Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #11
Published by: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
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 after—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 her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—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.