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Dead Witch Walking [Unknown Binding]

Kim Harrsion
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding
  • ISBN-10: 0007236913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007236916
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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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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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Witch Walking = Dead Good Book 17 Feb 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of Laurell.K.Hamilton and her Anita Blake series I`m always a little sceptical when reading new books involving vampires and other preturnatural creatures.
However, from the very start this book proved itself worthy.
The main charactor Rachel Morgan is intelligent, beautiful, sarcastic and a little reckless.
She is joined/partnered by a vampire (Ivy) and a pixie (Jenks) and slowly throughout the book a bond is formed between them that is both heartwarming and at times funny.
This book starts a little slow in chapters 1 and 2 but soon picks up pace and keeps you interested.
If you`re a fan of the Anita Blake series then this should float your boat - or at least register on radar.
It is both well written and well paced with some good humor thrown in to add to it`s charm.
My opinion is that this is potentially the start of what could become a great series and Kim Harrison an excellent writer.
Only time will tell as the series devlops so I`ll leave you to make your own minds up - but I doubt you`ll be disappointed.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice fast paced Action filled read 8 Feb 2007
Dead Witch Walking opens on a stakeout. We are introduced to our heroine who works for inderland security which is a kind of supernatural police force. The scene is set and backup whispers some intel in her ear. I was picturing something like a police radio but instead it was a 4 inch pixie called Jenks swinging of her hoop ear-rings. I found this highly amusing and its this wit and charm that really carries you through the story.

The heroine is called Rachel and she is more or less forced to leave the job as her boss is giving her all the worst jobs usually reserved for trainees. She is presented at being good at the job but a bit gung-ho and tends to leave a trail of destruction. You know the type, hates authority but gets the job done. Anyway the mysterious seductive Ivy(a living vampire) and the grumpy but funny pixie Jenks decide to come with her to start a private agency. Ivy is one of the best "runners" working for Inderland security so the boss gets mad and targets Rachel for termination sending bounty hunters after her in force!

The story is an action adventure with Rachel trying to avoid the constant threat of imminent death and come up with a way to get the old boss off her back. The scrapes she manages to get herself into are really imaginative and fun to read about.

The characters are well drawn and likable. The whole world Kim Harrison creates is really interesting. It has Witches, vampire, pixies etc co-existing in a world with humans after a plague diminished the human population considerably. It's not an easy co-existance but its well imagined.

The story leaves plenty of open threads that I'm sure will be explored in the next books but still manages to have a satisfactory ending!

I've already ordered the next two in the series! Also I love the Clint Eastwood inspired titles!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut! 17 Mar 2007
By slayra
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rachel Morgan is a young earth witch working with the Cincinnati division of the I.S., an agency that specializes in catching supernatural criminals. Still, the red-haired, temperamental witch is unhappy with her job: things haven't been going smoothly and her boss hates her. So she decides to leave the I.S. dragging with her Ivy, a 'living vampire' who was her former partner and Jenks (a male pixie), her current back-up. Trouble is... you don't leave the I.S.; it's a contract for life.

This novel is the first for author Kim Harrison and also the first in her 'Rachel Morgan' series (currently at five books). While it doesn't have a very complex plot (it's your standard story of the heroine running for her life), it sets the stage for future books as it introduces the major characters and the world they move in. Strangely, the central figure of the story, Rachel, is not the most developed character in this book. Ivy, the vampire roommate and Jenks, the pixy are much more complex and tri-dimensional.

The book starts out slow and is even boring for the first five or six chapters, but the pace picks up and it becomes interesting enough. The writing style contributes to this; you can see a positive evolution throughout the book.

In the end, this book is worth more as a prequel for the novels to come than for it's story. If it was a stand-alone, it wouldn't be very good, as it has no complex plot and the heroine is quite weak, as if the author merely sketched her instead of fully drawing her. Rachel Morgan comes to life in future books as does the story. Dead Witch Walking is certainly not meant to be read by itself.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a try! 6 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like the previous reviewer I found this book hard work to begin with. I had to really struggle to stay interested and didn't find the characters easy to get attached to initially. However, this did improve as I got further into the story and I will buy the next book in the series when it becomes available. I think part of the trouble was the sheer volume of information you have to absorb to get a 'feel' for this magical world and it's inhabitants and this slows down the story. Rachel Morgan is a witch who has been working as a'runner' for Inderland Security bringing in supernatural miscreants and not making a very good job of it lately. She decides to go it alone, which should have been simple but turned out to be downright dangerous and she spends most of the book fighting for her life and in the process finding out who her real friends are. I loved her pixy sidekick, Jenks and his vast family. Ivy the vamp is just plain scary not to mention hard work but I think there's more to Ivy than meets the eye. Nick the human (?) seems like a nice guy and Rachel is certainly taken with him but again there are secrets to unfold. And what about the magical old guy who lives across the road from Rachel - did I mention she lives in an old church - with Ivy - and the Jenks clan - nice touch! Add to this mix a bad guy who is really bad not to mention spooky, an ex-boss who's really got it coming (hopefully) and the odd demon and you have all the ingredients of a good new series. If you like Jim Butcher you will like this, it took me a while to get into the Harry Dresden stories although I loved Harry as a character from the start but I'm now a fan and I think this series is going to be the same. Give it a try!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow as a snail asleep, in glue...
I'm wondering if the higher reviews are reading the same book as me... I'm so close to not finishing - and it takes a lot for me not to finish a book. It's beyond slow. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Pip
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent delivery, product as described overall good product.
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Enjoyed this series and loved getting to know the characters - good series - easy reading
Published 25 days ago by TraceyT
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but a bit meandering at times
Witch Rachel resigns from her job with the IS and they put a contract out on her. She spends the rest of the book trying to dodge being killed and capture big bad gangster type... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J C Mitchinson
2.0 out of 5 stars gave up half way through
Found this book boring boring boring. Didn't finish it and gave up half of the way through. Will maybe trh again at some point
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
if you have never read this young lady before then your in for a treat !! haven't gotten around to reading the last two but have not been disappointed in any of them so far! Read more
Published 4 months ago by rmpharoah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, good start to the series
This is a great start to an urban fantasy series. There is a lot of intro into the characters, world-building etc which is great but also bogs the book down a bit. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
I love these books, so much in fact this is my second read through of them. If you like urban fantasy (such as the True Blood novels) you will love these books. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lillithai
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Witch Walking
Excellent book, entertaining and funny.
Rachel, a special witch, reminds me of a supernatural Stephanie Plum. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Fantasy Fiction Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A well developed world ripe for a whole series of stories, but I...
This was a lot of fun and a good change of pace for me as the emotions weren't too intense.

Rachel Morgan is just the right sort of hero. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sarah
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