by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #1
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.
A bounty hunter and a witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead . . . or undead.
I remember starting to read this years ago, and I wasn’t able to finish it – I was bored before I got much beyond the 3rd chapter. Speaking to my sister the other day, she mentioned that it had taken her 3 tries to get through the first book, but after that got hooked on the series. So I figured I’d give it another try, since the ongoing UF series’ I enjoy are getting thin on the ground, and I checked it out from my library.
I got through it this time but as a first book, it’s weaker than most. Ultimately, it’s enjoyable, but Harrison makes you work for it by introducing an MC that’s supposed to be a badass witch, but is so timid it boggles the mind she survived her job as long as she did. She goes out on her own and partners with a living-vampire named Ivy and the two spend the book hovering in this weird quasi-sexual-assault dynamic that was chewing on my last nerve before the half-way mark. Hard to really get on-board with a heroine that acts like she’s about to suffer the vapours for most of the book. Jenks the pixie, was, as least, a consistent and delightful character and I was charmed by his entire family.
Things did pick up right towards the end, when Rachel finally found some spirit, but honestly I was on the fence about whether or not I’d read book 2 until I read a sneak peak at the end, for a book much further into the series, containing enough mini-spoilers to actually get me seriously interested in continuing the series. Guess that sneak peak paid for itself in this case.