Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have had this book on my shelf for actually a couple of years, and like every book lover, my reading list keeps growing and I just kept pushing it to the side (it's so hard to pick which one to start with). I was going away for the weekend and had just finished reading a book and grabbed this one as it was the closest to me on my shelf. I had heard many great reviews from members of my book club. At first I had a really hard time getting into the story, I think being that it is the first in The Hollows series there was background information that needed to be explained in order to set the premise of the series, this in any book although necessary is somewhat tedious for me sometimes to get through. After however, the first few chapters were read, my enjoyment kicked in and I was hooked. The story line was fast paced action that had me at times on the edge of my seat. Rachel Morgan is a witch (litterally) who is a runner (think bounty hunter) for the I.S. (sort of a supernatural FBI branch) who brings in the baddies. Lately she's been getting crappy assignments and wants to leave and start her own business because she knows she is a great runner and could make some money. Everything is fine, she resigns and her boss was more than happy to let her go, but then his best runner Ivy Tamwood (a vamp by the way) desides to leave as well and he is not so happy about that and decides to threaten Rachel and puts a price on her head. The hunter is now the hunted. Everything starts to fall apart and Rachel is trying to survive and hopefully buy the contract on her head by bringing in a big baddie that nobody wants to touch due to his influence on the community and all his wealth (that sucks in real life and sucks even more in The Hollows) Rachel and Ivy along with a Pixie named Jenks form their business and move into a leased out church (Irony!). I was at first a little annoyed with the dynamic of Rachel and Ivy's relationship. I'm so used to reading books about the love of vamps and humans or vamps and other supernatural creatures that I was a little put off by Rachel's fear of Ivy. To me it was odd that one supernatural creature would fear another supernatural creature. However, I tried to look at it with a fresh mind (this is why it took me almost a month to finish), I understood why there was fear and unease. Once I was able to understand this dynamic I was able to get into the story and appreciate the characters. Loved all the twists and turns and magical elments. There is a bit of supernatural love for everyone. On to the next one!
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