Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Perfect Blood (Hollows #10) by Kim Harrison #Review

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Hollows #10
Author: Kim Harrison
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Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Reviewed by: Aimee
Source: Review copy courtesy of publisher
Rating: Win! 4 out of 5

"It's good," I said. "I'm fine."
"You are not fine." Ceri took my arm, pinching it painfully to keep me from pulling away from her. "And don't you let her walk the entire way," she admonished Trent.
"I'm not going to pick her up and carry her screaming to the basement," Trent said. "It's a workday. Besides, she has a crutch."
"Crutch or no, she's hurt!" Ceri protested.
"I mean," Trent said intently, "she can hit me with it if I do something she doesn't like."

(warning! This review contains spoilers from the previous book, Pale Demon.)

Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors and The Hollows is, without a doubt, one of my top favorite series. The world building is so in-depth; the characters well rounded and colorful. Each individual story is fully and completely entertaining. In the 10th book in The Hollows series, A Perfect Blood begins a few months past where Pale Demon left off. Ms. Morgan is invisible to Al and the demon collective in the Ever After with the help of Mr. Kalamk's wild elf magic. But now everyone knows she's a demon and she faces a new bevy of troubles as a result. The worst of them being the recent abduction of witches and someones attempt to create their own demons for nefarious purposes. But why? This new problem puts Rachel's life in jeopardy and threatens to further blacken her reputation. If that's even possible now that she's the worlds first public demon. Unfortunately, some people think Rachel is involved.

There's so much to dish about on this book, but I'm going to have to pull in my reigns so I don't give away any spoilers. But I'll give you a quick run-down. In A Perfect Blood we see the introduction of a new terroristic organization that we've never heard of before. Very interesting things are happening in Jenks little corner of the world that seem both promising and… unusual. We meet a new and mysterious master vamp that heads up the I.S., but also seems a bit familiar somehow. I could be wrong, but the mysteriousness to this new character leaves a lot up to the imagination. I think everyone will be equally intrigued. There's just something about him that makes the cogs in my head spin. Who is that man?!

Rachel also has a new body guard now that she's a not-so-desirable demon. But with the new body guard comes new troubles. On top of all that, we're introduced to some little bundles of joy! That's right… Ceri and Quen's new baby girl and Daddy Trentbucks new (stolen) daughter. Getting to see the daddy side of Trent is interesting and delightful!

So what were my misgivings about the book? In all fairness, they're based on my own personal bias. There is nothing wrong with the story itself. It was full of fun, adventure and the usual, humorous Jenksisms. I really did enjoy it, but was it as good as Pale Demon? Mmm. No. Not really. Pale Demon had many intriguing reveals for nearly every character. A Perfect Blood… not so much. There were a few reveals. But none as spellbinding or profound as the ones from the previous book. There was a satisfying amount of Rachel and Trent interaction, which gives you many things to ponder. HOWEVER, there was not nearly enough of Al and the Ever After. Only a smidge!

And there you have it. I am admittedly biased when it comes Al. I think Al and the Ever After are what draws me back, time and again, to this series. After the really eye opening sides we got to see of Newt, Al and Rachel the last time, I was really hoping for more of the same. Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of the dilemmas that happen top side of the ground in Cincy. But if I'm being honest, I think the most interesting parts of the entire series have always involved Rachel's calamities and discoveries with Al, Newt, and the Ever After. I can't help it. Al is my favorite character. He's the most colorful character (aside from Jenks) in the whole story. That said, the story was still fun, as it always is, and definitely not one to be missed. I highly (and always) recommend this series to anyone. It's that good.

Last, for those of you that may not have known, The Hollows has been picked up as a possible future tv series. Which I am so excited about! I can't wait to see it on tv and hope with all my heart they don't screw it up. It happens. But I've got my fingers crossed for this one.
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