Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

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by Kim Harrison
     
 

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A true queen of urban fantasy—the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan—the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories.

Rachel is here, as are Jenks the

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A true queen of urban fantasy—the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan—the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories.

Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes.

Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time. No true Hollows aficionado will want to pass this up—and readers of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher; fans of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight novels and of paranormal romance superstars Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, will be likewise enchanted.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harrison's Hollows series remains one of the more solid and satisfying islands in the current sea of novels involving vampires, demons, and werewolves. Hollows fans will be enthralled by the first half of this short story collection, which offers glimpses of history and new insights into many familiar characters, including demon Algaliarept, vampire Ivy Tamwood, and Jenks the pixie; first-time readers will find the stories an accessible and intriguing introduction to the series. The second half of the book goes outside of the Hollows to introduce other fantasy creatures with Harrison's unique spin, such as the dryads who Will Temson inadvertently inherits in "Temson Estates" and the angry tree spirit with whom grandmother Emily, mother Meg, and child Lilly must come to terms in "Spider Silk." Harrison's talent for making supernaturals understandable, likable, and engaging is amply demonstrated in this strong collection. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Oct.)
San Antonio Express-News
“With more than 2.5 million “Hollows” books in print, Harrison has definitely tapped a nerve — or a magical ley line.”
New York Times Book Review
“Her work can read like a smoldering combination of Alice Waters and Ozzy Osbourne.”
Daytona Beach News
“Kim Harrison creates another fun, compelling installment of her urban fantasy series with White Witch, Black Curse.”
Entertainment Weekly
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Tank Girl.”
Booklist
“The Rachel Morgan series is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in the urban-fantasy subgenre.”
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“Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series will be drawn to Harrison’s smart, supernatural series.”
San Antonio Express-News on Pale Demon
“With more than 2.5 million “Hollows” books in print, Harrison has definitely tapped a nerve — or a magical ley line.”
Charlaine Harris
“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”
Booklist on Into the Woods
“For the first time, all of Kim Harrison’s shorter pieces are gathered together in one volume...A must read for Harrison fans.”
Library Journal
Best known for "The Hollows," her urban fantasy series about bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan, Harrison here presents five short stories, two novelettes, and four novellas that demonstrate her talent for short fiction. While most of the stories expand the world of the Hollows and feature supporting characters from that series, the novelettes "Spider Silk" and "Grace" are set in new fantasy environments. VERDICT Whether exploring the backstory of Mia the banshee ("Dirty Magic") or trying out a different sort of supernatural creature (e.g., the dryad in "Temson Estates"), this collection should attract Harrison's sizable fan base.
Kirkus Reviews
A collection of old and new novellas, novelettes and short stories from urban-fantasy author Harrison (A Perfect Blood, 2012, etc.), mostly taking place inside her Hollows fictional universe. Harrison is known for her urban-fantasy novels, beginning with 2004's Dead Witch Walking. Largely set in an alternate version of present-day Cincinnati some 40 years after a horrific plague, her Hollows setting features witches, werewolves, demons and vampires, among other supernatural characters. This new collection, which Harrison dedicates "[t]o the readers," brings together Harrison's previously published Hollows short fiction going back several years, as well as a new Hollows novella and four stories set outside the Hollows universe. Though a few of the stories feature Harrison's main protagonist, the tough bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan, several give supporting characters a shot at the limelight. For example, in the previously unpublished "Million Dollar Baby," she tells the story of an adventure that the elf Trent Kalamack and the pixy Jenks undertook in Seattle during the time frame of the 2011 novel Pale Demon, while the relatively brief story "The Bespelled," first published as a bonus with the 2008 mass-market edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails, centers on the demon Algaliarept. Other stories feature vampires and dryads in non-Hollows settings. Though most of the stories here were written for one-off anthologies, all are solid urban-fantasy tales, and her fans will find much to appreciate. Harrison also helpfully supplies brief introductions for each story, providing context for each, as well as background detail into each story's creation. A comprehensive and well-constructed collection, sure to be welcomed by Harrison's fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061974328
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Series:
Hollows Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
513
Sales rank:
878,219
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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