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Pale Demon (Hollows) by Kim Harrison
Cover Artist: Larry Rostant
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061138072
Date: 29 November 2011 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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More by Kim Harrison
The Hollows:
* Dead Witch Walking
* Every Which Way But Dead
* The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
* A Fistful of Charms
* For a Few Demons More
* White Witch, Black Curse
* Black Magic Sanction
* Pale Demon

Overview of Hollows:
* The Hollows Insider: New fiction, facts, maps, murders, and more in the world of Rachel Morgan

Graphic Novels:
* Blood Work

Madison Avery:
* Once Dead, Twice Shy
* Early to Death, Early to Rise

* Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
* Dates From Hell (anthology with other authors)

In this tenth book in The Hollows series Rachel, resident witch, takes to the road, along with an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy--in other words, the usual gang she hangs out with. The quest; to get to California where Rachel will plead not to be shunned by the coven, who have been gunning for her for some time due to her having consorted with demons. So, a good part of this book is a running battle with Rachel, Ivy, Trent, and Jenks trying to get to California against any number of demonic and coven obstacles. And once they get there it goes from bad to worst, as the coven ends up being attacked by a fierce creature that kills first and asks questions later.

For those of you who have been following the series you may find, as I did with this one, that the Clint Eastwood movie homages are getting a little thin. Still, they set the tone for the books which is laced with liberal black humor.

The four supernaturals in a car was going to be a bit of a stretch I thought but it worked. Harrison does know how to manage a plot and even though these characters have been around a long time they still have some surprises in them. On the one hand it's nice to spend time with characters that you know and on the other it's good to see them out and stretching their legs.

I liked this book, as I have liked all of the previous books in the series. And it's not done yet. While the book did, indeed, clear up some of Rachel's issues there are still a few major ones left hanging there. So, there are more coming. And that's okay and to be welcomed by readers who are enjoying the series as well as those who have yet to discover it.

Definitely recommended for those of you looking for something a bit off the beaten supernatural path. There's no breast beating or sparkling allowed. The wise cracking witch won't have it. And neither would I.

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