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Dead Witch Walking Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2004
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“Fast-paced and loads of fun—the perfect read when you just want to get away from things for a bit.” (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
“You’ll love this bounty-hunter team. … A fun-fair ride through a fascinating version of our world.” (Charlaine Harris, USA Today Bestselling Author of Club Dead)
“Blends the best qualities of Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum… Kim Harrison carries it off with style.” (Jim Butcher)
“A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world, a spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination.” (Kelley Armstrong)
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows 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; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.
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This book was okay. It's actually really interesting once you get into it. But the start up feels very slow, and frustrating. The things that really bothered me about the book were Nick and Ivy. Well, I liked Ivy. I just didn't really like the way Ivy and Rachel's relationship was portrayed. Because it feels like it's going one way, but is kinda flipping another way and that just got frustrating. I also read some other reviews for future books in the series and this continues to happen. That's kind of annoying to learn.
Other than that this was really cool. I loved this world they lived in, and I really enjoyed Rachel. And oddly enough I actually like the "bad guy" in this story Trent. I feel like he and Rachel could have a major connection and I'm excited to read more in the series to figure it out.
So, what did I think of Dead Witch Walking? I think my favorite part of this book is the humor. Sure there was danger, a touch of a budding romance and some serious bad guys, but it was also laced with a fair amount of wit that gave the characters an added depth that they may not have had otherwise. I love a book that can have me on the edge of my seat, fearing for a character's survival one minute and laughing out loud the next. Here's a taste - keep in mind this is a conversation between a tiny Pixie and a vampire:
"I'm going to get a cat," Ivy said tightly. "A big, black cat."
I pulled the bag of bread from the counter and dug the honey out from the back of the pantry, where I had hidden it from Jenks. Taking it all to the table, I sat and arranged everything.
"Good think you escaped when you did," Jenks said, swinging the ladle to send gleams of light about the kitchen. "Ivy was about to throw what little she has left after you - again."
"I will call the cat Pixy Dust," Ivy said, "I will keep it in the garden and not feed it."
The world building was unique but familiar, just enough to make Kim Harrison's vampires and other creatures her own. There was plenty of mystery and action and enough loose ends left when it was over to make me want more. I believe The Hollows is now on my list of series to continue. The next book in the series is The Good, the Bad and the Undead, which just happens to be sitting on my shelf waiting to be read.
Since this is the first in a series my guess is the author needed to set the background. That seemed to take half of the book! It really didn't start to get interesting until my kindle said it was at 58%.
When all was said and done, the book was ok and ended with enough intrigue to make me want to read the next in the series. Hopefully it'll be interesting for the entire book and not just the last half.
Overall, its a good book, just not for me. I like smart, strong, bad ass or funny protagonists. If you are looking for the same, look elsewhere.