The Witch with No Name (Hollows)
by Kim Harrison
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
Review by Gayle Surrette
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061957963
Date: 28 April 2015 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
NOTE: This review of the hardcover, originally appeared in our September 2014 issue.
Kim Harrison bring her Hollows series to a conclusion with The Witch With No Name. The characters, especially Rachel Morgan, have been through a lot of changes throughout the series. Some have died. Some have betrayed the people who trusted them. Some have grown and changed as their lives became involved in events that could not be ignored. Some have learned things they wished they could now forget. It's been an interesting, entertaining, and spell-binding series that has kept readers anxiously waiting for the next installment -- and now it's over; but the ending is just as exciting as the first book that started it all.
Things have begun to settle into a bit of a routine since the The Undead Pool. But all the still unsettled issues from the series are about to come to a head. Cormel actually tries to kill Ivy to force Rachel to save Ivy's soul. Ivy manages to live and no one believes that Rachel doesn't yet know how to put souls back into the body of a vampire.
Trent has lost most of his powerbase and his not listened to by the elves anymore.
Rachel is still not trusted as a demon even though she's saved everyone over and over and over from their mistakes and efforts to kill off their enemies. The elves are determined to wipe out the vampires. They have a new plan since the previous one was foiled by Rachel and Trent.
Everything comes to a head. Trent, Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks all must come to terms with what they are willing to do for love, friendship, and family. Rachel must come to terms with her powers and the responsibilities that the use of those powers require of her. She's hampered by her impulse to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of others and a not small amount of misplaced guilt and regret.
None the less, this is the way all series should end. The Witch With No Name is as strong and engrossing a story long-time readers would expect. As some of our favorite characters have not survived in the past, there's no guarantee that everyone will reach the last page alive. So, set aside the time to read this in one long session and then read it over again. This is writing to enjoy and characters to care about.
I shall hope that eventually, there will be a short story or several that will fill in some of the gaps in the books.