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Supernatural action: a really witchy romp,
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This review is from: For A Few Demons More (Rachel Morgan 5) (Paperback)
Kim Harrison's series about Rachel Morgan is leaping along, and this volume is probably the best of the bunch.
It's set in an alternative universe where fairies, vampire, werewolves and witches have come out from the shadows and exist in uneasy harmony with humanity.
Rachel is a witch -- and like all good modern heroines she is feisty and up for it (whether it is a spot of fisticuffs or frolics between the sheets). Her supporting cast includes a female vampire flatmate (who's a lot in love with Rachel but that love is unrequited -- maybe!); a frisky pixie and his entire family; a werewolf who choose Rachel to be his pack alpha; a vampire boyfriend, a human ex-boyfriend thief, an evil (maybe) elf; a good (maybe) elf, and a bunch of demons who are all out for her blood.
The series have really broadened and developed in the five books, and it is clear that there is plenty of Rachel's history which has yet to be revealed.
This genre is a tricky one to manage. It's part soap-opera and part supernatural thriller. I have given up on a few other series because they end up being excuses for soft-porn or childish girly fantasies. Kim Harrison doesn't make that mistake and so far she's balancing the demands of plot and character in a believable yet fantastic universe very well.
It's not flawless, which is why it doesn't get the 5-star rating. Kim tends to find a favourite phrase ('pity party' or 'my blood pressure spiked') and rely on it too much. She deserves better editing to make her prose flow without such interruptions to the reader's concentration.
But otherwise this is a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining and uplifting book. You need to read the others in the series first (and they get better, so if you're not keen on the first one then try the second as well before you opt out).
If Kim Harrison can keep up the tension, keep Rachel's soul in the grey zone and always in danger, keep the sexuality as part of the thrill but not the focus of the story, then she'll keep me as a reader.
Recommended -- from age 14 to 40 and beyond...