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The Outlaw Demon Wails
Kim Harrison
Narrated by Gigi Bermingham, unabridged
HarperAudio, 16 hours, 30 minutes

The Outlaw Demon Wails
Kim Harrison
Born in the Midwest, Kim Harrison has been called a witch, among other things, but has never seen a vampire (that she knows of). She loves graveyards and midnight jazz, and wears too much black.

Kim Harrison Website
ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: For A Few Demons More
SF Site Review: A Fistful of Charms
SF Site Review: Every Which Way But Dead
SF Site Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
SF Site Interview: Kim Harrison
SF Site Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
SF Site Review: Dead Witch Walking
SF Site Review: Dead Witch Walking
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Past Feature Reviews
A review by Jennifer McCann

This sixth installment of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison starts out with a bang. Rachel Morgan, our ne'er-do-well witch, has once again gotten in over her head. Thinking that all is well, Rachel discovers quickly that things have gotten way out of hand. Algaliarept, the demon that Rachel sent to demon jail, is somehow getting out and gunning for her. Not only is she not safe, but anyone close to her is in danger.

This is a book of revelations. Rachel, in trying to defend her loved ones, discovers a long held family secret, with mind blowing consequences. Under pressure to defend herself, she is forced to join forces with Trent, her long time nemesis, to track down the original DNA of Algaliarept to stop him from claiming her and taking her to the Ever-after as his slave for eternity. As a direct result, Rachel discovers the hidden truth behind the origins of the demons, elves and the witches and what has caused the war that has raged between them since time out of memory.

In The Outlaw Demon Wails, Ms. Harrison makes great leaps and strides in the story of Rachel Morgan. She answers some long-held questions since the beginning of the series and throws out enough new and interesting plotlines to keep this highly entertaining series going for a long time. In this book, she really set things rolling. In past books, some of the stories were more place holders and didn't really move things along. But The Outlaw Demon Wails delivers.

This portion of the story deals less with Rachel's eternally doomed love life and got on with the meat of the story. Ivy and Rachel's relationship is less the focus of this book. Though Rachel's relationships play a large part, it's not all there is. Kisten's murder is on the back burner but not forgotten. Hopefully, this will be one of the plotlines that will get more play in future novels. Ms. Harrison brings back David, Rachel's werewolf pack leader, and Marshal, "Marshman" from pervious novels but they don't play a very big part in the story this time. Mostly they clutter up the landscape. A new master of the city is introduced but also is not much involved in this story. He functions more as an explanation of Ivy's whereabouts and changes in some of her behavior.

Gigi Bermingham does a fair job vocally portraying the characters. Her previous credits include stints on Days of Our Lives, Third Rock from the Sun and Judging Amy. She sometimes doesn't get the comedic timing that Rachel's voice has and her sarcasm doesn't ring true. In parts of the story, Ms. Bermingham seems to be phoning in the performance. And her portrayal of Jenks is especially painful. When Jenks, as voiced by Ms. Bermingham, is conversational, the performance is tolerable. But when he becomes excited or stressed, the tone becomes so shrill that dogs six blocks over are howling. The reading could have been better.

In spite of concerns over the narration, all in all this was a very entertaining and fast paced story that makes one look forward to continue with the series in general. With the new plotlines waiting in the wings and watching to see how the surprise ending plays out, Rachel Morgan's life is going to become very interesting indeed.

Copyright © 2008 Jennifer McCann

A belly dancing, dyslexic wife and mother who in her spare time works as a library clerk. A full and rich life is lead through the books she listens to and/or reads. Dyslexics Untie!

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