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âYou'll love this bounty-hunter team.... A fun-fair ride through a fascinating version of our world.â -- Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of Club Dead, on Kim Harrison's Hollows series The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her -- not necessarily in that order. Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses -- savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary. Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake. âFun, fast-paced supernatural PI adventure.â -- Locus Born and raised in Tornado Alley, Kim Harrison now resides in the more sultry climes of South Carolina. She is the New York Times bestselling author of For a Few Demons More, Dead Witch Walking, The Good the Bad and the Undead, and A Fistful of Charms. Visit her at www.kimharrison.net. Marguerite Gavin has recorded over 200 audiobooks in nearly every genre, including Harrison's For a Few Demons More Black and Black & White by Dani Shapiro. AudioFile magazine says, âMarguerite Gavin has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.... She easily delivers wry humor.â
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- Publisher : Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2008)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1605146358
- ISBN-13 : 978-1605146355
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.75 x 1.05 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,768,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her -- not necessarily in that order.
Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses -- savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.
Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millenia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake.
Out of all the books, this one has a more focused plot: Rachel has to save Nick (ex-boyfriend) after he stole a particular item that has the Weres eager to kill him. And what makes matters worse is Nick has dragged Jax, Jenks (pixy) son, into his problems. So Rachel has to resort to using more demon curses to help her Were (turn into a werewolf) and make Jenks human size so they can save Jenks' son. And what makes matters even more super-duper worse is that the artifact Nick stole can tip the balance of power between the Inderlanders (supernatural community).
I really liked this book. It pretty much had everything. Rachel and Ivy finally worked out some of the tension between them. Though their little experimentation didn't end so well, it really opened some doors for their future relationship.
We get to see Jenks in a whole new way, LIFE SIZED! I was so excited to have Jenks be more a part of the action. And every time Rachel had to remind herself that Jenks was a married man, it just made my day. But the fact that Jenks is coming to the end of his Pixy life was heart-breaking. Pixies only live for about twenty years. I don't know how this is going to be fixed, but it better be resolved in a good way because if Jenks isn't around to talk about the inappropriate parts of Tinkerbell's anatomy, I will throw myself on my bed and cry.
And what we learn about Nick is just shocking. Nick's character is sure taking a path I didn't expect.
I like Rachel a lot more in this series. She is more introspective. As she continues to use demon curses that stain her soul with demon smut, she is forced to examine who she has always been and what she is turning into. Plus, her tendency to throw herself into reckless situations is finally explained.
We finally get to learn more about the werewolf community. Their rules, their customs. That's usually my favorite part of urban fantasy books, learning about the quarks of each supernatural race.
A Fistful of Charms had a bit of romance, a lot of action, and large scoops of character development. I was either tense with anticipation or laughing out loud most of the time. That's what tells me this was a great book.
Harrison's writing style is not my taste. I still enjoyed the book but she can really drag some scenes with her descriptions.
Though I liked Rachel more in this book, she still gets on my nerves occasionally.
Sexual tension and a scene that may not be sex but it gets hot and heavy.
Though I found it frustrating at first, I like how Harrison always leaves us with a bit of mystery, something to still solve for later. She is a great story teller who knows how to create kick-ass characters. I always look forward to the next book in the series and this book didn't disappoint. Highly recommended.
There are even more sub-plots in A Fistful of Charms than before! Rachel is challenged as David's alpha, she uses more magic to transform people, but this time she does it without her earth-charms to make things happen faster - and thus, she has to take the black for her soul that comes with it. Ceri helps her with her magic, and both Rachel and Ceri always has an excuse handy to feel better about using demon magic rather than completely white magic.
It is difficult to write a proper review about A Fistful of Charms without spoiling it, but I am dong my best! There are, however, spoilers from previous books in the series - if not, I wouldn't have much to say at all. The story is very fast-paced, a lot of things are going on, and all the side-characters become a little more important as the readers get to know them better.
The humor is ever-present, and I love how Rachel sees Jenks completely differently in A Fistful of Charms, how she realizes that he truly is a man, that he is strong, and that he sure has a mind of his own. Their adventures away from home, first finding Jax, then trying to find Nick, are very exciting. They don't have the usual suspects around, and they don't have all of their usual allies either. Rachel shows once again that she isn't afraid of a challenge that seems to be impossible to overcome, and she fights until the very end. The few people she decides to trust on her quest turn out to be very helpful, and her little banter with Marshal is really funny! Rachel needs his help to get to the island where she and Jenks think Nick is being held, and he comes through for her without too much trouble.
Rachel continues to be extremely inventive to make sure her run goes the way she wants it to go, and it's awesome to see her in a hostile environment, with her backup being different from usual, and actually saving Nick after all the heartache he put her through. Ivy shows up to help, and they set up an elaborate but very quick plan to make sure the were-packs from out of town will leave Nick alone after all is said and done. At the same time, Rachel knows there is not way she can trust him anymore, and it appears she is right in her assessment of him and the lengths he will go to make sure he, himself, is safe.
Kist and Rachel continue their romance, and I really enjoy Kist a lot! He is dangerous, is not shy about it, and still tries to play by Rachel's rules. He is so good for her, and she is very good for him as well. Ivy and Rachel take their own relationship to the next level, and it almost ends in disaster! They will have a lot of things to talk about for the future, though, but they are all OK when the book ends - even if there are several loose ends when it comes to the ting they are hiding from the were-pack, and what Rachel thinks is the best way to deal with it. Finally, it seems as if Rachel will have some quiet time, and that she will be happy for once.
- only one quote - I was too busy reading to highlight much in A Fistful of Charms
I lay curled up on the cot, my head on the clean smell of the borrowed hotel pillow, and my shoulders covered by the thin car blanket. I wasn't crying. I was not crying. Tears were leaking out as I waited for the ugly feelings to fade, but I wasn't crying, damn it!
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Rachel and jenks leave town to find nick and jenks son who are in trouble after stealing a were artefact supposed to do...err...after reading I'm still not sure and don't really care. I like this series but don't love it only because of three things really: The whole ivy and Rachel relationship and how Rachel constantly analyses it and blames herself when ivy loses control (classic domestic abuse behaviour, by the way), the way Rachel obsesses about doing black magic and how it taints her as if she is the most pious woman on the planet, and the really long boring descriptions of the magic rituals featured in all the books. This book has all these issues more than ever, so Rachel seemed more whiny than usual. She has spent the previous three books asserting that she will NEVER let ivy bite her then all of a sudden changes her mind over some weird need to do what she thinks is best for ivy. Their relationship generally starts blurring lines because its obvious Rachel loves ivy even though she is straight. However that is believable but rachels about turn on the biting thing just isn't for me. And surprise surprise she does more harm than good. Nick goes from the love of her life to the bad guy in the space of this book which feels a bit jarring and there's a scene where Rachel tricks a scuber diving guy to take her out on a boat so she can steal the equipment but then she turns around and tells him the truth and he just says, ok, and goes out of his way to help her. As if that would happen. Why is it that men always seem to go out of their way to help Rachel for no reason? Hmm.
Anyway apart from these issues it was enjoyable enough as an action urban fantasy and the vest thing about it is jenks being big. Hilarious and touching at times. Worth reading as part of a series of general merit but hardly mind blowing stuff.
Action packed fantasy novel, I am seriously addicted to these books.
Magic mixes with the real world as Rachael gets into more near misses and life on the line magic.
Can't wait to get my head in the next book!! :)