Last week, I read and reviewed the first in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, Dead Witch Walking, which I had downloaded for free from the Sony eReader Library. I liked it enough to get the rest of the series (by purchasing it for my eReader). So, this is book 2 in The Hollows.
It’s a tough life for witch Rachel Morgan, sexy, independent bounty hunter, prowling the darkest shadows of downtown Cincinnati for criminal creatures of the night.
She can handle the leather-clad vamps and even tangle with a cunning demon or two. But a serial killer who feeds on the experts in the most dangerous kind of black magic is definitely pressing the limits.
Confronting an ancient, implacable evil is more than just child’s play — and this time, Rachel will be lucky to escape with her very soul.
The author’s website says, “It was awarded the distinction of being P.E.A.R.L.s (Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature) Best Science Fiction for 2005.”
This installment begins about a month after the last and picks up the story there. The focus of the book revolves around a contract Rachel makes to investigate a serial killer targeting ley line witches. She goes undercover by returning to college and enrolling in a class with the FIB’s chief suspect as professor. Despite her assignment, Rachel knows that Trent must be involved somehow, but the FIB doesn’t want to hear it. Rachel, of course, cannot not investigate Trent whether because he kept her as a pet when she was transfigured into a mink or because he is guilty. The plot focuses on finding that killer, who is not who we think.
We do find out much more about the weird relationship between Ivy, a living vampire, and Rachel. We watch Rachel’s relationship with Nick become more complicated. Jenks (the pixie) is developed more. And, the demon (and who sent him) is explored in greater detail. We learn more about Trent and exactly what he is. So, clearly, as a follow up, this book develops and answers many things left hanging in the first book. It is, however, a book in which something is always wrong. There is no easy progress for the characters or readers. The plot is very complex and always in flux. It is fun, though, if you are not diverted by the sometimes illogical leaps and tidy endings.