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by Kim Harrison
Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of “the amazingly gifted” (RT Book Reviews) Kim


Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of “the amazingly gifted” (RT Book Reviews) Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or her intuition telling her to believe.

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Kim Harrison, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and, after gaining her bachelor’s degree in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she remained until recently returning to Michigan because she missed the snow. When not at her desk, Kim is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or out on the links.

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Waylaid 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
CSHallo More than 1 year ago
The author's note admits that this short story's premise is such a trope of fanfiction - i.e., the intersection of completely separate fictional worlds - that it's amazing that this crossover story comes from her! It's as if J.K. Rowling were to have Harry Potter and Cormoran Strike meet up to work a case or if Stephanie Meyer were to have Bella... just kidding, Meyer just keeps rewriting her own work and thus couldn't write something like this! If Harrison's new fictional world introduced in The Drifter suffered from any flaw, it was that she didn't take the time to build the world and its mechanics well as she did in The Hollows. (Admittedly, The Drifter is a thriller, not a Tolkien-esque work of mythos-construction, so too much world-building would have taken the thrill out of it.) Thus, much goes unexplained and lingo, once introduced, is used - even in exposition - as if the one, brief mention chapters and chapters earlier stuck with you. Now, Waylaid does not expand The Drifter's world. It gives readers more time with it so that its basic mechanics are well-laid down in readers' minds before the sequel novel arrives. This is accomplished through the literary device of the naïve character who needs instruction - i.e., Rachel Morgan at some point in the later third or so of The Hollows series' timeline. Waylaid is a primer to The Drifter's fictional world. Waylaid itself is a well-constructed, exciting story, even if it's centered around arguably the most random MacGuffin in all of Harrison's body of work. For long-time fans of The Hollows series, this will satisfy in all ways except in its length, but could any short story truly satisfy fans, who invested in a world portrayed in 13 books, 2 graphic novels, and a half dozen or so short stories, and their desire for more of their favorite characters? For new fans of The Drifter, this will further round out Peri Reed's character, showing her in a position where she's more acting than reacting. This story is a steal for anyone who has read anything by Harrison and simply enjoyed it. If you count Harrison among your favorite authors, Waylaid is a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kim Harrison found a way to put a square peg in a round hole. The Hollows goes to Detroit in this fun short story with Rachel, Jenks, and Peri. While short, it's a cute fun tale that gives a taste of both worlds. Give it a quick read, you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waylaid is the Kim Harrison short cross-over story, where Rachel Morgan gets pulled into the world of Peri Reed, a la The Drafter series. Good ol' Jenks comes to the rescue! I loved it! I've missed my old friends, Rachel and Jenks. Peri just doesn't have the family, snark, or magic of Rachel. Sigh.
D-B1 More than 1 year ago
I loved and enjoyed reading the suspenseful, humorous, and outstanding Peri/Rachel/Jenks story by the wonderfully, talented Kim Harrison. Read the highly recommended, must read story where Peri finds herself helping Rachel and Jenks get back to their time period. Can't wait to read the next book in the Peri series!
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
What happens when the worlds of Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's Hollows series and Peri Reed from The Drafter collides? You get the chance to find out in Waylaid a novella by the author who wrote both. Rachel Morgan is one of my absolute favorite fantasy characters and when that series ended, well, I was really unhappy. When I heard that she would be back in a novella, I jumped at the chance to read it ahead of its release on April 4th. Thank you Gallery and NetGalley for sending me a copy for my honest review. I read The Drafter last year and was intrigued by the concept of someone who could bend time in order to re-write it, but had to rely on an anchor, or partner, to tell them what happened after their memory was lost. That would require an amazing amount of trust, and The Drafter explores that issue fully. Waylaid takes place when Peri and Jack were still partners. I felt rather voyeuristic knowing the background between the two, and how badly their relationship ended. Because this story takes place pre The Drafter, I knew more than Peri did about their relationship and I watched them closely to observe the clues Kim Harrison gave about what was to come. In this book, Jack accidentally summons Rachel from an alternate universe. The story was told from Peri's perspective, so it was interesting to watch her build the trust that I already had with Rachel. It was also funny, because Rachel does come across as a crazy woman, and even though I know she isn't, in this alternate world of Peri's she is totally out of her element. Rachel and Peri team up, against Peri's better judgement, to return Rachel to her world. While doing this, she see's that things are not exactly as they appear between she and Jack. Now, if only she could remember it after Rachel returns home.
RabidReader1 More than 1 year ago
A well written novella that successfully blends Peri Reed's technological world with that of Rachel Morgan's magical one. Jerks remains the same smart mouthed capable pixey we had grown to know and love in the Hollows series and Rachel is true to her character too, she still acts first and thinks later. Peri Reed is more hesitant and controlled than Rachel ever could be, but she is just as much of an appealing character as Rachel and the world Ms Harrison is creating in this new series has all the potential that the Hollows did. In this novella she managed to seamlessly meld two totally different wolds together and make them fit as though they were ment to be. I must admit it is very nice to have a snippet of the characters you loved in the Hollows back for a short while, even if it is only to entice readers to Peri's series of books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitly loved it. The hollows has always been my "must read" series and mixing Rachels life with Peri was the best. I wish there was more. The two characters complement each other in a funny power way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like visiting an long lost friend. Like visiting a long list friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a difficult story at first, as it merged two "realities", but I enjoyed it very much and can't wait to read more about the drafter's world.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Two worlds colliding is an adapt description for Kim Harrison’s new short story, Waylaid; she brings Rachel Morgan from the Hollows to futuristic Detroit and into the world of Drafter Peri Reed and her partner Jack Twill. Its fast-paced, fun and addicting, her fans will gobble it up and even non-fans can enjoy this entertaining teaser. In near future Detroit, secret government agents Peri Reed and Jack Twill have just successfully completed a mission for Opti and have just gotten home to enjoy some well-deserved downtime. While goofing off Jack accidentally summons a strange woman from the past that unexpectedly sets off an avalanche of trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been missing Rachel and Jenks for a long time, and this story curbed my craving for a great adventure. I love the mix between the characters, Peri, Rachel, and Jenks, and having Rachel explore a new dimension. Thank you Kim for a great short story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peri's awesome, Rachel's awesome, Jenks is awesome. What could be better than putting them all together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fully enjoyed this story! I think that for the readers of the Hollows series that were unsure about this series will come to terms to want to enjoy this new world of Harrison's too. I mean it has the Rachel and Jenks seal of approval. They like her so why not us?! Love the interaction between the two and the opening of Peri's eyes to what is happening around her(even if she can't remember, LOL). Can't wait for the second in the Drafter Series and enjoyed this little tid bit of our old friends Rachel and Jenks!
Wanda Wygal More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! I thoroughly enjoyed the blending of Peri's and Rachel's worlds. Both women are strong. Rachel's growing confidence and maturity came through in this story. Jenks was an added bonus! I'm looking forward to the next Peri book. Peri can only continue to grow. Nice job, Ms. Harrison. The characters are different. However, if you enjoy Harrison's "The Drafter" a try you will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope this story will weave into the Drafter series like many of the other short stories she did for the Rachel Morgan series.
Peyton Collick More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of the Hollows, (but more importantly, the writing of Kim Harrison) I was thrilled when the Drafter series came out. It was a fresh tale set in my home state of Michigan and I loved it. It combined several of my favorites (espionage/thriller/futuristic) in a story about a strong female lead character who seems to be in over her head, but is smart enough to find a way out against all odds. It wasn't the Hollows, and it was fabulous! Then, Ms. Harrison gives us this delicious morsel. In a 'dang its over' short story, she manages to combine the world of the Hollows and futuristic Detroit in a crossover that doesn't disappoint. Rachel finds herself stuck in her typical rock/hardplace with no magic. She has to trust someone, but is Peri Reed that someone? Great story. Fabulous crossover. Leaves me wanting more. Peri is in way over her head and the next installment of the Drafter can't come soon enough.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great installment
Anonymous 8 months ago
I've been a fan of Rachel for years and this was just as awesome as I've come to expect , best yet I have a new favorite hero in Peri. Can't wait to read more about her and Jack
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good to see Jenks and Rachel again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the Hollows series, but do not really care for the Peri Reed world. It was nice, however, to visit with Rachel and Jenks again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy to hear from Rachael and Jenks if only briefly. But it just wasn't enough to make me truly happy. Peri seems to be a good character, bur we still miss the old familiar faces- Trent and Al and Ivy. I know time marches on and so do authors but we can always hope!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great way for the Hollows fans to get to like Peri. Short but insightful, for character building.