The Witch with No Name (Hollows series)
Harper Voyager / September 9, 2014 / $26.99 print, $16.99 digital
Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, 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.
It’s the end of an era, so to speak. After twelve full-length novels, several novellas, and an Insider’s Guide to the series, the Kim Harrison-penned Hollows series about Rachel Morgan and her vampire, pixie, elven, gargoyle, and demon companions is coming to an end with the 13th book, The Witch With No Name.
“It has been 10 years and many chapters, but the saga of the Hollows is coming to the end where everyone gets their happy everafter, well for those who survive anyway.” – Kim Harrison in an email to subscribers (08/11/14)
Endings are tricky for authors. How do you end a long-running, kickass urban fantasy series and give your beloved characters their happy endings while still delivering an unpredictable thrill ride for your readers? It’s a tough prospect and I am ecstatic to report that Kim Harrison was able to deliver on all fronts with this book.
This series, from the beginning, has focused on witch Rachel Morgan, but it’s always been about much more than just her. From the start, her many relationships—platonic, romantic, and adversarial alike—have played a role in the trajectory of her life and her growth as a character. Throughout the series we’ve seen her make good and bad choices in her relationships and many of the times, they have been to her own detriment in some way or another. I was most looking forward to seeing how many of those relationships were dealt with and/or resolved, as the series closed. In the books leading up to this last book, Rachel’s love life solidified (squee!) even as other parts of her life began to dissolve, including her attachment to the two constants in her life, Ivy and Jenks.
Additionally, the always complicated relationship she had with her demon mentor Al seemed to have fractured completely. Increasingly, as the series has progressed, all of Rachel’s many relationships began to intersect with each other, as more characters became important to her. She has put everything on the line for her relationships and the same has been done for her. As with all the others, big decisions had to be made in this book, involving her relationships, when confronting the dangers threatening them all:
I hadn’t wished for Trent in my life, but now that I had him, I was more confused, more heartbroken than I’d ever been. Trent was willing to sacrifice everything for me, but I didn’t know if I could let him.
He shouldn’t be here. He’s too important, I thought, but Trent had flatly refused to leave. And I could use his help-a lot-so I sat here in my car hoping something would happen and I wouldn’t have to risk Trent’s life in order to save Ivy’s. Love stinks.
It was a frightening thing to have the love of someone so determined, resolute and unafraid of committing a great wrong for his personal right. The love of two men so determined, actually. I hoped I survived it.
Harrison has not shied away from killing off main characters in this series, so there’s always the fear, when reading, that your favorite may not make it through. With this being the last book of the series, there was apprehension going in that everyone might not make it to the end of the book and series. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but I will say that I thought the resolution of the series and all of the complicated relationships Rachel was a part of were handled brilliantly. I should note that there is an epilogue that was purposely not included in the Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) of the book so there is more of an ending that I have not read and cannot speak to. But, I was thrilled with the ending I did read and can only hope that the epilogue just adds more icing to the cake.
I am going to miss this series and the characters like I miss friends when they move away. But I do believe they all received a more than worthy send-off. And we, the readers, got one helluva story.
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