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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing, April 12, 2010
This review is from: Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Book 8) (Hardcover)
Generally I am a huge fan of Kim Harrison, but lately she's taken the same stance other writers have taken, such as Laurell K. Hamilton and Rachelle Mead in they create this great female heroine, but they give her no character maturity at all and even though you expect a character in the beginning to be slightly naive and immature, you fully expect that eventually she'll wise up to her own mistakes and develop into a more versatile individual; that isn't happening here.

Ms. Harrison's character Rachel Morgan is supposed to be this tough bounty hunter / jack-of-all-trades woman for hire whose gone into business for herself with a `living' vampire named Ivy and a pixie named Jenks, and in the beginning books it was amusing to see all of them stumble and fall over each other as they became use to working together in their business "Vampiric Charms".

Plus, Ms. Harrison over the course of the series has given Rachelle more and more abilities, not only to do Earth magic, but ley-line magic and now we discover that she can kindle demon magic as well since she's not really a witch or demon for that matter, but she is demon-kin and therefore half-demon or as the book describes it a stunted demon who through genetic manipulation was able to survive and if she ever has any children they would be full-fledged demon progeny.

Yes to our disappointment, Rachelle continues to whine that she has to do demon magic, she continues to whine that nothing in life is fair, she continues to whine that "Al" her new demon teacher/master wants her to grow up and use the abilities given to her, and she continues to whine, whine, and whine because she keeps getting beaten up and abused by people she wants to leave her alone, but if she would just stop whining and use her abilities to fight back they would indeed leave her alone.

In short I expected more from the author and didn't get it and as an avid reader if the character doesn't shape up soon, Ms. Harrison is going to lose one more fan just as Laurell K. Hamilton then. Remember, writers, nobody likes a whiner!
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Initial post: Apr 13, 2010 3:26:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2010 3:27:22 AM PDT
I agree with the whiner complaint.

What I will say in Rachels defense is that we as readers are reading books that have been written over a significant time, its been a year since the last book. But in story time, relatively little time has passed, not much more than a year or too for the entire story line, so maybe Rachel hasn't had "time" to grow up yet.

Just a thought.

Jim

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2010 10:25:25 PM PDT
Jennifer says:
Well, Harrison needs to have Rachel do a lot of growing in the next book because this series is not worth waiting for.

Posted on May 3, 2011 3:11:28 PM PDT
I am not certain i would agree with most of your complaints but I do on a personal level find it 'annoying' to say the least when she categorically refuses to stand up, own who and what she is and kick ass if the ass needs kicking. I would like to think in her place I would have sent Nick and Trent for long trips into the far reaches of the ever-after for the **** they have pulled. At a certain point you have to decide who's life is more important yours (and those you care about) or the {Censored} who keep trying to kill you (or those you care about).
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