08 February 2011

Friendship and trials surround Rachel Morgan in Kim Harrison's Pale Demon.



I confess, I read books more than once, sometimes twice, but very rarely a third time. However after being introduced to Kim Harrison's "The Hollows" series over Christmas this year, I found myself re-reading each of the eight books in her series three times - each time finding small nuggets of information, character traits, funny quips, and tears on my face. So, along with all her other devoted readers I've been counting the days till 22 February when her next installment - number nine - Pale Demon would be released. 

Fans can preview some of the chapters on Harrison's website, but lucky me, I was able to read Pale Demon last week, courtesy of the publisher Harper Collins via a review copy. I wasn't disappointed at all. It was worth the wait, every minute of it. Pre-order it now! 

I'm not going to give away any plot twists, because that would just be evil (okay, I'm thinking about it, but trying to be good). Just know that this book will answer some questions, lay some to rest, and raise some more. (Until the 22nd, check out Kim Harrison's website as she provides a sneak peak at some of the chapters online.) 

Rachel Morgan the witch, cum demon, cum kick-ass heroine is fabulous in each of the nine installments. What Harrison provides so successfully in this series is the trajectory of growth. When we meet Rache, she's unsure, not aware of herself, yet begins the transformation of self - a heroes journey - that continues in each volume. 

By this entry in the series she's gone through heartbreak, passion, hate, despair, and bitter disappointment - but known love, hope, friendship, and trust. Her friends or frenemys- a supernatural team really - Ivy the Vampire, Jenks the Pixie, Al the Demon, Trent the Elf (oops spoiler if you haven't read the first volume, sorry), Bis the Gargoyle, and Pierce, the re-animated ghost - all play a role in Pale Demon as do some nice and naughty witches, a few new and familiar demons, and a new - well that would be a spoiler, just wait and read ... 

Harrison as always tweaks at heartstrings while at the same time eliciting out loud laughter as you page through her book. Now, I'm waiting for the next installment to see what transpires. Her ability to fully realize these characters to the point you think they are friends is quite a gift. I and her other readers are very lucky. 

If you don't have them already, check out the rest of Harrison's The Hollows series on Amazon.

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after . . . forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight—freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.