The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

Posted February 20, 2014 | 26 Comments

The Undead Pool by Kim HarrisonThe Undead Pool
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #12
Published by: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

Oh, how far we’ve come! I can’t believe I’ve been reading this series for almost ten years, and that there will only be one book left after this one. I admit, I get a little weepy and nostalgic when I look at the cover of The Undead Pool. It coveys so much, especially how much Rachel has changed and how far she has come since we first met her in the first book. The Undead Pool is without a doubt, an exceptional installment in The Hollows series.

The Undead Pool picks up three months after we left Rachel in the last book. Rachel is working security for Trent and things have been fairly calm. Ah, but you didn’t expect that to last did you? Of course not! The crap hits the fan in Cincinnati when magic starts backfiring all over the city. And to make matters worse, all of the master vampires are put to sleep, causing living vampires to their own devices. That’s not a good thing. Rachel is thrust into the middle of it all and is pushed to new, deadly limits.

Man, Rachel has grown so much. I’ve always loved her (obviously, or I wouldn’t have continued the series), but even more so now. She’s always been a toughie, but now, she is strong on many levels. I feel an overwhelming sense of pride for her. Our itchy witch has grown up. *sniff* It made me smile whenever Rachel would describe Red, because she was basically describing herself. No wonder Trent likes the horse so much. *winks*

This book really shows just how much everyone has evolved. Not just in their own ways, but in their relationships, as well. Dynamics have shifted, but they are all for the better. Rachel has been the glue, always being there for everyone and in The Undead Pool, she discovers just how many lives she has touched and how much they believe in her.

As for Trent, I like it. I really do. I’ve always been hesitant about him, but after the last book, Ever After, I was fully onboard. Now, I’m beyond happy with their new dynamic. The man has truly proved himself to be worthy of our Rachel. And I just have to say, I absolutely love when Rachel is with Lucy and Ray. Those two are going to be a handful!

I feel so sentimental thinking about everything that transpired in the last two books, but mostly in The Undead Pool. I don’t know how I’m going to handle saying good-bye to everyone next year.



26 responses to “The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

    • Christy

      The series ended with the next book, so you can always take your time reading them. Plus, you don’t have to wait for them to be released. 😀

  1. Wow, I can’t believe this series has gone over 10 books! I’ve only read the first 3, it’s still going to be a long journey for me. I’m glad Rachel has grown a lot over the course of the novel. Sometimes long series like these feel like an old friend so I can see why you’re getting sentimental over it 🙂

    • Christy

      Haha – we are sending out the Rachel Morgan love today! -sigh- I know, I wanted her to fry him so many times. I’m glad David pointed out how much of an impact she’s had on Trent, though.

  2. I started this series and was really enjoying it until something happened to a certain someone. I don’t deal well with character deaths, so I was traumatized and couldn’t continue. That was YEARS ago though, and I do like the sound of how her relationship with Trent has progressed so I kind of want to get caught up on everything now! Glad this series is still going strong for you after all this time Christy!

    • Christy

      Aww, yeah, I think everyone was pretty devastated with that death. I remember many years ago there used to be a Yahoo group for this series and Kim frequently interacted with everyone there. After that specific book was released it basically turned into a support group – lol. But I remember Kim saying that he wasn’t going to be able to be what Rachel needed and stuff. Then after reading the next couple of books you find out what all really went down. And looking at everything now … I understand what she meant. I still hurts though. 🙁

    • Christy

      Yeah, a lot of people (myself included) had mixed feelings about the first one, but continuing on with the series is SO worth it! It gets better and better. The first book in an UF is usually like that, though. That’s why I try to get them at least a 2 book chance.

  3. I liked this one but it wasn’t as good as Ever After. I agree I love how much the characters and relationships have grown and changed. I am fully on board with the romance and I love it! I have only been reading this series since 2010 and I am super sad to see it end, but at least it is ending before it gets old and worn out.

    • Christy

      I think there was a lot of significance in Ever After, but I just loved how everyone came together in this one. It really felt like the beginning of the end. It makes my heart hurt … I’m going to need counseling next year.

  4. I’ve read another great review of this book today and I really want to start on this series it def sounds like one I would enjoy. I love how much Rachel seems to have grown throughout the books and she sounds like a character that is easy to like and root for. I better get started, though! 25 books is a lot to catch up on eek! But hey I love binge reading series!!

    • Christy

      Noooo this is only the 12th, and the next and final book will be 13. So that’s not too much to read. At least you wouldn’t have to wait for the next book in the series as you read it.. 😀

  5. I love your “ode to the Hollows”!!! I never thought about the comparison between Red and Rachel!!! That’s a total duh! Why else would have Trent named the horse after her!!!! You are soooooo smart!!

    I’ve had to go on an unexpected hiatus b/c my son has taken over my computer 🙁 Sorry I haven’t visited sooner!!! I think I can wrangle it back next week!

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    • Christy

      Lol – I noticed it in the last book, the certain things she said in this one made me laugh. No one will be able to fully break that horse. 😉

      Child, I swear. *rolls eyes* 😀

  6. Oh boy! 11 1/2 books to catch up! I started a long time ago, but I couldn’t get past the first book..*don’t shoot me* I know it gets better and better and I’m missing out in all the fun 🙁 I get so bummed that I didn’t make the effort to continue, and every year I say I will, but what I’ve read here, and on Kimba’s post have renew my resolution…I MUST CONTINUE..

    • Christy

      Yes, you MUST! At least get through it and read the 2nd book, you’ll be hooked. Promise. Even the most diehard fans (including myself) did a little struggling with the first book.

  7. Man I feel like SUCH a slacker girl with these. I’ve had them on my tbr pile for years and even have a couple but just haven’t gotten to them. Gah I feel like I say that ALL the time. lol Just too many books out there. She’s coming here in March and I’m determined to have read book one by then 🙂

    • Christy

      Oh, Anna … read at least the first 2 books first! The first book might seem like a struggle, but I promise that it’s worth it. I’m jealous that you’ll get to see her!

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