Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
The Hollows, Book 3
Publisher: HarperCollins (Mobi-pocket June 2005,) 449 KB (432 pages,) ISBN 0-06-085532-0

This book really grabs your interest from the first page. It jumps right in with Rachel summoning the demon Algaliarept to fulfil the deal she made with him in the last book, where she agreed to become his familiar. We are introduced to a new character, Ceri, who was the demon’s familiar for 1,000 years, but has been freed by Rachel.  We learn that Ceri is also an Elf like Trent. In this book Rachel goes on another run and as usual gets in and out of trouble.

Every Witch Way but Dead is the third book in The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows Series. Currently there are nine books in the series, with another three or four expected to be released in the future. This series is a modern day story that centers around inderlanders: witches, weres, vampires and others including the occasional demon, so it falls into the Contemporary Fantasy or Urban Fantasy genre. It is told in the first person narrative from Rachel Morgan’s point of view, she is the main protagonist.

The book was fun to read and I enjoyed it much more than The Good, The Bad and The Undead. Rachel is continuing to deal with the problems of living with Ivy an undead vampire. Problems arise because Ivy is also the Scion for Piscary, the dead vampire who Rachel put into jail. The relationship between Rachel and Kisten really gets going and there is some pretty steamy stuff in the book between these two.  Another new character is introduced, David a lone were who is also an insurance adjuster.

We learn more about Trent and what motivates him. We also learn more about Rachel and her background, plus, her abilities continue to grow in strength and capability.  The only part of the book that I found a bit annoying was Jenks reaction to Rachel keeping a secret from him, but the author explained the reasons and I felt it made sense. There is lots of action and plenty of suspense.

I like how the story unfolds and the ending is great. This is a stand alone book which is always satisifying to me, but it is also part of a larger story. I looking forward to reading A Fistful of Charms. I recommend this book, but you should read the books in order as the story builds.


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