Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Rachel Morgan's Fifth Hollows Adventure

Events in earlier books come to a head in this latest installment in the Rachel Morgan Hollows series. Rachel, an earth witch/bounty hunter, keeps finding herself pushed deeper into demon-dealing and darker magic against her will - but the alternative is allowing friends to die or powerful artifacts to fall into the wrong hands, leading to all-out interspecies warfare. What's a simple earth witch to do? Rachel's black-and-white view of the world from the earlier books (similar to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake's) has shifted to accept many shades of gray, whether she's comfortable with it or not.

The book opens with Rachel discovering a demon has entered her house - an event she believed to be impossible, because she and her partners Ivy and Jenks live in a church. Not only has it happened, but the demon turns out to be unbelievably powerful - and undeniably insane. It is only through the assistance of Ceri, the elf Rachel previously rescued from a life of agonizing servitude as a demon's familiar, that they are able to hold off the demon long enough to find a way to survive. However, in the wake of the event, their home must now be resanctified - an enormously expensive process, but without it they will be left to the mercy of any vampires or demons who feel like dropping by.

If it weren't for the gobs of money needed to resanctify the church, Rachel wouldn't be at all tempted to work a job for her nemesis, Trent, who wants her to be security at his wedding, where at least one demon is certain to show up. Before she can make a final decision on the matter, she's called into the morgue to identify some bodies - someone is killing werewolves, and the Inderland police force is clearly trying to cover it up.

As usual, Rachel is up to her neck in problems. When Ivy takes off and Piscary is released from jail, she realizes her troubles are only beginning...

This series has hit its stride with the two most recent books. Events and details from previous books come back and are developed with surprising twists and turns, and the relationships between the characters continue to gain in depth and intensity. Rachel has come a long way from the first books, and as she experiences love and loss, her approach to life is gaining some wisdom and restraint. This was a gripping, exciting read, and I am looking forward to the forthcoming book (in just a few weeks) to see how Rachel will deal with the momentous events that take place in this book.

The Rachel Morgan (Hollows) series in order (so far):
  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
For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison (HarperCollins, 2007)

Other blog reviews:
Struggle and Emerge (spolier alert)

6 comments:

  1. There are so many mixed reviews of this series out there. I am planning on reading the first book this year, but I have been putting it off as there are so many similar series out there at the moment and I couldn't find anything that made this one stand out. Looks like it does get better as the books go on so I will see what I think. I do tend to complete a series once I start it though so I will probably end up reading them all eventually!

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  2. I guess a lot of it is in the expectations - there's nothing worse than having it built up in your mind to be the best book ever, and then being disappointed. I think as long as you give the first couple books a break, you won't regret it - they are fun and exciting, and they certainly have a lot of new things that I haven't seen in other books (instead of just reworking old material/concepts to death) - like the way Harrison uses demons and the demon realm, and living vampires, that kind of stuff. I'll be curious to hear what you think if you do read the series!

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  3. I have the widget countdown for the next book on my blog.

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  4. I'm on the waiting list at my library. Every now and then I miss the boat on those, but I got on nice and early, so I should get one of the first ones. I love that, a free brand-new book just for me!

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  5. Rhinoa - the writing is pretty ace, so that is one thing that (IMO) sets this series apart from some of the others. I definitely recommend the series!

    (Kait from struggleandemerge.com)

    Darla - thanks for the link! :)

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  6. My pleasure, Kait - I enjoyed reading your review!

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