Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3)

Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows Series #3)

by Kim Harrison

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Overview

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: 9780061741838
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Hollows Series , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 518
File size: 859 KB

About the Author

Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the #1 New York Times best selling Hollows series, but she has written more than urban fantasy and has published more than two-dozen books spanning the gamut from young adult, accelerated-science thriller, several anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels set in the Hollows universe. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim is currently working on a new Hollows book between other, non related, urban fantasy projects.

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Every Which Way But Dead (Rachel Morgan Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 660 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.
age51179 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lets start by saying this is my favorite Author and Series! That said Rachel is back to give A1 a headache and change the rules of the game as always. In the process we get to meet a new character Ceri. I believe the future is going to be quite interesting where Ceri is concerned. She has some new tricks that Rachel can put up her sleeve. Kim Harrison has delievered another page turning action never stopping adventure through the Hollows.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my favorite of the series... by far... it was very suspenseful, had some great character development, and the author even managed to make the relationship between Rachel and Ivy make more sense (I did not like where it had gone in the previous book in the series). The only complaint I have about the story, actually, is that the Jenks thread struck me as poorly justified (i.e. his behavior didn't really make sense) and as far as I can tell his overreaction played out the way it did because the author didn't need him in this story and it was easier to have him out of it, than to write some sensible reason as to why he wouldn't be accompanying Rachel. I liked how the romantic thread played out. I'm glad Nick wasn't a big player in this story (he's such a weakling and isn't nearly good enough for Rachel) and I even enjoyed the butt-kickings that Rachel doled out. I'm not completely sure what the whole demon scene near the end meant, but I suppose it'll play out in the next book in the series. Which, of course, I'm going to read.
demonite93 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book Rachel (main character) gets a giant bunch of problems thrown at her all at the same time. She deals with a distant boyfriend, a half-crazed vampire roommate, a pissed off pixy, a 1000 year old elf/demon familiar, and loads more. While reading this book I am happy about my common nothing overwhelming kind of life because if I had Rachel¿s life I¿d die of exhaustion. The author definitely has a key for keeping things interesting the whole way through the book but at the same time easy to follow. She¿s very consistant with her other novels¿ story line and keeps everything rolling smoothly. She doesn¿t back track to cover lost ground from previous books like some authors do. Where you could pick up the 8th book in a series and know about everything that has happened the past books with no problem. I hate that. If you read a series, read it from the beginning or don¿t read it at all. Anyways the author has done a good job so far of not turning her books into supernatural smut books which I appreciate. I¿ve always been about the progressive of a story not the details of imtimate acts every other page. Kim Harrison is becoming one of my favorites. I love a flawed heroine that gets out of sticky situation only by the skin of her teeth. Can¿t wait to read the next one to find out what happens next. I wish I lived in the Hollows¿..
AuntieClio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just as much fun as the other books in this series. More complications in Rachel¿s personal life, of course, and more difficult jobs. It¿s nice to see the characters, especially Rachel, evolve and grow as they discover more about themselves, their relationships and their skill set. Waiting impatiently to get my hands on more!
etimme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was light on answers and reveals. Harrison fleshes out Kisten more as a character, and we learn some new details about Trent, but while it sets up new plot lines for future books (and introduces new characters), on its own it was lacking for me. Luckily, I do not need to wait for the next book in the series to continue reading.
rexrobotreviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Every Which Way But Dead by Kim Harrison is the third installment of the Rachel Morgan (The Hollows) saga. Let me start off by saying I LOVE THIS BOOK. I love this series. I love this author. Alright, now that I'm done with that- on with my review. Rachel Morgan is a sassy, kick-ass witch and she has done something silly to put away one of the biggest, baddest vampires out there- She made a deal with a demon. So you can forget about broomsticks and pull out some lucky charms because she's gonna need them. Piscary, the big bad vampire that rules The Hollows has finally been convicted of some heinous crimes thanks to Rachel. That's right, Rachel promised to be a demon's familiar if he testified against Piscary. It worked. But now it is Rachel's turn to hold up her end of the bargain. Can she weasel out of being the familiar of a demon, escape the red tinged ever after AND keep her soul intact?In the process of becoming Algaliarept's familiar she releases the previous familiar, Ceri, from a grim fate. Rachel is now faced with escaping Al's grasp and keeping Ceri from Mr. Kalamack... Ceri is a great character, she's beautiful, smart and learns to stand her own pretty quickly. I found myself craving to know more about her- I mean, come on, she was a demon's familiar for 1000 years! I hope we get more information on her in the books to come. She is simply fascinating. Jenks, my beloved pixie, did not play a big part in this book. I was sad about this- he's an awesome character and integral part to my Hollows experience! I can always use more Jenks and less Ivy. Anyway, he finds out that Rachel knows what type of creature Trent Kalamack is but didn't trust him with the information. His ego and trust in Rachel is bruised and he takes his family and moves out of the church. This was only okay with me because another fun character was introduced- David Hue. David Hue is a lone werewolf and quickly becomes a close, trusted friend. I'm hoping that he becomes a big part of Rachel's story. I love you, David Hue. I love you, too, Kim Harrison for creating wonderful supporting characters!Why am I so enamored with the characters in The Hollows!? I either absolutely love them or hate them. (I hate Ivy, Rachel's roommate. She annoys the CRAP out of me. However she was much less annoying in this book than in the previous two.) I'm not saying much about Rachel's man, Nick. He's boring and she has moved on. On to Kisten. Oh, Kisten. For you paranormal romance lovers- Chapter 21 is for you. It's delicious. Steamy and delicious! This is one of my favorite series and I've only read 3 of the books so far. I can't wait to keep going. Kick-ass fight scene? Check! Sarcastic banter? Check! If you love action, magic, humor and brilliant creatures- read this book. Kim Harrison brings all that and more to the table in magnificent, magical levels.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read, but by this point the character of Rachel is starting to get on my nerves. I'd prefer to give this 3.5 stars.
magemanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okaaay.... I sped from book two (which I gave an excellent rating to and thoroughly enjoyed) straight into book 3 - and was a little disappointed. I genuinely loved book two in the Hollows series - it had a tight plot, a spicing of sex, plenty of danger and I just could not stop turning pages.Book 3 was a little different. Many of the good qualities of book two remained. I loved the characters - including a few new characters introduced, such as Ceri and David the Were. The action was gripping, and I loved learning more and more about the history of Harrison's alternate reality to ours. We also finally learn about Trent's links to Rachel's family, and some of the reasons why she is so important to the demon Big Al.We are plunged straight into the action here, when Big Al comes to make good on Rachel's agreement of becoming his familiar in exchange for his testimony in the trial of Piscary. From there the events of the book take place over the course of about a week, and the encounters never let up. I have the same issue with pacing though as I did with the first book - at times Rachel is catapulted into each new incident with breathless intensity, while at other times we have some very random incidences, such as the meeting between Rachel and Takata early on (which, ultimately, doesn't add anything extra particularly to the story) and the introduction to Erica, Ivy's younger sister.I also have the feeling that Harrison jotted down some ideas and was determined to shoehorn them into the story, no matter how tacked on they felt. All I can say here is vampire line-dancing....I also missed Jenks. For reasons that I shall not go into for fear of spoilers, Jenks ends up leaving the story part way through and his absence leaves a big hole. The mouthy pixy is an integral part of the success of the first two books, I think, and I cannot wait to get him back! One thing I felt relieved about - along with Rachel, no doubt! - was Ivy's decision to become a practising vampire again. We get less of the uncomfortable episodes where Rachel does something that causes Ivy to "vamp out" and attack her.All in all, there were some wonderful moments and some very strong parts of the book - Kisten was a highlight, as were Rachel's encounters with Algaliarept. I also enjoyed the overall theme of the book - that of Rachel stretching her comfort zone and "being lured into places that I once vowed I'd never go" (in her own words). By the end of the story she has worked for Trent, used leyline magic and dated a vampire. Rachel is continually growing and changing as a character, and I still very much want to go on the journey with her.
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this series when I started book one - but now after books 2 & 3 I am hooked - the rest of the series has become a must have!
willowwaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Kim Harrison. Nice easy to read fantasy book. I would recommend it to anyone who loves light fantasy.
dragonfairy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 3 of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series was fantastic. Rachel's business partnership with Ivy brings even more stress. Kisten becomes even more persistent now that the master vampire Piscary has been tagged by Rachel. And Rachel's trouble with the demon, Al, becomes more complex. Harrison weaves a magical story full of complexity and depth that really brings Cincinnati's Hollow to life. Nothing is ever too dull in Rachel's life.
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like this series. In this entry, there¿s a *little* less danger for Rachel and a little more romance. Along the way, there¿s a lot she¿s learning about herself, even if she sometimes doesn¿t like what she learns. There¿s less Ivy and Jenks in this book, and I kinda missed Jenks, but at least Rachel wasn¿t fending off Ivy every other chapter. There¿s also a new character introduced into Rachel¿s life, and I¿m curious about what sort of role David the Were will play in the future.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this one on a plane and the flight just (pardon the pun) flew by. The other passengers probably thought my giggling was a bit strange -- good thing they didn't know I also had the urge to bite them! I enjoyed the first two books in this series, but Harrison really seemed to hit her stride with this one. My only criticism is that for some reason this book had far too many typos of the variety produced by the typical spellchecker (e.g. "base" for "bass"); only a minor distraction, though.
redderik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bitter and tragic comedy. Love this series.
dragonasbreath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rollicking fun as once again Rachel is dodging death threats, trying to find a way out of her current dilemma.Today, she's honoring a deal to become a demon's living apprentice. But this is Rachel so you KNOW things are not going to go as planned!
sdtaylor555 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. i can't wait for the next in the series.
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ok light read, but it felt overly convoluted and I didn¿t love it.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
One of the things you learn to love about Rachel is her bad decision making.  She is that friend that only dates that bad boy.  I’m not talking the player that drinks too much and drives a fast car; I’m talking the ex-con drug dealer, who carries a gun tucked in his pants.  He is hot as hell but scares the crap out of you.  Am I the only one who had one of those friends? Rachel flys fast and loose with her decision making but she has friends to back her up, and she does have her own skills to get her out of a jam.   This was another excellent audiobook.  I loved it.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year 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.