The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

The Hollows, Book 12

Synopsis: 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.

Review: And here’s volume 12 and the countdown begins, yes, because the end is now very soon with the next and final volume. I am so sad to see the end approaching that fast but it does not change the fact that I once again had a great time with this adventure.

Our beloved heroine is as always very good at finding trouble and this time will not change that fact. Indeed, it seems that a wave of energy is following Rachel, causing the backfire of many charms causing terrible consequences for the many people who operate them. But this new phenomenon is much more than that because it seems that all masters vampires are plunged into an endless sleep and if it does not end quickly, it could cause their death. As always, Rachel will have to try to understand what is happening and to ally with her friends to save their town from a massive carnage. So our heroine will have to manage Trent and her feelings for him, but also Nina and Ivy, and all the problems that are happening in town. But nothing will be easy and even though some stories will evolve much more than what we thought, Rachel does not emerge unscathed.

As I said, I had a great time with this story. We go through different states throughout the chapters. Oh yes, because Rachel is more and more aware of her feelings for Trent, those she was trying to forget so far. And yet she knows that even if she likes him, nothing is possible between them and she refuses to be the second woman. It must be one that he needs to lead his people, and he must be a good father to Lucy as well as a husband to his ex-fiancée. But can they ignore their feelings? To what price? I was really sad for Rachel, seeing that she was trying to resist as she understood how to act. Then, I must say that Trent does not help much either for that. I was also very surprised over the development with Al … I admit that I am still in shock and I wonder how it all will evolve or change … It really broke my heart me to see it all. We also learn more about the beliefs of the elves and about this goddess we hear so much about. Yes Rachel will have enough to do in this novel, and she will not have a second for her.

One thing is sure, many things have begun here, good and bad ones, and the consequences are beginning to fall on our characters and I’m very curious to see what the author will provide us for the last book now.



19 thoughts on “The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

  1. I never made it past book three in this series and I blame it all on Rachel. I just never warmed up to her, despite my love for all things urban fantsy and for that type of characters in general. I tried really hard, but it was a struggle. I’m glad you’re enjoying these, though, and so close to the end. 🙂

  2. Jeez Louise, TWELVE books! Congratulations, Melliane, you’re a very persistent reader 🙂 I’m glad you’re still enjoying the series – it sounds tightly plotted and excellent. Still, 12 is a mighty intimidating number for me 🙂

  3. This series was one of my choices to start for next month, but I think Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series may have won out. I think you’ve read that too and thought it was good though, right? Anyway, back to this book – I’m so glad that after so many installments, I’m still seeing it get five star reviews like yours all over the place. An indication of a strong series, for sure. I hardly see that.

  4. 5 stars! That says a lot, coming from you. I’m glad you’re able to keep on top of this series. Heck, you do that quite often, I think. Lol. I can only think of a couple that that I’m caught up with.

    Fantastic review, Melliane!

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