Black Magic Sanction (Hollows Series #8)

Black Magic Sanction (Hollows Series #8)

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by Kim Harrison

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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

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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 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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Hollows Series , #8
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Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan Series #8) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 887 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not available in eBook format due to the publisher's decision to push the release date back to April on the eBook version only. The reasoning being that the eBooks are being priced too low, see Kim Harrison's blog entry on the subject: Regardless of which side of the fence you come down on here, leaving a 1 star review because the eBook isn't available is only doing a disservice Kim Harrison by lowering the rating on her book...
amber_h_79 More than 1 year ago
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-
Thumper3 More than 1 year ago
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.
GirlRider More than 1 year ago
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.
Kitten19785 More than 1 year ago
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!!
FranktheBook More than 1 year ago
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
sronczy More than 1 year ago
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.
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
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.
lafrijole More than 1 year ago
I can't even find the e-book version on Barnes and Noble.. Amazon showed it avail. in April. If an MP3 version is out right now- and will help the author make the Best Seller lists, then so should the Ebook versions- otherwise what's the point of owning a Nook?? I think we may just return it.. it seems the only profits are going to B&N until months after a book is released....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sherylb07 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black Magic Sanction is a great addition to the series and finally shows some real positive direction for the series. Aspects of the series which once frustrated me such as Ivy's undefined relationship with Rachel, Trent's apparent dislike of of hera, and Rachel's overall purpose are now being more directly addressed. There is plenty of action and while Rachel is still somewhat of a wild card, she seems more focused in her actions. In Black Magic Sanction we find Rachel once again the focus of a lot of negative speculation by the coven's leaders and a target of their attempt to minimize the true nature of witches origination. Once again with the help of her friends she finds herself making the intentional choice of NOT using black magic, while working under Al's tutelage. As well, as acknowledging what her true feelings towards Pierce are and why she reacts to him the way she does. Overall, I loved the book and am happy with the direction the series seems to be taking. While there are still a few unanswered questions and lingering mysteries, the series and its characters seem to be maturing nicely.
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