The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13
Written by: Kim Harrison
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
Series: The Hollows, Book 13
Publisher: Harper Audio
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0
After 10 years and 13 adventures, at last the triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison's number-one New York Times best-selling Hollows series!
In 2004, Kim Harrison made her debut with Dead Witch Walking, an electrifying urban audiobook novel full of action, mystery, romance, and humor, which introduced bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan. Over the course of 12 books, Rachel confronted numerous threats, vanquished a range of cunning and powerful enemies, risked her heart, suffered haunting loss, and nearly lost her life. Now, in The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle.
Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. 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 her best friend's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever-after and our own world from utter destruction at the hands of fanatics, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.
©2014 Kim Harrison (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
Rachel Morgan, a human born demon, raised witch has no people who will claim her. The witches (except for her mother) have long since banned her. The humans seek her help in time of crisis but want nothing else to do with her. The elves shun her because she is a demon. And the demons won’t accept her because she is the only one of their kind who can walk in the free world while the rest are trapped in the ever-after subject to summoning or the occasional foray on the surface. Rachel has overcome (at least on a temporary, in a crisis basis) all sorts of dangers and threats from the various Inderlander (supernatural) species.
The head of the vampires and most powerful man in Cincinnati, Rynn Cormell, is threatening Rachel’s best friend, Ivy, a living vampire. Either Rachel finds a way to restore the souls of the vampires or Ivy dies her first death. Rachel twists and turns trying to get out of the problem but there is no way out. In desperation she calls Trent, a former billionaire and top dog in town until his associations brought him down because the other Elves refused to condone his connections with Rachel and demons. The Elven spiritual leader, and maybe Trent’s ex fiancé, have already pushed Rachel to a point where she was almost consumed by the Elven Goddess (The Undead Pool).
Trent has realized that money and power are not as important as embracing those you love. He plans to stand by Rachel no matter the cost. The only people more important are his girls, Lucy and Ray. Together they have to figure out how to fight the Elves who are seeking to destroy the vampires, trap the demons and leave themselves in power.
This story isn’t as full paced action as some of the priors but it still moves along well. There are physiological issues interwoven with the action. And there is enough action to keep it exciting. Rachel, with the help of Trent, Jenks (the pixy), Biz (the Gargoyle) and finally Al (Rachel’s demon mentor), faces major danger and pushes through the challenges.
The epilogue is a bit anti-climatic but it is cute and works. I enjoyed the intensity and the creative wrap up to the series. This is a satisfactory conclusion to an engaging series.
Audio Notes: Marguerite Gavin has become the voice of the Hollows for me and many fans I am sure. She gives personality to the characters and her narration enhances my enjoyment of the story.
This was in my Audible Library from Sept. 2014. This is part of my Audio Challenge.