Monday, April 5, 2010

Black Magic Sanction

Sadly, I am now at the stage in this series at which I must wait impatiently for the new books to be written and released. The anticipation can at times be too much for a poor book, but this time I have to say I was very satisfied with my fix.

In this, the eighth installment in the Hollows series, Rachel spends much of the book trying to deal with the fallout from the previous book. She has been shunned by the immensely powerful Coven, and they have nefarious plans for her indeed. Rachel deals with them in a more thoughtful, controlled way (for Rachel, anyway - probably not so much for anyone else) than in early books of the series. Instead of reacting - and overreacting - to the problems that beset her, she takes time and strategizes, uses her resources, and does not jump to conclusions. All these things were, for me, a welcome change for her, character-development-wise.

The cast of characters has grown exponentially with each of these books, and while the characters are vivid and memorable, there simply isn't time to focus on all of them in a single book anymore. This has happened with many of my favorite series, including those by Laurell K. Hamilton and J. D. Robb. This time I found myself wishing for more time with the demon Al, who is hilarious, disturbing, and very intriguing, as well as with Trent. There were some fascinating flashbacks to the summer days Rachel spent at camp with Trent and some of his cronies, which raised some interesting questions that I look forward to exploring in future books.

All in all, I enjoyed this one, and it was the perfect choice for an entertaining, exciting, and at times quite emotional spring break read.

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

Black Magic Sanction (#8 in The Hollows series) by Kim Harrison (Eos, 2010)

Also reviewed at:
Beyond Books: " I am slightly frustrated with the repetitive nature of that plot line, but over-all the story was action packed right from the first pages."
Literary Escapism: "Overall I love the action in this series and how all of the characters are so well developed. The world is so amazingly written that I get lost in it when I am reading this series and even get attached to the characters enough to cry for them when they feel pain."
SciFiGuy: "The world of the Hollows continues to enrich and fascinate and there couldn't be any more exciting guide than Rachel Morgan and company."


  1. I equal parts hate and love it when I reach that point in a series. I love waiting for the next installment in a series because there's something delicious about delaying gratification; but on the other hand, it's far more crushing when the next installment is a disappointment, if you've been waiting for ages and ages.

  2. Jenny - Oh, I completely agree. And the longer and more desperate the wait, the higher my expectations! I think that's why I keep starting new series all the time - to space out the ongoing ones as much as possible before I get to the waiting point. Funny how we develop the most bizarre reading habits!

  3. this was the first book that i read in the series and I enjoyed it so much I had to go and buy the begining books. Am looking forward to getting to them.

  4. Heather - Wow, I think it says a lot for the book if you were able to enjoy it so much just starting with the 8th one in the series. It will be fun to go back and meet all the characters and see their history and everything. I'll be curious to hear your thoughts!

  5. Not actually related to the post at hand, but this is an official invitation to join my "Finding the 'good' parents in YA Lit" challenge and post your own list of books with "good" parents.

    You can find all the information here:


  6. Misprint - Oh, I love this! Thanks for letting me know about it. A bunch of good parents popped into my head immediately (Just thing of the ones in the latest Newbery winner, When You Reach Me to begin with, and the parents in a book I just finished by Meg Cabot, Avalon High. This will be fun!

  7. Can't wait to see your list Darla :)


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