Review: Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan #9) by Kim Harrison

Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan #9) by Kim Harrison
Publisher: Harper Collins
Source: netGalley
Urban Fantasy
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Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches’ conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after . . . forever after.
But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.
For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight—freed at last to slay the innocent and devour their souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.
A witch, and elf, and a pixie go on a roadtrip… Sounds like the start of a bad joke, right? Well, it’s not, it’s the basic premise of Kim Harrison latest Hollows novel, Pale Demon, which is anything but basic. Trent Kalamack needs Rachel to do him a “favor” and get him to Seattle in one piece. Rachel needs Trent to back her up at a coven meeting, where she is hoping to have her shunning rescinded, and Jenks, Rachel’s trusted partner and dear friend, is along for the ride. Throw Ivy, Rachel’s beautiful, and lethal, vampire friend into the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a roller coaster ride of magical proportions!
Jenks gets pixie-napped in the desert, the gang tangles with a very nasty day-walking demon, the coven is on a mission to assassinate Rachel before she can get to her hearing, and Rachel finds out that Trent may not have been completely honest with her about just why it is that he needs to get to Seattle. Pale Demon is nonstop action from the start, and unlike other series,where things can start to flag at this point (9 books in), it’s just as good or even better than the previous books. Rachel has always had a bit of a struggle with her identity, but never more so than in Pale Demon. She uses dark magic for good ends, but the coven doesn’t condone dark magic of any kind, and Rachel desperately doesn’t want to be labeled a Black witch. She’ll have to come to grips with who she is, or an entire world could be destroyed. Kim Harrison has made me cry before with this series, but Pale Demon was an emotional roller coaster of the best kind. The author is a pro, her characterizations are perfect, and her ability to balance a complicated, emotional plot with just the right amount of action, is part of why I love this series. Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, Bis, Pierce and even Al and Trent are like family to me, and reading a Hollows novel is like coming home. I can’t wait to follow Rachel into her next adventure!



  1. Shannon@BooksDevoured

    I loved Pale Demon!!!!! I so agree with you that reading about the hollows is like coming home! I feel that way about this series too! I have been reading it for so long and have never been let down. I think this is now my favorite in the series.

  2. Chelsea / Vampire Book Club

    I had the same reaction to PALE DEMON. What I think is so impressive is its one of the strongest Hollows novels (maybe even my favorite). And most series tend to lost the uniqueness, engagement and excitement as they near the double-digits of books in the series. Kim Harrison definitely out-did herself and opened up TONS of new possibilities for Rachel.

  3. This was definitely a standout in the series!

  4. Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life}

    Great review! I LOVED this book and I love the direction Kim is taking the series! I cant wait!

    I still miss Kisten though =/

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