Monday, February 20, 2012

Review (Urban Fantasy) | A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

BOOK DESCRIPTION:
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.


MY VIEW:
Hard to believe that A Perfect Blood is the tenth book in The Hollows urban fantasy series and quickly approaching the end (according to the author 12 books with a possible 13th floater novel).

Everyone's favourite itchy witch is quickly in trouble again as she becomes involved in solving a series of gruesome murders perpetrated by HAPA, a human hate group whose attentions are directed at Inderlanders. And of course Rachel is suspected of nefarious involvement now that her status as a demon has been revealed. Events unfold with plenty of twists and turns. Rachel is hampered by her inability to draw on ley magic in order to shield her from Al and the Neverafters attentions. Challenges are many especially when Rachel uncovers a heretofore unknown covert agency run by the humans and aligned against the hate crimes but whose overall agenda she cannot guess. She finds herself in their cross-hairs to further complicate things.

A Perfect Blood is peppered with jaunty dialogue and humorous vignettes usually at Rachel's expense (a series of scenes where Rachel fails to renew her license at the DMV is very Monty-Pythonesque).  For example in the final showdown with the HAPA minions, Rachel (with Trent) has this exchange -
Plan A it was. Go in brash and come out bashed. "Hello Cordova, Eloy," I said refusing to to address her as doctor. "Nothing like good caffeine buzz before kidnapping and mutilating more people, eh?"
    "Well if it's not Daddy Warbucks and Little Orphan Annie." Eloy leaned his chair back on two legs, the picture of confidence and contempt.
Unlike the Pale Demon road trip novel which featured the full spectrum of Hollows characters, A Perfect Blood is mostly a Rachel novel. Along the way she forges new connections with Trent, discovers unplumbed courage to face her demon fears with Al and confronts her growing apartness from her friends as their lives expand and change. We can see over the course of the series that Rachel  has matured and A Perfect Blood reflects that by her outlook, she has indeed grown up. I suspect the final books will complete that journey.

A Perfect Blood is a solid and welcome entry in the The Hollows mythology. It doesn't resolve any of the really big overreaching story arc questions and that may disappoint some fans, but ultimately Rachel is the heart of the series and deservedly so. She shines in A Perfect Blood, easily carrying the mystery thriller on her shoulders.

The novel ends on an interesting note, a scene with Trent, Ceri, Rachel, Al and the two babies, Ray and Lucy with Lucy learning to walk. It presents some interesting foreshadowing -
   "Begone, demon," Ceri said, her expression holding fear as well as delight in Lucy's success.  "Your work here is done."
   Al smiled, the dim light making shadows where there should be none as he leaned toward Lucy  while she squealed in delight and tipped forward. Trent lunged , but it was too late, and Al calmly reached forward and caught her as if he'd been doing it all his life.
   "Done,? No," Al said as Trent snatched her back, but the damage had been wrought, and the girls were clearly not afraid of him. "I do believe it is just the beginning."
So when The Hollows wraps up will we have a spin-off series set in the future featuring a grown-up Ray and Lucy? Only time will tell. In the meantime enjoy A Perfect Blood.

Product Details:
  • ISBN-13: 9780061957895
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Series: The Hollows #10
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3 comments:

  1. So jealous. I have to wait until Wednesday night before I can get my copy. *grin*

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  2. Glad to read a good review, I'm waiting for this to come in at the library. Will probably stop current book in mid-read to start this one.

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  3. After a friend of mine told me about this book. I hurried myself into a bookstore and look for it now I'm currently reading it. All i can say is every time I read this book I just found myself being fascinated, I'm so carried away.

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