Review: Into the Woods (The Hollows #10.1) – Kim Harrison

Posted 10 December, 2013 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Into the Woods (The Hollows #10.1) – Kim Harrison
5 Stars

Enter the Woods...If You Dare

For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

And now, New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, bestselling Hollows series.

The tales her include an original Hollows novella, Million-Dollar Baby, about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, "Pet Shop Boys" and "Temson Woods," that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, "Spider Silk" and "Grace," set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories - together in one volume for the very first time.

Step into the woods and discover the magic for yourself. Original.

The Hollows
The Bespelled
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil
Dirty Magic
The Bridges of Eden Park
Ley Line Drifter
Million Dollar Baby

Beyond the Hollows
Pet Shop Boys
Temson Estates
Spider Silk

Into the Woods has to be the best anthology I have ever gotten my hands on! I loved reading more about The Hollows cast, in these all new stories where the readers got to see some things that happened behind the scenes in the novels so far in the series. It is an excellent way to get to know Ivy, Jenks and even Trent better. And of course, the writing is awesome as usual, so Into the Woods was a real treat to tide me over until The Undead Pool is released.

You should definitely not read Into the Woods before you have read the first ten book in the series, because some of what happens is not explained in the novels, and it could definitely spoil things if you read it out of order. I am so in love with this whole world, and even if there was very little Rachel in Into the Woods, there was so much about the other characters that I came to enjoy them even more, and that’s also how it will be when I read the next book in the series.

There are only good things on my mind as I think about how to review Into the Woods, and I don’t really know how to share my love without spoiling anything – so I’ll just keep on fangirling for now ๐Ÿ™‚ If you enjoy The Hollows, I think this is a must-read. It’s exactly in the same line of story as the whole series is, but the focus is not on Rachel, and I especially appreciated Trent’s story in here ๐Ÿ™‚ I am liking him more and more each time he shows up in one of the books!

The stories that are not from The Hollows universe are awesome as well, and I would not be averse to reading more about some of the characters that I had never met before.

The charm wouldn’t work on every ghost – just those unrestful souls.

His lack of ambition didn’t make her eager to jump his jugular, and being coaxed into something by way of her instincts when her thoughts said no left a bad taste in her mouth.

The rich, almost subliminal scent mixed with the sunshine and wind to give a sensation of quiet intensity. I trusted Kisten implicitly to not push his advantage as a vampire, but the potential was heady. Playing with fire, but it felt so good.

Change came hard to pixies when adherence to rigid customs was what kept them alive. But for Jenks, change had always been the curse that kept him going.

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8 responses to “Review: Into the Woods (The Hollows #10.1) – Kim Harrison

  1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got myself a signed copy of this one, Lexxie. But I haven’t read it yet as I have a book or two to read before I’m caught up on the series. I’m glad you enjoyed every part of it, including the stories that aren’t from The Hollows. I’m glad Kim put something out there for us to see where else she might go once The Hollows is finished. And I love your fangirling! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I have a few errands to run today – I have to fill up the pantry again, can you believe it?!? But I will send over some questions/thoughts on Fearsome so we can get our review going. I keep jotting down notes about it to chat with you about. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy Tuesday, my friend!! *hugs*

  2. Oh, you shouldn’t read Into the Woods before you’ve read all the books already out in the series, because there are some things happening there that explains something from one (or more) of those… did that entice you to read the rest of The Hollows series quickly? ๐Ÿ˜›

    YAY for questions / thoughts on Fearsome. I look forward to chatting about it with you! LOL empty pantry again = teenagers in the house, right?

    Have a wonderful day, my dear! *hugs*

    • Oh, I totally agree, Melliane, I usually don’t enjoy anthologies all that much, but Into the Woods truly was perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Yay! I am not really into anthologies, Lexxie, so I doubt it if this book would appeal to me. And ten books? OMG. That’s a lot. But oh well, if it’s a good series, I wouldn’t mind reading even if the books are already past the number 20.

    This series must be really good you stuck to it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Didn’t you ever agonize while waiting for the next books to come out? Hahaha.

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    • This series is truly excellent, Charlotte. And I only started reading it this summer, so I had eleven books plus this anthology all lined up for me ๐Ÿ™‚ And my goodness, even if I read other books as well, I breezed through The Hollows. You should really, really try it.

      Usually, I don’t like anthologies either, so this was a great surprise to me.

      And now I’m agonizing over the next book… which will be out next year.

      Thanks for stopping by Charlotte ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pamela, this is one of my all time favorite paranormal series! I love just about everything in it ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by!

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