Review: Ever After (The Hollows #11) – Kim Harrison

Posted 22 April, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 19 Comments

Review: Ever After (The Hollows #11) – Kim Harrison |
5 Stars

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing... for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It's also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He's already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn't give herself up soon, they'll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn't going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She's also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she's going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones... and prevent an apocalypse before it's too late. Or, at least that's the plan...

Ever After continues Rachel’s story with her problems in both realms she can inhabit. The Ever After is shrinking, and someone wants to make Rachel pay for it. As she tries to figure out what has happened to the rift she made in reality when she traveled the ley-lines to save her favorite demon. Rachel and Al look at the rift from both realities, and Al is so incapacitated he has to stay in deep sleep for a while. And without knowing who she could possible turn to, Rachel again turns to Trent – because he also has a bone to pick with a certain crazy and not completely natural demon who has been trying to trip both of them up for months, all the while causing both them and other people a lot of grief.

Rachel truly gets to show her guts and her fighting skills in Ever After, especially because there are some things she has to do without turning to Ivy for help. But she manages to be strong even when her closest ally is not at hand, and it is always enchanting to see Rachel being the best she can be in all worlds! Nothing is easy for her, though, and she needs to spend a lot more time in the Ever After than she would like to, but she needs to if she wants to save her life, the world, and the ever after, too.

Fast-paced and filled with excitement, Ever After is just as awesome as the other Hollows stories. I am always in awe when I read one of these books, because the overall storyline and the exceptional character development are so well done. This series is now my all time favorite paranormal urban fantasy series, both because I love Rachel, Jenks, Trent and Ivy, and because the world-building is beautifully done, and the stories always draw me completely in.

Maybe I should go home instead. I liked Quen, but he was Trent’s number one security guy. I was sure it was a job offer, but probably not one I wanted to take.

Maybe my unease was simply because I was alone. I’d been alone a lot this week while Jenks tried to do the work of five pixies in the garden and Ivy was in Flagstaff helping Glenn and Daryl move.

I didn’t know if I’d like him if he changed. Damn, I liked it, and it kind of hurt admitting it.

If there was anyone who could irritate me by simply breathing, it was Nick.

My head came up, and I smiled, glad I had him to go to. Then I wondered how I’d gotten to the point where going to a demon was a good thing.

Newt’s black gaze was on the wisp of my tattoo that showed, and I managed a nervous smile. “Thank you,” I said as she turned to leave, and she spun slowly back to us. “Don’t thank me know, love. Save it till the morning after.”

Eight? Was it really eight? Adrenaline or not, this was an insane time to be up. That was humanity’s problem right there. They were brain damaged from the early sun.

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19 responses to “Review: Ever After (The Hollows #11) – Kim Harrison

    • I read the first ten books last summer, and I was so happy with everything. Now, I’m mostly sad it’s coming to an end.

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeann.

  1. I’ve been wanting to venture into the world of urban fantasy, but of the ones that I’ve started, the world building has been so lacking that I’ve been completely lost and confused. So this one sounds great, that the author has been able to develop a strong storyline and characters! Plus the girl on the cover looks like she knows how to kick some serious butt!! 😉

    Amy @ The Reading Realm recently posted: {ARC Review} My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris
    • Yeah, Rachel definitely is a kick-ass heroine, Amy. And the world-building is really well done. I also love how the overall story arc makes so much sense.

      You should definitely try this series if you’re looking for a UF series that is awesome in every way 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I’ve heard such awesome things about this series, but I’d have to start at book 1, and that’s just plain discouraging. I’m sure it’d be right up my alley though. I love action-y Urban Fantasy. Great review! At least you only have one installment to go before you’re caught-up. Unlike me… LOL

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    • Carmel, I only started The Hollows last summer, and I read several books one after the other – it is truly a great series, and I am sure you’d love it!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I can’t wait to get this one read, Lex! So I can read The Undead Pool! And did you know that last in the series, The Witch with No Name is releasing in September of THIS YEAR??? (do things release later in Switzerland? if so, I’ll send you a copy 😉 )

    So thrilled you’re still loving this series! Wonderful review! *big hugs*

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    • Oh my gosh! I didn’t know The Witch with No Name is releasing this year. I’m both happy and sad about that. I don’t want The Hollows to end 🙁
      I’ve already read The Undead Pool as well, my review is scheduled for next week.

      Thanks for stopping by, my dear *BIG HUGS*

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