Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.
Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.Hardcover, 512 pagesExpected publication: February 25th 2014 by Voyager
Four and a half stars: An exciting, emotional and thrilling pay off!
Rachel has spent the last three months since saving the world and the Ever After, quietly working security for Trent. All the while, she is trying to convince herself that she doesn't have feelings for him, and that she is nothing more than his security. Elsbeth, Quen and the girls are set to return soon, and Rachel is minding Trent one last day during a golf tournament. All hell breaks loose when one of Rachel's charms spirals out of control and blasts a huge hole in the golf course. On the way home, Rachel is caught in another magical misfire. Something is amiss in Cincinnati. Sporadic waves of energy are moving through the city, and with each wave magical charms misfire with catastrophic results. Once again it is up to Rachel to save the day before it is too late.
What I Liked:
- The Hollows Series has been a perennial favorite of mine, and I am sad to think that we are nearing the end of this epic journey. I have loved watching these characters grow and change along the way, and I am happy with the direction things are going. What thrilled me the most with this book was that the romance was the driving force.
- I continue to be amazed at the complexity of Ms. Harrison's books. Her books have complicated, detailed and layered plots, and there is hardly ever a dull moment. This book is no exception as it has a storyline that is intelligent and mind blowing. There is so much to take in with this installment, and at times there is a lot to wrap your mind around. It is all all about wild magic, elven goddesses and erratic energy. I love that these books have challenging and ingenious story lines. For those of you who are looking for an exciting, smart and entertaining series, look no further than The Hollows.
- The romance was absolutely amazing. This is a relationship that has been building over the last ten books. It started out as strong dislike as the two fought and plotted against one another. In fact, they couldn't stand each other, but they seemed to always be forced to work together. Somewhere along the way, things began to change and strange new feelings were born. This is a romance that has grown right along with the series, and I loved that it has taken all this time to finally ignite, even though it was agony waiting for it. There are so many touches and looks and hints that love is coming, and you are on the edge of your seat waiting. For all of you fans, this book is worth every second of the wait. This is a romance at its best. I had a big goofy smile on my face during portions of this book.
- This is a character driven series and I have enjoyed watching the characters grow. Rachel has come along way and it is nice to see her comfortable with her identity and secure in her own skin. No more worrying about being a demon, her magic, her aura or what others think of her, she holds her own. I love how she never backs down from a fight, and that she always manages to get it done through sheer determination, luck and a little help from her friends. She has matured into a character that I admire. Jenks and Ivy are back and it is nice to see them play bigger roles and to see that they have moved on and are happy. Jenks can always be counted on for hilarious dialogue and comedic relief. Ivy especially is more secure. I am relieved that the ongoing conflict with her feelings regarding Rachel have finally settled out. I love the relationship between Jenks, Rachel and Ivy, and I enjoyed seeing them work together throughout to get the job done. Trent has also done a complete about face. He is more conscientious and compassionate and a better man thanks to his partnership with Rachel. I love that my feelings have changed regarding him right along with Rachel's. David and the weres play a big role as does Bis I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the major players in the series come together and work toward a common goal, the only disappointment was that Al was hardly present.
- I always appreciate with each and every book in this series that you get a complete read. There are never cliffhangers, which is so nice. I love that every installment continues to build on the others while taking the story in new directions. Yes, there are books that are not as strong in the series, but on a whole it has continued to get stronger and stronger as it goes along. I can't wait to see how it all finishes out.
And The Not So Much:
- This book didn't quite measure up to the last book Ever After. I didn't think the story line was quite as strong and I thought that at times it was a bit confusing. For me, the best books in this series are still Pale Demon and Ever After. Don't get me wrong, this was a solid read, but I thought the conflict wasn't as dire or thrilling as the possible collapse of the Ever After and all the ley lines in the previous book.
- Al continues to frustrate me as I can't get a read on him these days. I thought after the last book that solid progress was made, but this book took several steps backward and left me feeling miserable. A Hollows book is not the same without Al playing a big role, but this time he was hardly present.
- As happy as I am that Ivy finally seems content and that she is moving on, I am still not thrilled with the sudden development of her romance. It came out of nowhere at the end of the last book, and I didn't think that she had enough time to get over her previous boyfriend. It felt like insta love.
The Undead Pool is a satisfying and thrilling book in The Hollows Series. It has exciting action, danger and plenty of romance. This book continues to move the storyline in new directions while developing characters and enhancing relationships. This novel sets us up for what is sure to be an epic finale to one of my all time favorite series.
"Happiness was happiness wherever you found it."
"You are an ugly dream that should dreamed no more."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.