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Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2017
I'm seriously disappointed. I had such high hopes for the feisty Rachel Morgan when I was introduced to her a couple of years ago. I've been laboring through the entire Hollows series since. I loved the characters (like Al), the title themes corresponding with Clint Eastwood movies, the urban fantasy.
Over time, the series started to suffer from wash, rinse, repeat with the details and descriptions, pointless situational filler, wishy-washy internal dialoguing as Rachel constantly struggles with being a dark witch, then a demon, then whether or not she's good enough to be with Ivy, or later Trent. These last few books have been a struggle to get through. I almost gave up a few times. I'm primarily upset with how Harrison went about telling some of the story - using copious amounts of filler (30 chapters that could have been told in 20) in lieu of gee perhaps unraveling the happenings surrounding the deaths and disappearances of a few major characters. Pierce and Ceri, for example, get an honorable 3-minute mention of how they died after the fact. Like it was an afterthought of, "Oh, yeah. Remember these two. They are dead now." While other, less interesting characters, get prime print real-estate languishing in painstaking detail to their unfolding plots, meetings in the shadows, and later demise.
To sum up: had I known Rachel's story would end with the typical all she needs to be happy is to be married to the guy who treated her like crap for most of the series, have kids, and set her business/career aside, I would have passed.