The Hollows, Book 0.1
Synopsis: Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce fans and readers to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan’s world as they’ve never seen it before!
Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.
Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.
Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
Review: I loved Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series and I was sad to see it come to an end. Yet, it was with joy that I discovered some little returns in the universe starting by this little prequel. If you do know the series, you know that the tomato story really touched the world, this epidemic that surprisingly led the world to the gates of its loss. We do not really know what happened exactly but we have clues that ultimately lead us to this story.
Do not expect a short story as is often the case with prequels because we have a full story here while following Kal and Trisk. It was really interesting to discover what ultimately forged the world we discovered in the novels.
I learned to discover their son along the stories going from this arrogant and pretentious man to someone that we like to meet again with and that we start to understand. Here, once again, we have the terrible man and I realized just how much I can hate a character again. Indeed, we discover a young woman, Trisk, full of ambition, hope for the future … until Kal destroys, as always, everything to put himself in first place. But in recent years, Trisk’s studies have once again brought her to the forefront, to the great displeasure of the latter. Hoping once more to ridicule her, our two heroes will turn around one another in a continuous dance. Everyone trying to get ahead, and believing they can manipulate the other but Trisk and Kal will quickly burn their wings.
It was very nice to discover the characters and their stories, be it Daniel the human, Quen we all know about, or this darling Pixie who brings a big touch of freshness to the story. I loved having the opportunity to come back into the universe even if I missed Rachel a bit anyway. It is a nice story and I confess that I am curious to see if we will have more novels as there is still matter to do!