Black Magic Sanction (Hollows Series #8)

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In New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's most complex and nuanced adventure yet, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan fights a deadly battle—mind, body, and soul

Black Magic Sanction

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned ...

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Overview

In New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's most complex and nuanced adventure yet, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan fights a deadly battle—mind, body, and soul

Black Magic Sanction

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

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Publishers Weekly
The eighth bewitching but overly dense Hollows adventure (after 2009’s White Witch, Black Curse) updates the travails of Rachel Morgan, delectable magical jack of all trades. Having recently learned that Rachel is a witch-born demon whose children would be demons, a white magic coven is shunning her and accusing her of black magic. They offer her a terrible choice: sterilization or imprisonment in Alcatraz. Trent Kalamack, drug lord and elf in hiding, offers to get the coven off her back, but her double-crossing “ex-rat ex-boyfriend,” Nick, shows up and lands her in more hot water. As Rachel battles those she thought were on her side, her survival depends on a paranormal cornucopia of elves, demons, vampires, gargoyles, pixies, and even a leprechaun. This thrill ride celebrates the can-do spirit of one of urban fantasy’s most charming witches. (Mar.)
Charlaine Harris
“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061138034
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Hollows Series , #8
  • Pages: 487
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

Biography

Bestselling paranormal fantasy author Kim Harrison went all the way through school with nary a thought of becoming a writer. A biology major in college, she took only the required English courses needed to graduate. So when the writing bug hit her later in life, she found herself at a real disadvantage with grammar, spelling, and other basic weapons in the scribbler's arsenal. However, her love of books was her saving grace. Always a voracious reader, Harrison instinctively recognized the role of plot, pacing, and character development in good storytelling. She set about writing with great enthusiasm and plugged away for the better part of decade, until she was able to bring her skills up to par.

Harrison's debut novel grew out of frustration with a growing pile of rejection notices. In an attempt to get publishers' attention, she set out to craft something deliberately weird and edgy. She conceived a motley cast of vampires, werewolves, pixies, and witches, including a sexy bounty hunter named Rachel Morgan, and threw them together in a short story. Then, her agent introduced her to editor Diana Gill, and together they refined and expanded Harrison's idea into a full length novel.

Published in 2004, Dead Witch Walking became a bestseller, launched a blockbuster series, and catapulted Harrison into a pantheon of paranormal superstars that includes Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. As if to validate her inclusion in these ranks, Harrison's stories have also been included in several bestselling paranormal collections.

Good To Know

  • Harrison claims that her muse exists in music. In our exclusive interview, she explained, "Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it's a soft manipulator of influence and change. I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts. And I'll admit that if I can, I'll steal that nugget of truth, study it, facet it, polish it, and place it in my writing."

  • On her MySpace page, Kim lists the following as her heroes: "My parents. Anyone who pursues their dreams when no one believes they can reach them. Single moms and dads."

  • Rachel Morgan and her otherworldly cohorts exist in and around an alternate version of Cincinnati, Ohio -- a "little big city" Harrison was familiar with from her Midwestern youth. She always tries to incorporate "Cincy" sights into her series novels, so readers are likely to find allusions to Eden Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, and other local neighborhoods and landmarks.

  • As a tribute to one of her favorite actor/directors, Harrison has given some of her Rachel Morgan novels titles that play on well-known Clint Eastwood films: For a Few Demons More, Every Which Way but Dead, The Outlaw Demon Wails, etc.

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    • Posted January 18, 2010

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      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 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.

      Harriet Klausner

      24 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 1, 2010

      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 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.

      10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 25, 2010

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      this was awesome

      i got an advanced reader of this and it was great. after the last two which weren't bad just depressing this book takes the story to a great place. this is the best one since fist full of charms.

      10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 27, 2010

      Disappointing

      I had to make myself finish this book it has some great moments, like when Rach takes on the witching community, but that doesn't make up for the volume of nonsense drivel between former boyfriend and new idiot. Rachel can take care of her self and I didn't like the sheer number of pages dedicated to the ghost with a body implying she couldn't. Plus I was affronted by the death of a favorite character that required mister ghost instead of long time friends for support. Over all the spark is gone, and when you have to literally force yourself to finish a book you know it's time to leave the series behind.

      3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 2, 2010

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      Wonderful!! Great read

      Rachel and Trent are up to their old tricks again and their love/hate relationship takes another turn with the promise still in the air that he is going to be made into her failure. Nick (the jerk) is back in this 8th installment and making Rachel's a living h#ll as usual with his lies and secrets. With Al now being Rachel's demon teacher, Rachel faces more heartache when the council attempts to capture her and put her to trial as a black witch, but boy are they in for a big surprise.....

      Can't wait to see what happens next with book 9-

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 8, 2010

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      Loved it

      Once again Ms. Harrison sucked me into Rachel's world. I devoured the book the day I bought it after waiting with much anticipation I might add. I found myself understanding the characters even more including Trent Kalamack. It was wonderfully written (as are all her books) and fulfills the cliffhanger feeling from the prior book but left me eager for the next story. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. I absolutely recommend the book!!

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 21, 2010

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      ????

      Why isn't this available in ebook format????

      3 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 30, 2010

      I love the ending.

      The was a great book to read. I couldn't put it down once I started. It was fast paced from the first chapter. It had lots of serious moments as well as some funny ones. I absolutely love the last few chapters. They were great and I had to go back and reread them immediately. I can't wait for the next book.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 4, 2010

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      Good Read -- Other reviews are too harsh

      I read the several disgruntled customer reviews of this book before I read so my expectations where pretty low. And now I'm thoroughly confused on what you guys were complaining about. I thought it was a great installment. MUCH MUCH less depressing than some of Harrison's other Morgan installments. Fun, decently paced, some good character development. I can't believe I'm actually starting to like Big Al, but Harrison's doing a great job developing his character. And someone better do something about Nick soon.... geesh! All in all, I dug it and I'm ready for the next one.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 8, 2010

      Rachel pulls out another win

      Ms Harrison is a gifted writer able to put you in the seat next to her characters - you have an interesting ride with any of her writings
      This particular offering finds Rachel still growing as a individual as she wrestles with her self over good and evil, boyfriends, death, curses and her partners Ivy and Jenks - plus assorted bad guys/evildoers and of course Aligarept or Al is in fine form as Rachels teacher cum mentor.
      I can only say I wish I could read slower but I find myself devouring Ms Harrisons books as Newt devours souls

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 8, 2010

      Kim Harrison does it Again!

      Kim brings us back to Rachel and her 'family' quickly and with a resounding WOW. Her character development is consistent and makes us like, dislike, like again certain characters. It still pulls at our heartstrings about love lost and found in unusual places. It makes us think about family and what that means.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 20, 2010

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      Still Original, still true to the beginning

      Kim Harrison has kept her characters growing and evolving. Just when I think there is no way for her stories to keep growing; she finds a new twist without destroying her characters personalities and sense of self.

      Her stories are great reads, keep your interest in the journey of her tales and make you care. Even if you read the last page, you want to see how the characters got there. There is no skipping pages to reach the end of Harrison's saga.

      I will keep buying her books as long as I have a job.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 8, 2010

      Good Addition to the Series

      This installment in the series runs at a fast clip and leaves you laughing and crying and ready for the next book to hit the stands. It is sad to have lost Kisten, but I'm glad to see that Rachel has someone to turn to. Let's hope that it works out better for her.

      Great Read!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 8, 2010

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      Kim Harrison and Rachel Morgan are at their best... again...

      I just LOVE Kim Harrison's series about Rachel Morgan. I am enchanted by the world she creates and the characters that come to life. Jenks and Ivy leap of the pages again. The imagery is vivid and at times I feel like I am right there in the room, watching Rachel work her magic. The action is good, and in a similar spirit to Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series, it has light-hearted fun mixed in with the mystery and darker moments.

      I highly recommend this book and the whole entertaining series to anyone looking for mystery and fun.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 27, 2010

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      They just get better!

      I cruise through this series, enjoying it all of the way. It is my guilty pleasure for sure. Hurry up with #9!!

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 13, 2010

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      RACHEL MORGAN BLACK MAGIC SANCTION

      I LOVE KIM HARRISON BOOKS. I HAVE READ EVERYONE AND I JUST WISH SHE COULD WRITE FASTER.....CAN'T WAIT TILL THE NEXT ONE COMES OUT.
      HER CHARACTERS ARE ORIGINAL, THE PACE IS FAST ACTION. READ THEM ALL, THEY ARE GREAT.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 14, 2010

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      Thrilling And Satisfying

      This eighth installment in the Rachel Morgan series entertains with a combination of heart-thumping action, supernatural high jinx, engaging regular characters and select scenes of emotional heartache, change and acceptance. The primary plot follows Rachel's struggles against the white witch coven of moral ethics and standards which has been informed of Rachel's altered demon-kin genetics, association with demons and ability to twist demon curses. The white but lethal coven witches initially seek to capture and hold her for either sterilization or lifelong imprisonment. Their tactics eventually change to assassination attempts against Rachel and anyone foolish enough to stand with her. Rachel initially limits herself to physical self-defense, but she's ultimately forced to fight magic with magic. She then schemes, steals and finagles to secure her friends, family, home and way of life. During her struggles she receives periodic help from her demon teacher Al and unwanted but needed assistance from Pierce, who's been assigned by the demons to protect/babysit her. Ivy, Jenks, Jenks' pixie family, including Jax, and Ceri also fight for Rachel. From the outset Rachel suspects Trent of being the coven informant, but she has no proof. Consequently, her early conversation/confrontations with him are incendiary. Her interactions with Al and Pierce are entertaining and enlightening. And, even her estranged, x-boyfriend, Nick, is masterfully integrated into the twisting, action plot. Over the course of the story, Rachel begins to accept her differences and mature. Jenks also grows beyond his personal limitations. This story is an action-packed, lightning-fast, roller-coaster ride with quirky twists and emotional turns. I recommend it and the entire series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy or supernatural fiction.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 14, 2014

      I found this series last year and have been steadily reading thr

      I found this series last year and have been steadily reading through it ever since. It's so exciting to find a new series that I love so much, especially one with so many books already written! In Black Magic Sanction, Rachel has to deal with being shunned and the Coven trying to destroy her (literally).

      There were some things in this book that I would have been as happy without. Such as the little skill/physical talent that Rachel discloses after she makes love to Pierce. I think that little tidbit was supposed to be funny, but just came off as stupid to me.

      As always, there is a lot of action in the book and things move along quickly. Bis, the teenage gargoyle, gets a larger role in this story. I really enjoyed that as he is so cute and sweet - and there aren't that many cute and sweet characters in this series!

      While not my favorite book in the series, Kim Harrison still has the ability to make me laugh and cry when I read her work. I'm still in love with her characters and hope to read the next book in the series soon.

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    • Posted March 9, 2014

      Love her

      Love Rachel Morgan. Kept me entertained the Whole time. Highly recommenced.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 23, 2014

      Is anyone on

      Hey

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