PALE DEMON by Kim Harrison [Review]

This review is for the ninth book in The Hollows series, so it contains SPOILERS for books 1-8. If you haven’t yet discovered how much Rachel Morgan rocks, start with the first book, Dead Witch Walking.

Take one kickass witch, a living vampire, a heartbroken pixy, and a ruthless elf, put them in a powder blue Buick, and you have all the ingredients for one helluva road trip. Of course, you also have a recipe for disaster. That’s the basic premise of Pale Demon, Kim Harrison’s ninth entry in The Hollows series. Picking up on the storyline that began in Black Magic Sanction, Rachel has three days to get to the witches conference in San Francisco where she will plead her case for the removal of her shunning. Coincidentally, Trent Kalamack needs to get to the West Coast to attend to some elven business and Rachel is entrusted with the task of getting him there safely. So will they make it to San Francisco in time? Or will Rachel and Trent kill each other first?

Wow, there is so much awesomeness in Pale Demon, I don’t even know where to start. Rachel, Trent, Ivy, and Jenks on the “Great American Road Trip” is everything I hoped it would be and more. Rachel can’t seem to go anywhere without attracting trouble, and adding Trent to the mix just seems to make things worse. As the group travels the country, they find themselves in situations that are at times hilarious, worrisome, jaw dropping, and messy. Like previous books, the plot moves at a fast, breathless pace and is filled with action packed twists and turns. In the midst of all this chaos, Rachel has to decide if she truly can trust Trent. She’s struggled with this in the past, as the arrogant elf doesn’t make it easy, but their relationship is put to the ultimate test in Pale Demon.

Fans of the series will find a lot to love in Pale Demon. Trent may be front and center, but we also see Al, Newt, Pierce, Vivian, and Bis, as well as the introduction of the new titular character. He’s a frightening demon who is very different from any demon we’ve seen before. Something else I think fans will like is that, as the group leaves Cincinnati and travels to new places, we get to see how The Turn affected other parts of the country. This made me happy since the world building is one of my favorite parts of this series.

Kim Harrison is a master at weaving together storylines from previous books while at the same time introducing new ones that will have implications further on down the line. In Pale Demon, she ties up loose ends, but then drops the freaking mother of all twists. I’m still reeling from it all and wondering where the series will go from here. Nine books in and The Hollows series is stronger than ever. I really can’t recommend it highly enough!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Harper Voyager | Pages: 448 | Source: Publisher via NetGalley | Buy on Amazon

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