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Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows)

Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows) [Kindle Edition]

Kim Harrison
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‘Action packed chick-lit with a supernatural twist‘
The Times

‘A spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination. A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world’
Kelley Armstrong

‘Discovering a new series like this is like finding buried treasure’
Diana Gabaldon


'Action packed chick-lit with a supernatural twist' The Times 'A spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination. A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world, Kelley Armstrong 'Discovering a new series like this is like finding buried treasure, Diana Gabaldon

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (6 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003D20RS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The only girl in a large family of boys, former tomboy Kim Harrison invented the first Brigadier General Barbie in self-defence. She shoots a very bad game of pool and rolls a very good game of dice. When not at her keyboard, she enjoys lounging on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching action movies with The-Guy-In-The-Leather-Jacket. She plays her Ashiko drum when no one is listening, and is hard to find when the moon is new.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What have I become? 4 Mar 2010
Rachel Morgan's life is not going well: she's been shunned, she's Al's student, and any kids she has will be demons. And after the fragmented storyline of "White Witch, Black Curse," the eighth book of Kim Harrison's Hollows series slips into a very different style -- explosive action, old enemies, a terrible choice, and a tragic loss.

A simple trip to the grocery store goes horribly awry when Rachel is approached and attacked by a strange witch -- who turns out to be a white-magic witch from some sort of moral-police coven. But Rachel doesn't have much time to worry about it: she ends up being summoned using Al's name, and learns that they found out about her connections to the demons.

They also offer her a nasty choice: stay in the witch prison Alcatraz, or be lobotomized and neutered. Trent and Al are trying to nab her powerful, unusual self as well.

While Rachel manages to escape (with the help of Bis and Pierce), she's now being attacked from all sides by the coven. Fairy attacks, demon summonings and full-out pyrokinetic attacks on the church are among the problems she has to deal with. But even if she stops their fanatical leader, Rachel will have to fight back with (almost) everything she's got.

Maybe it's just me, but a lot of urban fantasy hero/ines seem to be able to do morally/legally questionable stuff all over the place, but never suffer any consequences. Fortunately, Kim Harrison doesn't do that. "Black Magic Sanction" is all about the consequences of Rachel's black magic/demon activities -- and more precisely, what the other witches are gonna do about it besides just shunning her.

The narrative is still rather choppy in places (such as Rachel's daylong stint in Alcatraz... boom, it's over!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where do we go from here? 24 May 2010
I enjoyed this volume of the Hollows series. Rachel is suffering the effects of the shunning that the coven of ethical and moral standards recently thrust upon her. She's now being pursued by the coven and has to avoid a long stint in Alcatraz, a lobotomy and various other kinds of long term damage to her person if she's caught. In many ways this story is a throwback to the events of Dead Witch Walking.

Rachel spends much of the book dodging fairy assassins and worrying about whether she can really trust Pierce. Shady sort that he is. Rachel asks herself throughout Black Magic Sanction what kind of person she has become -- she questions whether she really is a witch anymore. And if she isn't, then what does that make her, a demon? Or something new? There was far too much Pierce for my liking, I didn't feel as if I ever got a break from him (unless Trent was around, which wasn't often); indeed, the only time Pierce left her alone was when Trent was in a scene. Rachel made fewer stupid choices and is matureing nicely, contining her positive development. This time when she chooses to do something that with hindsight will bite her on the backside, she accepts it and welcomes the consequences rather than going into it ignorant of them. Some progress at least! The pacing was better in this book than the previous one and while it dig drag in certain parts, the plot moved forward more or less smoothly. There was a lot of callbacks to previous Hollows books, probably because Kim Harrison spent her time reading the entire series again as she wrote BMS. It was pretty cool!

Jenks has some face time when tragedy strikes; Ivy is more in the background acting in a supporting role for her friends. David is nowhere to be seen, along with Quen.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Good Again 14 April 2010
By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE
I enjoyed this book so much more than the last. I was really starting to worry that the series was declining but this one brought it back for me.

I won't go into huge detail about the story line as it's already been done, but if you like Al, Trent, Pierce and Bis, then you'll love it. Al is one of my favourite characters and he is most prominent in this one as he is now Rachel's tutor; We see another side to him and more in depth. We see some of Trent as well as Rachel tries to figure out if he's a good guy, going back to their past to find the answer. Pierce gets more screen time too as he tries to court Rachel and help her with her lay line magic. There is also more of Bis as he too tries to help Rachel. It's a good thing she has all these friends ready to help her as she gets caught up in all sorts of trouble. She has the witch's council after her because she's still shunned, people summoning her left right and centre, men and demons flirting relentlessly, and tricky elves tripping her up at every turn. This is also a huge moment for the pixies, and a very emotional one.

Little things did get to me though. I suppose it's good that Rachel is hesitant about over using the black magic, but the on going monolog about how bad it is, will I wont I, what about the smut, but it's for the greater good... yada... can get tedious.

With fast paced action, tickling romance, scenes emotional enough to make me cry, and humorous demons making me chuckle, I really loved this one. I'm really looking forward to the next and am happy that the series is back on track. I recommend this to fans, and recommend starting at the beginning of the series to new comers. You'll like her is you like Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wow, just wow. Kim Harrison never disappoints.
Published 18 days ago by andelusional
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved this series all the way through and this installment ...
I have loved this series all the way through and this installment is just as brilliant. How many more ways can Rachel get into trouble?!
Published 1 month ago by Aryldi
2.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Morgan is no longer the character we knew
I have slowly gone off this series of books. The main character (Rachel Morgan) has changed dramatically, but in a way that does not fit with the characters personality and values. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juju
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
I was glued to it from start to finish. Rachel is in trouble again but this time the 'good guys' are after her. I'd recommend it
Published 6 months ago by Julie Winsland
4.0 out of 5 stars So good
A fiend told me about Kim Harrison books and I have been hooked on the whole Hollows series they are all worth reading the characters are well rounded and keep the reader wanting... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the tale of Rachel Morgan and co.
The seried story of Rachel Morgan, by Kim Harrison is both amusing and engaging. In the volumes Black Maci Sanction and Ever After it is climaxing and opening a new world for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by cog
5.0 out of 5 stars When do we get more
As always Kim Harrison tells an excellent story with characters that intrigue and pull you in. Never left on the hook but always left wanting the next episode.
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book
Read this one already - can't wait for the next in line as always a thoughly enjoyable read, it has it all demons, pixys, vampires and witches and now a ghost and gargoyle.
Published 18 months ago by winter1
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand
I honestly don't understand why the entire series can be available on Kindle, except this one?
I love this series, and having only recently discovered it, am slowly working my... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. K. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Best series ever written
Every single book in this series is absolutely awesome. You can read all 10 books and won't be bored for split of a second. It is just genious. Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by Ms. M. Raczova
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