*This title will be released on January 22, 2013*
Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.
Kissing, references to sex.
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…
With so much in the balance, this was a hard Hollows book for me to read. Rachel is inescapably the focus, and having the cowardice and petty cruelty of demon society dog her footsteps was a frustration the whole book through. I loved the issues of trust explored, was absolutely shocked by the losses suffered, and am angry at the dynastic roadblock impeding a budding romance.
My enjoyment of the Hollows books doesn’t stem from a universal love of every plot decision made, if nothing else, I probably enjoy these books even more due to their unpredictability. It’s not a surprise, then, that my relative dissatisfaction with EVER AFTER stems from feeling like I can see exactly where this series is headed. Despite their flaws, I had always harbors some affection for Pierce and even Nick, but while Al is allowed to show his softer, redeemable side, Rachel’s exes slide further down the road to unforgivable. In fact, much of this book read like Harrison cleaning house to resolve the series. I don’t mind her gathering up narrative lose ends, but the plot around these efforts seemed needlessly frustrating. The vagaries of the demon legal system did not make for a satisfactory road block all through EVER AFTER, and I don’t think I’ll have very much more patience with Elvish customs if they continue to be a problem in book twelve.
I haven’t been coming back to the Hollows because I need a particular romance to pan out, or a particular villain to be defeated. I visit this nuanced, organic world to enjoy a little time with my friends. To check up on Jenks and Rachel and the group, to have coffee in the kitchen and hear how their life has changed. This means that no matter how beautifully Harrison wraps up this series, I’ll probably be digging in my heels and heading back to earlier books, enjoying the road trips, cheering the triumphs, and crying through the losses along with these beloved characters. EVER AFTER gets us all one book closer to the series finale (coming with either book 12 or 13), but my relationship with The Hollows has no end in sight.
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