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Genre Fiction
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    Kim Harrison
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    Harper Voyager; 1 edition (February 26, 2008)
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    464 pages
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To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her.

As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question. If she is ever to live free, Rachel must first walk willingly into the demonic ever-after in search of long-lost ancient knowledge.

But when you dance with demons, you lay your soul on the line . . . and there are some lines that should never be crossed.

This isn't a review for the book, but for the audible recording. This is the only one of the series by this narrator, and compared to the other books it falls far short. It's all pet peeves - she doesn't pronounce names and words the same. Lay lines become lei lines and takata is tah-kah-tah with all sharp sounds. They also play this ominous music when there's a potential plot twist which is just annoying. Thankfully, the original narrator is back with the next book. For the books themselves - Kim Harrison does an outstanding job with the Hollows series, all in all its very enjoyable.
I have read the whole series, so this isn't particular to this book, but the main character frustrates me in as much as she won't kill anyone (though they deserve it), even though she talks smack (a lot), but when it comes down to it her morals are more important than the people in her life. There are many instances when if she had put the greater good ahead of herself - and she whines in her head that it's all her fault and usually it is - several of the people in her life would be alive. I hated this part of the books. The action, the twists and turns, the unexpected surprises, the relationships, etc. All good! I would rate them a 5. But the main character pissed me off so many times, I wanted to smack her myself. At times she acts like a bully and wonders why people react ugly. At others she doesn't react when she should. Overall I would recommend this series, but wish the author would take this information and use it in her next series.
The plotting of a series involving the same main character usually starts to falter about this time. Not so with the Hollows series. This book is probably the best so far, slightly edging out book 2.

The characters continue to develop nicely, the plotting is intricate and interesting and the writing overall is just getting better. Now, there explanations of actions of other books, The issues, events and sometime open plot and character questions left open in other books are seamlessly woven into the story and answered effortlessly here. In other books, I felt that Ms. Harrison sometimes forgot the explanation given in other novels and at times the plotting and explanations in one book conflicted with those of another.

I particularly enjoy the fact that there is not a heavy emphasis on romance in this book, which I find boring. In most of these paranormal romances, male characters generally become siphers; their sole existence is protect and moon over the heroine. Once interesting, they become bland, boring and sterile. Ms. Harrison fell into that trap with the unfortunate Kisten. Once interesting, he turned into a male with little life of his own except to support Rachel. Nick also was plunged into that hole, but was redeemed by turning out to be a bit of a rake with his own agenda.

There is sexual tension but the whole book doesn't revolve around it. In fact the story could stand alone without it

All in all, fine effort and I am looking forward to the next book. BTW, I did listen to the audible version. Once you get over the shock of hearing a different voice than the chameleon like Margarite Gavin, the audible book was not that bad. I agree , Jenks voice was bit too effeminate and screachy for my taste but the version was listenable. However, I do prefer Ms. Gavin and I am glad that she makes a return as narrator for the rest of the series.
The Outlaw Demon Wails completely blew my socks off! So many incredible twists and turns, so many new secrets unveiled, so much new information about Rachel and her family. I am almost reeling after finishing this read.

My review of The Outlaw Demon Wails is spoiler-free, but since it is about the sixth book in the series, there will be spoilers from the prior books, so if you haven't read the five first books, please proceed reading knowing that!

I love how much Rachel grew in The Outlaw Demon Wails, finally, she is starting to think a little before she acts - even if that is still a little difficult for her. Dealing with the aftermath of Kist's death is truly difficult both for Rachel and Ivy. I also loved that Rachel and her mom are finally mending their relationship, and I feel that I can really, really love Mrs. Morgan - I hope I will get to know her a lot better! She is a little strange, but I enjoy how straight-forward she is, even if her filter is faulty. Honesty is good, but it seems as if she is quite good at secrecy as well.

Finally, Rachel and Ivy are being more honest and open with each other as well, and even if they still have a lot of things they need to work on, they are clearer on where they stand. Jenks being the middle-man is hilarious, and his screw-ups are both cute and frustrating. He is always doing his best to keep both of his girls safe, though, and will do whatever it takes to make sure their firm will be able to stay the way it is.

Halloween is coming in The Outlaw Demon Wails, and the preparations for the big inderlander fest is well done. Of course, something happens to make sure Rachel won't be able to partake in the festivities as planned, even if she ends up leaving the church anyway. Trent also has a more prominent role in this installment, and with all his bad and negative sides, I have to admit I have a kind of reluctant admiration for him, and have had that since the first book. He uses brute force, and will do anything necessary to keep himself and his interests safe. At the same time, I can so completely understand where he comes from, so I can't help but like him. A lot.

There are a lot of new twists and turns, a lot of them extremely surprising, all of the exciting and fulfilling for me as a reader. I won't get into it all, but the fat that Rachel can still be upright during it all says a lot about her strength. She deals with things a lot better than in prior books, thinking things through, letting herself feel and cry, and even turns to her mother when the going gets really tough. I am really happy about her growth, because I had almost started to think she was acting too much in the same way and not learning from her errors, but she did in The Outlaw Demon Wails! I hope she will continue on the same path in the future.

The writing is, as usual, excellent. Kim Harrison knows how to spin a tale, paint a landscape and show her readers why her characters do the things they do. I love that I can see Cincy in my mind, and that I could probably walk through the church with my eyes closed (you know - if it existed for real). There were no wardrobe incidents in The Outlaw Demon Wails, and I took this as another sign that Rachel is growing up.

The plot is extremely fast-paced, with lots of sub-plots, an some longer that have spanned over several books already, and will probably continue as well. The fact that there are some things that were mentioned in Dead Witch Walking that were only resolved in The Outlaw Demon Wails is a big plus in my mind, because it shows that a lot of plots were not simply thrown out there for shock-value, and to see some things being mentioned again with more knowledge just makes me very happy.

Heartache swelled as I shut the door and leaned back against it to stare into the sanctuary. I had to start living again, even if it killed me.

And while seeing Trent in his tightly-whities would make my decade, I'd found out long ago that I couldn't stay mad at a man wearing nothing but his underwear. They looked so charmingly vulnerable.

My eyebrows rose. It's in the eaves? "What's in the eaves?" "A gargoyle," Jenks said angrily, and my alarm vanished.

"Big lots," I said, seeing the eighty-year-old oaks and shady lawns. The houses were set way back and had iron fences and stone drives. "The harder to hear your neighbors scream, my dear," was David's answer, and I sent my head up and down in agreement.