Aug 27, 2014

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The Hollows By Kim Harrison Read-a-Long – The Undead Pool

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The Undead Pool – Book 12

From Goodreads –
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

My Rating

5 stars

My observations and questions

This book goes even further into elven magic, the Goddess and mystics. I didn’t need a whole new set of questions; I need some of the previous loose ends resolved. I do continue to like how Rachel believes in this magic. Rachel is a believer. She doesn’t think outside the box so much as she doesn’t even see the box.
Trent and Rachel have their first date, then Ellasbeth comes charging back with her big flashy engagement ring and plan to have Trent and the girls as her family. UGH. WHY doesn’t Trent just tell Ellasbeth to go to hell? She is just NO.
Finally, Rachel and Trent get together. They start working together more, making decisions together and being together openly. But others don’t like it. Al never wants to see Rachel again. I thought Al already knew this at the end of the last book? I’m sad he is taking this so badly. And of course, Ellasbeth makes a public scene.
Trent is great in this, calm, steady and steadfast in his new relationship with Rachel. I really am enjoying the time they have together later in this book.

Here were my questions from book 11

• Will Rachel get into a real romance?
It looks like she is with Trent now.
• I still want to know more about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father and their relationship. And what about their mothers? Since Alice is the only one still alive, what does she know?
• Will Nick turn up again? (hell no, maybe he could turn up dead)
• What will happen with the men who don’t belong? Are they in favor of only a human world or a harmonious all-species world?
• Will Trent and Rachel spend more time together and somehow work together more, either because they like each other or because they have a common goal for/against the men who don’t belong?
They spend more time together in trying to save people but not as much for the sake of a relationship. GRRRR.
• Can’t we get rid of Ellasbeth?
• How will Al and Trent get along now?
After thinking they might better understand each other and work together somewhat after the last book, they seem back to enemies now.

And some of your questions from books

• 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?
• What will hatch from Al’s blue chrysalis? And is Pierce’s lullaby that includes a reference to blue butterflies related?
• What potential does Ivy (and the other vamps) see in Rachel that leads her to believe Rachel can save her soul? How did she find out whatever it is?
• Since Rachel’s father worked so closely with Trent’s parents, was Rachel’s mother a part of what they were attempting to accomplish?
• Where’s the smut from Trent’s black magic? Is this something Rachel might be able to take advantage of also? Does Rachel’s gold and black aura reflect having both sun and shadow?
• When first contacting Al why did Trent pull line energy through Rachel – it was supposed to be protective but how?
• With Pierce presumably dead, who will take his place in the coven?
• In Al’s dream he says “I broke it. They can’t leave until I fix him.” What did Al break, who does he need to fix and who’s going to die if they stay?
• Did Al work with Trent’s father or some other elf?
• Where did Trent’s mother get the book copied by Ceri and willed to Ellasbeth’s mother?
• Close to the end of the book, Rachel is told that Trent can get through her bubble because he and she have energies that “resonate as one” which triggers her thought that she might be able to save Ivy. What is her line of thought?
• Will the old ley lines in Arizona be able to save magic if the Ever After disappears?

And now my ongoing questions

• Will Rachel get into a real romance?
It looks like she is with Trent now.
• I still want to know more about Trent’s father and Rachel’s father and their relationship. And what about their mothers? Since Alice is the only one still alive, what does she know?
• Why haven’t we heard any more about the faeries in Trent’s garden?
• Will Nick turn up again? (hell no, maybe he could turn up dead)
• What will happen with the men who don’t belong? Are they in favor of only a human world or a harmonious all-species world?
• Will Trent and Rachel spend more time together and somehow work together more, either because they like each other or because they have a common goal for/against the men who don’t belong?
They spend more time together in trying to save people but not as much for the sake of a relationship. GRRRR.
• Can’t we get rid of Ellasbeth?
• Will the last book be a battle against Ellasbeth and the elves for Trent and Rachel?

Games

Who said: “Because I’m never going to let you go, Rachel. I don’t care how much you push me away because you’re scared. I’ll just hold you until you get over it.”

Some great quotes from Book 11 you shared with me

Quen loved her back with all the fierceness of someone who never expected to find anything beautiful in the world. – Rachel

Al had told me his old bedchamber was absolutely foolproof, but apparently it wasn’t crazy-proof. – Rachel concerning Newt popping an ailing Al into his bedroom

“With Ivy gone, you needed someone to ground you, Rache, and I’m not big enough to slap you.” – Jenks

Kisten could forgive anything, since he’d done terrible things himself. I thought about that, wondering if only those who did horrible things would ever be able to forgive me. – Rachel

“I want one pure thing in my life,” he said loudly, his voice ringing in the red-tinted air. “I want one thing I can point to and say, ‘that is good, and it’s a part of me.'” – Trent concerning Rachel

Schedule and wrap up

So now we have successfully read all 12 books and are ready for the final book!

September 9 – release day for the final book, The Witch with No Name, book 13.  My review will be Friday, September 12th.

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!
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THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE WHO HAS FOLLOWED ALONG DURING THIS READ-A-LONG.  I HOPE YOU ALL HAD AS MUCH FUN AS I DID.

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  1. I loved this book. I am going to be so said when it is all over. I’m going to miss Jenks. Tink’s little pink dildo.

  2. The past few books Rachel has been settling into her new skin, but in this book it’s time for Rachel to become, well, more again. And this, for a change, involves letting go instead of gathering. It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that Rachel’s role in her world is one of Nurturer/Mother, protecting the less powerful (sometimes from themselves) and letting go when they become strong enough and balanced enough to function on their own – keeping them alive, giving them a moral compass and keeping them from from harm as well as keeping them from harming others. She started out saving individuals and has progressed to saving whole species and seems to be well on her way to saving everyone. This book is (sort of) the vampires’ turn. In addition she furthers the Weres’ balance by relinquishing her alpha status.

    Of course it starts with something that Rachel has no control over but will be blamed for nonetheless. And continues in the same vein. A lot happens this book, but it felt like so much of it was setting the scene for the next and final book in the series with so much left unresolved – the Goddess, Trent losing so much but gaining Rachel, Felix and Ivy and Nina as well as what’s happening at the IS, Rachel’s changing relationship with Ivy and Jencks, as well as her relationship with Al and Newt, and let’s not forget saving the elves and demons from themselves.

    It also remains to be seen how her interaction with the wild magic will affect both Rachel and the magic, not to mention the mystics that might retain the knowledge of singularity as well as any mystics remaining with Rachel.

    I can only hope the showdown, and I have no doubt there will be a final showdown, that it takes place at Junior’s. That place has to be some sort of nexus – of power, of magic or just plain trouble. There are so many characters I’d love to see some resolution for Junior/Mark, the leprechaun, Jax, Belle, David, Red and you can’t help but wonder if the men-who-should-not-be will play a part. If only to see Glenn again, I hope so.

    Questions:
    Who/what was the Goddess when she was singular? Why does she not wish to be singular again? Who promised she would never be singular again?

    When and how did Newt become exposed to wild magic?

    What did Trent’s father do to the Weres? (Referring to David’s comment that Rachel probably saved Trent’s life because “I wasn’t going to make my generation live through another Kalamack.”)

    Are the rare species of butterfly that feed on Brimstone blue butterflies? Is Rachel’s chrysalis completely dead?

    If Rachel continues to host some mystics, what impact will they have on her magic?

    Who killed Trent’s siblings and why?

    Quotes:
    Death threats I could handle. Saving the world had always been a little trickier. – Rachel

    Oh, and arrange for two goats. – Trent (not earth shattering, but it makes me laugh)

    Polite never saved anyone’s ass. – Rachel

    The lines are singing in step, but the music is changed. – Bis

    I was glad my last memory of Ray’s real mother was of her in dappled sun, content and crabbing at me to be true to myself. – Rachel

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but you are perfect for each other! You irritate people, and he smooths things out. You have good mojo, and he only thinks he does. You’re broke, and he’s rich. You’ve got those weird feet of yours, and he’s got them cute ears. – Jenks re: Rachel and Trent

    You’re a trickster singular, Rachel Morgan… Your purpose is to make balance. – The Goddess

    … when everything falls apart to leave the underpinnings of our life bare to the scrutiny of critics and thieves, the only thing remaining, the only thing that can’t be taken away, is the love you hold for the people you care about. – Trent

  3. This is a little after-the-fact, but whatever. I finally read this book now that the final book is out.

    I skipped out on the read-a-long because I’d kinda lost faith in the series as it diverged from its original trajectory and didn’t want to rehash it, but I’m glad for my series loyalty here, regardless.

    Despite my gripes about parts of this series, I really enjoyed this book, especially the back half when the mystics/Goddess too center-stage.

    Note to Charlotte: I think you’re first 2 question clusters are linked. To me at least, it seemed obvious that Newt told the Goddess there wouldn’t be another Becoming. Also, that woulda been whenever the elf/demon war happened, the Goddess was “killed”/reformatted, etc.

    I’ll throw my one question in here since I haven’t read the last book yet:

    Are surface demons linked to the vampire soul issue?

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