Jun 25, 2014

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The Hollows by Kim Harrison Read-a-Long – The Outlaw Demon Wails

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This Week’s Book:



The Outlaw Demon Wails – Book 6 (We’re halfway through!)

From Goodreads –

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her.

As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel’s entire life into question. If she is ever to live free, Rachel must first walk willingly into the demonic ever-after in search of long-lost ancient knowledge.

But when you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line…and there are some lines that should never be crossed.

My rating

4.5 stars

My observations and questions

Wow. This has to be one of my favorite books in the series so far. It has lots of action and world-building sorts of things. We learn a lot more in this book and get some of my questions answered. I like that so much.

I am so happy my intuition is not crap. I KNEW there was just something about Takata. I’ve been puzzling over it for at least two books. And bam! There it is in this book.

I really loved how Rachel had all her friends and family standing with her, helping her and worrying over her in this book. She is becoming quite the liaison between species gal. I LOVE it. Rachel isn’t afraid to do what is right no matter who it is. She’s growing up here and making better choices. I’m so proud and happy.

Jenks is a prince of men. Like Rachel, he has made his way by making some unconventional choices. I adore him, his loyalty, his intelligence, his bravery and his humor. He’s just the best.

I don’t trust Al and Ceri, so much as she does. I mean this entire book Al was not honoring his deals. So that’s a problem for me. Ceri is a friend but she also looks after her own interests. Trent continues to be an asshole. Just when I think he might be a better guy, he goes and pulls some new punches. WTF?

So I’m not exactly sure I get what happened in this book. Did the last trip go to Jenks or was it because they lingered after sunrise that Rachel and Trent got stuck in the ever-after? I think it was the latter but it also could be the demons were just not honoring their deals which makes me nervous going forward.

So I’ll be watching to see how Rachel does with Ivy going forward. I’ll be worrying about how she will do with Al. Will the next drama have to do with Tom? Or will Rynn cause some problems? Or hell, will Nick turn up?

Here were my questions from book 5

• Will Rachel get into a romance?
I don’t think it will be Marshal.
• How will Rachel get out from the demon marks?
It looks like she has gotten rid of them once she switches names again with Al.
• I want to know all about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father, their relationship and how they died.
Apparently Rachel’s father died from the treatment to try to get rid of the vampire virus.
• What will happen to Ceri?
Well, she knows Trent but that’s a no go as a couple. Whew. I hated that idea. And now she’s pregnant and with Quen.
• Who or what is Takata? There’s some reason he keeps turning up.
And he’s Rachel’s birth father !!! My intuition that something was up there was right!!
• What happened to Rachel’s brother, Robbie?
Apparently he’s in Portland and her parents are going to see him.
• Will Lee be out for revenge?
• How will Rachel get rid of the focus?
That ended up pretty smoothly so far with David.
• What was Newt really looking for?
Maybe other female demons?
• Will Matalina survive much longer?
• Who will handle things with Piscary gone?
The new vamp in town, Rynn Cormel.

And some of your questions

• Ceri refuses to accept the honorific Mal Sa’han from Trent. What is the difference between Mal Sa’han and Sa’han? Is it gender, rank or some other basis? Obviously it is a term of respect because she does accept the term from Quen who she finds honorable.

• Still wondering what the aura is really. It seems to be integral to and integrated with the soul and self (are they different?). What roles do the body and mind have?

• With Piscary being gone, Will Ivy’s life be better?

And now my ongoing questions

• Will Rachel get into a romance?
• Will Rachel get out from the demon marks now as planned?
• I still want to know more about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father and their relationship.
• What will happen to Ceri?
• What will happen with Rachel’s brother, Robbie? I think that is coming up at somepoint.
• Will Lee be out for revenge?
• What was Newt really looking for?
• Will Matalina survive much longer?
• Will the deal with Al really work out? He wasn’t honoring his deals when in jail.
• What will happen with Tom?
• Will Nick turn up again? (hell no, maybe he could turn up dead)
• What will happen next with Trent? (that asshole)
• Will Rachel get more smut on her aura as she trains with Al?


Who said: “The harder to hear your neighbors scream, my dear.”

Some great quotes from Book 5 you shared with me

“You’re the most caring person I know, consistently risking your life for those who can’t fight on their own. I see this in the people you love. Ivy, who is afraid she can’t fight her battle alone anymore. Kisten, who struggles to stand in a system where he knows he’s too weak. Jenks, who has the courage but not the strength to make a difference in a world that doesn’t even see him.” ~ Ceri
“Humanity had steadfastly kept control of the mail system, and even Piscary would think twice about leaning on an overworked employee who might snap and go postal. There were some things even a vampire wouldn’t mess with.” ~Rachel
“But as my breath left me in a gentle sigh and I fell, I could swear that the drops of warmth upon my face were those of tears, that the shivering arms holding me from the cruel coldness of the tile had the luscious scent of vampire. And someone…was singing about blood and daisies.” ~Rachel
“Do you hurt uncle Kisten’, he asked.(…) but Kisten beat me to it. “Only my heart, Audric,” he said. “Ms. Rachel is like the sun. See her sparkling there with the wind in her hair and fire in her eyes? You can’t catch the sun. You can only feel its touch on your face. And if you get too much of it, it burns you.”

“I am black,” she said, and a shudder rippled through me. “I am foul with a thousand years of demon curses. Don’t cross me or I will bring you and your house down. Rachel is the only clean thing I have, and you won’t sully her to further your high ideas.” ~ Ceri

“You have the right to remain silent, but I doubt you will. You have the right to an attorney, which I imagine Quen will be calling soon. If you can’t afford one, hell has frozen over and I’m the princess of Oz, but in that case, one will be appointed to you. You understand your rights, that the entire congregation of Cincy’s finest has heard me recite?” ~Rachel

Schedule and wrap up

We’re doing roughly one book a week, with a posting on Wednesday, most weeks. I can’t commit to doing a review every week, but as a minimum, I will make some observations and ask a few questions I want to know after reading the book. I have some ideas for some fun and games as we go along. Here’s our planned schedule (updated):
July 2 – week off with holiday
July 9 – White Witch, Black Curse, book 7
July 16 – none because of “special visitor”
July 23 – Black Magic Sanction, book 8
July 30 – Pale Demon, book 9 – Guest review by Jessica, Rabid Reads

August 6 – A Perfect Blood, book 10 – Guest review by Tabitha, Not Yet Read
August 13 – none because no blog posts as Julie and Anne are on vacation
August 20 – Ever After, book 11
August 27 – The Undead Pool, book 12

September 9 – release day for the final book, A Witch with No Name, book 13.

So – Post a comment for me so I know you’re reading. Include a quote from the book (hopefully not the same as others). If you haven’t read the books before, tell me some of the questions you have now. If you’ve read the books already, don’t be a spoiler to the rest of us!
In the rafflecopter giveaways, there is a place to answer the Who said game and also a place to enter a quote from the book. One giveaway ends after this month; one is the final prize giveaway for the whole event.

And on to Book 7 – White Witch, Black Curse. Happy Reading!

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  1. Charlotte says:

    The Outlaw Demon Wails adds the theme of parents and children to the ongoing themes of acceptance of self and balancing means and ends. Rachel’s mother, Rachel’s fathers, Trent’s father (and where in the world is Trent’s mother?), Ceri’s pregnancy, Quen as father figure (as well as father), disowned Bis, Jenks as father and husband, Piscary’s utter but expected disregard for Kisten and the new master vampire in town – there’s a wealth of material here!

    I *love* Rachel’s mother. In this book she truly embodies the saying “the truth will set you free.” You can see where Rachel gets her freewheeling style, and look forward to seeing her mother now able to show her style also. I hope to see Rachel valuing her mother’s skills more as well as learning from her.

    And speaking of watching–Tom, that nasty black witch, bears watching since we know he’ll pop up again at the most inconvenient time.

    Grief and loss move as an undercurrent in Rachel’s life. It’s difficult but necessary to go through this process with her.

    Trent confuses me. He’s such a jerk (if a killer without compunction can be called a jerk), but I also feel sorry for him. The more he interacts with Rachel, the more he understands how shallow his life is as well as how rich it could be. His jealousy (and therefore animosity) toward Rachel may keep him stuck or it may be his salvation if he can understand it to be a signal that change is needed. I can only hope that he can eventually believe in the 11%.

    We get a lot more information on Rachel’s family dynamics as well as Trent’s. I find it interesting that we have yet to hear anything about Trent’s mother.

    We get a deeper view of the ever-after as well as the structure of the demon culture. Rachel’s ability to see alternate routes is going to be nerve-wracking as well as entertaining. Let’s face it, Rachel and Al are both going to have their hands full. Rachel is becoming more skilled at assessing when to trust and when not to.

    Some questions:
    Who and/or where is Trent’s mother?

    Some favorite quotes:
    It was highly unusual for so young an undead vampire to be so good at mimicking having a soul. I figured it was because he was a politician and had had practice way before he died.-Rachel

    Damn it, I was too busy to learn another freaking *life lesson*.-Rachel

    Living a lie tore at one’s being and leaked out in the oddest places.-Rachel
    (This one intrigues me because it’s a succinct way of stating what happens when Shadows are present—a Jungian psychological concept that I’m just starting to explore)

  2. Northwoman says:

    Charlotte – EXCELLENT question!!! What about Trent’s mother? We haven’t heard boo about her.

    Great comments; there is a lot of food for thought there. I really, really liked this book.

    Are you not entering the rafflecopter giveaways?


  3. “And while seeing Trent in his tighty-whities would make my decade, I’d found out long ago that I couldn’t stay mad at a man wearing nothing but underwear. They looked so charmingly vulnerable.” <—–Best. Quote. EVER.

    And yay! for Takata being Rachel's dad. Kind of. And Tom . . . I had forgotten about him. I'm hoping to get caught back up while I at the beach next week. *crosses fingers* ALSO–"What will happen next with Trent? (that asshole)" LOL. I love to hate Trent.

  4. Janice A. says:

    I loved this book. It hit all my emotions. I was upset when I found out that Ceri was pregnant, but ecstatic when I found out it was Quen’s and not Trents. I enjoyed Rachel helping Trent out with his costume. Trent had a few good moments in this book, he actually says Please. But on the whole he’s still not being the person I hope he will be. And Rachel finally realized what she was.

    What will she learn from Al?

    Some favorite quotes.

    “Maybe my mother was right. Maybe there was someone out there for me who would understand that there was good stuff to balance out the bad. And maybe by the time I found someone like that, I’d be so kick-ass that no one, not even Newt herself, would dare lay a finger on us.”

    “Life is too short to not be with the people you love,” she said. “Even if it scares you.”

  5. Charlotte says:

    Anne–I have been entering but not to the fullest extent. Some because if I add one more book to our house, it’s going to explode, but mostly ’cause I’m just plain too lazy!

    Love re-reading these with like-minded people. It really adds to the enjoyment.

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