Monday, March 26, 2007

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison - Rachel Morgan, The Hollows
1. Dead Witch Walking
2. The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
3. Every Which Way But Dead
4. A Fistful of Charms
5. For a Few Demons More

Series Category: Peanut M&Ms - mmmm...devour... sigh... then reach for the next one. My daily dose of Insanity-B-Gone. Most books fall in this category. (A-,B+,B)
Flame Height: 2" out of 9"

From Amazon about "A Few Demons More": "From Publishers Weekly: In bestseller Harrison's fifth demon-kicking extravaganza to feature Rachel Morgan, the first in hardcover (after 2006's A Fistful of Charms), the Cincinnati-based bounty hunter and spell caster still possesses "the focus," a 5,000-year-old demon-crafted Were artifact. With the help of her pixie partner Jenks and Detective Glenn, Rachel must deal with demons, the elf Trent Kalamack and master vampire Piscary, who along with angry Weres, struggle for possession of the artifact. Meanwhile, a serial killer is on the loose and Rachel's alpha werewolf pal, David Hue, becomes the prime suspect of the FIB (aka the human-run Federal Inderland Bureau). Action-packed and full of Rachel's persistent erotic ruminations, this titillating tale includes a shocking finale that will leave fans panting for the next installment in the Hollows series. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. "

Dammit. Dammit. DAMMIT!! Is there any way to UN-READ "For a Few Demons More"?

First of all, this is a hard cover for some reason. All right, not SOME reason. Someone figured they could make more money from a hard cover. Well I bought it at 40% off at Walden's so it worked out to be about the same as a trade paperback. But the point is that there was no GOOD reason to make this a hard cover. And because of the world shattering events that happen in this one, word is undoubtedly going to leak out about what happens and spoil it for all those readers that need to wait for the paperback.

The first half of this book kinda drags and meanders aimlessly. I had a bit of trouble sticking with it. The second half starts to pick up and get more interesting, but it's that last third that took my breath away and ripped my heart out.

One thing (among many actually) that makes this series unique for me is that I'm not particularly fond of 2 out of the 3 central characters. Rachel is not sympathetic and Ivy I just find irritating and wish she would go away or only show up occasionally. That says a lot for this series that I can still like it so much for the secondary characters alone. Now Jenks and his family I adore. Trent, Quen, Ceri, Keasley, even Al and Nick, I find intriguing (or did till now with one of them). I'm genuinely fond of David and Glenn. And I'm pretty sure I'm a little in love with Kisten- am I the only one who sees Travis Fimmel in my head when Kisten is onstage?

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS TO FOLLOW. THESE WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT. To read, left click, hold and drag to highlight between the "**"

** I SOOO enjoyed Al's romp as Lee. Why do I enjoy that evil bastard so much? And Rachel arresting Trent at his wedding was a hoot on so many levels.

But this may be my next to the last Hollows book. Trent was always the very bad boy that we couldn't help but lust after, now he's become unredeemable and just a very nasty, power hungry sociopath.

And without Kisten, no one and nothing stands between Ivy and Rachel any longer and they both want more out of their relationship. That just doesn't interest me. Not only because it's F/F but because, as I said before, I just don't like Ivy at all and I'm not so sure about Rachel either. Killing off Piscary was a good move though, because he's been the Big Bad (even from prison) long enough that it was time to move on. His death will certainly shake the Hollows up!

Now, for the subject I've been avoiding. Kisten's final death. Dear God, that tore my heart out! I could actually see that beautiful boy's body torn up and his beautiful face stilled in death. I still can't believe it and I don't want it to be true. But it is and I believe I'm actually grieving for him. I can't help but feel that Kim killed him off so that Ivy and Rachel could get together, though, and that just makes it even worse.

So I'll buy the next book to see where Kim is now going to take the series after this major shake-up, but if it goes where I think it will, I'm just not interested. And I'm upset that she would do what she did just to take the story into a direction that I really don't want to see.

In the words of Toby Keith "I wish I didn't know now, what I didn't know then; I wish I could start this whole thing over again... I just don't wanna know how it ends..."


Ann(ie) said...

I bought the first Kim Harrison book, but I haven't read it yet. I did read Patricia Briggs MOON CALLED, and I quite liked it.

QB said...

Blood Bound is even better than Moon Called because she didn't have to spend as much time introducing us to Mercy's world and gave us a really good story.

Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series is very correctly defined as Urban Fantasy. As I said above, it says alot about a series that I still like it even though I'm not too crazy about the main characters.

crowwoman / rhian said...

no, no, NO!!!!!!!! it's in my TBR - i just bought it. Covering my ears, my eyes, my mouth (i'm feeling a wee bit pukey)

I didn't read the spoiler but i have that shuddery bad feeling....
it may be worse than reading on - but i can't do it. Now the quesiton is do i have the courage to pickup the book and read it or do i collapse under the fear that the whole sereis will be ruined for me. whimper....

i wouldn't be so frightened but you apparently have the same taste in books that i men too. yum pics. (oh, yeah - back to whimpering.)

QB said...

Well you already bought it so you might as well read it. Besides, you KNOW you're going to accidently hear what happens and then you'll be pissed off.

Hell, I've actually had google hits from people searching "Ending of A Few Demons More" and I know it's already being discussed on several boards.

So read it and get it over with before it's spoiled for you. Then again, this book just may end up spoiling the whole series but now I know I won't be mourning alone.

crowwoman / rhian said...

Lauren Dane liked it so i'm not quite as terrified as i was about picking it up. Truly, my heart had seized up after your review revealing my inner coward that thinks ignorance is bliss. (grin!)

i'll let you know what i think after i take a deep breath and crack the book open.