After a much needed break / vacation, this blog returns today with a review of book 5 in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I purchased and downloaded the book from the Sony eReader Bookstore. For a Few Demons More was absolutely my least favorite of the series.
A fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, claiming victims across society, and the resulting terror ignites a vicious Inderland gang war. And while the ancient artifact Rachel is hiding may be the key to stopping the murderer, revealing it could also create a battle to the death among the numerous supernatural races that live in and around Cincinnati.
For every action has its price, and when the vampire master Piscary is set free and the demonic Algaliarept dares to walk openly under the sun, even Rachel Morgan can’t hide forever.
By time I read this book, I had had my share of demons in the series. In an urban fantasy setting, there are so many more antagonists possible than just demons, but this was the third in a row to latch on to the demons and not let go. It just didn’t do it for me. Yes, the book attempts to wrap up issues left hanging from previous books; Trent returns; Ceri is further developed, and David plays a larger role. All of those things are interesting. But the plot was unbelievable and over the top. Most of the action takes place off stage and then is reported to us (show not tell, remember?) and even then it doesn’t always make plot sense.
An example of this (spoiler alert?) is that while Rachel is on a bus on the way home, Al supposedly wreaks havoc on the city and the city holds a council meeting and decides that they must let Piscary out of prison to catch him since “Rachel won’t”–wow, that quickly huh? How’s that timeline work? There are other weird plot elements, such as a fixation on convincing Rachel to have sex with Ivy despite the fact we were led to believe this issue was put to rest several books ago since Rachel is not into sex with women. Then, the ending is bam! an unexpected tear-jerking plot twist.
Had I not already purchased the next in the series, I wouldn’t have after reading this, especially since “demon” is also in its title. That would have been a mistake. Book 6 is the best in the series. I will be reviewing it for you tomorrow. Until then,