by Kim Harrison
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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 the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils
The Undead Pool is the twelfth novel in the Hollows series by author Kim Harrison. Despite the chaos that surrounds Rachel Morgan I get giddy just stepping back into her world. Harrison continues to flesh out the characters and world while having Rachel solve impossible cases. Mini-review: Trent and Rachel sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Brilliant, fast-paced, an emotional ride.
Rachel our lovely witch and day-walking demon is handling security for Trent while Quen is away when strange magic enters Cincinnati and the Hollows causing spells to go terribly wrong. Chaos rules, as the truce between human and Inderlander, crumbles. Something is wrong with the Master Vampires, and things are escalating. Rachel must undercover the cause but will romantic daydreams of Trent get in the way?
Kim Harrison continues to flesh out her characters as we gain a new understanding of them and observe character growth. Rachel is a far cry from the young woman we first met in Dead Witch Walking. She has loved and lost, been tormented, battered and betrayed, but she fights fiercely for the city and those she loves. I adore this kick-ass witch and love how she has matured. Trent, ah, the smexy, elf himself, I loathed him at the beginning of this series but as Harrison peeled back his layers and changed him *thanks to Rachel’s influence* I slowly fell in love with him. Favorites were present like Jenks, gads I adore the little fart, Bis, and Ivy. Ivy’s new romance struggles as she works to save her from being controlled. David, Elizabeth, Newt, and Al have scene time and we witness some significant changes in their relationship to Rachael. We gain a little insight into Al which I found interesting and I truly hope Harrison explores this more. We also meet other characters who added to the tale. All of these secondary characters and their interactions with Rachel took me on an emotional ride from giddiness to sorrow.
The Undead Pool will please fans as we see progress with some relationships and others are severed. The mystery regarding the strange magic affecting the Hollows and Cincinnati was a complex and interesting one. As I reflect back on the novel, I am simply blown away by the number of threads and events that were wrapped around the case. Power struggles and nefarious plots within the supernatural world run rampant. Harrison managed to deliver what I was craving, shock me and add depth to secondary characters. We see romantic development, but I will let you discover those for yourself. From the beginning to end this was action-packed, and I simply lost myself in its pages. The ending was well done and of course, left me eager for more. My anticipation for the next book is bittersweet as it will bring with it the conclusion of the Hollows series.
The Undead Pool delivered everything I wanted and more. The Hollows’ series is one that I will recommend again and again for its wonderful characters and captivating tales. The final book has an expected release date of 2015.