It is Halloween in the Hollows, the time of year when the more...unusual residents of the city come out in amazing costumes and have a wonderful time. There are parties, dances, all kinds of fun things to do - unless you're Rachel Morgan, who has to stay inside on hallowed ground after sunset because a demon is on the loose, trying to kill her. But what else is new?
The previous book in this series saw some enormous changes in Rachel's life, and three months have passed since then. She is trying to move on, hold herself together, and remain positive. But now someone is summoning Al, out of his prison cell in the ever after, and sending him to kill Rachel. Complicating matters (but in a good way) is the arrival of Marshal (the handsome witch who helped Rachel out on the werewolf island several books earlier), as well returning memories from a vampire attack, which further complicates her relationship with Ivy.
Harrison has come a long way since the first Hollows books - each one is better than the last, and this one is no exception. Many plot strands that began in earlier novels come to fruition in this book, and mysteries about Rachel's heritage (what exactly Trent's father did to her DNA when she was a child, for example) are finally revealed. Rachel's mother is more present in this novel, and displays some unexpected characteristics (both to Rachel and the reader). The interesting revelations aside, in this novel Rachel finally comes into her own. At last she is learning to control her incredible impulsiveness and weigh her options before she acts, so that when she does something incredibly dangerous and arguably insane, it is truly because there is no other possible alternative, and too much is at stake for her not to act.
This was an excellent follow-up to previous books in the series, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Books (to date) in the Rachel Morgan 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
The Outlaw Demon Wails (Book 6 in The Hollows series) by Kim Harrison (Eos, 2008)
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