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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Enter the woods . . . if you dare

Into the Woods

For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies—who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

And now, New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison ventures into

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Enter the woods . . . if you dare

Into the Woods

For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies—who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

And now, New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, bestselling Hollows series.

The tales here include an original Hollows novella, Million-Dollar Baby, about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, "Pet Shop Boys" and "Temson Woods," that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, "Spider Silk" and "Grace," set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories—together in one volume for the very first time.

Step into the woods and discover the magic for yourself.

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.”
Booklist Previews
“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.”
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.
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.”
Charlaine Harris
“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061974328
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/09/2012
Series:
Hollows Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
513
Sales rank:
709,011
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in Michigan, and has recently returned there to escape the South Carolina heat. 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; and Pale Demon, plus the graphic novel Blood Work. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery series for young adults, including Once Dead, Twice Shy and Early to Death, Early to Rise.

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Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful collection of short stories from Kim Harrison! Not only do we get to revisit the world of The Hollows, but there are also four stories set outside The Hollows. With the exception of Million Dollar Baby, all of The Hollows stories have been previously released and I was pleased to find that there were a couple of the stories that I hadn't read yet. But the main draw was Million Dollar Baby. This story focuses on the elf quest to steal baby Lucy that Trent and Jenks take during Pale Demon. I was never really a Trent fan during the majority of The Hollows books, but he started to change my mind during Pale Demon and I really enjoyed his POV in Million Dollar Baby. We see more of his motiviations and how much he really does value Rachel, although I did miss the interaction between the two of them. I also enjoyed seeing Trent learn to work with Jenks and come to value the skill set that the pixie provides. While Million Dollar Baby makes Into the Woods a must-buy, I enjoyed the Beyond the Hollows stories as well. Pet Shop Boys is a cross between vampires and fae, Temson Estates and Spider Silk both focus on dryads, and finally Grace focuses on a portion of the population who can harness the electrical currents in their bodies to affect the physical world around them. They are all a definite departure from The Hollows world, and I would be happy to read more for any and all of them.
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
If you have not read The Hollows or also known as Rachel Morgan series, I would suggest that before reading this book. The first book is Dead Witch Walking. The stories about The Hollows, are more enjoyable and make more sense if you are already familiar with that world. But if, not, they wouldn't make a bad read and Harrison has introductions to all the tales, so you get the background information on the story. The tales focus on Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and Trent.      The other tales cover two versions of Dryads, or tree spirits, fairy's who are bit more bloodthirsty, and people who can gather and manipulate energy.      This is one of the best short story anthology's I have read. Definitely worth checking out.       
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best short story book i have read in a long time.
KyloeGriffGirl More than 1 year ago
Having read everything she writes this did tie in some loose ends and explained some of the characters better.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I'm usually not one for short stories, yet I keep requesting the collections of them. However, Into the Woods was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed each story, and this collection is a must-have for the millions of Kim Harrison fans out there! These stories will grab you and not let you go! There are some new and some old stories in here, and while you may have read some of them, you haven't read them all. Also, not all of these are Hollows stories, and it's nice to see Harrison branch out and create other worlds. You won't want to miss this anthology. My favorite story was "Ley Line Drifter," mainly because I love Jenks so much. I really enjoyed getting to see Jenks and Matalina interact. It added a whole new level to the series for me. I also enjoyed "Million Dollar Baby," even though it also crushed my hopes a bit. I enjoyed seeing things from Trent's perspective, and I adored his interactions with Jenks. As far as the non-Hollows stories, I think I liked "Pet Shop Boys" the best, and not just because it reminds me of the band. I really liked learning about new vampires. These guys were extremely interesting, and I'd love to see her write at least one full-length novel about them.  Overall, I'd recommend this to all Kim Harrison fans. I really believe there is something for everybody in this collection. I enjoyed each of the stories, and I hope to see Harrison branch out further into some of these new worlds in the future. 
ConstantReaderDF More than 1 year ago
This anthology of short stories fills in some of the gaps in the Hollows stories, and includes some stories not related to that series. A good read, very enjoyable.
Mithuna More than 1 year ago
A good book to sate the appetite of Hollows fans. Fills in some missing pieces and timeline with short quick stories of the characters. Anxiously awaiting 'Ever After'.
RLM47 More than 1 year ago
I like it alot. I gave me come background stories that I allways woundered about. Thanks
BardBH More than 1 year ago
As usual Kim writes stories that have great characters, storylines and I love the world she created! Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Iceshatter walked alone the woods, trying to catch a scent. Her feet were light against the ground and her tail held at body height, curved like a snakes. Silently, she flicked her tail, trying to get the direction of wind. It was blowing against her side. Turning toward the wind, her mouth opened just the tiniest bit as she scented for prey. A squirrel was running up a tree and a mouse was searching for food. Iceshatter cringed at the thought of squirrel (hates squirrels) but only for a second because she had to concentrate on the nearing mouse. Gathering her haunches, she closed her eyes, visualising what she had to do. Without a second thought, she opened her eyes and leaped over the tree root she had concealed herself behind and onto the mouse. Landing slightly clumsily, she gave a quick bite to the mouses neck and carried it off to go hunt for more food.
EchoLA More than 1 year ago
I love this collection of short stories. I read this book after I completed the Hollows series. I plan on reading the entire series again in the future and am glad I have this book. I would like to read the stories in the order they go with the books. I think it will add a little something extra to the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Great! Very interesting storyline, and I think I'm getting into the plot. Keep going! </p> <p> ~&psi SlowLoris
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome! I've got a character app too. <p> Name: Stonepaw <br> Coat color: Grey furred with blue eyes. <br> he's boy and is fun, serious, nice, but can worry alittle bit. Great job on the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((Merci for all the postive reviews, you guys! And I apologize if I didn't use your character app in this chapter, I'll be sure to use it in the next one.)) <br> AshWisp ran as fast as he could up the mountain, and FawnTail cried out in pain, as a contraction hit her head on. Ash kept running, although he slowed his pace slightly. "Fawn, we're almost there. CrimsonLeaf will help you, I promise." Just as her name was mentioned, Crimson poked her head out of the cavern. "Hurry!" She whispered, just as AshWisp swung FawnTail off his back. "Remember, I love you." He murmured, before bounding down the mountain to join the fight. A tear slid down FawnTail's cheek, and she slipped into the cavern. CrimsonLeaf stuck her head out, checking if the coast was clear, and with that, shut the carvern entrance with a large, flat rock. <p> Back at WindClan's camp, every cat was easily holding their own against BlazeClan. However, Emeraldpaw, a small apprentice, was busy trying to hide from BlazeClan's attacks. Emerald didn't mean to get left behind, however, the fighting kind of intrigued her. That is, until an apprentice-sized BlazeClan cat pounced on her. EmeraldPaw turned, and slid out from underneath the cat's grip, crouching, and ready. The cat came at her, and EmeraldPaw jumped, and then kicked the cat backwards. She slashed at the fur underneath his belly, and then giggled as she watched him slink back. SparrowStar, whom had been fighting ScorchStar, BlazeClan's leader, kicked him in the stomach, and gestured for Emerald to get to where the other cats were in hiding. Emerald nodded, scampering up the rocks at a steady pace. <p> FawnTail let out a yowl, as a small, grey and white kit slid out of her. She sighed, and let out a deep breath. "Oh, Fawn." Silverkit mewed, coming to her side. "She's beautiful." FawnTail smiled in relief, and waited for the next contraction. But none came. <p> EmeraldPaw ran as fast as she could up the rocks, and then whispered through the crack, "Crimson, it's me, EmeraldPaw! Let me in!" The hole became larger, and Emerald shimmied into the cavern. FawnTail was laying down with a newborn kit, and Emerald smiled. Night was fast approaching, and tomorrow, the fighting would be finished, and they could go back to camp. <p> Sorry that this was a bit short, but I didn't really have time to write today. Anywho, if you like it, tell me! And yes, I'm still looking for character apps. <br> ~Galaxy &star
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