Ever After by Kim Harrison

ever after coverRarely do I cheat and borrow someone else’s summary of a book, but I tried three times to summarize this one and couldn’t do it justice without major spoilers. So here’s Goodreads.com’s summary, which is the same as the inside cover flap of the book.

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.
While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan..

Finally comfortable with who she is, Rachel is using her unique talents to save the world (again). This time, more than her life hangs in the balance, and she is responsible for the lives of everyone she loves. As usual, it’s not easy. It seems like everyone is against her, and even her allies aren’t being honest with her. But Rachel is used to overcoming terrible odds, and she doesn’t let them scare her. I think this is the first novel where I can really say I liked Rachel. Usually, she is making bad choices and Ivy (her powerful vampire roommate), Jenks (her dangerous pixie sidekick), and even Trent (manipulator, genius, playboy, and savior of the elven race) and Al (demon and Rachel’s teacher) have to save her. But now she is taking responsibility for her actions and thinking through her responses and how they will affect others before she acts on them. It only took 11 books, but Rachel has finally grown up and doesn’t get on my nerves every time I read about her.

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Wha? Lap cats don’t sit on lap tops?

I’m curious to see how many books are left in this series. I almost wonder if this is the last, though it didn’t wrap up quite neatly enough to be the last book in the series, and I think they are too popular for Harrison to let them end. But almost every character we have ever met in the Hollows was at least mentioned in this novel, even if they weren’t present. 666t777777cxxxxx (Sorry, my kitteh Shiloh wanted her opinion heard.)

I can never decide, when it comes to these books, whether it bothers me or not that every single one of Rachel’s problems becomes a fate-of-the-world problem. Often, a character in the books I read might have a problem that affects the entire werewolf population, or everyone that person is related to, or everyone in their particular location. Sometimes characters who constantly have the weight of the world on their shoulders gets a little tedious and boring. It’s just not believable that this is the only person that ever has problems, or is ever in a position to right the wrongs and save the world. It didn’t bother me so much in this particular novel, but it has before. It’s almost like as Rachel gets more mature the novels do as well, which I like, keeps me from wanting to give up on this series.

No word on when the next Hollows novel will be published yet, but I am excited to see what sort of trouble Rachel gets herself into and out of in the next book. And of course, what happens to her love life with Trent. That’s going to be very interesting.

Happy reading,



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