Mini Reviews: For a Few Demons More & The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison

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Mini Reviews: For a Few Demons More & The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison
For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #5
Published by Harper Voyager
Published on: October 13 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 532
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has stayed ahead of trouble until now. A serial killer stalks the Hollows, claims victims across society, and ignites a vicious Inderland gang war. Rachel hides an ancient artifact that could stop the killer or start a battle to the death among supernatural races of Cincinnati. Every action has its price. When the vampire master Piscary is set free and the demonic Algaliarept dares to walk openly under the sun, even Rachel Morgan can't hide forever.

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So I don’t know if I’m using the “@!?#” button correctly, but in my head it’s the “WTF?! Elephant.” Has been since I first laid eyes on it. So if that’s not what it’s supposed to mean, now you know what it means to me:

Elephant as illustration for WTF?! + @!?# (WTF?!) = WTF?! squared.

And that is what is going on here. And it is fan-friggin’-tastic.

Right. So Trent’s getting married to Ellasbeth, and he wants Rachel to work security for the wedding.

*blinks*

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Why on earth would Trent want Rachel at his wedding?”

Well, b/c Lee RVSP-ed as his best man, and that’s a problem, b/c Lee is Al’s new familiar in the Ever After . . . so how’s he going to pull off being the best man in Trent’s wedding?

That is an excellent question.

It’s also a question that has Trent understandably nervous, and as Rachel is the only person to ever hold her own against Al, Trent wants her in place to handle whatever unknown, yet inevitable, shenanigans Al is planning.

Rachel says, “Hell NO. It’s my birthday.”

Trent says, “40k.”

Rachel says, “Well, maybe . . . but I better not have to wear an ugly dress.”

B/c Rachel isn’t just going to be working security from the sidelines in a Quen-like capacity, oh no, she’s doing it as one of Ellasbeth’s BRIDESMAIDS.

*giggle snorts*

I hadn’t really thought about it before, but a fellow fan of The Hollows commented on one of my status updates on Goodreads that this book is a real turning point for the series. On the one hand, yeah, obviously (b/c the Bad Thing happens in this book).

But there is a LOT more going on than that. Al is in trouble with the demons, and he wants Rachel’s help getting out of it. Ceri and Trent finally meet. Rachel upsets the balance of power between the heavy hitting Supes. Skimmer does that other Big Thing . . .

And don’t let ALL THE THINGS scare you, b/c unlike True Blood, Season 4’s hodgepodge of overwhelming randomness, For a Few Demons More is wonderfully coherent, and by far the best book in the series up to that point. YEP. This is where it starts getting REALLY good.

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Mini Reviews: For a Few Demons More & The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison The Outlaw Demon Wails
Series: The Hollows #6
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published on: October 13 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 515 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her.

As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel’s entire life into question. If she is ever to live free, Rachel must first walk willingly into the demonic ever-after in search of long-lost ancient knowledge.

But when you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line…and there are some lines that should never be crossed.

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I mentioned in the other review that Al was in trouble with the demons and wanted Rachel to help him out . . .

Yeah, guess how well that went over . . .

It didn’t.

So Al’s HELLA pissed (b/c he’s a total blame shifter) and in demon jail, but only during the day, b/c he’s arranged for someone to summon him to the real world as soon as the sun sets everyday.

But who? Hmmm?? Probably not who you’re thinking . . .

Regardless of who is doing it, Al’s getting out every night for the express purpose of terrorizing Rachel and her loved ones. He’s a demon with nothing to lose, and a demon with nothing to lose is not a happy or fun demon.

So that’s a problem.

But that’s not all, b/c this is another installment with ALL THE THINGS happening, and it is as fantastic as For a Few Demons More.

We finally (finally, FINALLY) get some Ivy and Rachel resolution. FINALLY. Rachel finds out what really happened to her dad. Ceri has some BIG news, which prompts Trent to ask Rachel to go to the ever after with him (just like their fathers), and, oh yeah, Marshal (of scuba diving, Mackinaw fame) shows up on Rachel’s doorstep, and so does a teenage gargoyle who likes to spit.<——Bis is an awesome addition to the gang.

A few more really Big Deals happen, but that’s all I can give you without spoilers. Suffice it to say that The Outlaw Demon Wails is only the second in a long run of increasingly excellent books from The Hollows.

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.

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80 responses to “Mini Reviews: For a Few Demons More & The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison

    • AL. I love AL. I love to HATE him too, LOL. My sister wants Rachel and Al to get together the way I want Rachel and Trent to get together 😉 (But she’s a few books behind, so she doesn’t know what we know . . . )

  1. Well you see. I just read both your reviews and this series sounds so good. I wanted to read it and Al seems like someone I need to know. But then you see how many books there are in this series. Gah it’s such a turn off to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed these two. Great review, Jessica 🙂
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    • Thanks, Tanja! Al is definitely a highlight even if it does take him awhile to branch out from just being a bad guy, and I definitely get being daunting by the number of books in this series. Worth it though 😉

    • *snorts*

      Yes, that would definitely be a good kind of book to use this button for. Sadly, if I didn’t branch out (like so) it would never get used, and I rather like elephants 😉

    • It IS crazy pants hilarious. This is one of my favorite quotes from the next book in the series:

      “He and Jenks got along great, seeing as Bis had been kicked off the basilica for spitting on people, and Jenks thought that was just fine.”

  2. I was so interested in reading these two until I realized just how much the series is. Yeah I don’t have enough stamina to read THAT many books, especially when my review pile and TVR pile are so endlessly long 🙁
    Brilliant review nonetheless!

    • Thanks, Lily! And yeah, series this long can be intimidating, but I LOVE them, and I hope that this isn’t the last time I completely binge on them 😉 We all have our book quirks, LOL. Binge-reading well-loved series is mine.

    • PEP TALK:

      Okay, yes, it is true that Rachel doesn’t start getting together with The Guy until book 9, BUT the romance between them isn’t driving you bonkers for the previous eight books. The Guy isn’t even on the radar as a romance option until suddenly he is, and it makes perfect sense, and OMG I’MSOHAPPY. Rachel has a few other boyfriends, but you know it’s not long term (even if she doesn’t), and there aren’t any triangles, so not angst on that front. And these books aren’t about the romance. They’re about the characters and the relationships and the personal growth, ANDILOVETHEM.

      How that? Did that help? DID IT?! *snickers*

  3. ARRRghhh you’re fast, you’re catching me up! I’m impressed. I really need to read 7 and to finish it because I agree with you it’s really good! I can’t wait to see your thoughts about the next ones as well now.

    • I just finished book 7 a few days ago, and it was SO good. I’m actually nearly finished with book 8, and it’s even better! I hope you manage to fit them in some time, and when is better then right now before the last book comes out? 9 weeks! I am EXCITE.

  4. The WTF?! Elephant should definitely become a thing. Good to know that ALL THE THINGS in For a Few Demons More don’t quite reach True Blood Season 4 level, because that season was a hot mess. I’ve never a Kim Harrison book before, but these mini reviews make her work seem awesome. Can’t tell if it’s your hilarious writing skillz or the books themselves…maybe both?
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    • Aw shucks . . . *blushes*

      It’s definitely Kim Harrison, but fair warning, you need to decide to be in it for the long haul, if you want to start this series, b/c it gets off to a slow start. I liked the first three books well enough, and maybe the only reason I’m uncertain about them now is b/c the later books are so good that they blow the early ones out of the water. Maybe. But book 4 was a pain in the arse. These two books are where the series explodes, but that’s a bit of a time investment for someone just getting started. That being said, this is my #2 UF series, second to only Kate Daniels, so if you have the time, I think it’s worth it 😉

  5. I’m with Rashika. I’ve heard nothing but glowing (and I mean glowing!) reviews for this series, but I’m not sure if I’m patient enough to wait nine books for her to get together with the love interest. Nonetheless, it sounds really well-done! Thanks for sharing Jessica, and, as always, BRILLIANT reviews! <3
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    • Thanks, Zoe! And if it helps at all, the love interest isn’t a love interest in the beginning of the series. They’re perfectness for each other kind of sneaks up on you—you aren’t sitting there frustrated that they can’t get their stuff together. That would drive me batty too. I had a hard enough time waiting for Kate and Curran to get it together in the first 2.5 books of Kate Daniels<------patience is NOT my virtue 😉

  6. WooHoo Jessica! Your reviews are almost as awesome as the books 🙂 I am going to be SO sad when this series finishes, and at the same time, I’m so impatient to read The Witch With No Name I don’t even know what to do with myself while I’m waiting.
    Don’t you think that this is one of those series where suddenly in book X you’re like ‘oh, now I understand Y thing that happened in the first book…’?
    And you are so right, there are so many big things happening. And other big things keep happening, too. It’s so exciting!
    I love your reviews, now you made me want to either do a re-read or listen to the audios!
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    • Thanks, Lexxie! Me TOO. I had a mini-panic attack when I found out that book 13 was coming out in September instead of February, b/c it gave me 6 less months to come to terms with the series ending 🙁 I’m over it now b/c sooner is better, but MAN, I’m going to be sad when it’s over. And yes, every time I read them, I keep highlighting new things and going, “Ooohhhh.”

      You totally should! 9 weeks is plenty of time 😉

    • Thanks, Jeann. And yeah, it does. Fortunately, except for the fiasco that was book 4, the Ivy and Rachel nonsense is secondary enough to all of the other things happening that you can shove it to the background, but FINALLY, now I won’t have to do that anymore. YAY.

  7. I just read Rashika’s comment and HOLY SMOKES, she seriously doesn’t get together with the dude until Book 9? That’s such a tease!!! If I shipped them, it would be torture seeing them “there, but not there just yet” >< The time for them to come to a resolution for some things seems to be too dragging, but hey, if you loved it, then I guess it works? 😀
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    • But see, here’s the thing—he’s not a love interest in the beginning. You’re aren’t beating your head against the wall at them not getting together, b/c it’s not even a option. For the first few books they hate each other. Then for the next for books they tolerate each other, and in the next few books they develop a grudging respect for each other. Rachel has various boyfriends along the way, but you always know that they aren’t long term, so when they’re over, you’re fine with it, and BONUS—no love triangles.

      See that’s the problem with playing detective with long-running series, LOL. Misrepresented information 😉

  8. Dammit! I need to get caught up on this series Jessica! I read the first several books a while ago until a certain something happened that sent me into tear and snot filled hysterics and then I couldn’t bring myself to continue. I feel like I’m missing out on really good stuff though, so I need to put on some big girl pants and get back to Rachel and company:)

    • What sent you into hysterics happened in book 5, so you’re good to go! And yes, missing out is exactly what’s happening, b/c that event (after as it was) heralds all the awesomeness that is this series. SERIOUSLY. You quit right before it got good. *nods emphatically*

    • Thanks, Chanzie! And yes, this is one of those series that only get betters. I hit a bit of a wall with book 4, but books 5-9 are AMAZING. The only reason I cut the run off at 9, is b/c it’s my favorite book in the series, but later installments are still really good too 😉

  9. It’s kinda surprising how I’ve grown to love the characters I initially couldn’t stand when they first appeared…Al? Yeah, not to fond of the demon at first but that changed after just a couple of books. Trent? Well, he took me a bit longer…like until Pale Demon…but now I want that HEA as much as you do Jessica! I’m going to miss the series so much when it ends!
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    • Oh, yeah, the only characters I immediately liked were Jenks and Bis. Even Rachel was kind of flaky for me in the beginning, but man, do they grow on you. Like mold, LOL. I have no idea when Trent became likable for me, but I always crushed on him, and I always hoped. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!! I’m so going into withdrawal when the series ends . . . I might just sit around catatonic. If it’s 9/12 and you haven’t heard from me, send out the dogs 😉

    • Thanks, Kim! And I just came back from a break myself. I needed one after all the Ivy and Rachel nonsense in book 4, but know that’s over, and from here in, it. Is. Awesome. I hope you get back into the series too. 9 weeks to book 13!

  10. This is another author and series that I feel like I’m sorely missing out on especially since you love the series! Will def check the library for this one and I need to up my game on Urban Fantasy, I’ve only read a few and I know there are some epic series out there. Awesome reviews Jessica. And LOL on the WTF Elephant.
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    • UF is my FAVORITE, Amir. If there was more of it, I probably wouldn’t read anything else. Except YA fantasy. And Kresley Cole. Okay, so I’d still read other things, but the point is that I love it, LOL. I hope you check it out eventually. And there are actually a few new UF series getting started that look pretty good, so I’ll be sure to let you know if they are—I know new and shiny series are much less intimidating than 13 book series 😉

    • They’re totally worth it. A lot of these series that I’ve been reading for years (and years), I’m just like, “Eh. Read them if you want, but no big if you don’t. LOTS of other books out there,” but The Hollows . . . The Hollows is not, “Eh.” The Hollows is AWESOME. I hope you decide to see what the fuss it about some time—SO good 😉

    • I think that’s what makes both Al and Trent such good characters. The second you’re convinced that one of them is wholly bad, they’ll do something to renew your faith in them. And then when you finally think that maybe they’re not so bad after all, they do something so terrible that you can’t begin to excuse it. They keep us on our toes, they do 😉

  11. “WTF Elephant”. LOL. I always wondered what that meant. Now I know xD I skimmed over your reviews, but I’m glad to know that this series is good despite being “long”. (Anything more than 4 books seems long to me, lol). I like the theme, so I’ll be adding the first book to my to-read list! 🙂
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  12. I love this series! Rachel and her characters have really come a long way. Like you said about Rachel and Trent’s road, the same could be said about Rachel and Al. How terrified she was of him at the start, all the way to them sometimes working together and helping each other out. I love when Bis made his appearance! He is such a cutie. I would have been fine with this series ending on the last book. I’m scared of what’s going to happen in The Witch with No Name. I hope the balance everything has come to doesn’t get shattered!
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    • No way man! The series can’t end until Rachel figures out how to keep Ivy from losing her soul when she becomes a true undead. And yeah, Rachel and Al have had a complicated relationship too, but I’m not happy with how things were left between them in book 12. They need to come to a new understanding—they’ve come too far to part permanently on such bad terms IMO. AND the ending of the series is going to be traumatic enough without one less book, LOL. I’m going to go into some kind of awful withdrawal after finishing book 13, and I’m hoping for MORE balance 😉

      • Ah yes, Ivy’s soul, I would like to see that wrapped up. She just seems so wrapped up with her new relationship I forgot about that storyline. It is going to be sad without them. They have been there every year for me, it will be weird without one. I will be seeing her again in the fall. I hope I don’t sob and beg for more! LOL
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      • When I started reading this series the first 8 books were already out, but ever since then . . . YEP, every year. I don’t know what I’m going to do without it, b/c the new UF series are NOT living up to all the awesome long-running series that have been ending lately 🙁

      • Nah. I’m not worried about that. Kim Harrison is not Charlaine Harris. It took TWELVE books for those two to get together, and they are going to stay together . . . they had better stay together . . . Dang it! No planting seeds of doubt, LOL!

    • NEXT BOOK, Lola, my lovely! I’m trying to be more stingy about my 5 star ratings, and Pale Demon is it for me in this series. Okay wait, I still have to review books 7 (4 stars) and 8 (4.5 stars), even though I’ve finished reading them, LOL. So book 9 is when you’ll get your 5 star rating 😉 And good, I hope you do. I understand the need for breaks. I took several weeks off after book 4 myself.

  13. Have I mentioned how much I’m enjoying your re-read reviews, Jessica?!? I soooo am!! Yes, For a Few Demons More is absolutely a turning point in the series. And the point where I got really excited. And The Outlaw Demon Wails continued to build on that excitement for me. I love Bis, too, btw. 😉 Awesome reviews, girl. You have me chomping at the bit to pick up in the series…I have to get caught up before September!

    • Thanks, Brandee! And YES, getting caught up before September is an excellent plan. Book 5 is definitely the turning point, and this series is second to only Kate Daniels for me b/c of it’s book 5-9 run. I’ve actually already finished reading 7 & 8, so Pale Demon is on the dock<------my FAVORITE. GAH, I love this series. I don't know what I'm going to do when it's over.

  14. You made me miss the awesomeness of this series. I love Al, Bis, and Jinx…and really I just love all of them. Except Pierce. I’m not a big Pierce fan. Anywho…I am going to make sure I have all of these loaded on my iPod and start listening to them all over again. Oh…and I’m totally stealing the Amazon voting thing and I feel okay doing that because I always vote for your reviews as helpful. 😉
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