The Hollows, Book 9
Harper Voyager / HarperCollins
February 2011/ ISBN 978-0061138061
by Jan Fields
Pale Demon is the ninth installment in Harrison's The
Holows series and the second that I've read. Rachel Morgan
is on a road trip to her brother's wedding. She just needs to make
a quick stop to the annual witch convention in San Francisco where
she hopes to be pardoned for using black magic. The trip is complicated
by the presence of an elf she doesn't trust, a pixie she does, and
her vampire-ish friend and fellow bounty hunter. As if that doesn't
mix it up enough, someone in the group decides to unleash a demon
that can walk in daylight and pretty much wants to kill everybody.
With that kind of mix, the story can't help but have lots of near-death
action and snarky good humor. I loved it. I loved the multi-layered
challenges Rachel Morgan must face. She doesn't know who to trust.
She doesn't know how far even to trust herself and her own demon
magic powers. And she's so conflicted about men that she's the poster
girl for the American woman. For someone new to the series, there
are a lot of characters to make sense of, but the story ride is
well worth the effort.