The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, Book 6)
by Kim Harrison
Review by Steve Sawicki
Eos Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061149825
Date: 01 December 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
This is the sixth book written by Kim Harrison set in The Hollows universe, a world where normal human kind and the supernatural have combined so the presence of witches, demons, vampires, werewolves, pixies and elves is nothing so much as common place. Rachel Morgan, the protagonist of the series is a bounty hunter-witch who lives in a church with her vampire roommate, a pixie and his family and more than one curse. This time it's the demon world that gives Rachel grief, primarily in the form of Al, a demon who wants her dead and who is supposed to be imprisoned but is managing to get out--every night. On top of this, Rachel is being asked to go into demon land, the very place where Al lives, to retrieve a sample of elven blood that could hold the key to elven freedom. Just another day in the life of Rachel Morgan.
You do not have to have read the previous books to understand what is going on in this one although it will help. Harrison does enough summarizing of the major previous plots so you won't feel left out. So, whether you've not read the previous five or just can't remember all the details you can move forward without feeling like you're missing some major points of information.
The writing is once again, clear, directed and focused--producing a novel that is both thick but fast paced. Harrison populates this book with nearly all of the major characters from the previous five so there's a lot going on all the time on almost every page. There are also some wicked plot twists to keep things interesting.
I've enjoyed this series, which is filling that supernatural/horror/thriller niche quite nicely. Each book is better than the previous and the characters are interesting while doing interesting things. Harrison has produced another fine effort here, weaving a very rich story line and moving through it with skill and grace, creating a very entertaining package. Highly recommended.