Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

The Hollows, Book 8

Synopsis: Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

Review: I was eager to start this novel after finishing the previous one. I must say that we are easily taken away by the story and now that the series is over, I’m happy to buy the volumes the one after the other and thus to continue the adventures of Rachel Morgan.

Our heroine is going to have plenty to do in this novel! Oh yes, because it does not stop! Rachel has to manage her shunning but now the convent wants more! Between those who want to kill her, to lock her in Alcatraz, to prevent her from having children or just to get her future children into a new generation, our witch will have to find a solution. Because of course, you can imagine that none of the choices is acceptable! But this fight is very difficult because she will have to join forces with her friends and her enemies but some have ulterior motives. Did I say that we find Lee again? And Nick? I confess I did not expect at all to see them. Moreover, it is very difficult to know if we can trust them or not. But I admit that the character who surprised me the most throughout the story was Nick. Wow, what a manipulator! And that in every sense of the term but the author has managed to fool us well throughout the story, making us change our minds about him constantly. I’ll let you find out what he is really in the end.

Fortunately for Rachel, everyone is there for her, whether Pierce, Ivy, Jenks and many others. Our confidence about Pierce was also put to the test. Oh yes, because it is very difficult to understand exactly what he wants from our heroine and how it all will end. But like her, we want to trust him, to see what would happen, despite the fact that he is what he is. We can also see Trent in the novel, although I admit that we got the urge to strangle given the choice he offers Rachel. It is also difficult to statute on him but the end of the story gives us hope and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book to see what happens.

Everything evolves very quickly throughout the history and we learn a little more about the past of the woman and what she is capable of. It was nice to see that here she finally agrees that she is much more, she accepts the fact that she is different and plays with it for her life and the others. But whatever happens, she will not change to please others. I was also surprised to see that she manages to work with Al, which I must say is pretty funny in some moments with Rachel.

But that’s not all because Kim Harrison takes us through all the states in this book and I admit that I was very sad about the death of one of the characters. I did not expect it and it’s true that it’s been heartbreaking.

In all cases many things happen in this novel and I am very eager to read more. I can only recommend you to start this series if you have not already, it’s a great surprise!



34 thoughts on “Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

  1. I am so behind on this series (like only on book two behind!). I am so excited that it is still going strong and is one of the few series that went strong clear to the ending! I hope you love all the rest of the books as well!

  2. There’s ANOTHER character death in this one? The one in the earlier books (3? 4?) nearly destroyed me and made me take a break from the series for years now, so I’m not sure I can handle it again! Kim Harrison is brutal 🙂 So glad you’re loving it though!

  3. Creepy cover! I have not heard of the series but the blurb with all those creatures sounds interesting! Sounds like there’s a lot of characters in this series, I’m going to have to check out book one! 🙂

  4. Oh cool! You’re finally catching up and enjoying it too. I was at another blog, read a review for her YA fantasy under a pseudonym. I’d like to check that out too! Hopefully it has less books

  5. I love a woman who doesn’t change to suit others! There’s something admirable about unbending characters, isn’t there? 🙂 It’s enough to make me curious about this series. Another well put together review, Melliane.

  6. Ah! I still having been able to get through the first book…I know I will love the series, and every time I see a review I feel like I must!
    On of this days 🙂
    Great job!

  7. Every time I see a review for this series it reminds me I have to start the first book. I’m going to be reading it for a Reading Challenge this year, so it’ll get done. It’s encouraging that this far into the series the books are still going strong and very enjoyable 🙂

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