Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

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Fans have fallen for bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan, eagerly awaiting her next adventure. This collection of short works features tales involving Rachel and her coterie of friends and enemies, including three never-before-published stories.

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Overview

Fans have fallen for bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan, eagerly awaiting her next adventure. This collection of short works features tales involving Rachel and her coterie of friends and enemies, including three never-before-published stories.

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Our nominee for the bedtime genre book of the season is this collection of tales from Kim Harrison's Hollows saga. Included in this 558-page opus are an original novella, two original novelettes, plus half a dozen short stories rescued from anthologies, now all available in one place. Into the Woods contains both Hallows and non-Hallows stories. Easy to recommend; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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.)
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.”
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
With this short fiction collection, Harrison offers a new view of the Hollows—haunt of bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan in Harrison's best-selling series—while spinning out a few new fantasy worlds. Included are three new novellas, e.g., "Million Dollar Baby," featuring elven tycoon Trent Kalamack's efforts to rescue his daughter with the help of a pixy named Jenks, plus all her previously published short fiction.
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: 9781470817763
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Series: Hollows Series
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (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 the 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 November 12, 2012

      What a wonderful collection of short stories from Kim Harrison!

      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.

      7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 21, 2013

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      If you have not read The Hollows or also known as Rachel Morgan

      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. 
           

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 28, 2013

      Great

      The best short story book i have read in a long time.

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    • Posted February 15, 2013

      Loved it!

      Now I finally know who Daryl is!

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    • Posted February 15, 2013

      explained alot

      Having read everything she writes this did tie in some loose ends and explained some of the characters better.

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    • Posted January 8, 2013

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      I'm usually not one for short stories, yet I keep requesting the

      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. 

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 19, 2012

      Nice

      Good read and compilations of stories, some I would love to see be full blown books.

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 20, 2012

      Great for Fans of the Hollows

      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.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 4, 2012

      Never Disappointed

      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'.

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    • Posted November 3, 2012

      very good

      I like it alot. I gave me come background stories that I allways woundered about. Thanks

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted November 2, 2012

      Excellent!

      As usual Kim writes stories that have great characters, storylines and I love the world she created! Can't wait for the next one!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 6, 2013

      Sparrowstar

      "Maficalpaw go get one if the evil cats to come here so we can fivht them. Dont forget kestrel is one if them."

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 26, 2013

      An owl

      Flies overhead

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 18, 2013

      Mistyheart

      Starts walking around

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 12, 2013

      Genn

      Manny?

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 14, 2013

      Reruns

      These are all good but they have been out before. What a waste of my money to buy this when I aready read them all.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 8, 2013

      Enderfur

      Darts in

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 7, 2013

      Tiffany

      Sighs and walks off shaking my head.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 27, 2013

      Anna

      Whoa people are impersanting me

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 15, 2013

      Alex

      No!!!!!!!!!!!! no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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