Apr 22, 2014

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Anne Reviews: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison (The Hollows #1)

deadwitchwalking4 star

Urban Fantasy
April 1 2004
Mass Market Paperback
416 pages
HarperTorch

Kick Ass Chick – Rachel Morgan

From Goodreads –
All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party … and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining — and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead … or undead.

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Many people have told me about The Hollows by Kim Harrison and encouraged me to read it for a long time now. The latest installment, number thirteen in the series, was just released, so I decided it was time to start now at number one. The Hollows series features witches, Weres and vampires ,pixies, fairies, and demons. The non-humans are called Inderlands. I’m really keen for magic and witches so I expected to like this.

In spite of it being the first book in the series, I did enjoy Dead Witch Walking. There is always so much to figure out in the first book so I sometimes have trouble. The main character Rachel, is going through so much, it’s easy to get caught up in the story and worrying about her. Rachel is smart and caring. She puts herself out there to do what is right. She takes care of her friends, too. I like her.
There are many wonderful, engaging characters. There’s her vampire friend, Ivy and her pixy friend, Jenks. There’s also Trent. We don’t know what he is, nobody does. There’s a plain human named Nick too. They are all clearly written with all the dimensions. Even the briefest characters are well done.

There isn’t anything in the way of romance in this book. There’s some teasing between the friends and potential for romance with some sexy characters on the scene. I like stories which include some romance even if it is not the primary plot. I also enjoy some humor and Jenks can be funny.

As a fan of magic, I loved hearing about the spells. There were different ways they were made and used. The “battles” in the story were fun, with different magic and protections used. The different Interland groups have different skills and advantages. Mostly, I enjoyed Rachel’s intelligence in handling the unexpected which always happens. She was quick to read the situation and handle it.

The ending was a comfortable conclusion to the action and adventure in the story. There are many things left up in the air. What is Trent? What is Nick’s deal? Why did Ivy leave the I.S. really? Who did call the demons? Will Rachel and friends be working with FIB now? Will Rachel get into a romance?

These questions plus the fact Dead Witch Walking is a well-written, fun and fascinating story will keep me reading on into the series.

Books in the Hollows series
Dead Witch Walking
The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
Every Which Way But Dead
A Fistful of Charms
For A Few Demons More
The Outlaw Demon Wails
White Witch, Black Curse
Black Magic Sanction
Pale Demon
A Perfect Blood
Ever After
The Undead Pool
A Witch With No Name (September 2014)

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  1. You are in for such a treat, Anne. The first book is actually the weakest of the series, and it’s still pretty good. Things just get better from here. I’m going to be sad when the series ends, to be honest. It’s one of the most consistently quality large series I’ve read. Most series loose a lot of steam around book 4.

  2. I”m glad you tried this one and liked it! I love the series but I’m also so behind lol. I need to read book 7! Well at least that now all the books are out, I can also take my time. But they’re always really good.

  3. Great review and this is such a great series!! The glimpses and hopes you get in #1 will span through it all *happy squee* and I´m so thrilled for the last book. Awesome!! Kim Harrison doesn´t let us down, even if it takes a while to get there. =D
    Happy Wednesday!
    //Linda

  4. I love this series. It’s one of my favorites, and as much as I’m dying to go, “Oh, oh! I know . . . ” and answer your list of questions, I’ll refrain, LOL. I hope you keep loving these books–I think they only get better 😉

  5. Welcome to the series! This is in my opinion one of the best written and intricate series out there in urban fantasy. Book 1 is definitely the most difficult to get into because of the world building, but it just gets better and better after this. I hope you enjoy, it’s a great ride!

  6. This is one of my all time favorite series. I love Rachel so much! And Jenks! He’s the best sidekick ever!
    I hope you continue to enjoy this series as much as I did.

  7. Great review Anne, I also enjoy this series quite a bit, although I am behind. But I think that is because I don’t want the series to end just yet. Your questions will be answered, just keep on reading.

  8. Kim Harrison has always appealed to me, but I have yet to take the time to read one of the books. I have this series on my “to start” list. So glad that you have finally jumped in and enjoyed it.

  9. I loved books 1-6, 7-9 I started to become disenchanted, and I’ve read through to Ever After; but I really only continue reading them now because I’m so invested in the series and it’s close to finished and I want to see Rachel pull off the series-long goal.

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