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Ever After (Hollows) Hardcover – AC-3, January 22, 2013
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“The world-building is incomparable” (Fresh Fiction)
“Longtime fans will find their emotions running the gamut, as events for many of Harrison’s familiar characters take new and sometimes tragic turns this time around. Rachel’s journey of self-discovery is hard, frightening and definitely life-threatening; it also makes for fantastic entertainment!” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
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“Harrison’s colorful cast of supporting characters keeps the story moving among the fast-paced action scenes. Longtime fans will obviously be standing in line for this one. However, readers with any interest in urban fantasy can easily jump into the story.” (Library Journal on A PERFECT BLOOD)
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From the Back Cover
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the sexy, supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan with the eleventh book in the Hollows series
The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.
Of course, there's also the small fact that Rachel is the one who caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it. Not to mention the most powerful demon in the ever-after—the soul-eater Ku'Sox Sha-Ku'ru—has vowed to destroy her, and has kidnapped her friend and her goddaughter as leverage. If Rachel doesn't give herself up, they will die.
Forced by circumstance, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack—a partnership fraught with dangers of the heart as well as betrayal of the soul—to return to the ever-after and rescue those she loves. One world teeters on the brink of interspecies war, the other on the brink of its very demise—and it's up to Rachel to keep them both from being destroyed.
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I know KH has no problem killing off main characters (poor Kisten), but to do it totally "off screen" was a bit odd. I was also pretty surprised at one of the characters she chose. The other, not so much, and he won't be missed by me.
Why on earth is Ellasbeth back? And why did Trent let her take the girls, especially when she's not even related to Ray?? It made no sense after he had worked so hard to get Lucy away from her. Why the big change in his attitude that now he will marry her again?
Seriously, why would Rachel let Nick go over and over? He has been nothing but trouble yet she repeatedly let him live. Annoying.
I feel like Ivy is being written out of the series and I really like her.
Now, on to the book, which was dynamic. I have to explain that I have read all of the Rachel Morgan series and love them (to varying degrees). I purchased it really, really late considering it came out last January. I didn't want to read it and have to wait too long for the next one. I saved it as my special holiday break reading.
Ever After may rank up there with 3, 5, and 9 as absolute favorites in the series. I'll tell you why focusing on characters rather than plot to avoid giving away spoilers:
Rachel - amazing, dynamic Rachel. She has grown and really come into her own. She knows what she wants and is willing to go for it (mostly). In this book, she really asserted herself and didn't take any gumption from anyone. She's now the leader and everyone recognizes that; she handles the role with grace (mostly). This is not to say that she's become arrogant - in Rachel, Harrison has created quite possibly one of the most human characters I've ever read.
Trent - OMG! Trent is my go-to fantasy guy. I don't always like him, but I understand him. Trent struggles with big moral issues - it's constantly a "good of the many versus the good of the few" dilemma with him. In many ways, I sympathize with him because he has to make those decisions and he makes the decisions with grace (more so than Rachel) and is willing to live with them no matter the cost to his tortured soul. More than that, though, I love the way the relationship between Trent and Rachel is shaping up - it's titillating (if nothing else - just read the last two chapters). They find a nice balance in this book, and Trent makes some fairly big concessions.
Newt - She plays a surprisingly big role in this book. The dialogue between Rachel and Newt is above par - the illogic of their discussions is witty and brings a necessary level of humor. I like the development of Newt's character; Harrison tantalizes us with glimpses of a fascinating history.
Al - Another winner. Al has changed almost as dramatically as Rachel has. I like him, but I don't trust him. His role in this book was really cool - less teacher and more mentor. Harrison also uses him to provide history and even helps her audience connect with him emotionally in this book.
Ivy - I'm really glad Ivy's role in this book was toned down. I was getting a little sick of post-addiction Ivy - it seemed to be a plot line that was spinning and spinning and spinning and not going anywhere. This is not to say that there isn't a role for Ivy anymore, but I think the role will be much different in the future - less present and certainly not in charge the way she was so much in the early books. Harrison does a nice job through the few glimpses of Ivy of reminding us that Rachel has a duty to find a way to save the souls of undead vampires, a plot-line that I'm sure will manifest in the next book. Even more than Ivy's presence, I was intrigued by that of Ryn Cormel, who I would like to see more of.
Jenks - what can I say? He's Jenks, probably the only character who hasn't made truly dramatic changes. I can't imagine the series without him; he provides necessary comic relief and the best swear lines.
I know this review provided very little about the plot. The series has reached the point where you need to have read several, if not all, to even address the plot. Let's just say that Harrison has pulled together several complications and tied up one plot point in a pretty awesome manner. She's left plenty of room for more, and I can't wait for it.
The chemistry, positive or negative, was well played on all the main characters.
I especially enjoyed the progressive development of Rachel and Trent's relationship. This series of Kim Harrison's has found the ultimate heroine in Rachel. She can kick ass and still have a perfect moral compass for all the cultures highs and lows and every degree between too. I evaluate a mature sci-fi
lover group, there is too much violence and complicated relationship issues
for most youth readers. But college readers would find a real break for minds
stressed out from studies.