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Black Magic Sanction (Hollows Series #8)

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24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

superb urban fantasy

Having defeated various paranormal criminals and resolved the Kisten case, detective Rachel Morgan finds out she has been betrayed to a white magic coven who shun her for using black magic as a witch-born demon whose offspring will be demons. Stunned by the declaration...
Having defeated various paranormal criminals and resolved the Kisten case, detective Rachel Morgan finds out she has been betrayed to a white magic coven who shun her for using black magic as a witch-born demon whose offspring will be demons. Stunned by the declaration and the sentencing, the coven offers her a choice of solitary incarceration at Alcatraz or sterilization.

Drug kingpin Trent Kalamack the elf offers Rachel a deal that would get the coven to back off of her but the cost is high. Her former boyfriend Nick Sparagmos arrives to make her situation worse as only he can while she wonders what game he is playing this time. Only her demon teacher Al seems to be on her side, but Rachel trusts no one as she realizes the coven that she has paid annual dues to for years can be bought and sold regardless of the buffoon announcements of the coven's Oliver to the contrary.

There is a lot going on in the Hollows as Kim Harrison shows her bewitching skills with a strong entry that follows up fresh and nice after all that occurred in the super The Outlaw Demon Wails and White Witch, Black Curse. The story line is fast-paced from the moment Rachel learns of the shunning sentencing and never slows down as she battles her "allies" who prove corrupt. As she and readers learn more about the coven and its history, fans will regale in the heroine's latest urban fantasy as the escapades keep coming at Rachel.

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posted by harstan on January 18, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Sorta disappointed...

I really liked this series and had been waiting for this to come out. I was sadly disappointed with this book. I had a very hard time trying to finish it. What I enjoyed most about the previous books was the ongoing relationship between Rachel and Ivy...which was pai...
I really liked this series and had been waiting for this to come out. I was sadly disappointed with this book. I had a very hard time trying to finish it. What I enjoyed most about the previous books was the ongoing relationship between Rachel and Ivy...which was painfully left out in this book. The prior two books had taken this part of the story to new levels giving me the feeling that the moment would finally come for these two characters. Alas, this was not so. And to rub salt into my wounds, one of the more annoying characters in the series, a ghost with a body, plays a more prominent role now. If the author has taken her series in a new direction, then I'm sad to say that I'll be sitting the rest of it out.

posted by 144014 on March 1, 2010

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