Ever After by Kim Harrison
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
I finally got back to Kim Harrison’s latest Rachel Morgan/Hollows book, Ever After. I had to take a break in the middle of the book because things were happening that had me really tense and nervous, and for some reason, I just needed to get out of that world for a bit. So I read a couple of other books, and then picked it up again. I’m glad I got back to it. The second half of the book worked a lot better for me than the first half did.
I’m going to risk life and limb here–Kim Harrison fans are Legion–to say that this book was not my favorite of the series. Some things happened that I didn’t enjoy reading about, some characters were lost that I would have preferred to keep, and some came back that I would have rather stayed lost. On the plus side, there was plenty of action and a complicated plot that I really enjoyed. On the minus side, Rachel still does (and says!) things that annoy me half to death. She can be very frustrating, our Itchy Witch…who isn’t. A witch. Any more.
From the start, I have felt this was a flawed series in some regards. There have always been characters that really rubbed me the wrong way, and I don’t mean the villains, either. I expect them to rub me the wrong way. No, there were some series regulars I did NOT find charming, for various reasons which I won’t go into here. (Some of you might want to read the series and form your own opinions about these characters.) I will say that I have strongly disliked every boyfriend Rachel ever had, except Kisten. But even he wasn’t long-term material, so I was glad when he wasn’t in the picture any more. (Though I didn’t expect him to be gone from her life in quite the manner that happened, to be sure.) I have also been stretched almost to my limit waiting for Rachel and a certain elf who shall go nameless…Trent Kalamack!…and who has been just about my favorite character in the whole series from the very beginning, to admit what they feel for each other and GET ON WITH IT ALREADY! (Oooops. Am I yelling again? Sorry.)
So, there have been things about the series that I haven’t liked, indeed. But…and this is a big BUT…any writer who can produce a series of eleven novels, a fantastic guidebook of The Hollows, umpteen related short stories, and even Hollows graphic novels, and keep me coming back for more MUST be doing something right! So I have the utmost admiration for Kim Harrison and this world she has created. Flawed or not, it never fails to engage me, and keep me waiting anxiously for the next installment, and that’s pretty darn impressive.
For those of you who have been following the series, I think you will probably enjoy Ever After. I don’t really mean to sound negative about the book, and in fact, I’m still giving it four stars, in spite of the bits I wasn’t happy with. And those of you who have never read any of the books should give it a go if you like Urban Fantasy. The world of The Hollows is very entertaining, and Jenks, the Pixie, is a treasure worth getting to know, for sure. Okay, I’ll say it…Rachel, too! You can’t like the Hollows if you don’t like Rachel. Even though I might get a bit annoyed with her at times, I do like her, and I do want her to get her Happily Ever After one of these days, too. Hopefully SOON. I’m not getting any younger, here!
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