The Undead Pool (Rachel Morgan Series #12) [NOOK Book]

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan in the penultimate book of the Hollows series

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic—earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic—and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something—or someone—is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires ...

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The Undead Pool (Rachel Morgan Series #12)

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Overview

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan in the penultimate book of the Hollows series

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic—earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic—and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something—or someone—is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.

The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils—for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/15/2014
Day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has been through a lot in this series set in a Cincinnati where humans and various varieties of inhuman species coexist. In 2013's Ever After, Rachel learned more about the demon realm and got closer to Elf Trent Kalamack. This follow-up delves even deeper into the troubled history of elves and demons. Wild elven magic is loose in Cincinnati, and if Rachel can't find a way to contain it, the resulting chaos will destroy the city. VERDICT Readers who have followed this series will be overjoyed to have Trent and Rachel finally deal with their complicated history and chemistry, but there is a lot of backstory for a new reader to follow. Loose threads are gathered as Harrison prepares to end this series with one final volume, expected in 2015.
Publishers Weekly
01/06/2014
Harrison’s slow but steady 12th and penultimate Hollows novel (following 2012’s Ever After) puts even more pressure on Rachel Morgan, a witch and bounty hunter turned day-walking demon. A series of magical accidents endangers Cincinnati and its undead community. On the personal front Rachel must balance her bodyguard duties for elf drug lord Trent Kalamack, who was once her sworn enemy, with her growing forbidden attraction to him. When Rachel becomes host to the Goddess’s sentient thought-entities, she holds the futures of elves and demons alike in her hands, but at a terrible risk to sanity and existence. The long-running romantic subplot makes substantial progress, with several cinematic action sequences and major world-building revelations interspersed among more intimate scenes. There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Mar.)
RT Book Reviews (top pick)
“Harrison delivers some amazing major payoffs and throws new wrenches into the life of day-walking demon Rachel Morgan....Huge kudos, as Harrison really nails this one!”
Tor.com
“The world-building is complex and solid....and the cast of characters is immensely engaging. The Undead Pool doesn’t disappoint.”
Miami Herald
“Tense and thrilling.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Longtime fans will find their emotions running the gamut, as events for many of Harrison’s familiar characters take new and sometimes tragic turns this time around. Rachel’s journey of self-discovery is hard, frightening and definitely life-threatening; it also makes for fantastic entertainment!”
Fresh Fiction
“The world-building is incomparable”
Library Journal
10/01/2013
Our heroine, witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan, has kept the demonic ever after from shrinking to puddle size, but can she stop the civil war that's looming? You bet she can. With a 250,000-copy first printing.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-12-08
Love and doom are in the air in this penultimate volume of a popular urban fantasy series (Ever After, 2013, etc.). After so many series installments infused with daywalking demon Rachel Morgan's self-doubt, neuroses and rash behavior, it's nice to see her finally achieve some emotional maturity, expand her circle of trust and seize some happiness for a change. If this novel had a theme song, it would be the Etta James version of "At Last." Readers have been waiting quite a while for Rachel and elf Trent Kalamack to finally admit their feelings for each other and act on them, despite the hereditary enmity of their races and the fact that Trent is engaged to someone else. Fans will relish the moment and will also dig into the rest of the plot, which features Harrison's usual (and usually enjoyable) Evil Conspiracy and labyrinthine plot twists, Rachel rushing to save the day. In this latest crisis, waves of wild magic are flowing from Rachel's ley-line, causing charms to misfire, often with devastating results. The waves are also putting all of Cincinnati's undead vampire masters to sleep, leaving the living vampires to rampage through the city. How have vampires gained control over wild magic, which is the province of the elves? Is Rachel somehow responsible for these incidents, and if not, why do the waves seem to be tracking her? A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062300157
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: Rachel Morgan Series , #12
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 375
  • File size: 579 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Harrison

#1 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; Pale Demon; A Perfect Blood; and Ever After, plus the graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery series for young adults, including Once Dead, Twice Shy and Early to Death, Early to Rise.

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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    Customer Reviews

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    • Posted February 25, 2014

      This is the second last book in The Hollow's series and it remai

      This is the second last book in The Hollow's series and it remains as fast paced as the rest of the books. As we are gearing up for the end some storylines are starting to end and further secrets are being revealed. The main character relationships are still developing and I can not wait to find out how it all comes together.

      In this instalment we are introduced to 'Wild Magic' and in turn secrets are revealed about Elf magic and we discover more about their history with the demons. I promised not to divulge anything about the big secrets of this book, just let me say there was squee's, tears and I held my breath more than once to help me through a scene...

      Absolutely loved it!

      13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 26, 2014

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      It finally happened, we've been waiting for 11 books to see if R

      It finally happened, we've been waiting for 11 books to see if Rachel will ever get together with Trent or maybe kill him or maybe he'd kill her. Well this is the book that it finally happens.

      Rachel is trying to stop the demon world from shrinking. 

      Strange magic bubbles are leaking through the everafter and messing with the magic in the human realm. 

      The undead vampires have all gone to rest and are not waking up, with all the leaders of the vampires sleeping there general population is running a muck. 

      And that's just the start of her problems. 

      Wonderful character developments provide hours of unceasing entertainment. We get interaction from all of Rachel's side kicks, the pack, the demons, the fairies, the vampires, the pixies and the gargoyles. Reading Harrison's The Hollow's Series gives me a feeling of catching up with old friends.

      The Undead Pool is another brilliantly addictive story. This non-stop, action packed adventure will have you clinging to every word and still wishing there was more. Completely emotionally invested in this fantasy world can only be attributed to Harrison's vivid and scintillating writing style. Don't miss The Undead Pool, the twelfth book in The Hollow's Series.

      I received this AWESOME ARC copy of The Undead Pool from Harper Voyager in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 25, 2014.

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 25, 2014

      Hands down AMAZING!  Wow.  So much happened!  Both with storylin

      Hands down AMAZING!  Wow.  So much happened!  Both with storyline and character development.  
      Second to last in the series, but this was definitely not a "filler" book.  The world of the Hallows is still as 
      enthralling, as ever.  As a reader, Every emotion possible is brought to life in this book.  I bought it in hard cover and it was worth
      every penny.  The final installment is going to be epic....you can just feel it at the conclusion of this book.  
      Kim Harrison DID NOT DISAPPOINT!  Loved Loved LOVED it!  

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 25, 2014

      Love It

      As always the Hollows Series leaves you on edge yet wanting more. Never a dissatisfied moment, this book clips along at an exciting pace. Kim Harrisin knows how to keep her reader spellbound, and I find myself already impatiently awaiting the next novel.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 25, 2014

      @#$%

      Is anyone elses having probs getting this book on their nook? Its my first pre-ordered book on here and I have waited up all night till 12 and now its almost 12:30 and yet I have nothing. Don't know what to do

      5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 9, 2014

      Wow. Just wow.

      Febraury is my favorite month because I know that a new Hollows book is being launched. And Ms. Harrison, you didn't disappoint! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful family with us. I think this is one of the best so far, though every book in this series is wonderful!

      I will hate to see this series end, though I know it will. Just make Elisabeh a brides maid at the wedding.....in a hideous dress with awful shoes...please?

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 3, 2014

      Just love it

      I was worried for a bit that this would turn out as the last book. I enjoyed the story a lot. Loved that Rachel and Trent finally got something going. I cant wait for next year.

      2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 28, 2014

      Without a doubt my favorite book in the series. I love the chara

      Without a doubt my favorite book in the series. I love the character development and all the surprises along the way. I cannot see how things can be wrapped up in one more book since it feels like a bigger story is just starting. Either way I will be so sad to see this series end!

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 5, 2014

      This book is awesome

      I really enjoyed this book. Worth every penny.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted March 4, 2014

      This is my very favorite book series. I always enjoy the book.

      This is my very favorite book series. I always enjoy the book. I hate to see the series end but Kim Harrison insures us she has more good books in our future. It is going to be difficult to be as good as this series though.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 1, 2014

      Best Book Series Ever!!!

      I read over 300 books last year including this series, and now the newest edition "The Undead Pool" I can say hands down this is my favorite book series!! I wish I could find another I haven't read yet that compares! Kim Harrison hits it out of the park! I wish they would make a movie series or Cable TV series so my friends that don't have the time to read can enjoy this story!! Great job Kim! Thank you for creating this incredible world for us to escape into and be apart of!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 26, 2014

      Love.

      Starting to tie up all the loose ends, while still leaving room for everything to go to the Ever After and back in the last book to come.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 13, 2014

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      This is the next to last Hollows book, and I must say I think I

      This is the next to last Hollows book, and I must say I think I am going to be sad to see it go.  A few books back in this series that wouldn’t have been the case, but now I’m back on board and ready to see this through to the end.  I need to know how Harrison wraps everything up in hopefully a nice neat package with a bow on top.   We are starting to see some resolution to the different relationships and some characters are starting to fad off into the sunset.  The “love” triangle between Rachel, Al and Trent has been decided and I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I’m happy for the two that ended up together, but I think I might have wanted to see the one ending up alone get a chance with Rachel before the finial decision was made.  (Man sucks having to do this spoiler free…)  I don’t think the one left behind is gone for good yet, there is one book left after all, so I am curious to see what kind of H.E.A he gets.




      We get a glimpse of what life must have been like in this world before the turn and humans learned of all the other types of creatures that share their world.  The city is in ciaos, species are trying to eradicate each other and it is up to Rachel to stop them.  This time she has plenty of back up and isn’t forced to face the danger alone.  I enjoyed getting to see the city and species rally around her.  Trent has an appropriate observation a couple chapters from the end.




      “I think it’s amazing that when your world collapses, you have people falling over themselves to help you, and when mine collapses, I have people fighting among themselves to get the scraps.” Nodding, he looked at David, his phone to his ear as he coordinated something with Ivy. “You’ve done something right, Rachel, sacrificing for others the way you do.”




      This sums up much of the entire series for me.  Rachel has always been there for people,  trying to do what is right, making the world a better place for everyone to live in.  It is about damn time they are there for her,  it is time for Rachel to get her H.E.A and for this city and world to see how much they really do owe to Rachel.




      This is why I love these stories, unlike life people who do right and put others before themselves are rewarded in the end.  People stand at their back and are there for them when they need it.  Even though Rachel has had heartache and felt so alone at time, she isn’t.  She is loved and valued.  Good is going to triumph over evil.  Now hopefully the last book doesn’t undue all of what was set right in this one.  Rachel is on a good path and sure there are going to be a few twists and turns in the last book, but I have hope that everything will turn out as it should in the end.




      A few threads I am looking forward to seeing tied up in the last book. Besides Rachel(of course) Al, that is my biggest issue I want resolved.  Trent’s future is the next thread I am anxious to see resolved, he is on the brink of losing it all, but I think he probably wont.    Then there is Newt, loved how we got to learn a bunch about her in this book. I also hope something is done for the Ever-After.  I don’t think the Elves and Demons are ever going to kiss and make up, but the demons deserve a better place to live.  Ellsabeth is going to rear her demanding head one more time to cause trouble in the last book I have a feeling.  Things look good for the were and perhaps Ivy will finally move out of the church and move on.  I think Jenks will end up where ever Rachel does.  So see there is still a lot to look forward to, but it makes me sad still that there is only going to be one more new story to read with this group. I’m sad, but I do think the author is right to end it now on a good note.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 13, 2014

      Wow

      This book was excellent. I have read every book in this series. You can not ask for more. Characters with depth. Drama, romance. Kim Harrison does not disappoint.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 12, 2014

      Now Another Year

      I absolutely love this series.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 8, 2014

      Loved his series!

      one of the best series I've ever read. I love the characters! Every book in the series was equally as good. Loved the characters and how they developed.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 7, 2014

      War torn

      Next res

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 7, 2014

      great books!!!!

      im glad some things for coming together is this one!!! cant wait for the next one

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2014

      I loved it!!

      I dont want to spoil the book so all I will say it that you HAVE TO READ IT!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 6, 2014

      Hooded female

      What is this place?

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