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Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (A Hollows Novella) Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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“Hollows fans will be enthralled.....Harrison’s talent for making supernaturals understandable, likable, and engaging is amply demonstrated in this strong collection.” (Publishers Weekly on Into the Woods)
“For the first time, all of Kim Harrison’s shorter pieces are gathered together in one volume...A must read for Harrison fans.” (Booklist on Into the Woods)
“Whether exploring the backstory of Mia the banshee (“Dirty Magic”) or trying out a different sort of supernatural creature (e.g., the dryad in “Temson Estates”), this collection should attract Harrison’s sizable fan base.” (Library Journal on Into the Woods)
“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.” (Charlaine Harris)
From the Back Cover
Enter the woods . . . if you dare
Into the Woods
For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies—who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?
And now, New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, bestselling Hollows series.
The tales here include an original Hollows novella, Million-Dollar Baby, about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, "Pet Shop Boys" and "Temson Woods," that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, "Spider Silk" and "Grace," set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories—together in one volume for the very first time.
Step into the woods and discover the magic for yourself.
Top customer reviews
There are also a few short stories that are not part of the series. A little on the dark side.
I appreciated the author's intro to each story, telling you from when in the series it occurred or some background on why it was written, included or excluded. I find it fascinating that so much goes on behind the stories and scenes that actually get published.
It also goes into a new stories that could be part of a new series in the future but that is only my opinion
You should definitely not read Into the Woods before you have read the first ten book in the series, because some of what happens is not explained in the novels, and it could definitely spoil things if you read it out of order. I am so in love with this whole world, and even if there was very little Rachel in Into the Woods, there was so much about the other characters that I came to enjoy them even more, and that’s also how it will be when I read the next book in the series.
There are only good things on my mind as I think about how to review Into the Woods, and I don’t really know how to share my love without spoiling anything – so I’ll just keep on fangirling for now :) If you enjoy The Hollows, I think this is a must-read. It’s exactly in the same line of story as the whole series is, but the focus is not on Rachel, and I especially appreciated Trent’s story in here :) I am liking him more and more each time he shows up in one of the books!
The stories that are not from The Hollows universe are awesome as well, and I would not be averse to reading more about some of the characters that I had never met before.
When I say stories from the Hollows, they are kind of side stories. They happen around the books. Stories such as how Ivy started out, the mission that Trent and Jenks went on that was mentioned in Pale Demon, how Ceri became Al's familiar, and a young Rachel raises Pierce the first time. Then there are a few others with Hollows characters, a job Jenks and Bis take, Rachel helps Kisten protect some of his family, the story of Mia the Banshee, and some backstory on Jenks and his wife. Like I said before, if you're familiar with her works you'll love these short stories.
On top of those 7 stories, you also get 4 more stories unrelated to her previous works. One with vampires, a couple with dryads and the best of the 4, one that takes place in this world where some people have a kinetic energy where you either control it or they take it from you. It's a good story about a couple of people with the energy are tracking a kid who has been found to have it. They must either determine if he can use the power for good, or if they need to capture him and take it away.
I gave this 5 stars but like I said above, if your not familiar with the Hollows series, you probably won't enjoy it nearly as much.
Fun stories, great characters and quick witty dialogue.
The first half of the book is stories from the Hollows series. Some of these you might have read if you are lucky but they are all worthwhile to fill in the bits and pieces of the cannon. I would say that if you have read any of the series then you need to read these stories also.
The second half though is where the book really shines.
A mixture of stories all told with their own feeling but having that just right sense of being on their own. Everyone of them I was thinking "man I hope she gets a good response to this and is allowed to develop this into a full story."
The only thing that gave me any issues with the book is the formatting. On the Kindle version none of the stories have any additional text formatting inside of them. Where on the page there would be a pause/space to break the slight jump in scene there is none in the Kindle version. The addition of a dingbat or two would have helped the experience greatly.
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