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Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1) (edition 2004)

by Kim Harrison

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Title:Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)
Authors:Kim Harrison
Info:Harper Voyager (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
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Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

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I loved it. This book (and the two that follow it) is thrilling and magical. Its seams are bursting with creativity. It is everything an urban fantasy, a romance, a crime/mystery, and general kick-ass book should be. The series isn't perfect- the first book in particular could be a bit confusing in its world explaining, and its rythm was a bit off. But it really grows into itself over time, and I found it really hard to put the third book down, it was so addictive and smoothly written.

The basic plot is this: Many humans were wiped out by some sort of disease in a period called the "turn". Then the supernatural creatures realised their collective population was roughly equal to that of humanity, and came out of the closet. Our witchy heroine, Rachel Morgan, quits her job as a runner for the I.S (as a sort of field policewoman for supernatural crime) to start her own private firm with a pixy and a vampire, living in an old church. Many exciting hijinks ensue, as she faces death threats from her former employer, and tries to bring down a big baddie with a front as a benevolent businessman.

What to expect?
*A sometimes brash, impulsive, irritating heroine who is completely worthy of our admiration and love anyway.
*A magic system (that once properly explained) blows all other magic out of the water: potions, charms, ley-line magic, demonic summoning, it has it all.
*Some fun denizens- pixies, vampires, and witches, oh my! Not to mention leprechauns, fairies, demons, and who knows what else is to come.
*Some wild and crazy romance.
*An immersive world- we readers are thrown right into the action, into a world our heroine has lived in all her life.

Have fun! You're in for a wild ride! ( )
  Sweet_Serenity | Mar 14, 2019 |
Sorry, but this book just didn’t do it for me. It was so cheesy, and the story didn’t make sense. I was 4 1/2 Hours into the audiobook, about 8 hours left. I was so excited for this book.
Also, too. Much. Exposition. ( )
  kat_the_bookcat | Feb 7, 2019 |
Rachel Morgan is better than your average urban fantasy heroine. The author's insistence upon stressing Rachel's need to dress "sluttily" sometimes comes off as trying too hard, but as the sex scenes are both rare and hot the overtly sexual attitude can be forgiven.

Ivy, Rachel's vampiric best friend and partner is interesting to a point, but the trials and travails of this wannabe good vampire can be boring.

Jenks the pixy and his family are win, as are the other inhabitants of the world after "the Turn." ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
This is a book that is at more of the start of the urban fantasy genre - and as a result - not that derivative of the genre tropes. It also is written with an eye for detail, everything is tight, everything makes sense. The main character, Rachel Morgan, is competent, smart, and headstrong. However, she does listen, and learns from her mistakes.

There were elements of the plot that were unexpected. I'm surprised that the hot mystery villain guy actually stayed in the role of villain - too many of these types of books have the heroine and the villain teaming up, eventually falling in love, in a morally complicated relationship.

Of course, it isn't perfect. I found Rachel to date to quickly after her experiences, and with a guy who was in a predicament that he needs to mentally heal from. I found the description of all the men to be annoying. Does Rachel and Ivy really need to discuss every man that comes across their paths?

However, at times, it does fall into a predictable trope of heroine is always on her, but manages to get a group of friends who will die for her. Also add in a father who died in a violent and mysterious way.

Of course, you don't read these novels for their high literary value, but, for what it is, its well written, an interesting world, with interesting characters. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jul 2, 2018 |
Dead Witch Walking
3.5 Stars

Good premise and solid world building but the first half drags and the main character has several TSTL moments.

Narration: listened to this after Some Girls Bite and Marguerite Gavin's narration probably benefits from the inevitable comparison. Cynthia Holloway is borderline monotonous and she fails to differentiate between the characters. In contrast, Gavin has a variety of voices with their own tone and inflection (Jenks is particularly well done although Ivy's voice is a little too deep and masculine).

The gritty world of the Hollows is very compelling with the variety of supernatural creatures and an alternate human history. The interactions between humans and supernaturals, the animosity between the Pixies and the Fairies, and the ominous threat posed by the vampires are all quite original. The idea that human ingenuity almost resulted in the annihilation of their race with genetically altered food is very apropos given the current trend toward messing with genetics and DNA - a dire warning, perhaps?

Rachel fails to come across as a particularly intelligent or successful witch nor is she a fearless, kick-ass heroine. She is extremely stubborn (not always in a good way) and consistently makes ill-informed choices that lead her into sticky situations from which she needs to be rescued. Moreover, her constant panic around Ivy is irritating and does not evoke respect or faith in her maturity.

Jenks, the loquacious pixie, is the highlight of the book. His sarcastic one liners and witty comebacks had me laughing out loud at inopportune moments. Trent is another intriguing character with an ambiguous morality that has you questioning notions of right and wrong, good and evil.

Overall, not the best beginning to a series but it has potential and there are numerous unanswered questions that I am eager to learn more about. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060572965, Mass Market Paperback)

All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it’s Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead.

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Sexy bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan prowls the dark streets of Cincinnati, keeping tabs on the vampires and other creatures of the supernatural who prey on the city's innocent and vulnerable inhabitants.

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