I’m not sure how this Urban Fantasy series managed to slip through my UF obsession of the mid- to late-aughts, but somehow until today, while I have owned this first book in the series forever, it seems, I had not previously entered The Hollows, the alternate world of magical creatures inhabited by our heroine, Rachel Morgan. (Confession: I don’t like it when characters have the same name as me, it’s weird.) Rachel is, of course, a private detective-type, which is pretty much a necessity in a certain sort of UF, and there is, of course, a conspiracy among those who wish to either suppress or harness her surprising powers (also an imperative) at whatever the cost.
When the book begins, Rachel is a bounty hunter, enforcing the law for The Man. And a Bad Man he is. Fed up, she quits her job and takes her frenemy vampire Ivy along with her. But one doesn’t just quit being a bounty hunter for The Man, aka Inderlander Security, oh no. So now there is a hit out on Rachel, and she has to figure out who’s behind it and why while also getting to the bottom of why her blood is so potent to vampires (like Ivy… Ivy’s almost Edward-and-Bella-level obsessed) and also, who has been messing with her spells and why.
There is a lot of “But… why?” in this book. My biggest “But… why?” is directed at the humans of this world, many of whom watched their loved ones die from a plague brought about by genetically modified tomatoes. (Yup.) And okay, sure, that is how the Inderlanders — vampires, witches, pixies, what have you (the pixies are great) — got up the courage to reveal themselves to the world, since all those dead humans made for population parity. But did you really need to outlaw science afterwards, humans? REALLY?
The humans in the Hollows world are annoying as hell. And the villain could not be more villainy if he was patting a white cat and plotting to kill Rachel with laser sharks. His plan is almost that bad, actually.
Still, the world is beautifully realized, the alternate history is a new one, I loved that Rachel’s magic takes work and discipline, and I especially liked that while she is obviously Secretly Special (a major UF necessity) she is also kind of a doofus, and messes up nine times out of ten. It’s all pretty standard UF stuff, and somewhat forgettable, but I nevertheless had a great time with Rachel — ugh, I wish she had a different name, though — and will definitely be moving onto the next Hollows book (which I already own, along with the two after that) very, very soon.
TBR DAY 41: Dead Witch Walking (Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
TIME ON THE TBR: ~11 years.
PURCHASED FROM: Borders, Singapore.
KEEP: No, I’ll probably pass this one on.