Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I remember the first book I picked up in this series, thinking, “This is labeled urban fantasy basically? Do I like urban fantasy? I don’t think I do….” But a synopsis or a quote from a reviewer, something caught my eye and I read it anyway. I was intrigued. I laughed so hard (Jenks the pixie and his derogatory Tink comments, oh boy!) and I was unnerved and completely hooked. It was like nothing I’d ever read before.
PALE DEMON by Kim Harrison is another amazing reading experience! This book in the series throws Trent, Ivy, Jenks, and Rachel (as well as a few other characters they pick up along the way) into a car on a road trip. Why? Rachel doesn’t know, Trent won’t tell her---and let the tension commence! Trying to get Trent to California in one piece (which Rachel promised Quen she’d do!) is going to be harder then she thought, what with the wild-Elven-magic wielding assassins, the witch coven on her tail, Jenks going missing and more! Not your usual road trip! Throw in a soul-devouring demon that seems impossible to defeat, some breath-taking fight scenes, and the roller coaster that is Rachel’s relationship with Al (or Trent for that matter!) and you'll be alternating between highs and exhaustion. And the end? It leaves you flipping pages in disbelief! It can’t end there, can it??
I love the twist and turns this book (or any Kim Harrison book!) takes. The character Rachel Morgan has grown exponentially and is so real, you feel like you must have met her at some point in your life. Every time Rachel is in a corner, I read all the more eagerly, knowing she’s going to pull something out of absolutely nowhere to send us flying in disbelief. And then the author is gonna slam us on the way down with a plot twist! You literally cannot guess what is going to happen next. The author knows her world better then we the readers do and her world is expansive in a way that keeps the author from painting herself into a corner, but not in a way that is uncomfortable for us as the readers, if that makes sense; we feel safe, like walking through the uncertainty that is Wonderland, but having Alice holding our hand the entire time.
I love love love Kim Harrison’s Rachel Ward series and I highly recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in urban fantasy with a strong female character or who likes magic, mayhem, witches and bounty hunters! (oh alright, there's also vampires, pixies, werewolves and elves! Happy now?)
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