The Hollows, Book 11
Synopsis: The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.
While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan…
Review: And here I am, approaching slowly and sadly the end of the series with this eleventh volume. But as always, I had a great time with this story, following a new Rachel’s adventure.
Rachel tries to get back to a normal life, but nothing is ready to be solved, especially when it comes to the terrible demon Ku’Sox that we had discovered earlier. Oh yes because he is determined to kill our heroine whatever happens! His idea? To pass her before the demons’ court and accusing her for the future destruction of the Ever After. But that’s not counting the fact that Rachel is a determined young woman and she wants to repair the damage she has caused and to prove her innocence. Her quest will not be easy because the demon is determined to put many obstacles in her way, to prevent her from reaching her goal and he will stop at nothing. All this also means the return of Nick, the Ceri and Lucy’s kidnapping and the death of an important character. Yes! Really! I admit that I was really surprised by this because I did not expect it at all and it’s finally really sad too. Luckily for her, Rachel will not be alone in her quest, oh no, because Quen, but also Al, Trent and some demons will be there to help her, although some more distant than others.
Through her alliances, we have the opportunity to learn about the past of the demons, what they were, what they have lost and why. It was really fascinating to discover and understand all the details of the world that Kim Harrison was able to create. We’ll learn more elsewhere at the same time more about Trent and Al. These are two very intriguing characters who always hide more than what we think. It was touching to see another side of the protagonists, to observe an emerging new alliance for something we could never have foreseen. Some other characters? Yes of course! And this time it’s the turn of the gargoyles that are very present and necessary to the story, including Bis’ father. By cons, I was surprised to discover Ivy’s absence in this volume. We are so used to see her every time that we miss her a bit even if everything is perfectly realized.
In all cases this novel is a new, very good surprise. We also see a little more in regard of the relationship between Trent and Rachel and I admit that I’m still curious to see how it will progress. Rachel has evolved in the novels, but we understand her doubts, her anger and her hopes and I look forward to know more and more! A series to read.