"Exciting paranormal with lots of characters to enjoy"

Rachel Morgan hates her job working as a runner for Inlander Security. Fairly certain her boss has it out for her by assigning jobs degrading and far beneath her job skills, it's not hard for Rachel to decide to quit when she is bribed by the leprechaun she is sent to pick up with three wishes. However when Ivy (a living vampire), Inlanders' best runner quits as well, Rachel's unnoticed quit becomes glaringly obvious and she has a death threat put on her as well as all her possessions be-spelled with black magic.

Moving into a church with Ivy and a pixie named Jenks seems the most plausible business solution until she can make the cash to remove the death threat and get back onto her feet. Little does Rachel know that it will take all three of their combined efforts to just keep her alive.

Kim Harrison has an excellent series in the making, and I'm really excited to see how the books continue and the plethora of characters develop. While Jenks is pretty straight forward, I still really like him as an individual as well as his enormous family. Ivy is mysterious and I will admit, at first I wasn't interested in her (even though she is a vampire and I love vampire stories!), but her character grew on me so I'm excited to see she will have her own story.

While there is a lot happening in DEAD WITCH WALKING and I was really sucked into the story wanting to know what would happen next, I had a rough time getting into the history behind the alternate reality Kim Harrison created. So, keep reading even if you are struggling through the first quarter of the book. Between the charms that Rachel creates, reading the vampire bible on the bus, to the mysterious next door neighbor (that I'd like to know more about) the story is so worth it.

Rachel is trying to survive quitting her job and thinks pinning Trent Kalamack (one of the cities richest men as well as a playboy and major contributor to local charities) as a smuggler of Brimstone will help buy of the death threat and end spells hanging over her head. If that sounds interesting, wait until you see what happens when she gets caught. Rachel is a tough, kick butt heroine that is in way over her head and knows it. What I liked about her is she does what she thinks is right even though the consequences are painful. She is also less than perfect so her plans aren't always successful.

I bought the book because I liked the title and it sounded interesting. Generally I read only romances and well, yeah Rachel rescues a guy while trying to save herself, but there really isn't a romance between the two. So I don't know if that will develop later or what. So if you are looking for a romantic read, this isn't it; regardless, I'm curious and hooked!

As mentioned I can hardly wait to see what happens next because DEAD WITCH WALKING kind of ends with a stale mate between Rachel and Trent. So, I would recommend reading the books in order. A little bit comedy, a lot of action and a well rounded world of paranormal characters will make DEAD WITCH WALKING more than memorable as well as leave the reader wanting more.

Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 10, 2006


In the Hollows the vampires come out to play... and it's always witching hour

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She’s also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50% of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves-the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they’ve stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner…and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shapechanging assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death…not to mention her own roommate!

Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, Dead Witch Walking is the perfect summer read for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, romance, or just a great beach book.

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Dead Witch Walking
(The Hollows: Book 1)
by Kim Harrison

Harper Torch
April 1, 2004
Available: April 27, 2004
ISBN #0060572965
EAN #9780060572969
432 pages
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Other Books by
Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood
Pale Demon
Early to Death, Early to Rise
Black Magic Sanction
Once Dead, Twice Shy
White Witch, Black Curse
Hotter Than Hell
The Outlaw Demon Wails
Holidays Are Hell
Prom Nights from Hell
For a Few Demons More
A Fistful of Charms
Dates From Hell
Every Which Way But Dead
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

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