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5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween in the Hollows, 29 Jun. 2009
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This review is from: Where Demons Dare (Rachel Morgan 6) (Paperback)
I finished this book this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. Kim Harrison has definitely been on a learning curve in terms of writing -- whilst her characters are usually very interesting (as are her story ideas), her prose isn't always very high quality. She tends to repeat herself, and certain words or phrases and tends to forget what colour eyes Ceri has! Heh. But here, her writing is much improved. The narrative flowed beautifully and I found the book really difficult to put down.

I was surprised by some of the plot twists and there's some intriguing plot developments to contribute to the next book. Rachel finds herself neck deep in demons and basically spends 'Where Demons Dare' either fending them off, yelling at them, or talking them into deals. At the same time Rachel is facing her crazy life with increased level headedness and maturity. This was incredibly refreshing and even though I wasn't a fan of Kisten, I felt bad for Rachel as she struggled with trying to move on from mourning him.

The demons are one of my favourite plotlines so I was happy this became the focus again! Minias in particular was note-worthy to me -- I really like him and hope he gets developed later down the road. Ceri has turned into a character I really care for and it's nice she was given a bit more to do. Al, of course, was also a star as was Trent. I was very happy with how much page time Trent received in this book, and was even more happy to see his carefully cultivated mask slip a little. He's a fascinating character to me and I think it's nice that while he's quick to murder anyone who threatens the future of his race, he still has an innocence about him that remains untouched by his ill deeds. He and Rachel reach a detente (of sorts) and his conversation with her about his wedding was oddly touching -- she said he'd thank her one day for stopping it and he did. I'd really like them to get together actually, they'd be fabulous to read in a more romantic manner. They are very much the same.

I'm not keen on Marshal. I find him a little irritating. But I was proud of Rachel's behaviour in this book in regards to her love life -- she was even more sensible about Ivy, which thank goodness, was about time. As well as those mentioned, there are the usual familiar faces as well as slightly newer characters like Minias, Marshal, Tom and a gargoyle (re-)introduced! I look forward to finding out more about some of these newer characters.

'Where Demons Dare' would have been a good book to end on; the last paragraph giving me that impression in many ways. But it's not (yay), and there's still a fair bit of plot left outstanding for future novels.
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