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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061138010
  • ASIN: B003B652VM
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (361 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Confusion reigns for characters and readers in the complicated seventh urban fantasy outing (after 2008's The Outlaw Demon Wails) for witch detective Rachel Morgan. Rachel's reputation is in tatters—to save humanity, she used powers that are considered evil—and she's still devastated by the mysterious death of her boyfriend six months earlier. Her attempts to solve his murder bleed into a case involving an emotion-sucking banshee, and soon Rachel has to bring in her PI partners—Ivy, a bisexual vampire, and Jenks, a pixie in existential crisis—along with empathic psychiatrist Ford and the banshee victim's father, Federal Inderland Bureau captain Edden. Harrison's unique vampire mythology unduly complicates world-building, and newcomers will be desperate for a glossary, but the nearly nonstop action nicely plays off the poignancy of Rachel's difficult life. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

Hell hath no fury like witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan when it comes to avenging her lover’s murder. Her quest for justice holds some significant realizations for her, too, such as the strength in her bond with vamp partner Ivy, who helps her withstand the waves of power coursing through her body in one of the book’s most emotionally gripping scenes. Through a welter of vampires, demons, pixies, and witches, Harrison conducts readers on a suspenseful, satisfying journey of payback, personal growth, and empowerment while setting the scene for Rachel’s new romance, which will probably commence in the next of this spellbinding series. --Whitney Scott

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

I love Kim Harrison's works and adore the Rachel Morgan series.
KitKat821
Even as a short story I wouldn't have cared if I had missed it, it just wasn't that interesting, too much angst and not enough plot.
D.T.
Each one of these books is amazing,the story is engaging and intense at times and keeps me turning pages well into the night.
Gloria

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 86 people found the following review helpful By MooncatX aka Bliss Crimson VINE VOICE on February 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The best part of the reading, for those who've been with the series from the start, is of course just reacquainting yourself with the various cast. The main characters could just be visiting the local grocery and it would be fun to read along as they banter and just do slice of life stuff. Characterization is the mainstay of the series, and just keeping touch with Jenks and his family is enough for a comfortable, enjoyable (in some cases bittersweet) read.

That said, while I love the characters of Kim's books, the latest installment of the Hollows series seems to just tread water rather than advance any of the characterizations or plot lines. Yes we find out who killed Kist. Unfortunately it's a stupidly senseless death that seems just to have happened so Rachel could have an excuse to be angsty. This new book lacks a rather critical sense of, for want of better term, soul. With little rhyme or reason, Rachel is not at her best as she mopes through a majority of the book when she isn't agonizing over how long she should respect her dead boyfriend's memory before giving into her desire to knock metaphysical boots with a goodlooking guy witch whose best feature appears to be his convenient accessibility.

Rachel has always had a bit of a bewildering auto "wolf whistle, pant, pant, pant" thought mode when she encounters any and every good looking male who isn't running away from her bad reputation and isn't trying to kill her... Okay scratch that, she "notices" them in that way even if they are trying to kill her. Not that she follows up on it, always, but it grows old after the umpteenth time she notice how hawt this or that guy's tight butt happens to be.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Taylor on May 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. The last book in the series, "The Outlaw Demon Wails" was incredible and I've read it three times.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

When I finally got a hold of "White Witch, Black Curse" I was so excited. Right off the bat, however the pace was slow and the material was boring. I actually had to force myself to read each page. The plot of the story was uninteresting and the issues from the last book that I wanted touched on in this book were only briefly mentioned, ie. Rachel learning demon magic from Al, the demon rhelm, Trent and the Faire race, Ceri and her baby.

My favorite characters: Trent, Al, Ceri, Newt, Minias either had only brief cameos or were not seen at all. Kisten's mysterious death (I hated Kisten) is still dragging on...to a ridiculous conclusion I might add, some ghost named Pierce is suppossed to be the love of Rachel's life *gag*, some banchee is killing people, and I could not have cared less. It was just so boring and dragged on and on ....
It made me honestly think that Ms. Kim Harrison had decided to go to Hawaii and had some ghost writer whip this piece of..um..book up for her.
Yuck!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neker VINE VOICE on April 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a matter of fact I read half the book, put it down, read two other books, then picked it up again. It just didn't keep my interest long enough. What disappointed me most of all was how depressing this book was. Usually Harrison throws in a dash of romance, a pinch of funny, etc. This one was so down.

SPOILERS>>>Rachel is shunned, she looses her love interest, they kick her out of crime scenes (that they asked her to attend), she's attacked several times, nearly dies...um...several times, her mother moves away to live by her brother, Al snatches her ghost (by the way, Pierce is from a short story she wrote for an anthology book), and she's getting back her awful memories of the day Kisten died. There is nothing funny or light-hearted in this book. Yet, at the last two pages Rachel is happy and the last line of the book, "I love my life." Huh? What is there to love?

I still plan to continue reading this series, at least one more, in hopes that Harrison throws her poor character "a bone." Jeez, if her life sucks any more, I would begin to wonder why Harrison doesn't kill off the character.
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72 of 95 people found the following review helpful By E. Nolan VINE VOICE on March 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
OK. I'm going to write this review before reading any of the other reviews. It will be interesting to see if anyone else had the same reactions to Rachel's latest adventure.

AND I CANNOT SAY THIS ANY MORE PLAINLY *****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*****!!!!!

I felt this was a very frustrating book. At 500 pages, it seemed to drag interminably before coming to any sort of point. Rachel goes a lot of different places, always in a bad mood, has inconclusive conversations with a lot of people, always has to have some sort of drama whenever she tries to leave, then goes some other places. I think probably at least 50 pages could have been cut with no harm to the book whatsoever. And Rachel continues to be pointless irritating on some important issues, like always wanting to be at crime scenes, but not being willing to take the time to learn evidence protection rules.

However, I had worse problems with some other aspects of the book:

1) Pierce!!?? We find out about this incredibly important person in Rachel's life who it just so happens has never been mentioned before. It smells like a retcon, and I don't buy it. I also don't like him for Rachel, at all. If not Ivy, then big Jenks is the obvious choice.

2) Shunning? I don't ever recall such a thing being mentioned before as a possibility. Shouldn't Rachel have been worrying about it pretty often? Shouldn't there have been some warnings, some due process? It seems incredibly arbitrary and political. If that's just the way it is, fine, but we should have heard about it before.

3) Mathilde(sp?) & Jenks. Jenks's wife is dying, and he's torn up about it, but I don't think we've ever heard so much as a whole paragraph of her speech.
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