Series: The Hollows #11
Published by Harper Voyager on 22 January 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: Kindle Purchase
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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.