Format Read: E-arc from Netgalley
Number of Pages: 432 pages
Release Date: February 22nd 2011
Formats Available: Hardcover, e-Book, Kindle
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Book Depository, Amazon.com
Condemned to death for black magic and shunned, Rachel Morgan has three days to somehow get to the annual witches convention in San Francisco and clear her name. If she fails, the only way she can escape death is to live in the demonic ever after . . . for ever after.
Banned from the flight lists, Rachel teams up with elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, headed for the West Coast for his own mysterious business. But Rachel isn’t the only passanger along for the ride. Can a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car survive for over 2,300 miles? And that’s not counting the assassin on their tail.
A fearsome demon walks the sunlight, freed after centuries of torment to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate prey is Rachel Morgan. While the powerful witch with nerves of steel will do whatever it takes to stay alive, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.
WARNING: This is as usual a spoiler-free review for the book. But I make references to previous books in the series, which could be spoilery if you haven’t read them. As usual, I try to be as vague as possible. (I hope it still makes sense lol)
Pale Demon is the 9th book in the Hollows series. This series is very close to my heart. I’ve loved all the books, even the ones which made me cry like a freaking baby (seriously). Pale Demon is now my favorite in this series, it’s fantastic and so good I wish I could marry it. (ok ok, I admit… I wish I could marry Trent). If I’d written this review as soon as I’d finished reading Pale Demon, it would probably had started like that: *squuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*
So now that I’ve had time to think upon the book and calm down, here’s my review:
All the things I love about this series can be found in Pale Demon…but there’s also so much more! I devoured the book. It really was impossible to put down. Kim Harrison gave a new breath to this series by opening new roads (lots) and ending a few ongoing side-plots (that had been really dragging on for too long) .
It’s no breaking news that I love Trent (hey I even named my E-reader after him). Anyway, Pale Demon gave us a whole new side of Trent. I think I love him even more now, can you believe it? He is a jerk all right, we all know he’s ruthless and he even tortured Rachel in the earlier books. He keeps telling her, he’ll kill her sooner or later, and still I love him. (I really have a thing for jerks it seems).
The story is very different from the other books in the series, it FEELS different. Well first, it’s a roadtrip story, it’s a welcomed change of scenery . Can you imagine Trent and Rachel in the same car for days? Ah! Yes obviously it doesn’t go smoothly. Pale Demon is action-packed, so many things happen, there’s not one boring moment. All my favorite characters are here and most of all AL! Yes AL the demon.
So, okay AL is a demon and he’s very violent and tried to kill Rachel so many times I stopped counting, but I really like him. He’s fun and complex and a little weird. We learn a lot about him and I can’t wait to know what happen next. I was sooooo happy that we get to see a lot more of him and the Ever-After (demon world) . This is the second reason why I loved this book: Kim Harrison gave us a whole new vision of the Ever-After and demons in general. I won’t say more because I don’t want spoil anything but it ROCKS! I love the demons and I’m thrilled that they appeared in this book.
There were some…weird scenes (I don’t know how else to call them) where you could feel that the author was trying to break ties to the past and opening new roads for her characters. I didn’t like it much, but at least we know the story will go forward from now on. (or at least I hope so). I haven’t always loved Rachel, mostly because she made some serious bad decisions in the past (I wanted to slap her silly SO often in the previous books). Well, she’s still making bad decisions but you feel that she’s grown up a bit and she’s more open-minded than before, I really like her in this book.
I won’t say who, but someone gets their HEA in this book. I couldn’t be more happy about that. I finished reading the book with a huge smile on my face and I had to go back and re-read some passages that I loved so much. When I said that the book was different from the previous ones, it’s also because at the end, everything’s possible. It can go one way or another, nothing is set. The ending leaves room for many possibilities and it doesn’t feel like a cliffhanger, it feels like a promise. If you are a fan of the series, you will LOVE this book, I promise. If you haven’t read this series, I advice you start from book 1, if you start with Pale Demon, I’m not sure you will like it much.
Pale Demon is THE book in the series. It’s amazing from start to end. It was worth every minute of my time. I don’t think I could possibly love it more. There are so many fantastic secondary characters, you are bound to love at least one. What more can I say? I loved it. I can’t wait for the next book. MERCI to Kim Harrison for this amazing book. *fangirl mode off*
I give Pale Demon 5 Bookies (if I could i’d give it even more)
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