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):
- Dead Witch Walking
- The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
- Every Which Way but Dead
- A Fistful of Charms
- For a Few Demons More
- The Outlaw Demon Wails
Other blog reviews:
Struggle and Emerge (spolier alert)
Ugana's Book Reviews