I finished p through book five gasp that ending is so hard and wasn t able to finish I m so glad we re back in Rachel s life Jenks is one of my favorite characters and I love Al Sadly Al takes a backseat in this one due to a VERY dangerous enemy but that turns out to be okay A few new characters are introduced that I really really like and Cincinatti s shaken Approaching the Guitar up yet again with new leadership on multiple frontsAll in all I loved this one very much but I did have to deduct half a star and go with 45 strictly because of something at the end It would have been a whole star but luckily Harrison hinted that there will be a revisiting of this specific thing Can t and won t spoil it for you sorry not sorryLooking forward to the next book The Rule already Hope it releases next year and we get a little extra resolution and a lot of Rachel and gang Keep em coming Harrison This book is proof that a well beloved UF series with an official ending does not have to EndWhat am I saying Nothing much No ret cons needed We just have a new beginning with the same old characters we loveBut wait isn t our witch ahem just a LITTLE TOO OVERPOWERED Especially with that last book going NUTS with the changes changes and even bigger changesNope Because the world moves on Nothing is so impressive and amazing that others can t st all over your parade deny it ever happened or make your life a living hell just because they re ignorant andor a jerkHuh That kinda sounds like a slice right out of real life noAnd THAT is why this book picksp not too long after the events of book 13 of the Hollows and starts back p with Return to the Hollows with nothing than a shrug Our Witchy Morgan is never given the credit she deserves and all these new characters showing p gives the series new lifeAnd YES Jenks is still his glorious self Bis too And happy time with Trent is Can I Tell You about Nystagmus? uite happyThe novel givess good mystery good action and plenty of smoldering lust and much in the way of annoyance for certain jerks In other words it s a classic return to what made the series special I love it Rache Bis Jenks and Trent are back in an all new series that brings are favorite Hollow characters front and center once againSomething is plaguing people while they sleep making them attack the ones they love most with tortured nightmares from hurts of the past Rache will do whatever she can to Last Whales unravel the plot before the demons are blamed But then the attacks hit home and Rache battling with all Trent has givenp for her realizes that together they make a much stronger teambut at what costAlong with the evil plaguing dreams other things have now been realized Deciding if they are friend or foe can cost everything to the Hollows gangI L o v e d American Demon Harrison has captured everything we loved in the Hollows series but brought as an entirely new series to devour If you are a fan of the Hollows you are going to love it If you are jumping right into Return to the Hollows you can read it without the Hollows but I highly recommend reading the Hollows first Harrison does a good job giving some background but nothing compared to the connections you will gain reading both seriesI received this ARC copy of American Demon from Berkley Publishing Group Ace This is my honest and voluntary reviewMy Rating 5 starsWritten by Kim HarrisonSeries Hollows Book 14Hardcover 496 pagesPublisher Ace June 16 2020Language EnglishISBN 10 0593101413ISBN 13 978 0593101414Genre Urban Fantasy Noble Want check The Art of War us out on Tome Tender Book Blog or on Facebook Happy Hollows Day Damn it feels good to say that againWell if there were ever the perfect occasion to dust off the old blog this is it It s been six years since we said see you later to Rachel and the gang but that later is NOW and I am so glad to have The Hollows back It was my flagship series for many years and honestly when the series ended I was feeling a bit ofrban fantasy burnout I also went to get a masters degree so I had to table reading for fun for a few years and it never really Introduction to Cinematography uite picked backp to what it sed to be even after I was done with school So is this the time to reel me back in The short answer YES You would think after a baker s dozen or so of books that the Hollows well of ideas may have run dry But really it doesn t The book comes in at a hefty near 500 pages so there is plenty to chew on Kim threw in just about everything and the kitchen sink from the previous books to show that indeed the Hollows can be a gift that keeps on giving Everything feels so fresh The cover alone is probably my favorite Hollows cover ever as the colors and atmosphere are beautiful Thankfully the book is than just a pretty cover The world building and imagery are truly top notch and the characterization is as strong as ever We learn about what s happening with our old friends while making some new ones in the process too Certain dynamics are changing but they are what feels like a natural course in Rachel s life if you base it off how the prior book ended before the epilogue In terms of the new friends or foes I really enjoyed their addition to the story I think there is potential for even character development for them as the series continues and I m really looking forward to it While it s still a great read I do think there are a couple of faves that some readers are going to miss this go round but it allowed for our new additions to get the proper introduction and development I care about them in just one book because of it I ve been a TrentRachel shipper since basically the dawn of time so there is ample development in their relationship Kim doesn t shy away from addressing their checkered past She faces it head on but the estion is will they be better off or worse off for it Just when we thought we knew all there was to know about the Kalamacks and the elves we re in for fascinating surprises We take a deeper dive into demon and elf magic The neverending war of which type is truly superior keeps you glued to the pages I really don t know where Kim comes The History of the Future up with all of this stuff Honestly it s definitely worth a reread to digest the science behind magic itself If there is one downside it s my own fault I hadn t read this series in years and if there s one thing I wish it s that I took part in the reread leadingp to this release This book builds so much off the prior books without giving you too much backstory which I do appreciate as I really dislike it when stories give you overly long summaries of prior books I didn t feel lost as I remembered what happened but a reread would have been beneficial to put me back into Hol. Ight have gone just a little bit wrong That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old With a rash of zombies some strange ne.
The world has changed for our team Ivy has Nina the church is badly in need of repair Jenks needs a new home and Demons are enjoying coffee that doesn t taste like burnt amberThings are tense between Trent and the elves but a young elf seeking him may change things as Rachel embraces all sides Ivy wasn t present as much as I would have liked but Jenks is his Sanzoku Ou - King of Bandits Vol. 9 usually charming self It was delightful to be back solving problems as the gang faces a deadly enemy with harmful intentRomance new friends powerful discoveries and magic await you in this addictive first installment I am so happy to be back in the Hollows I loved seeing Al and you won t believe who is working as a barista in our favorite coffee shop Trent has mellowed and seeing him with Rachel and the children is answer enoughThe trouble and conflict in American Demon was a scary one and Rachel can t restntil she stops them because someone she cares for is at risk Harrison delivered a fresh spin on a mythical loreA new friend Morgan encounters come to her aid but has others on high alert I loved getting to know them making all the connections and learning the My First Glitter Book, Colors (Board book) uniue histories Watching thingsnfold was delightful and of course Rachel never listens to advice and needs to find her own answers It s something I love about her even if it also makes me crazy Harrison brought twists particularly when it comes to the Goddess It felt right We get hints of trouble ahead and some developments that have me excited The ending left me crying but hopefulFans will want to add this to their bookshelves because it s a keeper If you haven t read the Hollows you could technically begin with American Demon But as a member of the fandom I recommend started at the beginning This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer 3 stars I kind of wish I had just stopped reading the series at book 13 Harrison ended it so perfectly While I was excited to get back into The Hollows my mind is screaming not like this When I started this book it felt really good to be back in The Hollows with Rachel and the gang but halfway through I realized this book was waaaayyyy too long winded and the plot was all over I ended Bitva na Hackhamské pláni (Hraničářův učeň: První roky, up kind of skimmingntil the end which I also somewhat hated Not sure if I will continue this series if there are books I should have let it be It s been a while since I read The Witch With No Name Long enough that I was worried I would have a hard time jumping back into this world It s a complicated one but one I loved dearly and invested in fully for many years I even considered a full series reread of the Hollows It would not have been a hardship Those books were phenomenal But I opted to go in with just a brief glance over my old reviews It worked out fineBecause Kim Harrison is just that goodIf you re wondering whether this picks Kent Hrbeks Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout up after the epilogue from TWWNN the answer is no It s just a few months after the main events of the series came to a close I will get back to that epilogue in a minute thoughDemons now walk around in our reality though only Dali and Al live openly Ivy has separated herself a bit from Rachel and Jenks working again with law enforcement and trying to make her new bond with Nina work Jenks and Rachel are living on Kirsten s boat while the church gets repaired from its damage in the last big battle And Rachel and Trent are trying to make a go of things Unfortunately she s still feeling pretty insecure on that front not about their love but whether he would be better off marrying Ellsbeth and taking his rightful place among the elvesThe world kind of grudgingly accepts Rachel seeing as how she saved magic and everything But everyone holds some kind of grudge too mostly about the demon thing So it s hard to find work But when a zombie windsp in her own backyard she gets pulled into an investigation involving supernaturals who are attacking their loved ones seemingly without cause She meets a mysterious new demon named Hodin And at the same time is trying to help Trent hold on to his power against Landon who I am embarrassed to say I did not remember at all as he vies to take control of the elves by trashing Trent to the worldI loved this book I was afraid it would feel forced but it didn t It felt like coming back to a favorite TV show after a hiatus or a spot on seuel to a favorite movie franchise It does not skip a beat Kisten Piscary Ceri even the old guy that sed to give Rachel advice in her neighborhood they are all gone but not forgotten Same with Trent s parents although that s exciting if you read that preuel book a couple of years ago If you are a huge Ivy fan you may be a little disappointed She has a largely reduced role here but she is around and it makes sense in the context of the book Jenks is his normal trash talking self And I just love his friendship with Rachel I adored Rachel with Trent and I really enjoyed seeing him try to navigate his weak footing for the first time This is a guy who has always been large and in charge and it s interesting to see him as an nderdog for a changeThese are still the same characters I have always loved but they are still evolving and the story is still fresh and I could not ask for than thatAsk for that epilogue mentioned above view spoilerI m reading it as though it was a dream None of the other reviews I read at this point are saying that but as Rachel references the dreams she s had that related to this storyline one of them was about Ray getting married and while I can t find my old TWWNN book to compare it it sounded a heck of a lot like that epilogue to me And some people might think that s a little easy but I kind of like the fact that it reopens the series for anything to happen hide spoiler Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest reviewI am so happy to be delving back into the world of the Hollows Don t get me wrong I like Kim Harrison s Peri Reed the palate cleanser she worked on to give herself a break from the finished Hollows I m really sad that she didn t publish the third one I didn t care much for her standalone Perfunctory Affection It wasn t bad but it wasn t her best work either I hate to say it because I know authors need to write other things to keep themselves happy and fresh minded but Hollows is where she shines the most It s where she s at the top of her gameThis one opens luckily with a ick recap of characters and recent events which is a blessing I tried hard to complete my reread of the series before I needed to read this one Alas my reading mojo hasn t been nearly as big as in previous years so. Rachel Morgan is back and The Hollows will never be the sameWhat happens after you've saved the world Well if you're Rachel Mariana Morgan witch born demon you ickly discover that something
Low s mode from the start Overall it s a great ride and The Hollows proves it still has a lot to offer in this genre The possibilities are truly endless so I am already looking forward to the next entry Welcome back Rachel and friends Kim Harrison takes How to Stop Your Grownup from Making Bad Decisions (Nina the Philosopher, us back to our beloved Hollows with American Demon and fans will not be disappointedWe joinp once again with Rachel Morgan right before the epilogue in The Witch With No Name Harrison introduces two new characters into the book whom I think Hollows fans will love They bring a breath of fresh air to the series after laying dormant for 3 years And if you are worried that the story will totally re write the epilogue of The Witch With No Name don t be The girls are still toddlers Rachel is still about 30 and Ivy and Nina are still navigating their developing relationshipThere is however a new predator on the hunt and Rachel is on the menu as she plays a high stakes shell game Losing is not an option when someone she loves is being targeted With elfdemon dynamics at critical mass the delicate balance of species is hanging by a thread When tolerance and hate play tug of war in the Hollows someone is bound to lose a soulWhat I would have liked to see with American Demon was appearances from staple characters however the book is setting the stage for the Hollows Returns series and it would get too crowded if everyone showed The Vampires Bedside Companion up for the partyI loved the feeling of coming home as I delved into the book and revisited old friends and familiar places It felt comfortable yet still gave an exciting new vibe with the story line The church crew dynamic is evolving and there will be growing pains but it didn t feel like an ending just a new beginningAmerican Demon fills in gaps while keeping the timeline true It is worth noting that the next book in the series The Rule is shooting for a not too distant publishing date and I can t wait 455 stars If you can just mentally delete the epilogue that ended the series at book 13 American Demon is a fantastic continuation to the Hollows seriesI kind of like that American Demon is an initiallynplanned continuation because otherwise the series might have felt too drawn out Now it s moving forward with a fresh intention and that s exciting The book dealt with the aftermath of the crazy things that went down in the first series and it truly felt like a new beginning in this world Harrison did an excellent job expanding the playing field by adding a bunch of new characters and the demon Hodin became an instant favorite I love characters with duality But the best part is that this new installment is still filled with the characters we ve built connections with over the first 13 books so it already has that developed depth that makes longtime fans like me fawn over every pageI was enjoying the story for all the things listed above but what really set this book apart as a strong addition to the series was the inclusion of a lot of complicated spellwork It was awesome I remember Rachel spelling in previous books but I don t recall it ever being The Highgate Vampire uite this involved She was trying to develop a new spell and I found every stage of the process absolutely fascinating I hope this leveledp component continues in the next bookThe Hollows is one of my top Full Disclosure urban fantasy series It s not my overall favorite precisely but it is responsible for a couple of my single favorite scenes across any genre Harrison really knows how to build momentum and she has truly dazzled me with some of her most epic moments But that gradual momentum that always leads to amazing payoffs takes time to develop And so as we re just beginning another story arc in American Demon the pacing is rather casual throughout most of the story Which is just fine because when a series touches you like this one has me even the slower parts have a lot of merit It was a great way to ease back into the worldRecommendations this is a must read for fans of the series the storyality continues as strong as ever With that in mind I wouldn t recommend new readers diving in without first reading the main Hollows series Also Harrison published a really good preuel novel The Turn that she referenced often in American Demon so if you haven t had a chance to read that one yet I think it added a lot to the experience I want to thank Berkley Publishing Group Kim Harrison and Netgalley for allowing me access to an early copy of American Demon you made my yearVia The Obsessive Bookseller at wwwNikiHawkescomOther books you might like It was fantastic to be reading about itchy witch again Going back to this world after six years made me savor it When the book begins Rachel is on the phone planning a park date with Trent the girls and surprisingly Ellasbeth too Rachel is back at her old homechurch She is meeting Jenks and Ivy They re trying to decide what their future looks like Can they still work together or is time for one of them to move on Should they reconstruct their home or find a new place It looks like Ivy is ready to move on and live with Nina Rachel Light Structures - Structures of Light understands but can t leave Jenks alone This reunion is brokenp by the appearance of a zombie The appearance of the zombie is the first clue that something is not right New cases are popping Bitter Blood (The Morganville Vampires, up where couples are attacking their love ones for past grievances Someone seems to have manipulated their minds while sleeping When Al is attacked Rachel knows this is too close to home Rachel knows she has her hands full She is dealing with her relationship with Trent and his ex the politics between Demons and Elves a new vampire moving into town affecting Ivy s life and she can sense she is running out of time in stopping the new threat So many things I loved about American Demon I love Trent Kalamack He has grown so much as a character He likes himself better and it s all due to Rachel He has made his own sacrifices and lost some of his position of importance as an Elf but he knows it s worth it Rachel acted so much mature in American Demon She lets people help her and she is pausing to think before reacting Al was adorable all the way around I wish he was prominent in this book He makes me smile every time he showspDavid Ivy Jenks and Bis are also so important to the series It wouldn t be the same without themI still feel a tug on my heart every time Kisten is mentioned I will always miss himSo glad Kim Harrison is writing books in this world I ve only one estion when is the next one outCliffhanger No45 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewMrsLeif s Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter Instagra. W murders and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.