Review: The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) by Kim Harrison

February 3, 2017 Review 0

Review: The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) by Kim HarrisonThe Turn by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #0.1
Published by Simon and Schuster on February 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Non-explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce you to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan's world as they've never seen it before!Can science save us when all else fails? Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction. But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them. Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

THE TURN takes Hollows fans back to where it all began, a world where witches, vampires, and all sorts of magic are hidden away behind the sexism, racism, and revolution of the 60's.  Trisk Cambri, a brilliant young geneticist, has to work three times as hard as the slick, spoiled Trent Kalamack, and still racism and sexism slam doors in her face.  The Good Girls' Revolt meets Urban Fantasy, THE TURN is an interesting glimpse of where the beloved characters of The Hollows all began.

Seeing all the links between this closed world and Rachel Morgan's Cincinnati was fascinating.  An intricate clockwork of pride, circumstance, and folly clicking away towards the apocalypse Hollows fans know is coming.  Unfortunately, watching dominoes fall isn't quite as satisfying when you know the characters you're falling in love with don't have much of a future.  And while the confusingly named Trent Kalamack (called simply "Kal" to differentiate him from future, redeemed Trent Junior) does have emotional vulnerabilities, his spoiled, self-righteous, "Nice Guy" spite is an added dark spot on an already bleak ending.

Harrison leaves cookie crumbs of happiness for her characters, even those whose stories we eventually see alongside Rachel Morgan, but for the most part, THE TURN focuses on the elegant disaster that will recreate the world into one we know and love.

Series Titles:
  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon
  10. A Perfect Blood
  11. Ever After - 4/5
  12. The Undead Pool - 5/5
  13. The Witch With No Name - 5/5
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