but in the end, she gets the job done.

Without delivering any spoilers, I was very relieved when I finally got to the end of the book. I would have been very sad if it had ended any other way.

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My Favourite Hollows Addition!!!!

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.

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Wonderful listen

What made the experience of listening to The Undead Pool the most enjoyable?

The whole nine yards, the story is refreshing and wholly engrossing. Narration by Marguerite Gavin was excellent as always.

What other book might you compare The Undead Pool to and why?

In a class by it's self, the only other books that compare in this genre is the rest of The Hollows.

Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

I love them all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me very happy with the relationships and how all of them evolved, not just in this book but in the series.

Any additional comments?

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.

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A bit hard to follow

I'm a bit disappointed with this book. For the first time, the magic theory felt confusing and forced. It's obvious what the author is laying down the groundwork for but I had a hard time sticking with this story.

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  • 05-26-14

Another great adventure from my favourite demon.

What made the experience of listening to The Undead Pool the most enjoyable?

A nice continuation of the story. Well done Kim Harris in creating characters we are eager to follow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenks. He has all of the best lines.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Trent's fiancé getting a verbal slap (long anticipated).

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