Pale Demon

Pale Demon

eBook - 2011
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Condemned to death for practicing witchcraft, bounty hunter Rachel Morgan is given three days to clear her name and get to the annual witches' convention in San Francisco, an effort that forces her to endure a cross-country drive with a motley crew of supernatural companions.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062065766
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jacquelineholicka
May 09, 2015

book 9
hollows series

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BlackMartagon
Apr 24, 2012

powerful embracing of destiny for her own use.

I want to own this.

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irenelaf
Jan 24, 2012

LOVED this book...certainly one of my top 5 favs of this year! The last 3rd gave me that wonderful adrenaline high...no wonder I'm addicted to reading. This book was great from about 70 pages in right to the very end! Not just great action but interesting plot developments that left me wanting more after all was said and done!

This felt like a pivotal book to me...many things in previous books all leading up to this point in the series. I loved each and every Trent & Al scene (and there were lots)! FINALLY, we`re getting to know Trent...after how many books leaving him mostly a mystery!

One of the things I do enjoy about this series is the lack of stereotyped characters. Everybody is flawed or has messed up big-time at some point in their life and we learn to love and accept them despite it all.

Almost every character in the book evolves in some small or major way in this book.
Rachel, essentially, is all grown up now. She's awesome and all-powerful in this book just like the AWESOME book cover! She still has all her flaws and gets nervous but she's making smarter choices and learns to accept and own who she is. That makes her more confident facing demons.

PHENOMENAL scene at Dali's restaurant with the new Juke Box choice. So original! Was Newt and Rachel bonding?!? The ever-after is turning out to be a neat place to visit (but still not live) after all!

My one complaint about the book is that the "elven quest" required more explanation...unless I just missed them.

Al turns out to be pretty cool, for a demon, and the potential for a new direction in future books is exciting.

What about Pierce? Nobody cares about him...yet he sacrificed himself over and over for her. We know he`s not "the one" for Rachel...but I feel sorry for him.

Why Rachel should fall for the dumba$$ Nick yet not Pierce is beyond me. Falling for Trent wouldn`t be smart either but I hope she eventually does!

The last two books have turned me into a Hollows fan for sure. We`ve come a LONG, way from Book #1!

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Mahala
Oct 21, 2011

I love this series!!!!

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dprodrig
Sep 02, 2011

It was great to read this book and it'd say it's one of my favourites of the series. She's left a lot of openings for new plot lines which includes maybe being able to do a new kind of magic, to unlikely romantic interests. There was some lovely squashing of the witches council, the original trio has been reaffirmed and are good to go. Possible new story lines for Jinks may also come out of this book too.... can't wait.

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Ubalstecha
Jul 04, 2011

Kim Harrison has delivered again in her Hollows series. This volume see Rachel travelling to San Francisco to try and stop her shunning by the coven. Along for the ride are the usual group of Ivy and Jenks. Add to the mix is Trent, who needs to make it to the west coast for reasons he's not saying. But when an early demon experiment at day walking is released, Rachel realizes there is far more going on than just her avoiding a shunning. Trent is promising that he has a plan and he can protect her, but can Rachel trust him? And what about the demon Al who is eager for Rachel to join him as a full fledged demon in the ever after? Rachel has a lot to deal with.

What is so special about Kim Harrison as an author is that she is not afraid to have her characters grow and change. This holds true for Pale Demon. Rachel, Ivy, Trent, Al, Pierce, Jenks, heck even Al, experience some growth. And things are different at the end of the volume, making your investment worth your time. There are many a contemporary author that could learn from Harrison. Scratch that, should learn from her.

Great read.

kpalichuk Jun 25, 2011

When I started this one, I thought, uh oh, am I in for hundreds of pages of the over-used plotline - "characters take a road trip"?

I should have known better than to doubt Kim Harrison.

This was a brilliant addition to the Hollows series - the characters continue to evolve, the pacing was good, and like others, I read sections over and over again.

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jdatwell
Jun 07, 2011

rachel just keeps getting better and better.
this one rocks the ever after hard.
rachel is great one of the best.

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kim_possible
Apr 17, 2011

Pale demon is a great addition to the Rachel Morgan series. Can't wait for the next one :)

NZaleske Mar 31, 2011

love the Rachel Morgan series!

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Mahala
May 26, 2011

In a last ditch effort to escape a permanent residence in the ever after, Rachel heads west by car to try and clear her name. Much to her surprise, Trent comes along for the ride, with a mysterious task of his own. It's a trip bordering on insanity when you add Jenks and Ivy to the mix, and it will take nothing short of a miracle to keep them from killing one another before they reach their destination. The trip alone would have been more than enough to handle but then a crazy day-walking demon shows up and sets its sights on Rachel. If she is to survive, she must face her biggest challenge yet, trusting Trent.

I haven't felt a connection to any of the men in Rachel's life since Kisten. His death hit me harder than any other death in all the books I have read. I knew at some point one of the characters would effect me enough to feel a real connection for that person and Rachel, but I never would have guessed that person would be Trent. When I first started this series I thought that Trent was an absolute slime ball. Now however, I'm starting to really think that he and Rachel would be perfect for each other. Now that I have this new opinion, as I look back through the series, all of their interactions seem to have new meaning. Perhaps I'm just seeing what I want to, but I really think there might be something there, it's just a matter of them admitting it. I hope.

This book is one big roller coaster and it grasped me almost instantly and just wouldn't let go. If you are a fan of this series, this book cannot possibly disappoint. The ending really twisted things up, and I cannot wait to see how Rachel handles everything that has changed.

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