EVER AFTER (The Hollows #11) by Kim Harrison
435 pages, hardcover
Available now (January 2013)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Review copy purchased
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing... for the worse.
While saving the world is important, it isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It's also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He's already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn't give herself up soon, they'll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn't going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She's also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she's going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones... and prevent an apocalypse before it's too late. Or, at least that's the plan...
First date: Rachel's certainly grown since the first time we met. She's so much more willing to work with people (and creatures), willing to step up and take care of business. Her ability to trust has grown exponentially -- and, at times, almost fatally. It's great that she's more open but she needs to be careful, especially considering the company she keeps.
Second date: This bad guy is SOOOO bad. I wanted him to die-die-die every time he stepped on the page. And why the hell didn't those cowardly demons act? It's their world that's fading. It's their lives that are in jeopardy No, no. You just sit back and let Rachel take care of everything. Or kill her if she doesn't. Yeah. That's a good plan.
Third date: I want to move in and have Rachel's babies (not that I play for that team but I might consider switching for her). Anyway, that would probably scare her off, for all her acceptance of the possibility of a lasting relationship in this book. So, I'll just take it slow and wait in breathless anticipation for #12, which is expected to be out next year. Until next year, girl!
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