Ever After by Kim Harrison

Posted May 10, 2013 | 19 Comments

Ever After by Kim HarrisonEver After
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #11
Published by: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing... for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It's also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever afterโ€”a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He's already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn't give herself up soon, they'll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn't going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She's also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside herโ€”a prospect both thrilling and unnervingโ€”she's going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones... and prevent an apocalypse before it's too late. Or, at least that's the plan.

How can anyone not love this series? I can’t even tell you how sad I’m going to be when it’s over. The Hollows has been part of my life for a decade now. That’s way longer than any relationship I’ve had. Ever After was probably one of my favorites of the series so far. There were a lot of bittersweet feelings throughout the book, not to mention a couple of gut-wrenching ones. After I finished reading it I went back and read the blurbs of the first 10 books, and it made me smile thinking about all the crap Rachel has been through and how far she has come. How far all the characters have come. Seriously, why am I getting all weepy about this? Curse you, Harrison!

Ever After definitely felt different than the other books. Pivotal almost. I don’t know if it’s because I know the series is coming to a close soon, but I don’t think that’s all it is. Big changes are happening, but they are for the good. Rachel is more powerful than ever. I love seeing her fully accept what she is, and even though she’s a demon, she is truly a good person. No matter how many times she gets kicked down or blamed for something, she’s always there to pick up the pieces and fix everything. I’m worried that one day she won’t be able to.

I wasn’t exactly on the Rachel and Trent train at first, but I’m fully on board now. I remember when Kisten died, and Harrison said something along the lines of Rachel needing someone powerful to be with her and he wasn’t going to be able to do it. I see that now. I’m not talking about a romance between the two, but the fact that they are wonderful together when they fight side by side and truly understand each other.

The original gang is back in this one, but like I said, things are changing. I’m loving the Jenks and Belle duo! Those two make me laugh. Ivy … I think this is what I feel the most bittersweet about. Al and Newt are my favorite demons ever! Newt is such a crazy bitch, but oh how I love her. That’s probably why I do. And I loved learning more about the demon and elves past.

Ever After was so freaking good! I’m holding so much back for this review. I’m trying not to spoil it, but it’s hard because there’s a lot I want to mention. I need to talk about it! I’m just going to leave it at that. Harrison did a fantastic job with this book, and I honestly believe any Hollows fan will be impressed.

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19 responses to “Ever After by Kim Harrison

    • Christy

      Haha! Read it! Heidi, Kimba, and I all say so! ๐Ÿ˜€

      What’s up with the comment section on your blog?

  1. It’s crazy isn’t it that sometimes we’ve been reading a series longer than any relationship?! Amazing and omg yeah I know that feeling when one is coming to an end. YOu want to see how it all goes down but can’t stand the thought of not having another. Oy! I still need to pick this series up. I do have book one though! Glad you enjoyed it!!

    ~Anna
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  2. This was one of my favorites in the series, too. Rachel is finally starting to accept things, and it’s wonderful to see her grow so much as a character.

    There were a couple points where I was all “WTF?!?”, re-reading sections because I thought I misread something. I dread the end of this series. Great review, Christy!
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  3. CAUTION: SPOILERY COMMENT – I didn’t know Kim said that about Kist’s death!!! I had just started the series right after that book so I was completely heartbroken when I got there and missed all of Kim’s comments on why. That’s prob. why I’ve never gotten over Kist. To me, who knows what Kist could of become with Rachel and Ivy (can you say “too invested”?)

    Awesome review!!! Yes, it was a hard one to write!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Christy

      Yeah there used to be a Yahoo group for the series years ago that she was fairly active on. And of course everyone was upset when he died, and she explained it like that. I like seeing Ivy moving on from Rachel though, because it just wasn’t going to work. But it’s sad too. And the fact the Rachel i getting to the point where not even Ivy can back her and protect her like she once did is interesting. Omg, and Ceri!! As much as that killed me, I get it. I felt bad for Al, though. ๐Ÿ™

  4. I’m SO behind in this series, and your review is making me anxious to get caught up! I can’t believe how awesome this series is. And I’m THRILLED to hear that Ever After is your favorite so far, because it means it’s only getting better. I have a lot to look forward to. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fabulous review!

    • Christy

      Catch up! ๐Ÿ˜€ It is one of the best in the series. All the characters, especially Rachel has come so far.

  5. Stephanie

    I’ll admit it, I’ve loved Trent from the beginning. But not in the way I do now. In the hot, evil, bad boy way. I was always secretly (and not so secretly) hoping for a hook-up, even after Kim once posted on her FAQ’s that it would never happen. Funny how characters evolve. I started this series when there were only 3 books available and got my best friend hooked. Two years later I got my now husband hooked. It will be a bittersweet day when it ends. For anyone interested, the audio version is amazing as well. The same narrator does all but one and she is great. Audio is my husband’s preferred method and I use it to sometimes re-read a series to save time!

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