Author: Kim Harrison
Published by Harper Collins 2005
Score: Story: 88%, Character Development: 90%, Flow: 90%, Overall: 89%
Kim Harrisonâ€™s third book in the Hollows series brings us back deep into Rachelâ€™s life as an Independent Runner, working with her partners Ivy and Jenks. An elf that Rachel rescued from a demon (aka Big Al) now lives in the neighborhood, and is teaching Rachel how to twist and use spells and curses; and how to become her own familiar to hold Ley-line power within herself.
Rachel goes up against Trent Kalamack, local Councilman, and â€˜Elf in Hidingâ€™. If finding out that her father and Trentâ€™s father were partners before her fatherâ€™s death wasnâ€™t enough, Rachel is now being called up by Big Al to pay her debt . Rachel is to become Alâ€™s familiar in exchange for his court testimony that put Piscary in prison. Harrisonâ€™s Hollows series has developed itâ€™s own version of our modern world.
The continuity and â€˜gotta read the next chapterâ€™ have been honed to keep the story flowing smoothly and pulling the reader along. Iâ€™ve laughed out loud several times, and held my breath through almost every fight scene. Go figure, itâ€™s a book, why do you hold your breath?
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Review by Penny Williams