Pale Demon Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 2011
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“Elegant and taut as a gymnast’s cartwheel, Harrison’s polished prose drives a story that will have readers swerving in their seats every time Rachel turns the wheel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“With more than 2.5 million “Hollows” books in print, Harrison has definitely tapped a nerve — or a magical ley line.” (San Antonio Express-News on Pale Demon)
“An excellent entry that is guaranteed. … The Rachel Morgan series is fast becoming one of the hottest tickets in the urban-fantasy subgenre.” (Booklist (starred review))
“You’ll love this bounty-hunter team. . . . A fun-fair ride through a fascinating version of our world.” (Charlaine Harris on Dead Witch Walking)
“Blends the best qualities of Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum. . . . Kim Harrison carries it off with style.” (Jim Butcher on Dead Witch Walking)
“Dead Witch Walking is a wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world, a spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination that left me eagerly awaiting the sequel.” (Kelley Armstrong on Dead Witch Walking)
From the Back Cover
Condemned and shunned for black magic,Rachel Morgan has three days to get tothe annual witches’ conference and clearher name, or be trapped in the demonicever-after . . . forever after.
But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car going across the country?Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, evenwithout being the targets for assassination.
For after centuries of torment, a fearsomedemon walks in the sunlight—freed at lastto slay the innocent and devour their souls.But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, andin the fight for survival that follows, evenembracing her own demonic nature maynot be enough to save her.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
And after several books of dancing around the topic, Kim Harrison dives headfirst into the respectful-yet-antagonistic relationship in "Pale Demon." Her ninth Rachel Morgan book is a taut, lean thriller with crackling dialogue and some very unusual magic -- and the centerpiece is the baggage-laden exchanges between witch and elf.
While Rachel is preparing for her coven pardon and her brother's wedding, Trent reveals that he wants to take her there himself. Je also has important business in the same area -- and despite her reservations, Rachel reluctantly agrees. But their road trip is interrupted when a trio of elf assassins attack them in St. Louis.
It turns out that Trent is after something he's desperate to claim from his ex-fiancee, and he needs Rachel as his "mirror, sword and shield." And their road trip only gets worse as they deal with pixie tribes, hostile witches, and a daywalking demon named Ku'Sox. As the witch world turns against Rachel again, she finds that she is the only one who can stop Ku'Sox.
"Pale Demon" is basically about a vacation from hell that blooms into a massive supernatural battle. But under the skin, the book is actually about the relationship between Trent and Rachel, which always seems to be hitting potholes -- when they aren't practically ripping each other's heads off, they're sizzling with sexual tension.
And after the complicated tangles of the last few books, "Pale Demon" is a relatively straightforward book -- there's a lean, fast-paced story entangled with just a few running subplots.Read more ›
Pale Demon is the first Kim Harrison novel I’ve read, and I loved it. There is a terrific balance of detail, character development, backstory, and plotting in Rachel’s world. In addition to entertaining characters, Harrison explores some pretty intense themes here: belonging, acceptance, self worth, and the cost of taking big risks to set things right. I understand why this is a bestselling series, and look forward to going back and starting at the beginning.
If you are thinking of starting, this series with this novel DON'T! It will leave you confused, disgruntled and crabby since you will not know who is who and what the back story is. BUT I really do recommend that if you love witches, demons, vampires, fairies, pixies elves and assorted other types of creatures then this is one of the best series you will find that will appease your hunger.
Here is a little back-story; years ago a genetically engineered virus has wipe d out almost all of humanity leaving a clear playing field for the other creatures. They call themselves the 'Inderlanders' and by coming out of the closet, they have changed the entire face of the world.
Rachel Morgan is a witch who had worked for the government as a bounty hunter'now she works for herself along with her roommate who is a living Vampire.
In this book, we find Rachel being forced to travel cross country to prove her innocence of practicing Demonic black magic. Should she be found guilty, a lot more than shunning will happen to her. She may be forced to live in the Demonic Underworld - forever.
Now Rachel, the Pixie Jenks, the living vampire Ivy and sort of arch enemy and Elf, Trent Kalamack have three days to get to the west coast'San Francisco to be exact and to prove her innocence. Which may actually be harder than it sounds'since well...Rachel isn't all that innocent anymore. With assassins after Rachel and a ferocious Demon who can pretty much end the world on their tail, is it any wonder Rachel is a wee bit cranky? But Rachel is smart and pragmatic and will do whatever it takes to stay alive and to keep her friend safe-even damn herself to the Demonic Underworld.Read more ›
Without revealing any spoilers, there were several "Big" reveals and significant twists that made this book my favourite of the series so far. I can't wait for the next one.
Most recent customer reviews
The Best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read. I love the writing of Kim Harrison. I read the first 10 books all in a row and view the series as one big book. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2013 by Bootsy Bass
while I always find it hard to get into focus with longer books, Kim Harrison's are always worth the time. This is another unique volume into a highly recommended series.Published on July 8 2013 by Diana Morne