At long last... The final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!
Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.Hardcover, 512 pages
Five Stars: A satisfying, epic finale that all fans must read.
For Rachel, life continues to be complicated. She is in love and content in her relationship, but worried that it might be snatched away at any moment. Add in the fact that the Al is furious with her, the vampires are hovering expecting her to figure out a way to save their souls, an elven goddess could come and destroy her at any moment..... These are just a few of Rachel's problems. When a run goes terribly wrong, and Ivy's life is in danger, reality comes crashing down on Rachel. How can she protect the ones she loves?
What I Loved:
- It was with a bit of a heavy heart that I went into The Witch With No Name. I have grown rather attached to this series since Ms. Harrison was the first UF author I picked up after Anne Rice. I have been glued to this series after my first introduction in 2010, and I have loved the journey. Goodbyes are always bittersweet, but I am satisfied with the end of the road. This book delivers all that you love about the series: action, danger, friendship, romance and the fate of the world in the balance. Will Rachel survive again?
- The characters are what makes this series. I admit, it took a bit of time to fully warm up to Rachel and Ivy, Jenks I always adored, but after it all, I have grown extremely fond of the Hollows gang. I love how these characters are like old friends, and that I care so much about their fates. Who would have thought that I would even grow overly fond of Al the demon? Then there is Trent. Sigh... I love him! These characters have been through it all, and I have been there every step of the way. I love how much they have evolved and grown. The character growth is astonishing especially when it comes to Rachel.
- The overall series is phenomenal. Early on, it was a pretty straight forward UF series. Rachel and the gang always managed to get into plenty of trouble on their runs, but they found their way out. Then when Pale Demon hit, the series transformed and become more complicated, fascinating and smart. I loved the depth and the complexity of the series in the final books. Lots of times, a series weakens as it goes on, not The Hollows. This is a series that steadily grew stronger. I couldn't get enough. Ms. Harrison is an extraordinary story teller and I was in awe at the intricacy of her story line. She makes you think!
- One of my favorite aspects of the series was how Ms. Harrison took all the well worn paranormal entities we are so familiar with: witches, vampires, demons, werewolves and elves and completely transformed them. I assure you, none of Ms. Harrison's paranormal entities are the same old same old. They are unique and original and constantly evolving. Plus, she adds in pixies, gargoyles and fairies. I love the pixies. Jenks is one of my all time favorite sidekicks.
- This was a bittersweet read. Ms. Harrison has been preparing us for goodbye for the last couple of books. Rachel was constantly aware that things were changing not only for her but for Jenks and Ivy as well. I liked the way things ended for everyone and overall I was pleased with the conclusion. I also appreciated that many old friends tromped through the pages of this one. If you are a fan of this series, you won't be disappointed.
- The romance is outstanding. I won't give away too many details as I don't want to spoil it, but I have to say, this is one of the best romances ever. I love that it started out as strong dislike, that moved into antagonistic banner, a hesitant friendship and then something more. This is a romance that takes the entire story arc to develop, and it drove me crazy waiting for it, but when it finally blossomed it was well worth the wait. The two are absolutely perfect for each other, and I love how they bring out the best in one another. I especially loved that there is so much buildup and anticipation and that makes every touch and look so much more powerful. Ms. Harrison does romance right. This is a deep romance, one where you hunger for each little glance or hand squeeze, and when she gets to the sex scenes they are perfectly done. Tasteful, short and just the right amount of detail. Read this series for the romance!
- The story line in this one is incredibly complex and it encompasses many story lines. There are many startling revelations and lots of answers. I loved how everything tied off, and I was completely satisfied with the ending, even though I still have yet to read the final pages. Long time fans of the series, won't be disappointed this read is intense!
And The Not So Much:
- Argh! I reached the heart stopping finale to find a sweet note from Ms. Harrison. It seems the Advanced Reader Copies didn't have the final pages. While I totally understand that Harrison and her publisher didn't want early readers posting spoilers, I was frustrated that I would have to wait until release day to read that Epilogue. Harrison did promise a happy ending!
- I never was fully on board with the whole Ivy and Nina romance. It felt like it came out of nowhere, and I hated that Ivy put up with Nina being untruthful. I think my hesitation is that I never really liked Nina, mostly because she was harboring Felix a great deal of the time. Then, there is a big development in the book regarding Felix and there was indication that Nina's life was in danger, but then nothing happened. Did Felix's departure not affect Nina at all?
- As I mentioned, there is a lot to take in with this one and it is complicated. You can't read this final book without having read the predecessors. In fact, it would be a good idea to refresh your memory with the last book before going into this one.
- I was still confused at the end of my ARC about the how and why the demons cursed the vampires and split their souls. I was hoping for a bit more clarification. That might happen in the final pages that I haven't read.
- I am also curious about the fate of Newt. I hope there is more on her in the Epilogue.
- What I am going to do now that this series over? I can't believe it is done! Sad and happy at the same time.
The Witch With No Name is a satisfying and stunning finale. This book has it all. For long time fans of the series, this epic conclusion is not to be missed. Read it for the romance alone! I loved the journey, and it is with a heavy heart that I close the book and say goodbye to these characters that I have grown so fond of over the course of this thirteen book series. If you have yet to start this series, jump in and keep in mind that it grows stronger and stronger as it goes along. The Hollows will without a doubt keep a place on my coveted all time favorite shelves.
"Because for all the changes, some things were immutable truths: friendship transcends all barriers, understanding trumps fear, and great power can always be surmounted by determination."
I received an advance 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.