*This title will be released on October 12, 2012*
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
by Kim Harrison
Genre: Urban Fantasy |
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Edelweiss
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”
–Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels
“Her work can read like a smoldering combination of Alice Waters and Ozzy Osbourne.”
–New York Times Book Review
A true queen of urban fantasy–the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan–the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes. Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up–and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.
I’m not a huge fan of short stories, I usually preferred full length stories to their shorter brethren. Kim Harrison is one of the authors that can turn my reluctance into eager anticipation, as her shorts always spark possibilities in new worlds or provide insights into beloved, familiar characters. Harrison’s writing, no matter the length, offers a window into worlds so rich the characters and stories spill off the page.
As an inveterate Harrison fan, most of the Hollows stories that had been published prior to INTO THE WOODS were familiar to me, but not all (and a few are published here for the first time). Even readers more diligent than I will find more than enough here to keep them happy. I really enjoyed Harrison’s introductions to each story as well, a few sentences that gave me a sense of place and purpose before diving in. With each new short story I felt like I was getting a glimpse into Harrison’s writing process, seeing the seedlings that didn’t grow into full series… yet.
Though I have all of the Rachel Morgan books on my shelf, I’ve been more haphazard about collecting Harrison’s short fiction. INTO THE WOODS offered me the opportunity to own some old favorites as well as add some new ones. Above and beyond prompting an urge to go back and reread WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE or A FISTFUL OF CHARMS, getting precious glimpses of Al’s inner thoughts or Rachel’s early days or Kisten so heartbreakingly alive makes INTO THE WOODS a treasure in it’s own right. Seeing the start of Al’s and Ceri’s relationship, in particular, was very powerful. Even knowing the pain and abuse that would follow, and knowing how far away and uncertain any redemption was, I hated to have their story end.
Much like Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, Harrison’s short fiction provides character growth, action, and often romance. I liked how this collection balances Hollows stories with new fiction. INTO THE WOODS left me itching to get my hands on EVER AFTER, and the last few stories in the anthology piqued my interest in Harrison’s potential offshoots. Spider Silk, one of the several variations exploring dryads and forest dwellers in this book, offers three generations of strong women and both magic and dangerous uncertainty. Grace established an interesting world mythology, strong main character, and potential love interest, all of which have me panting for more. A slam-dunk for Hollows fans with enticing new fiction hinting at Harrison’s future projects, INTO THE WOODS is a great read.
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