Title: A Perfect Blood
Author: Kim Harrison
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: The Hollows (Book 10)
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 448 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061957895 (Harper Voyager)
ISBN-13: 978-0061957895 (Harper Voyager)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood.
She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.
Quick & Dirty: Kim Harrison delivers with her latest Hollows book. A Perfect Blood is action-packed with a dark tone and pitch-perfect pacing that make this book hard to put down.
Opening Sentence: The woman across from me barely sniffed when I slammed the pen down on the counter.
Kim Harrison is my favorite author, so fair warning, this review may be a little biased. I love the Hollows series through its high and low points and through tears and laughter. I don’t know what it is about this world that I never want to leave. A Perfect Blood is no exception.
It has been several months since the events of Pale Demon. Rachel has been avoiding Trent like the plague after their steamy kiss. She has been officially declared a Demon and she has been cut off from her magic. A magical band of silver strongly dilutes her powers, leaving her with the ability to do only earth magic charms and even that is really limited. When witches are turning up dead as the victims of a demon, the authorities believe that Rachel can get to the bottom of these murders because if she doesn’t she will be blamed for them.
There is a new man in Rachel’s life. Wayde has been hired by her parents as a bodyguard to make sure Rachel stays out of trouble. Wayde is a hot, tattooed werewolf that Rachel definitely eyes when his shirt is off. Rachel teams up with Jenks, Ivy, FIB and the I.S. to help catch the hate group responsible for the murders. Rachel has to be careful because they want her blood which will aid them in creating a virus that will kill off the Inderland species. Rachel must stop this genocide from ever happening. The bad guys in this book are truly bad and they don’t care about the consequences of their actions.
Rachel begins the book feeling sorry for herself. She has pretty much lost her magic. She feels that Ivy and Jenks are moving on with their lives without her. That they are able to have relationships with people when she is destructive in her relationships and she will just grow old alone, not to mention people now know she is a demon (who would want to be with a demon?). She does mention one time that she is not physically attracted to Trent but she is certainly having some heated thoughts about him. About halfway through the book Rachel begins to feel empowered again, she will stop at nothing to go after the bad guys.
Rachel is one of my favorite characters in Urban Fantasy. She is strong yet stubborn, foolish but sure of herself. At times she may not think it but her friends always have her back. They love her. Jenks is still his adorable pixie self with great one liners. Ivy is probably the most level-headed I’ve seen in the series ever but I did feel she took a backseat to the story which worked fine for me. I was a little confused about Wayde. I am guessing he is supposed to be a potential love interest for Rachel but I am one hundred percent for Trent. I was a little disappointed by how little there was of Trent in the first 200 pages of A Perfect Blood but when he shows up the story really ramps up.
I love the tone of the Hollows world. It is so dark and realistic. I feel like I am actually standing there in Cincinnati watching the events as they happen. As world building goes, this world has been exceptionally established. Ms. Harrison just touches on basic facts without it seeming like repetition.
A Perfect Blood is another remarkable installment into the Hollows world. I recommend this book. If you haven’t read this series before, please start from the beginning, this book isn’t really a good jumping on point to know what is happening in the series.
“Rachel Mariana Morgan,” Al said softly, and I gasped, almost falling as I spun and pain stabbed through my leg.
The demon was standing not thirty feet away. He was in the ley line in the ever-after, we were in it in reality. It was a middle ground that bent all the rules, and if he wanted, he could drag me from reality and back down into the foul-smelling earth.
“Hi, Al,” I said, my resolve shredded and leaving only the cold fear of self-preservation. “Hey, you look good,” I offered lamely, and the demon tilted his head to eye me from over his blue-tinted glasses, taking in my bland black sweats. Red, goat-slitted eyes peered at me, his lips curling back in a snarl to show his thick, blocky teeth. His grip on his walking cane tightened, and I noticed he was wearing gloves again, their white starchiness bright against the velvet green of his coat and his brilliant vest and dark trousers. Shiny boots with buckles, and lace at his throat and cuffs, added to his vision of a noble British lord at the height of his glory. A tall hat finished the outfit, shading his eyes from the painful sun.
“I look good?” Al said, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
Trent’s stance tightened as Al took three steps toward us.
“I look good?” he said louder, his pace quickening and his hand coming out. “I’m broke and living in squalor!”
“Hey!” I shouted as I felt the line seem to collapse into Trent, sucked in as he drew a massive amount of energy into himself and threw it at Al. The demon never slowed, a quickly raised hand deflecting the energy. Behind me, Trent’s fish tank exploded. Suddenly my feet were wet, heavy in thick socks.
“Stop it, Trent!” I exclaimed, pushing away from him and almost falling. “You promised.” Oh God, he was going to ruin it. All I had going for me were daring and trust, and Trent was trying to prove how not strong we were?
“No, I didn’t,” Trent said grimly, and my skin prickled at the energy gathering in his palms.
The Hollows Series:
9. Pale Demon
10. A Perfect Blood
11. Ever After
FTC Advisory: Harper Voyager provided me with a copy of A Perfect Blood. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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