PALE DEMON (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison
432 pages, hardcover
Available now (Feb. 2011)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after . . . for ever after.
Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passenger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for over 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail.
A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.
Rachel’s been playing with fire for a very long time and it’s finally caught up with her in a very big way–in the form of a road trip with the oh-so-hot Trent and his very big…ego. Isn’t it bad enough that she can’t fly out to the witches convention to fight for her life, she has to road trip across the US with her crew AND a member of the witches council AND Trent, who’s kind of been the bane of her existence (well, besides the witches council and Al, her demon “friend”, and countless others)? Poor Rache.
Now, I’ve been wanting Rachel and Trent to get together for quite a long time. They’ve been burrs in each others’ sides forever but drawn together by their parents’ actions and the mystery of their DNA as well as many sparks every time they’re around one another. Trent’s brilliant, driven, and throws about wild magic with no thought of the consequences, though there’s always a reason for his actions. Rachel’s just as impulsive, “twisting” magic and getting indebted to demons to help those she loves and those she’s promised to help. Their by-play on this road trip is classic, bringing a possible relationship closer to fruition…tantalizingly close.
And, if that weren’t enough, there’s a super-baddie on the loose who really wants to kick Rachel’s butt. Of course.
God, I love this series. If you’re an urban fantasy fan and you haven’t yet read any of The Hollows, get on it!
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