Saturday, July 7, 2018

Book Review Pale Demon By Kim Harrison

Goodreads Summary: New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison takes her indomitable heroine on a wild journey of dark magic and supernatural adventure.

Pale Demon
Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' convention and clear her name or be trapped in the demonic ever-after...forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight - freed at last to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

Goodreads Rating: 4.45 stars with over 40,000 ratings
Genre Listing: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Witches, Demons, Vampires
Get the Book: Amazon, Book Depository
Goodreads Challenge: 15/30
2018 Reading Challenge: #60, The Main Character has the same hair color that you do (Find the challenge here.)

Book Review:

I went into this book thinking it was going to be not as entertaining as the other books in the series. All of these characters in a car to go on a road trip? This is going to be boring. I should have known better because one minute I'm like 15% into the book, and then I'm at 65%, and it's 4:30 in the morning.  At this point, I didn't want to put it down, but my eyes were watering, and I had to force myself to take a break for some sleep. 

I was thrilled to see Rachel embrace her Demon status, and I loved what she did to the Everafter after accepting this new status. I was kind of hoping she'd stay there a little bit longer, but she quickly went back to the Hollows and found a way to stop her demon magic. A lot of her survival in this book is because of Trent, granted a lot of the trouble is because of Trent too. Given how the book ends, I think I see how the series is going to end as well.

I felt like this book was the start of some growing for Rachel and her friends. Ivy comes to terms with things and mentions how they're all starting to go different ways, which is true. I've already begun the next book in the series, and it touches on this quite a bit. So, I'm curious to see where Rachel's character grows from here.

I've been trying to think of what series' I can compare this with to give readers an idea of whether or not they'll like it or not. The series is highly regarded by Charlaine Harris, from what I can tell. So fans of Sookie Stackhouse will probably enjoy it as well. It actually reminds me of female-centered version of Jim Butcher's Dresden files as well. The entire series has a lot of snarky humor, a lot of action, an exciting world, a fantastic backstory for the characters and the magic, and is all around just great urban fantasy. I can't recommend this series enough.

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