Reviewed by Jen
I still haven’t recovered from what happened to Kisten… and even though three months have passed for Rachel since the events of the last book, she hasn’t either. But she is trying. Of course, even when she is trying to piece her life together, more circumstances beyond her control arise to make it all fall apart again. In this case, it’s Al. He’s back and he is royally ticked off. The demon blames Rachel for the fact that he is in trouble in the ever-after and he plans on punishing her every time someone summons him out. And that has been happening with increasing frequency.
In the meantime, Trent is back in her orbit. He wants her help to get a genetic sample from the elves in the ever-after. He believes if he gets an old enough sample, he can use it to genetically alter and save the future of his race… and Ceri’s unborn child.
This book is a lot more action oriented than most Hollows books. Usually, the character development puts the happenings of the story firmly in the backseat. That’s not so here. Sure, we have some residual heartache over Kisten, some angst about Rachel’s family history, and the ever-present will-they-or-won’t-they with Ivy. But I was actually more wrapped up with the momentum of the action this time –and frankly, I was glad for it. After the emotional wringer Kim Harrison put me through last time, it was nice not to read the book through tears.
We take a fantastic trip to the much-anticipated ever-after. We meet more demons and get an unexpected look inside their world. Plus a pretty big reveal as to why Rachel is so special and what that means for demon-kind.
A great book that really moved the overall story forward and opens the doors for many new possibilities in the next installment. 5 stars.
The Outlaw Demon Wails
by Kim Harrison
Release Date: February 26, 2008
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Labels: by Jen, Kim Harrison, Shifters, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Witches