Sunday, March 14, 2010

Review of Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Rachel sure has gotten herself into a mess this time. The magic ethics coven is after her and they are using lethal force to grab her- and they call her a black witch.

Before she knows what's happening or finds a way to stop it she finds herself locked up in Alcatraz facing a lobotomy. Luckily she has good friends that try real hard to keep her safe. Too bad they haven't found a way to keep her out of trouble.

Poor Rach, half the world shuns her because of her "black magic and demon ties" the other half wants to use her because of it. Trent, Al, Pierce even a rogue member of the committee all seek to control her for their own purposes. Even her ex Nick comes back into the picture and has his own agenda. As if Rachel needed all the men in her life to be more complicated than her life itself. She's getting away with murder with Al because he wants her for his own reasons, Pierce is a big question mark- who knows what he's really after, and Nick is just scum that should have been disposed of a long time ago. Really if you meet someone who has been magically changed into a rat out of revenge...well that might just say something about that person.

Then there's Trent...he and Rachel have a very complicated respect/hate and maybe something more relationship. They've known each other since they were kids. Too bad Rachel doesn't remember much of it.

Warning- something very sad happens in this book that had me in tears for pages. If you are sensitive you'll be crying, too.

Black Magic Sanction is a fast paced roller coaster ride that has Rachel in peril on almost every page. You keep wondering how and if she'll make it out of this mess alive.

Definitely a five fang read. I couldn't put it down. These books continue to get more complicated as they go. I can't wait to see how it all ends up. Rumor has it Rachel will get her happy ending. I just wonder how and with who.

I'll be sad to see this series end though, it is at the top of my favorites list.

This series is the epitome of urban fantasy. A complex world full of fabulous characters, plots, subplots, and enough story arcs to keep you wondering what's going on and what's going to happen next.

If you haven't started reading this series yet and you are a fan of the genre...I wonder what you're waiting for.


SciFiGuy said...

The Hollows is such a richly built world it is impossible not to get totally invested in the characters. I am glad there are at least 3 or 4 more books in the series. I can't imagine there is a dry eye after reading the section you mention. I am happy that Harrison has hit reset on the storyline and brought some balance back to Rachel's life.

Estella said...

Have not read this author yet. The book sounds interesting.