“Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil - read after The Good, the Bad, and the Undead. A story about Ivy before she met and worked with Rachel. It was a good story, to get to know Ivy more.. and her relationship she had with Kisten. It leads up to when she finds out she will be working with Rachel at the IS. - 3.5 stars. Dirty Magic - read after A Fistful of Charms - A story about a banshee, Mia, that I believe will be a bigger part of a future book. It was an interesting to hear the author’s take on banshees, not something I see often in supernatural books. The story was ok. 3 stars. The Bridges of Eden Park - read after A Few Demons More
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel - read after A Few Demons More
The Bespelled - read after The Outlaw Demon Wails
Ley Line Drifter - read after White Witch, Black Curse
“i wish every author would put their short stories (especially ones connected to a series) that they write for different magazines, anthologies , or free ebook things into one volume. sigh.”kdf_333 wrote this review Tuesday, July 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's always great to find more stories in the familiar world, but it was even better to find fun stories outside of the Hollows.”Eliza B wrote this review Tuesday, June 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Collection of short stories. Some of the ones not in the Hollows are not "up to standard" for Kim Harrison. Some readers may like them; I will not follow the series if she tries to introduce it.”Jay Brian Schoonmaker wrote this review Monday, June 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was an interesting short stories from her Hollow series and beyond the Hollows.”Gregory F wrote this review Thursday, May 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Can't get into this book. I'm going to take it back to the library. I think I need to read a few of this series before I try it again. Especially since I am not a short story fan to begin with. I can't give it a fair rating at this time.”Raspberrymocha55 wrote this review Monday, May 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Into the Woods is an anthology featuring 7 stories that take place in The Hollows, and 4 other stories that are supernatural, but unrelated to the Hollows stories.
"Million Dollar Baby" was one of the 3 Hollows stories that hadn't shown up in other anthologies. Actually, i hadnt readI like that the author's forwards relate to where each story takes place in the Hollows series, and I love that we get to finally find out how Trent, with Jenks' help, managed to get his baby girl away from her mother! "The Bespelled" was the other, which features Rachel's demon teacher Al many years before he met Rachel, and features a young elf names Ceri.
"The Bridges of Eden Park" features a story of Kisten and Rachel, helping out a young mother and her child.
The others feature Rachel and her brother trying to raise their father's ghost as a test on wether she should be in the I.S., or continue on in school; Ivy's early days at the I.S., and how she deals with her boss, whom she has no respect for; a Banshee's wish for love, though it could be deadly for her lover without some magical intervention; and a Jenks and Bis adventure with their own case.
Of the non Hollows stories, the last one, "Grace", was my favorite! Grace and her partner have the job of picking up young people who are considered "Throws", people whose own electrical currents in their bodies are different from a normal person's. it can cause problems without the proper training. They themselves are Throws, but have gone through the training. This story is action packed, and kept my attention gripped to the pages more than any of the stories in this collection! A good way to finish the book!
"Pet Shop Boys" has an interesting take on the Fay, and a young man who works at a pet store, "Temson Estates" is about a young American who inherits the woodland area of his ancestors in the English countryside, and meets his first dryad. "Spider Silk" is about a vengeful spirit targeting the family of the woman who had trapped him in a tree many decades before. Her daughter and granddaughters are at the biggest risk.
As most anthologies, it is an uneven mix of stories. Fans of the Hollows will definitely pick this book up, and the "Grace" and "Million Dollar Baby" are the main reasons I gave this anthology 4 stars, otherwise I might have only given it 3. ”
“This book took forever to read. I don't even remember some of the short stories from the Hollows series, they were so boring, and by the time I was finally done I couldn't bear to read the non-Hollows stories. The problem with these short stories is that they originally appeared all over the place in different anthology books with no indication in the main series that they exist... yet they often introduce concepts or characters that suddenly show up in the main series with zero fanfare, leaving the reader to wonder, "What the hell is going on and why should I care?"
The Bespelled: The first story was a very short (just a few pages) look at how Algiarept the demon first came to have the elf woman Ceri as a familiar. I think that would have actually been quite interesting had it been longer, but it was not to be. Here we have an attempt to show 'another side' of Al, one that sort of kind of remembers something resembling 'love'. Considering this evidently came out in a random anthology between book 6 and 7, and Al being able to 'love' was a plot element of book 11, this would have been a good point to bring up sometime in the intervening 5 damned books. Nice one Harrison. Well, at least it came out in this compilation book just before the most recent book 'Ever After' came out. However, it brings up more questions than it answers. Why the hell would the elves have a tradition of calling up a demon to talk to them after their crazy series of wars? This is never explained.
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel: A story of a young, sickly Rachael trying to call up her father's ghost to prove a point to her brother, but accidentally calling up a random witch instead. Turns out she used her dad's watch, but it originally belonged to a witch named Pierce the 1800s. The tone of the story was that Rachael was trying to prove she was tough enough to be a badass witch style detective/runner, but utterly failed to do so. So Pierce shows up, looks around, and realizes that a vampire he had failed to stop prior to his death a century or so ago was still around preying on children and wants to stop him now, while he has a chance... plus he figures that this unfinished business is why he's still hanging around as a ghost. They end up confronting the vamp in the end, and get saved by the police and her crazy mother. Yeah. Pierce shows up in the books later and it turns out he was never dead at all, he was buried alive and put into magical stasis or something. If you hadn't read this story, all you would have gotten was a one or two paragraph explanation of how they met. Oh, so even in the story there was only one ghost, not two, and because of the main book we learn that there were really zero ghosts. Sigh.
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil. Lame story about Ivy the living vamp getting demoted because she doesn't want to donate blood to undead vamps. It was lame because she had this whole plan worked out to discredit her superior, but admitted at the end that it only worked because the other vamps allowed it to for political reasons. Bit of a cop out.
Dirty Magic: Early in the first book, Rachael captures a leprechaun and lets it go in return for three wishes. Ivy keeps her wish for a while unused in coin form, then gives it to an evil banshee so she can raise her evil, soul and aura sucking banshee child alive, by keeping her evil human husband alive as food. In this story, we follow the banshee after, tricking other humans to give their lives to feed the baby. Nice going, Ivy!
The Bridges of Eden Park: Rachael is with her then boyfriend Kisten in the park when his sister and her child show up followed by her evil ex who wants to abduct the child. Rachael bemoans the fact that they are on a bridge over water and thus can't use her magic to help. What, no paint ball gun full of potions? The story got bogged down because they only got off the bridge at the end.
Ley Line Drifter: A pixy living in a park across town asks Jenks the pixy for help because an evil statue is killing his children somehow. It turns out that the statue is possessed by an evil dryad, trapped there by a 'nymph goddess' named Daryl. They all fight, and the dryad is set free. Daryl leaves angry, but somehow shows up in the main series as a friend later. What?
Million Dollar Baby: In one of the books, there is a side plot where Jenks partners with Trent to steal his baby back according to elf tradition. This is that unnecessarily long story. Verdict: they totally get the baby back. Of course, since this short was written after the book, we already knew that.
“All over the board: Some good ones, some bad ones, some just ok. Kept thinking I would read "just one more" and then turn it back in, but ended up ready the whole book. Just wasn't anything else I wanted to read more I guess...”Theresa B wrote this review Thursday, March 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I had a hard time finishing this book. I had already read a few of the Hollows stories in various anthologies over the years but I think the one with Al and Cerri was new to me and I enjoyed it.
I was not impressed with Trent's or Jenks and Biz's stories. I really don't like books written in first person to begin with but I have stuck with the Hollows series. Then came the non-Hollows stories and I almost couldn't make myself finish. The Pet Shop story with the woman and her daughter? WTH was up with that? I was so disappointed with the direction it took and the ending. Clear as mud? Yeah. ”