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Black Magic Sanction

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Feb. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441722912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441722911
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 753 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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“I wouldn’t miss a Kim Harrison book for anything.” (Charlaine Harris) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 3 2010
Format: Hardcover
Rachel Morgan's life is not going well: she's been shunned, she's Al's student, and any kids she has will be demons. And after the fragmented storyline of "White Witch, Black Curse," the eighth book of Kim Harrison's Hollows series slips into a very different style -- explosive action, old enemies, a terrible choice, and a tragic loss.

A simple trip to the grocery store goes horribly awry when Rachel is approached and attacked by a strange witch -- who turns out to be a white-magic witch from some sort of moral-police coven. But Rachel doesn't have much time to worry about it: she ends up being summoned using Al's name, and learns that they found out about her connections to the demons.

They also offer her a nasty choice: stay in the witch prison Alcatraz, or be lobotomized and neutered. Trent and Al are trying to nab her powerful, unusual self as well.

While Rachel manages to escape (with the help of Bis and Pierce), she's now being attacked from all sides by the coven. Fairy attacks, demon summonings and full-out pyrokinetic attacks on the church are among the problems she has to deal with. But even if she stops their fanatical leader, Rachel will have to fight back with (almost) everything she's got.

Maybe it's just me, but a lot of urban fantasy hero/ines seem to be able to do morally/legally questionable stuff all over the place, but never suffer any consequences. Fortunately, Kim Harrison doesn't do that. "Black Magic Sanction" is all about the consequences of Rachel's black magic/demon activities -- and more precisely, what the other witches are gonna do about it besides just shunning her.

The narrative is still rather choppy in places (such as Rachel's daylong stint in Alcatraz... boom, it's over!).
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I wonder what a book needs to do so the previous reviewer would give it 5 stars. She said she enjoyed this one immensely, she even bought 4 more books in the series because of it, but she gave it only 4 stars. Maybe it's just because she started the series at #8 - it IS more fun in the right order for sure. If you're considering this book but haven't read any other in the series yet, get Dead Witch Walking instead.

Anyway, I enjoyed this book too and it's worth 5 stars as far as I'm concerned. I read somewhere that Ms. Harrison is planning a total of 13 books in this series. I can hardly wait for the rest of them.

You may also want to consider buying the MP3 CD version along with (or instead of) this hardcover. Right now the MP3 version is $1 less. It also takes less room in the home. Besides, Marguerite Gavin does a fantastic job reading these books. She has read numbers 1..5 and 7 in the series and they're very enjoyable.
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The other three reviews go into plot detail so I'll leave that out. I'll mention what I loved about this book. This book is a buffet table of desert, complete with favorite golden characters and addictive new ones. Trusted friends and villians you love to' love, are the setting in this book.

There is very little celebration in this installment and rather a lot of questions about trust, grey areas of what makes a person a good person, consequences and loss. Despite these themes, the book does not come off as morose. You get a lot of incite into Harrison's characters that almost creates as many questions as it answers. It's going to be a long year before we see the next book.

Without spoiling the plot for you, I will say there is a bit of mouring and I'm not referring to the obvious moment in the central portion of the book's pages. The book is a turning point for Rachel. I once read a review where the reader complained that Rachel had not "grown" or learned from her mistakes. I think this comment now was premature and Harrison wisely did not rush into major changes earlier on. Rachel makes her mistakes, and makes them again, and again. It makes her realistic. People live out learned patterned behaviour and we consistently make the same errors in different settings. It is a lucky and wise person to be able to identify, understand and change their learned habits. Especially when they are not good for us. Rachel's character is growing up, and it becomes quite evident in this book. While she gains maturity, she is also losing the last of her innocence and I felt the absence the former adrenaline junkie, but also feeling good that she is moving forward. It's bittersweet for the character and the reader.

I read this book, and then I turned back to the first page, and read it again.
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Excellent book. I had a hard time putting it down. Very well written. No loose ends at the end of the book. This book was hilarious at times especially some of the scenes with the demon Algaliarept. If you like this series I also recommend Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland and The Morgan Kingsley books by Jenna Black.
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I have been reading Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan books since they first came out (including the short stories) and this is the best to date.
You really do have to read from the beginning to get the most out of these characters. It is nice to see Rachel at last beginning to belive in her self more
and the growing relationships between all the characters. I look forward to seeing more Pierce and Rachel in the future
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