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“This is by far the best book of the series to date. And I say that for many reasons, some of which I will get to in a moment, but I'd be a big liar, liar pants on fire if I didn't fess up to loving it mostly because of the amount of Trent there was in it. My enjoyment of any Hollows book is at...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“The overall impression I get from this book, that was abundantly clear from the first few pages, is that Kim Harrison is running low on ideas and had no clue how to start this book. I wonder if she is taking random reader submissions like Piers Anthony started to do just when his Xanth books...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Het leest als een trein, er gebeurt weer veel meer dan je je kan voorstellen en het is razend spannend.
Hekserij, demonen, vampieren en zelfs van die stenen beesten die vaak op kerken zitten: maar dan dus levend :-)
“The problem I have with this author is her overuse of rape. There is a"rape" in every book, if not several "rapes". It is very offensive to women that have been raped. Until Ms. Harrison understands what a rape is, which you can only really understand if you have been raped yourself or someone very close to you is raped, I would prefer her to stop using the word incorrectly.”Syd Knee wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoy urban and dark fantasy, particularly those part of a series. I particularly like that they often feature strong female protagonists in the Buffy tradition. Recently I was jonesing for another good series of that kind--one cannot live on Kelley Armstrong and Charlaine Harris alone, and for me LK Hamilton has long jumped the shark. I tried about a dozen in that vein, including reading books by Carrie Vaughan, Patricia Briggs, Sherrilyn Kenyon, LA Banks and JR Ward. Rachel Morgan in Harrison's Dead Witch Walking, the first in the Hollows series, stood out for me among that crowd. So when the ninth book in the series, Pale Demon became available in LibraryThing's Early Reviewer Giveaway, I was happy to snag a copy.
In particular, I liked the theme of friendship in the first book. In so much of urban fantasy, it's the romantic relationships that are to the fore, but I don't see as often strong ties of friendship or family. I'd say the theme of friendship is all the more important in this ninth volume of the series, by which time Jenks the pixy and Ivy the "living vampire" have become more than friends to Rachel--they're family; I still find that among the most appealing element in this book.
I'd say actually I find the romantic element among the weaker parts. Partly, that's because Rachel does come dangerously close to a Mary Sue in that area. I count two demons, an elf, a witch and a vampire in this book pressing a kiss on her and hints that four out of the five are in love with Rachel or close to getting there. Partly that's because I'm not sure what to make of bad boy Trent and the developments between him and Rachel.
That Mary Sue aspect might have seemed more over the top because I've skipped a lot between that first and latest book. I haven't read the others, and maybe if I had the story would have more impact and I would have rated this novel more highly. It certainly isn't a standalone. There are a lot of references to past events that are spoilers for the past books and a very intricate world and magical system is already well-established by the time we reach Pale Demon, so if you haven't read the other books, I'd go back and read them first.
I did enjoy the book. I liked the sense of humor coming through Rachel's first person voice and the non-stop action as Rachel, on a road trip from Cincinnati to San Francisco with the elf Trent, pixy Jenks, vampire Ivy dodge and battle elven assassins and demons. Enough to go back and fill the gaps with the other books? Maybe. Pale Demon didn't make that a priority for me, but did solidify this is among the strongest and most imaginative urban fantasy series still in progress.”
“WOW!!! I just blasted through this book - easily the best book in the series thus far. Yes, I have to admit that my love of the book probably had a lot to do with Trent - he's not just in it for the brief glances of the other books, he is right in the center! But It's not just Trent - it's Jenks, Ivy, Pierce, Al, Bis, Newt... Everyone is coming out of their comfort zones, growing and changing. The revelations about most my favorite characters just kept coming in this book - Harrison is finally letting us get answers, though she leaves us with just as many NEW questions!
The story centers on the road trip we've all had to take (well minus the demons, vampires, elves, pixies, and witches). You know, that road trip that starts of wrong and just keeps getting worse? You fight with everyone, you have touching heartfelt moments, you sing, you sleep only to wake discombobulated, grumpy and hungry? Well - it's that road trip. The touching moments are great, intermixed with humor and excitement.
Overall the book is a page turner - even the supposed dips/transition moments in the plot kept you moving along, obviously building toward something. There's so much to say about this book - but to avoid giving away the amazing surprises along the way, I'll just conclude by saying: The book is incredible and sure to remain a favorite in the series, regardless of where Harrison goes from here!
“daomin”Sophia wrote this review Thursday, February 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it, although there are many heartbreaking moments. I am really eager to see what happens in the next book to see if Rachel's decision at the end of the book will hold. I see some definite Trent/Rachel going on, maybe even Al/Rachel. Harrison has worked to show Al in a light we have never seen him in before and I feel she will probably reveal more about his past in the next book. Rachel has finally admitted to herself that she is a demon, and admits it to the world. Ku'Sox was a fierce villain and the fight scene was really exciting. A lot of new stuff is going on with all our beloved characters in this installment and its good to see the series isn't getting stale but constantly morphing and exploring new things.”Rochelle H wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An addiction I won't ever bother seeking help for.”Franchesca V wrote this review Sunday, June 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A road trip! Just the thing to ease the tension! NOT!”Norman H wrote this review Tuesday, September 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Will Rachel and Trent just finally admit it? ”Christina M. wrote this review Saturday, July 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No