BLACK MAGIC SANCTION by Kim Harrison [Review]

This review is for the eighth book in The Hollows series, so it contains spoilers for books 1-7. If you haven’t read this series yet, start with the first book, Dead Witch Walking.

Publisher’s summary of Black Magic Sanction:
Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

I’ve been slowly working my way through Kim Harrison’s The Hollows (Rachel Morgan) series, and I’m finally caught up through book number eight. Just in time too, since the ninth book, Pale Demon, will be out in February. I absolutely love this series and I thought Black Magic Sanction lived up to previous books. There’s non-stop action, and series regulars like Trent, Al, and Nick (“crap for brains”) return. We also learn more about the pixies, which is fascinating, despite some heartbreaking circumstances. Rachel’s life is messy and she sometimes makes decisions I find frustrating, but I continue to love reading about her and awesome group of friends.

So if you’ve read Black Magic Sanction, I’d love to know your predictions for Pale Demon. What do you think will happen at the witches convention? Any thoughts on Pierce? I really like the ghost and think he’s a good match for Rachel (I know not everyone feels that way). Let me know what you think in the comments.

Quotes from Black Magic Sanction:

Lee: “You try getting through the Hollows traffic with a stoned redhead hanging out the window shouting, “I’m king of the world!”

Jenks: “Tears could not be equal if I wept diamonds from the skies.”

Rachel: “I was cold, hungry, and in a hole in the ground. But at least I had my elven porn, damn it!”

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Eos | Pages: 496 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon

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