Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison 5 Solid Stars

The Undead Pool (Hollows) by Harrison, Kim (Feb 25, 2014)

Book Description

February 25, 2014
Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows in this sexy and bewitching urban fantasy adventure in acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's Hollows series.
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.
Rachel knows of only weapon to ensure the peace: ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils. And no one know better than Rachel that no good deed goes unpunished . . . 

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

Although much of this book centers on what is happening to Cincinnati’s various Vampire populations, the rest of it is about the long anticipated story of Rachel and Trent.  There is so much happening to the humans as well as the Vamp, Demon and Elvin population that at times it can be a little stressful.  That stress can hit hard especially when Ms Harrison tries to ‘teach’ us too much stuff at one time.

This book can be a bit confusing at times, because there is so much action of the ‘hurry up and wait’ variety.  However once you get to the 50% point things take off on a full gallop.  Once I got to that point, I could not for the life of me put this book down.

The character growth is amazing in this novel.  The emotions are raw and honest between all of the characters that you just want to weep at times.  Old friends (?) or enemies depending on how you want to look at it will seem to be permanently taken out of future books.Or will they?  But since I hear that this is the second to last book in the series...I guess these changes are permanent.

I cannot say too much more for fear that I will be giving away the best part of this book…I will just say that this was what I consider to be the best book yet. I am deeply troubled that se only have one book left to this series and I am eagerly looking forward as to how Ms Harrison is going to tie everything up and keep her readers happy!*ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes*

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