Review of American Demon (Return to the Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison

I Am So Glad The Hallows is Back

4/5

American demon

by Kim Harrison

“God bless it, Morgan!” Weast shouted, a hand to his bloody nose as he turned from the fire in the waste drum. “What are you doing?”― 

Kim HarrisonAmerican Demon

About

A thrilling return to the #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series, continuing Rachel Morgan’s story.

RACHEL MORGAN IS BACK–AND THE HOLLOWS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

What happens after you’ve saved the world? Well, if you’re Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world–and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.
 

Stats

Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by ACE
ISBN
0593101413 (ISBN13: 9780593101414)
Edition Language
English
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My Thoughts

Sometimes the end of something is just the beginning of a new chapter. Things don’t have to end. Characters don’t have to stop because, with some, there is so much more story to tell—case in point, American Demon, the first book in the extended Hallows universe.

50819846. sx318 sy475 I am so happy they are back.

Kim Harrison has brought back our favorite “itchy witch” as well as many of our other favorite characters. I am looking at you, Bis. Things are a bit different, and people are moving on with their lives; some are moving into new phases. But Rachel is Rachel, and where there are mischief and catastrophe, you know she will be right there righting the wrongs and sticking up for her friends. In this story, someone has sent an entity called a Bacu after Rachel and her friends. It is a creature that strips your aura level by level, eventually driving you mad. Who sent it and why are they doing these things is the big mystery. We have a few new characters to enjoy and learn about. One is an elf. The other is a demon; both seem like a lot of fun and should prove more important as new books and stories are written.

 

My body twitched as, in my dream, I flung myself back to hit the teak floorboards ― 

Kim HarrisonAmerican Demon

One of the best qualities of The Hallows series is consistently good writing and engaging stories. You would think after 14+ books that the writing might become a tad stale or the life might have fallen out of the stories. You would be wrong. Every novel in The Hollows series is entertaining; some books have more pivotal plot points than others. Like any long story, they all flow together in a fun saga that is great for the reader and will have you cheering Rachel Morgan’s antics by the end of the book. However, if you are new to the series and want to come into it from this book, Harrison gives enough backstory and character information that allows any new readers to feel at home. But, I think with a series this big, it is always better to start at the first book so that you won’t miss any of the fun characters’ subtleties or references. Either way, you are covered and will have a good time.

The action is fun, the banter is standard great for The Hollows, and Trent and Rachel are lovely. I recommend this to lovers of urban fantasy and read American Demon, or better yet start at book 1; you won’t be disappointed.

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I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for my open and honest review. 

About the Author

Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, but she has written more than urban fantasy and has published over two-dozen books spanning the gamut from young adult, thriller, several anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim is currently working on a new Hollows book between other, non related, urban fantasy projects.

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