Because I liked the last book in the Hollows series by Kim Harrison (see yesterday’s post /review), I purchased the final two (to this point) from the Sony eReader Bookstore. Book 7 is White Witch, Black Curse, and while it wasn’t as fabulous as Book 6, it was certainly better than Book 5 (reviewed June 30).
Product Description: Some wounds take time to heal . . . and some scars never fade.
Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost.
Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderlander food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.
I liked that this book began with psychologist Ford, introduced in the previous book, as an empath. His character is interesting enough to carry a huge plot burden in this installment of Rachel’s interlander saga that takes on an emotion-sucking banshee. This plot develops and aligns with previous novels well as we learn how the Banshee has a connection to Rachel’s partner Ivy, and we meet Rachel’s leprechaun.
This book, though, introduces a character that was supposed to be really important to Rachel, despite the fact that we are seven books into the series before we learn about him. In addition, we are just now introduced to a magical governing body (it has been mentioned but not in a way in which we could expect it the kind of power it wields in this book). This governing body “punishes” Rachel for who she is and what she does, with no real scaffolding. I wasn’t expecting it or the consequences. I did like the length of the book but I was really surprised by the number of subplots and new introductions. And, I have to say, I was very disappointed in who the killer was. The potential for that person’s identity was lost completely. The dialog was interesting, and the resolution of Ford’s problem and that of the banshee’s was intriguing.