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Black Magic Sanction (Hollows) Mass Market Paperback – December 28, 2010
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“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.” (Charlaine Harris)
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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—her 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 a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.
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Rachel and Ivy are minding there own business, doing a bit of grocery shopping, when this blonde chick in a frumpy suit starts making eyes at Rachel.
Or so she thinks.
And Rachel's a little bit embarrassed, a little bit flattered, but not even a little bit interested . . . so that's AWK-ward.
But, wait! Frumpy isn't checking Rachel out! Frumpy a member of the coven of moral and ethical standards, and she's is trying to take Rachel into custody.
Like that's going to happen. Pfft. But the attempt does make quite a mess (one word---PRODUCE). And wait a minute, what's going on? Yeah, Rachel's been shunned, but there's a world of difference between shunning a witch and actively pursuing her.
I smell a rat . . . (<------did you see what I did there? *snickers*)
A couple of books ago, Rachel very sneakily stole Al's summoning name so he couldn't be called out of the Ever After and let loose on her or her loved ones. They've since resolved their issues . . . *snorts* mostly . . . but Rachel still has his name.
And that is how we find out not only can Rachel's blood kindle demon magic, but she can also be summoned like a demon, and my, doesn't that complicate things.
Especially when the previously thwarted coven of moral and ethical standards becomes privy to this information, using it to, yes, summon Rachel.
Which puts her in a bit of a JAM. (<------I did it AGAIN). B/c strawberries . . . in the grocery store . . . never mind. *sighs*
It also makes her angry. Makes me angry too, b/c guess who summoned Rachel for the straight-laced coven (whose members would rather DIE than have a bit of smut on their souls)? Go on . . . guess . . . I'll give you hint---his name has four letters, and is also slang for stealing, which is ironic, b/c that's what he does.
YEP. Nick just can't stay gone. Which is unfortunate, b/c I HATE HIM. *takes a calming breath*
Black Magic Sanction is my favorite book in the series up to this point. Al and Rachel grow in their new roles as teacher and student, and Rachel finally shows some caution on the romance front. Trent is consistently NOT evil, and even shows that he values Rachel as a person <------YES!! And Rachel finally starts to accept what she is, understanding that it's who she is that matters. LOVE it. Love it ALL.
Major Spoiler Alert
So like I stated the beginning was promising and fast-paced. Rachel is in the ever-after with Al learning new spells and tricks. Then the coven for moral blah blah blah start gunning for her. They either want to kill her or turn her into a lobotomized breeding machine. Ok cool. This was interesting. She gets sent to Alcatraz but is rescued (of course and like always) by Ivy, Jenks, and co. Then in the middle of the the book I completely had a WTF moment. The coven sends fairies to destroy the pixies and to poison Ivy, Pierce, and Rachel and destroy their property. Ceri comes to help and decides to twist a black curse to kill the marauding fairies. Rachel has an attack of conscience jacks up the curse and the fairies survive to kill Mattalina. Ok maybe I can understand this, Rachel doesn't want to become a black witch, we know we know right, but then in this scene she looks at her "bloodthirsty" friends and becomes afraid and disgusted with them. She states she even hates them in that moment. She starts to yearn for the simplicity of the ever-after and peace of Al. WTF. Her friends are "bloodthirsty" because she made them that way. They have to constantly bail her inept butt out of trouble. It pisses me off that she judges them for their willingness to protect her and kill for her and she cannot do the same for them. And she has the nerve to compare Ivy, Jenks, and Ceri to Al with Al looking better than them. Oh heck no. Al tortures and destroys for fun, her friends do it to save her. So now I'm pissed about this, but then later on in the book she willingly twists THREE BLACK curses for disguises and accepts the smut for them. Why would she not twist the earlier curse to save her friends? On top of all this Nick makes a reappearance with Rachel still defending him and refusing to give him up to Al and surprise surprise he calls her a "whore" and a "bitch" makes her feel like a slut and betrays her again for the upteenth time. Definitely a punching bag throughout the novel.
There is no sense of Rachel Morgan growing into her powers or even as a person. She was a clueless white witch (in this novel apparently white witches if they're smart enough can kill with white curses, sadly Rachel isn't smart enough), a useless ley-line witch, and completely worthless as a demon-kin. Will I continue with the series? (Sigh) yes, for Ivy, Jenks, Trent (I wanted them to end up together, but now I think he's too good for her), and Al (yeah, I even like Al. He is who he is and he is diabolical).