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Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kim Harrison
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Book Description

All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it’s Rachel Morgan'sjob to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.



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“You’ll love this bounty-hunter team. … A fun-fair ride through a fascinating version of our world.”

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'action packed ! chick-lit with a supernatural twist.' The Times 'A spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination. A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world.' Kelly Armstrong 'Discovering a new series like this is like finding buried treasure.' Diana Gabaldon

Product Details

  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007459750
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UAVAE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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632 of 671 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Avid Reader & Reviewer June 3, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dead Witch Walking is a fantastically fun, first novel by Kim Harrison. The world Kim Harrison has created is marred by tomatoes. In our search for genetically engineered food and medicine, we created a nasty virus in tomatoes that has nearly wiped out mankind. This virus has exposed paranormal races to the world as they are immune. Society has splintered with all the upheaval and paranormal races have set-up residence in the Hallows. The Hallows can be compared to a Las Vegas for the paranormal. `Day-trippers' frequently take a walk-on-the-wild side to meet and mingle in the Hallows with werewolves, vampires, witches, and so on.

Rachel Morgan is a witch and an I.S. runner - similar to an FBI agent but for the paranormal world. Her career is going nowhere. It seems as though she can do nothing right and is given the lowest assignments available. Each day and night of work has become drudgery and Rachel is looking for a way out.

Dead Witch Walking quickly immerses the reader in a vibrant cast of characters. We meet Ivy, a living vampire; Jenks, a pixie with a lot of children; Trent, a businessman who may or may not be human and is believed to be dealing in Brimstone, a nasty drug, and so on.

Dead Witch Walking is a paranormal mystery that can easily be compared to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series or Laurell K. Hamilton's early Anita Blake novels. Rachel Morgan is a charming character that is very easy to like. She certainly has her issues, but she has none of the angst or brutality of Anita Blake.

Kim Harrison has created a fun book with laughs that are unexpected. The story line is not completely predictable and has many different twists and turns. I hope this is the beginning of a new series.
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223 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Debut Novel May 12, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
White witch Rachel Morgan has been a bounty hunter for Inderland Security for the last three years and it's been a constant bumbling battle for good assignments to prove her worth. She's become bored and disillusioned with the job and she wants out. Problem is, retiring from I.S. means a swift and sure retirement from life. The I.S. doesn't take kindly to broken contracts.
She's got a risky idea that may get her around that, though...if she lives long enough to see it through. Rachel figures that if she can tag the largest brimstone dealer in the Hollows and Cincinnati area, she'll be able to get her contract paid off. However, getting the evidence to bring him down will be far from easy.
With the help of her pixy bodyguard and her living vampire roommate, she may just succeed. If she can quit getting caught.
Enter Kim Harrison's gripping debut novel and step into a world unlike any other. A world of vampires, pixies and fairies, witches and werewolves. A place where humans not only can no longer deny such beings exist, but in some cases, embrace the fact.
Harrison is sure to find success with this preternatural tale of intrigue. The individual characteristics of the bounty-hunting trio entwine to form a bewitching and mysteriously endearing partnership and add further depth to an already captivating tome. Welcome to The Hollows. Watch your back.
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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was one of the most enjoyable reads imaginable, an absolute delight. I positively cannot wait for the sequel. I'm shocked not to have found anything else by Kim Harrison out already, considering just how great this was. Amazing first effort. Amazing effort, period.

I was a huge Laurell K. Hamilton fan on the Anita Blake series, though recent efforts have been a disappointment. This was, for me, as much fun as early LKH. Similarly, it was a strong, funny, female character, in a supernatural alternate modern reality with fangs, and fur, and fey.

That, however, is where the similarities end, as this actually managed to be unique, with its own wonderful voice and style, and a whole new alternate world, like no other I've seen.

The book was strong on plot, with lots of nice twists and turns, had wonderful, enjoyable, well thought out and developed characters, well described scenes, and plenty of action.

The magic and magical beings were both impressive, and at times, hysterically amusing. (I will not post a spoiler, of course, on what her shape changing spell does, but suffice to say, it's original, and it's pretty darned funny!)

The Pixie that the main character, Rachel Morgan, partners with is a blast, and at the same time, sympathetic. I loved the blend. She gave the characters, even those other than Rachel, some real dimension. She also made the character Rachel come across as someone whose fate you could care about.

Overall, a terrific, fun read, that kept me up until done. I'm a pretty voracious reader, and I don't say that about too many of late.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Bases for a series July 3, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I like the world that Harrison writes in. I like the people that parade around in it. I like Rachel a tough head strong woman. Ivy, Jenks, Trent are all good characters to base a series with.
I like the Ivy/Rachel relationship in the story but that falls flat, it's a tease, it's like the author just dropped it all together for a more conventional romance.
The biggest problem I had with this book is the last part of the book. I felt that the author brought in a character, Nick, just to bring in a typical romance hero good, appearing, guy, who Rachel falls for instantly and trusts without reservation. I just felt that introduction of the character brought strong confident Rachel to be a weak kneed romance heroine. I believe that Harrison can remedy that in the next book, and I'm looking forward to it.
I would strongly recommend this book because it will be a part of a series and the world is solid, the characters with the exception of Nick, are all strong and worth the time to get invested in them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumb, Irrational and Childish Main Character
I love the plot and the story. I like all the characters except the main one. Her behavior is sooooo juvenile. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun urban fantasy kept my interest all the way to ...
Fun urban fantasy kept my interest all the way to the end. Glad I bought several in the series. Look online for the reading order. This is the first one.
Published 10 days ago by Diane Langley
5.0 out of 5 stars Immediately dropped into this story like I was THERE.
The characters are so rich and relatable that I literally felt like I was sitting on Ivey's couch right in the mix. Read more
Published 10 days ago by andro
5.0 out of 5 stars others borrow it and fall in love and I have to get a new one
I've owned this book 3 times now , others borrow it and fall in love and I have to get a new one, the whole series is great full of witches vampire, pixies and fairies, werewolves... Read more
Published 11 days ago by robert spire
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good with interesting origin story
This was one of the best books based on an alternate history theme I've read in a long time. The characters are really good. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Jwb52z
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual story
Well written witch story, nicely defined characters. This author has done a good, error free job on her novel. A unique mystery that will keep your attention.
Published 20 days ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read
Published 23 days ago by GracieG
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
Enjoying the series so far. Looking forward to more books and characters. So far so good. Good youth reading also.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read in the End
VERY slow start and part of the middle, but in the end I was hooked. The writing style is a little off for me, but despite that there is a good story. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Detra Newhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but good
It took me awhile to get into it, but now that I am, I'll definitely buy the rest of the series. Love that its based in Cincinnati!
Published 1 month ago by Carrie
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New York Times bestselling Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest, and she has since returned there to better enjoy the snow. When not at work in the Hollows series, she spends her time tending orchids, landscaping her new/old Victorian home, and learning how to golf with her mom. Her current vices include good chocolate, and exquisite sushi. Her bestselling novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, The Bad, and The Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; and Ever After.

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