Monday, March 8, 2010

Black Magic Sanction

Title: Black Magic Sanction
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows, book 8
Genre: Urban fantasy
Publish: 2010

Recommendation: More of the same from Rachel Morgan: running, fighting and general mayhem.
Rating: 6.5/10

Summary: The coven of moral and ethical standards takes an interest in Rachel after the shunning and tries to bring her in. Rachel fights back while dealing with Pierce, Nick, and Aligapert at the same time as Trent demands Rachel to sign a life-long contract with him.

Reactions: Overall, I was mostly disappointed with this installment in The Hollows series. The book is not necessarily a whole lot worse than the previous seven, but I feel like the series hit somewhat of a wall.

The plot of the book seems awfully similar to the previous few books. Rachel is in danger, she kicks, bites, threatens, and cajoles until she gets her way and then off she goes to meet the next danger. The number of not-so-smart moves on her part is starting to bother me and I felt there was little to none character development in this book. Everyone acts their usual -- Ivy vamps out, Pierce protects, Aligapert threatens.

The plot didn't hold my attention particularly well. While I've finished previous books in one sitting, this one took me over a week. The ending wasn't particularly spectacular either. Rachel manages to avert some danger, doubtlessly just to be haunted by someone else next book.

Overall, I think the series is hitting the point where it needs to go in a new direction, otherwise it's just not worth reading. I am not even sure if I want to pick up the next book in the series. Perhaps I'll read the reviews first.

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