Dead Witch Walking CD-ROM – 23 Jul 2007
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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!
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.
This one is definately light on the romance...if that's what you're looking for. But It's heavy on the action and scarcasm. The Hollows is a great setting. I got caught up in the politics of it at first. But it became very believable once I caught on.
Rachel is a bit self absorbed....she's annoying to an extent. But I think that's just leaving room for personal growth throughout the reast of the series. And in my opinion, that is exactly what happened.
The heroine is credible, far from omni-competent or a Mary Sue, as befits a young woman just striking out on her own professionally. She makes mistakes, learns from them, struggles to understand her colleagues and her circumstances.
She reminds me a bit of David Weber's Honor Harrington (though *much* less Mary Sue-ish) in that her primary virtue is the engendering of loyalty - and yes, her supporting cast does outshine her. I see that as a strength, not a flaw, in series novels - but I like ensemble casts in books, TV and comics.
If you're looking to be spoon-fed a simple narrative of a rugged-individualist action hero, look elsewhere. If you want a realistically-portrayed new kid on the block, in over her head and held up by colorful, secretive allies running their own agendas, in a convincing SF/paranormal alternate present - pick this up.
And be prepared to see a sunrise or two, because you won't be able to put it down
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