The Hollows, Book 13
Synopsis: Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.
Review: And here we are with the end of the Hollows series! How sad it is to reach the end of some wonderful novels! But isn’t it always the case? Right out of after the release of the 13th volume, some very good reviews appeared everywhere on blogs. I admit that I am always very anxious with the latest books as we expect a lot about them and closing a series such as this one is not an easy thing to do. But all the beautiful reviews made me really curious and I must say that I now understand the reason. Yes, this novel presents a perfect ending! I’m really happy to have been able to read the entire series over the years, seeing Rachel evolving, facing her fears and becoming a full demon. Who knew by starting the series that she would end up like that, as we discovered a young woman frightened by all that was evil, trying to escape everything that could tarnish her aura.
Rachel has to face many problems in this novel. Indeed, Cormel has decided that he was tired of waiting for our demon to find a spell to recover the souls of the undead vampires. It must be said that while Rachel thinks about the problem, she has not made every effort to present some concrete results. But Felix becomes more insistent, and Cormel remains determined to reclaim his soul, and fast! For this, the master vampire wants to kill Ivy, and puts all his resources in place to complete this goal. Yes, would Rachel not be much more interested in finding a cure if her beloved had lost her soul as well? And indeed, it moves our witch who is determined to save her friend, whatever the cost! But now, after realizing what it means exactly (no I will not reveal it to you), it seems that giving a soul back to a vampire drives him to commit suicide because of the madness that comes up with it. Yet this does not change the greed of each vampire to recover his soul.
But in addition to this, the elves come into play and with them, Landon… Oh Landon, this man is a born manipulator who will not hesitate to make believe to everyone that he is capable of much more than possible and to blame his failure on the back of Rachel and Trent. And it must be said that the deal will be a complicated thing too! I admit that I am quite surprised that Rachel agreed to work with him after what happened before. But there is more, the demons are released from the Ever After and are now in the middle of everyone else. A great change is not it? One which is not also to the taste of everyone. And since the deteriorating relationship between she and Al, Rachel does not know whom to turn to. It’s pretty crazy to see that their relationship that started from something that did not please her at first, became that strong and important to her. That’s really sad to see that our demon is concerned as much for him, while he has a lot of resentment about her. Yet it is well known that both particularly appreciate each other and I was curious to see what would happen afterwards. In short, Al also really touched me in his achievements.
But that’s not all, oh no, because we also have the relationship between Rachel and Trent. Oh yes, because both have a big impact on the story. Between the elves trying to recover the children and Rachel who realizes more and more that she pushes Trent instead of helping him and that it would be better if she lets go of him. Yet despite her fears, our elf is determined to stay with the young woman whatever she might think of the whole thing. Their love story also touches us especially since all they had to cross to get there.
Apart from this, we will also see Rachel’s mother, as well as her husband. But Nina and Felix will also have a big influence on the history. Do you remember the goddess and her protected ones? We will also have the opportunity to see them here too and I must say that the whole is quite impressive.
So yes, We have a lot of things in this novel, and our heroine will really have a lot to do. I was completely carried away by all the events and I actually also loved discovering this final chapter which featured all our heroes 27 years later. What a pleasure to see how everyone had evolved and see a happy ending for our characters. I think the only thing that might have a little annoyed me in my reading was the redundancy of some dialogues at few intervals sentences. This is just a detail, however, and it does not change the fun we have in reading the last volume. So yes, I heartily recommend this series that it is a true jewel and I can tell you that I had a great time with all the novels!