Friday, November 9, 2007

Rachel Morgan's second appearance - even better than the first!

Rachel Morgan, bounty hunter witch, returns in this second book in the series. The death threat against her from the first novel appears to have been revoked, but Rachel can't rest easy. After all, someone sent a demon to kill her, and the mystery behind that attack still needs to be resolved. Still, the bills must be paid, and when she is called to consult on a serial killer case for the local (human) police, she agrees - even though (or perhaps because) her nemesis, Trent Kalamack, appears to be involved.

Someone is killing ley-line witches, and Rachel must go under cover as a student in order to catch the killer. To complicate matters, Rachel's living vampire roommate is having some serious "issues" that make Rachel fearful of Ivy and worried about her at the same time.

I enjoyed this installment in the series even more than the first. The mystery was solid and exciting, and while Rachel is impulsive and easily carried away by her emotions, she is beginning to learn to keep her cool - a little. The characters are more fully developed, and interesting shades of gray are being revealed. Rachel (and the reader) come to understand that things are not always what they seem, and characters may indeed be good in some ways and evil in others. Life is complex, and Rachel's life is insanely complicated (luckily for the reader). I look forward to her further adventures.

Books in The Hollows series:
1. Dead Witch Walking
2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
3. Every Which Way but Dead
4. A Fistful of Charms
5. For a Few Demons More
6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
7. White Witch, Black Curse
8. Black Magic Sanction

The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison (HarperTorch, 2005)

5 comments:

  1. One of my online book groups was reading this one year and I didn't know it was part of a series so I didn't really like it when I read it. A couple of years later I re-read it (in order this time) and loved it. Funny huh?

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  2. I should stop reading your blog... it's becoming far too dangerous :P

    Seriously now, thank you for all the great recommendations! You alone are responsible for a 20% increase on my wishlist :P

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  3. I have never read this series...but I did buy the first 3. I hope I like it!! Nice review!

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  4. Oh, Ladytink - I hate when that happens! I actually picked up the latest one from this series and brought it home from the library. Only when I sat down to read it did I realize it was #5 in the series. I wish they would make that more clear! And once again, my bordering-on-obsessive need to read books in order is vindicated! :-)

    Nymeth - teehee! I love it. You think the publishers will give me a cut of the profits? Well, right back at you - I have a ton of your books on my reading list, too! Your reviews make the books very hard to resist.

    Wow, Stephanie, you are brave to buy 3 books in a series you've never read. I think you will enjoy them - I do think that Harrison is still finding her stride, but I can handle a writer that gets better and better! I brought #3 home from the library the other day. If only I didn't have so many others also checked out...

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  5. Thanks for a great recommendation...never heard of these but sound up my alley.
    Hey, a favor maybe...I have you blogrolled as I love your reviews on my book blog, would you do the same? http://bookwormsballroom.blogspot.com/
    Thanks,
    Penelope Anne

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