- Paperback: 501 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Thus edition (2 Oct. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007236123
- ISBN-13: 978-0007236121
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Every Which Way But Dead (Rachel Morgan 3) Paperback – 2 Oct 2006
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Book 3 was a little different. Many of the good qualities of book two remained. I loved the characters - including a few new characters introduced, such as Ceri and David the Were. The action was gripping, and I loved learning more and more about the history of Harrison's alternate reality to ours. We also finally learn about Trent's links to Rachel's family, and some of the reasons why she is so important to the demon Big Al.
We are plunged straight into the action here, when Big Al comes to make good on Rachel's agreement of becoming his familiar in exchange for his testimony in the trial of Piscary. From there the events of the book take place over the course of about a week, and the encounters never let up. I have the same issue with pacing though as I did with the first book - at times Rachel is catapulted into each new incident with breathless intensity, while at other times we have some very random incidences, such as the meeting between Rachel and Takata early on (which, ultimately, doesn't add anything extra particularly to the story) and the introduction to Erica, Ivy's younger sister.
I also have the feeling that Harrison jotted down some ideas and was determined to shoehorn them into the story, no matter how tacked on they felt. All I can say here is vampire line-dancing....
I also missed Jenks. For reasons that I shall not go into for fear of spoilers, Jenks ends up leaving the story part way through and his absence leaves a big hole. The mouthy pixy is an integral part of the success of the first two books, I think, and I cannot wait to get him back!
One thing I felt relieved about - along with Rachel, no doubt! - was Ivy's decision to become a practising vampire again. We get less of the uncomfortable episodes where Rachel does something that causes Ivy to "vamp out" and attack her.
All in all, there were some wonderful moments and some very strong parts of the book - Kisten was a highlight, as were Rachel's encounters with Algaliarept. I also enjoyed the overall theme of the book - that of Rachel stretching her comfort zone and "being lured into places that I once vowed I'd never go" (in her own words). By the end of the story she has worked for Trent, used leyline magic and dated a vampire. Rachel is continually growing and changing as a character, and I still very much want to go on the journey with her.
Rachel is faced with 2 major problems: owing the demon, Al, a favor - namely becoming his familiar. There's also a new player in the city, Lee, who is trying to take over the business of "supply and demand". Rachel, as a character, is probably at her best. She deals with the human side of misery, being dumped by Nick, and falling for another, the vampire Kisten. Between that and nearly getting killed....however many times, she manages to pull it all together and save the day. As per usual.
The action sequences are pretty explosive and each character gets a chance to open up just a little bit more. Enough to make you give a darn about whether they live or die
The book was pretty good; it was longer than the previous ones but I felt like the plot was a bit slow to get off the ground. There were some fun bits at the start but it soon dragged on... the story just meandered far too much on mundane matters in the first half. Once the plot got going I enjoyed the Rachel/Trent stuff the most -- it was the most tense.
There's some new characters introduced here, I particularly loved David the insurance Were. He's someone I hope sticks around. I also thought the scenes with Big Al were classic (as usual); Harrison has a very interesting take on demons. I find it hilarious that he wants a familiar to make him tea as much as to cause untold amounts of evil!
I love Trent. Things were a bit very slow until he turned up, along with him came the action! He's a very enigmatic character and we also learn more about how he's connected to Rachel's father and the like. As usual Trent's scenes with Rachel are the highlight of the book -- they really spark off each other. The childish bickering between them is hilarious, especially because they wouldn't lower themselves to be that way with anyone else. It's amusing.
One thing that annoyed me was the constant apologising from the characters. Argh! If I had a drink every time a character said 'sorry' in this book I would have passed out by chapter three. They say it every two freaking seconds. I found it incredibly annoying. I don't like Kisten either and just rolled my eyes every time precious page time was wasted on such a cliched moron. I find the person he's supposed to be here hard to reconcile with the idiot of the first book, first impressions count, it seems.
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