Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3)

Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3)

by Kim Harrison

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Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3) by Kim Harrison

Rachel Morgan's back! Bestselling author Kim Harrison returns with a new supernatural adventure that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Charlaine Harris won't want to miss.

Some days, you just can't win. Witch and former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan's managed to escape her corrupt company, survive living with a vampire, start her own runner service, and face down a vampire master.

But her vampire roommate Ivy is off the wagon, her human boyfriend Nick is out of town indefinitely and doesn't sound like he's coming back while the far-too-seductive vampire Kisten is looking way too tempting, and there's a turf war erupting in Cincinnati's underworld.

And there's a greater evil still. To put the vampire master behind bars and save her family, Rachel made a desperate bargain and now there's hell to pay—literally. For if Rachel cannot stop him, the archdemon Algaliarept will pull her into the sorcerous ever-after to forfeit her soul as his slave. Forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060572990
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Hollows Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 114,287
Product dimensions: 6.68(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

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 graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

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Every Which Way But Dead


By Kim Harrison

HarperTorch

ISBN: 0-06-057299-X


Chapter One

I took a deep breath to settle myself, jerking the cuff of my gloves up to cover the bare patch of skin at my wrist. My fingers were numb through the fleece as I moved my next-to-largest spell pot to sit beside a small chipped tombstone, being careful to not let the transfer media spill. It was cold, and my breath steamed in the light of the cheap white candle I had bought on sale last week.

Spilling a bit of wax, I stuck the taper to the top of the grave marker. My stomach knotted as I fixed my attention on the growing haze at the horizon, scarcely discernable from the surrounding city lights. The moon would be up soon, being just past full and waning. Not a good time to be summoning demons, but it would be coming anyway if I didn't call it. I'd rather meet Algaliarept on my own terms - before midnight.

I grimaced, glancing at the brightly lit church behind me where Ivy and I lived. Ivy was running errands, not even aware I had made a deal with a demon, much less that it was time to pay for its services. I suppose I could be doing this inside where it was warm, in my beautiful kitchen with my spelling supplies and all the modern comforts, but calling demons in the middle of a graveyard had a perverse rightness to it, even with the snow and cold.

And I wanted to meet it here so Ivy wouldn't have to spend tomorrow cleaning blood off the ceiling.

Whether it would be demon blood or my own was a question I hoped I wouldn't have to answer. I wouldn't allow myself to be pulled into the ever-after to be Algaliarept's familiar. I couldn't. I had cut it once and made it bleed. If it could bleed, it could die. God, help me survive this. Help me find a way to make something good here.

The fabric of my coat rasped as I clutched my arms about myself and used my boot to awkwardly scrape a circle of six inches of crusty snow off the clay-red cement slab where I had seen a large circle etched out. The room-sized rectangular block of stone was a substantial marker as to where God's grace stopped and chaos took over. The previous clergy had laid it down over the adulterated spot of once hallowed ground, either to be sure no one else was put to rest there accidentally or to fix the elaborate, half-kneeling, battle-weary angel it encompassed into the ground. The name on the massive tombstone had been chiseled off, leaving only the dates. Whomever it was had died in 1852 at the age of twenty-four. I hoped it wasn't an omen.

Cementing someone into the ground to keep him or her from rising again sometimes worked - and sometimes it didn't - but in any case, the area wasn't sanctified anymore. And since it was surrounded by ground that was still consecrated, it made a good spot to summon a demon. If worse came to worst, I could always duck onto sanctified ground and be safe until the sun rose and Algaliarept was pulled back into the ever-after.

My fingers were shaking as I took from my coat pocket a white silk pouch of salt that I had scraped out of my twenty- five-pound bag. The amount was excessive, but I wanted a solid circle, and some of the salt would be diluted as it melted the snow. I glanced at the sky to estimate where north was, finding a mark on the etched circle right where I thought it should be. That someone had used this circle to summon demons before didn't instill me with any confidence. It wasn't illegal or immoral to summon demons, just really, really stupid.

I made a slow clockwise path from north, my footprints paralleling the outside track of the salt as I laid it down, enclosing the angel monolith along with most of the blasphemed ground. The circle would be a good fifteen feet across, a rather large enclosure which generally took at least three witches to make and hold, but I was good enough to channel that much ley line force alone. Which, now that I thought about it, might be why the demon was so interested in snagging me as its newest familiar.

Tonight I'd find out if my carefully worded verbal contract made three months ago would keep me alive and on the right side of the ley lines. I had agreed to be Algaliarept's familiar voluntarily if it testified against Piscary, the catch being that I got to keep my soul.

The trial had officially ended two hours after sunset tonight, sealing the demon's end of the bargain and making my end enforceable. That the undead vampire who controlled most of Cincinnati's underworld had been sentenced to five centuries for the murders of the city's best ley line witches hardly seemed important now. Especially when I was betting his lawyers would get him out in a measly one.

Right now the question on everyone's mind on both sides of the law was whether Kisten, his former scion, would be able to hold everything together until the undead vampire got out, because Ivy wasn't going to do it, scion or no. If I managed to get through this night alive and with my soul intact, I'd start worrying about me a little less and my roommate a little more, but first I had to settle up with the demon.

Shoulders so tight they hurt, I took the milky green tapers from my coat pocket and placed them on the circle to represent the points of a pentagram I wouldn't be drawing. I lit them from the white candle I used to make the transfer media.

(Continues...)



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Every Which Way But Dead (Rachel Morgan Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 642 reviews.
Jessi-21 More than 1 year ago
Since reading the first of the Rachel Morgan series, I have grown to love getting the next in the chain. Every time I dive into the pages and submerge into the world that Kim Harrison so eloquently portrays, I feel a part of the story. Her extraordinary gift is making such fantasy feel whole, real and totally believable. This to me was the failing of others like buffy, which always felt unreal. Rachel is sassy, and knows what real life is, and to me they should put these into film ASAP! Book 3 Rachel starts to think she can start getting her life in order, but as always things never quite go to plan. Living with a family of Pixies, a living vampire and having your boyfriend as a familiar would suggest 'normality' is a dream that will never come true, but lets hope Rachel can do it. If you are looking to drop out of the hum-drum and into a complex and real fantasy world, with adult emotions shown with grit and feeling, these are the books for you, and book 3 is even better!
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Kim Harrison is definitely in my top 10 favorite authors, especially for the books she wrote as Dawn Cook. This novel was full of action, humor, and a whole bunch of sass! Just as good as the first two in the series, and bodes really well for future novels. Harrison really knows how to develop interesting characters! If you enjoy this author, you will also like the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, "Grimspace" by Ann Aguirre, "Stray" by Rachel Vincent, and perhaps the Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, ok, so since reading the first of the Rachel Morgan series, I have grown to love getting the next in the chain. Every time I dive into the pages and submerge into the world that Kim Harrison so eloquently portrays, I feel a part of the story. Her extraordinary gift is making such fantasy feel whole, real and totally believable.
This to me was the failing of others like buffy, which always felt unreal. Rachel is sassy, and knows what real life is, and to me they should put these into film ASAP!
Book 3 Rachel starts to think she can start getting her life in order, but as always things never quite go to plan. Living with a family of Pixies, a living vampire and having your boyfriend as a familiar would suggest 'normality' is a dream that will never come true, but lets hope Rachel can do it.
If you are looking to drop out of the hum-drum and into a complex and real fantasy world, with adult emotions shown with grit and feeling, these are the books for you, and book 3 is even better! Very addicting.
Siriniti More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely delighted that I had the oppotunity to read this novel. This is the first book that I read out of the series not knowing that it, indeed, had other books before this and more to follow. One character in particular caught my attention immediately. Jenks!! Of course Kisten was enchanting but I dont believe the story would be what it was without Jenks. Its thrilling, dangerous, with a dash of humor to keep you captivated. If you have read the first three I would suggest you keep reading. If this is your first as it was mine then Id advise you to go back and read the first two first. And for those who have not read this enticing novel I recommend that you pacify your taste buds with this satisfying book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy, exciting, and keeps you guessing. This whole series pulls at your imagination and brings alive The Hallows im addicted
Jilseponie More than 1 year ago
Each book lets you learn a little more about the characters and, believe me, there is still more to learn. And the reader meets new characters or has more revealed about someone you thought might be a side character but ends up being pulled into the mix. I think that's the strength of these books; you really WANT to know more about everyone.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 6 days ago
This is a strong series. At book three it is still on its feet and not losing steam. She keeps her mythology straight and that is impressive considering how complex it is.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Rachel has this thing about getting into trouble. She has become a demon's familiar, which means she has to watch her back all the time now. She takes up with a vampire (not Ivy!) and goes back to work for Trent. This is a page turner, and is a bit more steamy than the last two, but for my money, not quite as good as the two previous, or the one to come.
Darrol on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I enjoy this series, although the alternative reality aspect of it is not entirely to my taste. Among the necessary aspects of the vampire legend that appear in this book are the sexual tension and the element of danger--and this between the female witch and a female vampire. I read this book somewhat disjointedly, so I am having difficulty remembering it as a whole. Maybe a little to much crises one after another. (This copy is ink damaged.)
tuffstuff08 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Another good installment in the Rachel Morgan series! One of my favorites.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 6 days ago
The continuing adventures of Rachel Morgan, witch and now demon's familiar. In this outing, Rachel tries to get out of her deal with a demon and goes on a date with a vampire. Good addition to the series, very plucky heroine.
SimonW11 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Book three Lets see it an elven woman turns up. the Demon tries to claim our heroine as his familiar. We hang out with some werewolves and there is some gang warfare. Mostly though It read like plot points for further books.
CheriePie69 on LibraryThing 6 days ago
I really liked this book. I've enjoyed watching Rachel's character become more proficient in her magick throughout the 3 books of this series. And mmmm... yummy Kisten... I'm glad he's playing a more prominent role in this book too, and we get to learn more about him as a person. (And that Rachel is finally ready to kick Nick to the curb as she turns an admiring eye towards Kisten. But I won't say too much there and ruin it for you.)Ivy is no longer vamping out all the time over Rachel, and their relationship, while still very platonic, is less stressed than it was in the previous book.That said, I think I still liked the 2nd book the best so far of these three, although this is still a very close 2nd, tied with the first one.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Rachel Morgan spends this novel trying to break her bonds as a demon's familiar, mooning over her loss of Nick, helping out her nemesis Trent Kalamack, and trying to defeat the new baddie Stanley Saladan. Hotter than the first two, this is a very intricate series. There is alot going on and I would not recommend reading these out of order. An excellent and entertaining series.
lewispike on LibraryThing 6 days ago
Continuing the series... these stand alone fairly well, although things like demon marks spill over the books in the series and it might be awkward to pick up all the pieces of threads that turn it into a series as they are starting to get thicker.Pretty much pointing out that the person who thinks best wins the fights if they can survive long enough - big guns might be better in the immediate, but if the big gun doesn't do it in one shot you're in trouble if you can't think well too. Whilst it's a good moral for a story it's kind of laid on thick in places.Various bits of past are revealed but it's done in such a way that there's plenty more plot development to come along the lines still, and some more lines thrown in for good measure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only wish is that there were more books in the series. I wasn't ready to stop reading Rachel's and friends stories!!! Maybe, she'll come back to us some day.......
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this audiobook but it was bit of a disappointment after absolutely loving the first two books in the series. This was a re-read for me but I actually didn't remember anything about it from my initial read years ago. I am actually pretty sure that this is the book that I stopped on when I started the series the first time. It was a good book but it wasn't anywhere near as entertaining as the first two in the series were for me. This book started out really strong with Rachel having to deal with Big Al. Things looked pretty bad for her and I had no idea how she was going to outsmart him. She ends up getting a bit of help from his familiar and a werewolf insurance agent. It was a close call for Rachel and while she is trying to recover a secret slips out and Jenks ends up mad...and leaves. I missed Jenks constant presence in this book. This book really seemed a bit more focused on the character relationships. I can't say that I really liked all of the developments in this installment. Nick can't handle being near Rachel so he leaves town. Rachel starts dating Kisten and while they have chemistry it seemed to happen way too fast. Ivy is having her own struggles with Piscary and staying in control. Jenks needs some time away to cool down. This felt like more of a transitional book that may be laying the framework for future books. I did enjoy the narration in this audiobook. Marguerite Gavin is really the perfect narrator for this series. She is Rachel in my mind but she also performs all of the different voices very well. I never have any trouble understanding who is speaking and her delivery really keeps my focus on the story. I would recommend this book to others. This is the third book in the series and I really do think that this series needs to be read in order since everything builds from the earlier books. Readers who try to read this as a stand alone will most likely be quite lost. I am looking forward to starting the next audiobook in this series very soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made it to page 147 then quit reading. The author makes the main character strong one minute then a sissy girl the next. She argues while angry then cries/freezes in fear when faced with danger. She's nothing like Mercy! I gave one star just because the author did a great job making me hate the main character.
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