Title: Dead Witch Walking
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves – creatures of dreams and nightmares – has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the “Inderlanders” reveal themselves, changing everything.
Rachel Morgan, with and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner…and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death… not to mention her own roommate.
“Everything was going too well.
Something had to be wrong.”
Dead Witch Walking is the first installment of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.
It is an excellent opening book of the series: it is intriguing, with action, mystery, and humor in an appropriate balance.
The main character, Rachel Morgan, a witch, works as a runner at Inderland Security, but now quits her job to start her own business partnering with a vampire and a pixy.
The story is about her struggle as she tries to get rid of the blood price put on her head by her ex-boss, and gain her independence. She is talented but inexperienced. She is brave, sometimes too audacious.
She makes mistakes, but never gives up.
Making a spell is easy. It’s trusting you did it right that’s hard.
Ivy, her partner and roommate is a “living vampire”. She is beautiful, elegant, scary, extremely dangerous even to her friends, and mysterious.
I wish I could say her weaknesses were my strengths, but Ivy didn’t have any weaknesses other than the tendency to plan the joy out of everything.
Jenks is Rachel’s pixy aid and partner. His sauciness, camaraderie, and his family give an extra charm to the story.
Four inches of blond bothersome annoyance and quick temper.
The negative characters are likeable and repulsive at the same time.
The world-building is simply explained, credible, and logical. It has so much potential.
Our history is that of humanity’s. We didn’t just drop out of the sky in ’66; we emigrated in through Ellis Island. We fought in the Civil War, World War One, and World War Two-some of us in all three. We suffered in the Depression, and we waited like everyone else to find out who shot JR.
The story is full of thrilling action, magic, and enough questions left open that make me want to read the further books of the adventures of Rachel Morgan.
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