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“I remember the day. I was browsing for something to read after devouring the Sookie Stackhouse series. The cover of this book is gorgeous, and the tagline caught my attention. The rest is history. Kim Harrison is my favorite author. The Hollows series is the standard by which I measure every...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I may change this later...I am still reading it, but I cant get into this book. I find it quite boring. I am really disappointed. My sis said it was really good but I find myself more confused than anything. I am to the point in the book that I keep falling asleep after I start reading it.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I have a hard time finishing most urban fantasy-slash-paranormal books to the end. It's either the setting or the characters or something about the dynamics of magic versus normalcy that bugs me. Dead Witch Walking was a nice exception. The characters, though flat or even annoying at times, are interesting enough to stick with, and through most of the book, I envisioned most of my own friends as the main characters. The setting is realistic, and the book takes place in an almost post-apocalyptic Cincinnati where humans and paranormals equally populate the city. There's even a touch of racism and cultural misunderstanding that adds to the believability of the setting. The dynamics of magic and magical law was also well portrayed, reminding readers that the lives of paranormals come in a variety of color much like normal humans; just because you're a witch doesn't mean you're evil, and the reverse could be said for humans. As someone who studies Wicca, it was refreshing to me to see a variety of witches and magics discussed. My only real problems with the book came from the perspective and the pacing. Through the story, we're stuck in the protagonist's point of view. This means that regardless of who we are as readers, in the book we are a semi-snobby twenty-something woman with an inferiority complex and trust issues. Being locked in this point of view makes the story one-sided, and we never really learn more about the other characters or their motives beyond what the protagonist knows. The pacing starts off quickly and doesn't slow down until the last page, and the final conflict resolution felt very rushed. None of the characters get a chance to stop and breathe, and the events of the book take place over the course of days, giving the story a very action movie feel - which could be a plus depending on the individual reader's preferences. It was a decent thrill ride, but it wasn't engaging enough to make me interested in the next book in the series. Conservative readers may not enjoy this book at all for the use of magic and same-sex flirtation.”ToastKat wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My Initial Reaction…
I read Dead Witch Walking about a year ago and devoured it. Now that Kim Harrison is doing a read-along I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to reread the series and review the books as I go. The second time around I liked this book even more than the first time and it’s definitely still a favorite series.
Marguerite Gavin is a pretty good narrator. I’m listening to another series with her right now and enjoying her narration much more than I did in Dead Witch Walking. I think this is one of those situations where, when you read a book the first time, you have certain voices in your head and anything else just sounds off. Despite that, I got comfortable with her style and think she did a decent job embodying the characters.
I love Rachel and seeing her in these early days after seeing where she’ll go made this first book so much more interesting. Even so early on she’s tough and capable. She’s funny and what I love most is that she’s genuinely good. She doesn’t want to hurt anyone – the idea of killing an animal, even to save her own life, pisses her off. And unlike much of the magical community she treats supposed “lessers” like Pixies and Fairies like people too. But life isn’t being kind to her and she’s ready for a change. So she quits her job as a Runner for the IS (Interlander Security) and, because she happens to take Ivy (their best runner) along for the ride, from the second she leaves she’s under a death threat. Seeing her deal with the death threat reveals a lot about the strength she has inside and you can see lots of potential ready to burst out.
The second time around I also realized that all the characters, from even this really early point, are wonderfully developed. Ivy, a living-vampire and Rachel’s new partner/roommate, is fighting with her nature and her destiny. She wants to be someone different and you can see it tearing her up. Jenks, their pixy partner, is marvelous (and will become a favorite character for me). He’s hilarious, but so much more than comic relief; he’s braver and more essential to Rachel’s survival than you’d think anyone a few inches tall could possibly be. Then there’s Trent, Nick, Kinglsey… I could go on and on. Every supporting character is full of depth and fun to read.
Dead Witch Walking centers around Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks decision to leave the IS and the disastrous consequences for Rachel. Ivy was able to buy her way out of her contract. Jenks didn’t have a contract. The IS wanted to get rid of Rachel, but they hadn’t planned on her taking their best runner, Ivy, with her. And they expect her to pay – with her life. No matter how good Rachel is – and she’s good – or how great Ivy and Jenks are at keeping her safe – and they’re great – eventually one of the IS’s contract killers will get lucky. So Rachel knows she has to find a way to get the contract paid off. And when she learns that Trent Kalamak, sexy councilman and wealthy businessman, may be involved in running drugs on the side she decides that tagging him will be her ticket out. Too bad he’s not easier prey – catching him will be more than Rachel bargained for and she just might not make it out alive.
I remember getting hung up on the story development the first time I read Dead Witch Walking and, even though I followed it better this time because I knew where I was headed, I stick by my earlier judgments. The first quarter of the Dead Witch Walking really drags and is awkward in a lot of places. It’s easy to get confused and it really seems that the story should have started when Rachel quit her job and filled in a lot of the earlier (and slow moving) details as Rachel’s race to save her life moved along, but at least once you get to that part you know you’re to the good stuff!
Ultimately, Dead Witch Walking suffers from what I call “first book syndrome” – there’s so much world to develop that the story suffers a bit. Having read further I know that it’s worth sticking with it through that first bit, because Harrison is laying the groundwork for what will be a fantastic world. And once you get passed the first 25% it’s a nonstop race to the end!”
“De titel is natuurlijk kansloos, maar het boek is echt fantastisch, letterlijk en figuurlijk.
De vorige serie die ik las (The Demonata) verschrompelt hiermee vergeleken.
Als je dus iets spannends, stoers en fantasierijk wil lezen: neem dit boek! Je wilt dan de rest van de serie ongetwijfeld ook lezen, net als ik.”
“A blurb inside from Jim Butcher describes the heroine of this book and series, Rachel Morgan, as a blend of Stephanie Plum and Anita Blake. I think Rachel's more reminiscent of Plum than Blake, even though she's a witch in a world of vampires, weres, trolls, leprechauns, fairies and pixies. A "living vampire" Ivy and a pixy, Jenks, are her partners in bounty hunting. Rachel is more soft than hard boiled in her first person voice that carries this narrative and a lot of humor in the beginning is based on her goofy mess ups.
The book is set in an alternate world contemporary Cincinnati. In her world supernatural creatures came out after an apocalyptic plague caused by genetic engineered tomatoes wiped out half of the "norms" leaving the supernatural "inderlanders" a substantial part of the population. Rachel is "dead witch walking" since she dares quit her position with Inderland Runner Services--and that gets a price placed on her head.
The book is written decently enough, readable. I appreciated the light humor and the imaginative world Harrison created, even if I could pick at some aspects. At first I found Rachel irritatingly whiny and Too-Stupid-To-Live. I don't know that I can say in the end she changed my mind--but I did like several of the secondary characters, including her partners and especially Nick. I also liked the very fact that they have her back--that friendship and learning to work and live together is part of this--a lot of other urban fantasy heroines seem very on their own--Anita Blake--even Sookie doesn't seem to have important friendships.
So given that aspect, the light touch, the interesting world--and because I read this series gets better--I might go on to the next book sometime.”
“I love this series!”Jacque Greene- B wrote this review Wednesday, September 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dead Witch Walking is the first book in an extremely popular urban fantasy series and focuses on Rachel Morgan, a witch with a lot of tricks up her sleeves and a ton of enemies to use them on. I realize I’m in the minority with my rating, so I implore you to check out other reviews as well if you’re curious.
I really enjoyed the premise and main storyline for Dead Witch Walking. Rachel Morgan does a number on the world building giving us a world where supernatural creatures are known to the rest of the world and even coexist. The down fall is that at times I felt like I was getting overloaded with details on various non-important things, like shopping malls. I personally wouldn’t have minded a few time skips because of this very reason. I did love the whole idea of The Hollows, a literal community for those of the supernatural background. Can you imagine? I whole section of the city devoted to vampires, witches, and even leprechauns? It even comes with a host of moral and ethics issues.
Rachel is a resourceful woman who seems like a serious badass…but then turns into a terrified girl at the drop of hat if her roommate looks a tad too interested in anything. I think that was my biggest problem with her, and while I’m fine with their being some obvious (and understandable) tension between the two…she cowers and tiptoes during almost all of their interactions. I think I was offended for Ivy, over the lack of trust Rachel extends her….even though Ivy did quite a lot for her and didn’t have to. My favorite character was Jenks, the smart alec pixie. He’s witty, brave and isn’t afraid of telling Rachel that she’s too much to handle. Ivy is resourceful, quiet, and has that dangerous edge to her that I appreciate in a vampire. She handles situations with causal grace and most of the time she doesn’t lose her cool. I felt at odds with the fact that I enjoyed the two side characters more than the main character though, and it left me feeling a bit uneven as I read through.
I really liked the action and magic scenes, and those were the areas that I really enjoyed all the details. The spells are really interesting and I loved how instead of sparkles and lights they have substance. Oddly enough I liked that the spells and counters were messy and not some perfect invisible force. I’m also in love with the amount of supernatural variety and the fact that we get to see some many in the first book.
Overall I suppose I was a bit disappointed with the way this turned out. I can certainly see the amazing potential for the series and I’ve heard that it gets better with each book, but if I’m being honest I feel a bit hesitant to continue. I own the second book so I do plan to give it another go before deciding.”
“Dead Witch Walking takes forever to take off. Rachel is a witch and she works for a paranormal agency set out to catch illegal activities of paranormal creatures. She hangs out with a pixy named Jenks and a living vampire named Ivy.
It takes several chapters to get to how the world became this way. Meantime I am pushing through the story trying to fathom why this girl quit her job at the Interlander agency in the first place, why her boss wants her dead and what’s up with this Nick character.
The plots and subplots are uninteresting and nothing much happens until Rachel confronts Trent, a guy who may be a paranormal but no one knows what he is – throughout the book! And no one knows who sent these demon attacks – throughout the book!
And who is this Nick guy anyway? He was a rat in a rat fight when Rachel transformed herself into a mink (long story) and they escaped together. Was this planned in advance by Trent? Who knows?
The book goes in fits and starts. Some parts are exciting, others very domestic and dull.
It’s an easy read, most likely for very young adults or older teens. I have read comparisons to Anita Blake and the early Blake novels are much more into action and the life adventures and plots of the powerful paranormals. Rachel is a much more selfish character and makes lots of dumb decisions as she attempts to work off the contract on her life.
It’s true that the Anita Blake novels devolved into sex novels and formulaic plots.
The Kim Harrison novel here leaves a lot of plot holes, hopefully filled in the next book? Not sure I want to read more to find out.
Recommended for those who like their Anita light!
“Full review: http://blog.butterflytempest.net/book-review-dead-witch-walking/
I enjoyed Dead Witch Walking. Rachel is an interesting character and Kim Harrison has created a well-developed world for her characters to live in.
As a fan of this genre, I like the supernatural characters to actually have personalities, my vampires to bit and my were-creatures to exhibit at least some behaviours of the animal they turn into. It was really good to see that in this book – Ivy’s struggles to deal with being a vampire, Rachel’s issues with certain types of magic and so on. I enjoyed that because in a lot of urban fantasy these days there isn’t always much mentioned about the cause and effect of magic or being a supernatural creature on the people who are affected by or using it.
I would definitely recommend this to people who are fans of Charlaine Harris (considering the Southern Vampire Mysteries is now completed) or Laurell K. Hamilton (especially as there is less sex and gore in these than is in the Anita Blake series), or just people who like their supernatural characters to be a little bit interesting.”
“This is one of my most favorit series. ”happy hill wrote this review Tuesday, April 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked it...personally, I thought that it was slow to start but as the story progressed it did get better. Rachel seems a bit immature but I have a feeling that she grows as the books continue. I will pick up the next in the series eventually...must get back to the BDB. ;)”Brynn Myers wrote this review Sunday, April 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No