*ARC provided by HarperCollins and Edelweiss for review.*
I’m in heaven. I must be… because
B)I pulled an all-nighter without caffeine yet I’m buzzed and totally high… Because my first ARC turned out to be that addictive! 😀
*Back to serious business*
In the 11th instalment of Kim Harrison’s best-selling Hollows series, itchy witch/day walking demon Rachel Morgan faces a deadlock situation. The Ever After is shrinking ; her god-daughter and her friend have been kidnapped by an evil demon. But before she can decide whether to save the world first or her loved ones, the rest of the demons have decided to have her dead (as usual 😀 ). And the clock is ticking.
But this time, she has help on her side. And she can trust Trent Kalamack… can’t she?
Very few series maintain the standard and beauty of their first few instalments; happily, the Hollows series just gets better over time. Ever After is hands down the best book in the series and it’s such an honour that I got to read its ARC. It’s rich in action, in emotions. The characters have evolved beautifully; Rachel has come to rely and trust; Trent’s edges have softened. We gain an empathic glimpse into the ancient demons’ lives; we see how Ever After once actually looked like, long before it was a toxic land. Ever After is a concise yet perfect title for the book, indeed.
I’ve been a RachelxTrent fan right from Dead Witch Walking (Hollows #1). Even though there was no romantic indication then, I had a feeling this pair could evolve, and boy I’m so happy I was right. And as those who never liked the guy, will definitely understand – and in some parts empathise – with him. Meanwhile Algaliarept fans are in for a treat too! I absolutely loved him in this book. *sly wink*
Ivy doesn’t feature much in the book. The series is heading towards its ending and we can see the characters gradually moving on. It’s a bittersweet moment, all right. Seeing them less broken and more independent is a happy sight; but the trio moving on to have lives of their own means spending less time with each other. It’s as if the series is on a threshold right now – we can see the past Rachel, Ivy and Jenks share, we can anticipate a life ahead. Kim, how can you manage to evoke all these emotions in us!
This is a MUST MUST MUST read for Hollows fans – I know you’ll love it. And readers new to the Hollow’s World, even though this story is beautiful, I suggest you begin with Dead Witch Walking… Knowing the background and the different contexts will make this book even more beautiful and understandable 🙂