Into The Woods by Kim Harrison
My Rating 4 of 5 Stars
I waited all summer for Into The Woods to come out, since in addition to several short stories set in Rachel Morgan’s Cincinnati “Hollows” neighborhood, it also featured a short novella about an incident that happened two books ago, in Pale Demon, but from another character’s point of view. Those of you who follow this series will know I’m talking about an escapade carried out by everyone’s favorite elf (a full-sized race in these books), Trent Kalamack, and the world’s most lovable pixie, Rachel’s partner, Jenks.
Throughout this series, Trent has been a huge favorite of mine, and I’ve always felt there was more to him than what showed on the surface. He and Rachel have not always been very good friends, but somehow, I’ve long held onto the belief that they were meant for each other. There has always been an attraction or fascination of some sort, each for the other, that clearly indicated future possibilities, too. A sort of love-hate thing, if you will. It seemed to me that if they would just quit working against each other, they would be a pretty formidable team, and a match made in Hollows Heaven, romantically. After reading the last two books and this one, I’m thinking it might yet happen.
The above-mentioned novella is entitled Million Dollar Baby, and I loved it so much, I wouldn’t care if there weren’t another good story in the whole anthology. However, there are. Most of the stories at the beginning of the book have been published in other anthologies over the years, but this is the first time they have been gathered in one book. I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading every one of them. Then I devoured Million Dollar Baby, and cheered to see the vulnerable side of Trent that I always knew was there. It was great! And lastly, there are four other tales of varying lengths, set in non-Hollows worlds, and featuring vampires and dryads, among other things. I confess, I haven’t read them yet, because I wanted to get a review up tonight. If by any unlikely chance they turn out not to be as good as the rest of the book, I’ll update this, but my guess is, they will be fun, too.
If you have never read the Rachel Morgan books, you really should, assuming you enjoy Urban Fantasy. I won’t say I love everything about the world of The Hollows. There are a couple of regular characters that I don’t like very much, and a few past ones that I really hated. But I always, always find the books well-written, fast-paced, and well worth the read. And the characters I do like, which is most of them, I really love. I wouldn’t miss a Hollows book for anything, and highly recommend you give them a try. You might find you even like the few characters that I don’t. Stranger things have happened. Especially in the Hollows, where it’s all about witches, demons, elves, pixies, fairies, banshees, vampires, werewolves, and pretty much every other thing that goes bump in the night. But don’t read Into The Woods until you’ve read the series at least through Pale Demon. There are spoilers involved.
The books are listed below, in order.
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