Series: The Hollows #12
Published by Harper Voyager on February 25, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.
Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.
As satisfying for the quiet interactions in the background as for the sweeping action or big character growth, THE UNDEAD POOL is The Hollows at it's best. The paranormal world of Rachel Morgan is an intricate ecosystem of magic and normalcy, and never is that so apparent as here near the series's end. Harrison has spun innumerable threads into this world, and THE UNDEAD POOL plucks each one in this penultimate book.
From that first genetically engineered tomato, Harrison has walked us through so many links in this complex world. Demons versus elves, biological warfare versus magic, the coexistence of species and the nature of the soul. All of these elements turn together like gears, and in THE UNDEAD POOL, you see so many of these pieces spinning toward their natural conclusion. Many characters are satisfyingly on track, some have more potential than I could have hoped, and others near an inevitable fate that breaks my heart with just the barest hints. For many books, the partnership of Rachel and Jenks has far outweighed my interest in Ivy. THE UNDEAD POOL, however, had me reassessing that balance. So many of the early Hollows books laid the groundwork for the promises and threats of the present. If the prior eleven books were about building characters and relationships and a magical system, this book shows them all off to the fullest potential.
My enjoyment of THE UNDEAD POOL reached its peak with the action, laughing amid high stakes as everyone's quirks and strengths come into play. By book's end, however, I was a bit more somber. Rachel suffers real losses, and there is just as much heartbreak as happiness on the horizon. It is such an accomplishment that The Hollows still manages to be surprising in book twelve, and perhaps even more impressive is what the series promises for thirteen. This series is a masterpiece.Series Titles:
- Dead Witch Walking
- The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
- Every Which Way but Dead
- A Fistful of Charms
- For a Few Demons More
- The Outlaw Demon Wails
- White Witch, Black Curse
- Black Magic Sanction
- Pale Demon - 5/5
- A Perfect Blood
- Ever After - 4/5