A Perfect Blood (Hollows Series #10)

A Perfect Blood (Hollows Series #10)

by Kim Harrison


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New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the Hollows with the electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed Pale Demon!

Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.

She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061957895
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2012
Series: Hollows Series , #10
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About 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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A Perfect Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 460 reviews.
SuperBookish More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Book I enjoyed reading. kept me entertained
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was bored and frustrated to tears for the first two thirds of the book. What is it with Rachel just fumbling through every situation and feeling sorry for herself the whole book? And why, after all they've been through, is she still such a bi*ch to Trent? And the "I just can't kill anybody" and "Trent is a murderer" moral hang up is just so tired - she's been through enough to know there's no black and white. There's just no character growth with her, I liked her less in this book than I did in the first one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the Kim Harrison series, really, but... Book 10 was interesting, however, with too much frustration, being somewhat repetitive, and a little out of control. To me, Rachel comes off a bit juvenile, and even incompetent... seems like the author is not up to form in this episode. Ms. Morgan corrects others several times with the repetitive directive to 'Get it right!', sounding stuck in a petulant loop. She also seems inexperienced... using unchecked weapons, missing approximately 5 out of 6 times in first major battle, and just about sidelined throughout the rest. After 9 books of greater experience, she seems amateurish, along with other lapses. And the introduction of a bodyguard, doesn't work as a foil to enhance Rachel's 'professionalism'... it actually does the opposite, particularly when she beats him up. The bodyguard is made to stand outside all conflicts... apparently he's only good as a companion for trivial interludes, such as a trip to the coffeeshop. If Ms. Morgan had a serious conflict with the bodyguard, one would think she would simply fire him... just because he was 'hired' by her birth-father, doesn't provide enough assumption of authority to him, that Rachel should have to beat him senseless. The author seems to trivialize the beating to -unconsciousness- when the bodyguard was already down... without a real justification, or anger build-up. Other more serious past antagonists have been treated better. Maybe it's an example of both Were hostility and Demon taint overtaking her, but I can't see the bodyguard reasonably willing to continue his employment, nor a lack of serious displeasure by her parents, in the next book. Then, of course, the foes are never completely down... maybe that's why Rachel beats the bodyguard until he's 'out'. And no one seems able to properly incapacitate an unconscious prisoner. An unknown charm should have been followed up with a "splat" gun tag... a dangerous human should have been bound hand and foot, a magic wielder should have been gagged. The bad guys have better control. Book 10 just seems a bit sloppy, shallow... even Al loses his viciousness.... all the build up to his insanely violent reaction to finding her alive just leads to a simple discussion. And Rachel, while struggling appropriately with her demonhood, seems pathetic in skills and actions, and over-sexed besides, lusting after every male of more than passing acquaintance. All in all, a good book. (HuH???) No, I'm disappointed with A Perfect Blood. Hopefully it's a minor stumbling interstitial to a renewed focus in the next novel... but this time, the author seems distracted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this book. Had this been the first book of the series that I had read, I wouldn't ever purchase the remainder of the series. Definitely needed better editing - too much stuff in here that doesn't even make sense, not even when in a dialogue. For example, to compare how unlike the texture of Kisten's skin had been to the pool table's wood trim? Huh? Rachel's constant lamenting of, "Oh no, how could I have done this to myself?" was irritating by the third time I read it, but unfortunately, it continued on and on and on throughout the whole book. I don't know, maybe it was just filler to lengthen the book. And really, does Rachel have to think a whole mini synopsis of the book while she's playing pool with Wayde? Not to mention, why was Wayde even in this book? He was not what I would call a needed character since his sparring with Rachel wasn't even lukewarm at best, he wasn't allowed to do his job, so why was he even there? Plus, he's too much of an omega werewolf in his responses - actually he acted like he had been neutered and dominated. The unending angst made me want to throw the book against the wall. I started reading this series when the first book, Dead Witch Walking came out, and I loved it. The humor, the camaraderie of the three friends is so crucial to this series, but apparently Jenks has been relegated to nothing more than an annoying flying gnat (since when does he need everyone telling him what to do, when before he always knew what to do and was thinking three steps ahead of Rachel), and Ivy's character seems to put in an occasional glimpse simply to remind us that she used to a major part of the series, but no longer. And Glenn? Way to neuter a character. And what happened to Bis, who is supposed to be bonded to Rachel? As for the humor which is what made me fall in love with the characters - it's long gone. This series has been in a constant decline ever since White Witch, Black Curse, which when I read it, I honestly thought it was written by someone else. I've tried to stay loyal to the series, but I'm not sure I can.
blondbrunett12 More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Blood starts out with Rachel’s new life after her almost tragic demise. She has difficulty in getting a drivers license and proof that she not dead and still exists, in comes the I.S. offering to help in exchange for a job. As it turns out witches are being killed in horrific ways by an organization called HAPA, and if Rachel doesn’t catch them soon she may take the fall for the murders. While Rachel goes against all her friends and family’s wishes she takes the case she ends up getting kidnapped while she has the magic limiting bracelet on, that Trent made for her. Coming to terms with the fact that she needs her magic she has Trent take the bracelet off and in turn in dumbfounded and shocked by his willingness to help her against her enemies. This book surrounded Rachel and Trent a great deal and it showed how their relationship progressed from distrust and dislike to whole hearted trust and even the beginnings of new love. I feel like Kim Harrison had done a great job with the Rachel Morgan books but I believe that this book was a bit disappointing with its slow plot line. Rachel’s friends Ivy and Jenks were not featured as much in this book and it kind of left me wanting to see more of them in the next books. But the part of the book that let me down was Al, there was this intense build up about how Al was going to react to finding out Rachel was alive but it was resolved quickly with Rachel’s promise to fix things for him without a huge temper tantrum or rash action. Al also seemed too calm and his dangerous nature kind of diminished with his charming of Lucy and Ray. I think overall this book was good I really liked the aspect of Trent and Rachel ending up together and I can’t wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shes a great writer which makes you fall in love with the characters which is why i was disappointed. Years of ivy, jinx, and Al makes you possessive in a way. I know new characters have to be developed but i didnt think she did justice to the old trio. Ivy wouldve never left in the middle of a case, and jinx and Al werent paid their dues either. Even to me it seemed the vampires werent as developed as they normally were. It left me missing the old faithful trio and left me unsatisfied especially where ivywasconcerned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wasnt horrible and maybe my expectations were high but it fell short.
HartmyPebbles More than 1 year ago
One of her Best! I love this series, it's one of the few I will pre-order. I read it almost entirely in one day because I just wanted to devour it! I don't usually like it when an author changes the dynamics between the characters that I have grown to love, but I like that she is letting the characters grow up some. They all just seemed to be healthier like they were ready to stop wallowing in their misery and loss and start living again. I didn't get the feeling that the characters were growing apart, the love and trust is still there so that helps me be more accepting of the changes. I like the bodyguard and that he is honest with Rachel and able to get her to be honest with herself. I did miss Al though and wish the scene between he and Rachel would have taken place earlier in the book so he could have shown up more (he is such a stinker but I can't help liking him lol). I also missed the Rachel A** kicking and felt she got her butt kicked a little too much for someone with all that magic. I love it when she shows all the people that underestimate her what she can do. But it seemed right for this book because the development was turning a corner. I really like what is happening between Rachel and Trent and they both seemed softer, still explosive just less likely to make me want to slap them lol. I think my favorite parts of any of this series is when Jenks' kids are causing chaos, and now with the fairy and her "ride" I found even more laugh out loud moments! I think the author did an awesome job setting the scene and I can't wait for the next curtain - with Rachel finally starting to accept what she is I expect to see lots of butt kicking!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always good no matter how many times l've read them. I love the way the story between Rachel and Trent is playing out. The new players are interesting. Liked the story very much! Though you need to read the stories from the beginning to understand whats going on.
sl75 More than 1 year ago
This book was a pure joy to read. I loved it. I think that each book has gotten better and better. My love for this series has not waned...and now I am eagerly waiting for the next. It will be a long wait now, for I devoured this book too quickly...but I will definitely be ready. This story was unique, funny, action packed and I simply love the characters. Rachel is truly developing as are all of the characters. I can't wait to see where Ms. Harrison takes us next....
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I strongly suggest you read the previous books in series (Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad And The Undead, Every Witch 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) prior to reading this installment. The Itchy-Witch is back on her A-game. Rachel is finally accepting herself as a unique blessing and not a demonic curse. I loved traveling with her through her evolutionary journey and witnessing her emergence as a crafty demoness who’s a force to be reckoned with! This story was exactly what I was looking for, non-stop excitement, high-energy adventure, mystery and intrigue and lots and lots of demons. I definitely would’ve appreciated more twisted-humor interaction between Al and Rachel. Kim Harrison packed a lot of story in this one book. In addition, each secondary characters encounter with Rachel was skillfully blended and interlaced together flawlessly. I enjoyed this spectacular installment so fiercely, I never wanted this book to end. Rachel’s shenanigans were really toned down in this installment, and the story had a “feel good” sensation, that made me feel like I was coming home to friends. I highly recommend this book and series to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and can’t wait to read the next book Ever After due out in 2013.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Hollows. This book was great and I always celebrate another Hollows book by rereading the series just after reading the latest installment. Kim's writing is so well planned and enjoyable that I really enjoy the series from start to finish. There was a lot of new development in this one and I am eager for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book, stayed up all night to finish!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the series, a must! Bonus material is excerpt of ever after....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'd think that after all this group and Rachael Morgan has been through, that Rachael would stop making rookie mistakes. I feel like Im still reading book one. It is hard to read this series, knowing that the author continues to leave the main character mentally and emotionally stunted as a tool to put her in jeopardy. The same mistakes keep leading her to situations that are more and more deadly. I want to know what is going to happen to her but the story is getting to ridiculous to continue reading this series if Rachael doesn't some day grow a brain...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great addition to the series. In this book all the characters grow up a bit. Rachel most of all. She learns to accept who she is by learning the hard way of course, and build a new trusting friendship with Trent. This book stays true to all the character for those of us that have actually read the series! It's a must read.
afear43 More than 1 year ago
Love it! I don't think I'll ever get enough of the Hollows series. This is just another great read in evergrowing line of greats from Kim Harrison! The story line is awesome  and the characters even more so! Read it for yourself, I promise, you won't regret it!
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite book of the series. I totally didn't expect what was to happen this book. I'm blown away by the writing, story, characters, and so much more. This book picks up where Pale Demon left off after about five months. Here are my thoughts on this amazing book with bonus point of view and sneak peek at Ever After: Rachel Morgan, a witch turned day walking demon, who is afraid of her own magic skills. She sees everyone around her moving forward and she's not going anywhere at all. She's hurt, lost, confused, frustrated, and plain afraid to let go of the charmed silver bracelet that Trent made for her. When I.S. asks Rachel to check out a crime scene not knowing that they believe she's responsible for it. Rachel along with Ivy, Jenks, and Wayde look over the crime scene and stunned with what they all find~a human twisted into a demon-like creature. Wayde gives Rachel a big clue at the crime scene~a HAPA knot. HAPA is just a myth Rachel says but looking at the evidence says otherwise. Rachel wants I.S. to bring in FIB to help with the investigation of these crime scenes. Detective Glenn, a friend and FIB officer, brings technology that I.S. doesn't have or won't use to investigate these crimes. Trent Kalamack has been waiting for Rachel to take his charmed silver bracelet off never dreaming that she's been afraid to do that very thing. Trent is angry with Rachel and really wants to help her out. Trent has several plans worked out with Ceri for when Rachel takes the charmed silver bracelet off. When Rachel is kidnapped by HAPA agents realizes how foolish she's been about not using her best defensive weapon~her magic. Rachel vows to ask Trent for his help. Rachel's determination to regain her strength is a step in the right direction but not nearly enough. Will HAPA be caught? Will FIB and I.S. work together? Will Rachel finally grow up? What will Rachel do about Al? What are Trent's and Rachel's feelings for each other? Your answers await you in A Perfect Blood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kim Harrison never fails me. I have found her books to be exciting and imaginative. Our heroine always rising to the challenge. As the expression goes, "She takes a lickin' and keeps on ticking". The surprise that is uncovered in this book was really not much of a surprise to me. I, as probably countless others, have just been waiting for the truth to come out. But none-the-less, this is a fast and enjoyable read. I am sure all the "Rachel" fans out there will be deeply satisfied.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't like where the trio is heading after two yars reachel should be at the point of having more control and her friends should be at the same level. I hope Ivy and reachel go the next step and that reachel get to the point of being more powerful then newt. This book is ok but hopefully next book will blow us out of the water.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed like a stepping stone to end the question of demon identity and kick start a long awaited (at least in my mind) partnership/buisness venture/relationship...something/anything...with the elf. Buck up lettle bronco, you've admitted and accepted who you are; now go kick some tail. Anyway, this was not my favorite of the series, even so I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this series, finished it too quickly. Keep up the awesome writing cant wait for the next book. Hoping for a racheal and trenr love connection.
Anonymous 7 months ago
In love with this serie ??
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Rachel has come such a long way from her beginning in book one, and throughout it all, this series has never lost my interest.  Even though I read this story before, it has been so long ago listening to the audiobook now it is almost like experiencing an entirely new story.  I do remember certain elements but not a lot.   A Perfect Blood finds Rachel in a strange place in her life.   She is at a point where she can make a choice.  Start fresh without magic and the Demons or become a Demon on her terms.  Of course, it wouldn’t be Rachel if she didn’t bumble it up 1000 times along the way.   Another excellent audiobook, that was fastpaced and expertly narrated.  I know where the series will end up, but I love seeing the starts and end of relationships and looking at it from a knowing perspective.  
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was super excited to get my hands on this advanced copy. This is my absolute favorite paranormal/urban fantasy series, which is why I have a hard time giving it anything other than full marks.The book opens with Rachel and everyone else in her life trying to adjust to the new ¿normal¿. Rachel, now an official demon, is finding that even the most mundane tasks are next to impossible when you aren¿t considered to be human anymore. Even worse, she has voluntarily cut herself off from the ley lines in order to hide from the demon collective, leading her to rely on only potions and her wits to get by. And, to make things more complicated, her mother has sent a bodyguard to live in her tower, and Trent is acting strangely¿ familiar. Jenks is also adjusting to live as a widower and unwilling protector of a wingless fairy, and Ivy continues to try to find balance in her life, this time with FIB agent Glenn.Rachel is unexpectedly recruited by the IS to find out who is killing witches in rather demonic ways. It¿s not long before she discovers that the culprits are a human hate group, twisted enough to use the very things they hate in order to reach their ultimate goal ¿ the destruction of all Inderlanders.If Rachel is going to survive without her ley lines, it¿s going to take every last wit and resource she has, even the ones she wishes she didn¿t have to use.This series could very easily have become stale by now, but Harrison has kept it fresh by giving us fully-realized, complex characters that continue to grow and change throughout each book. No one escapes unscathed, and the possibilities are endless.