Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #12
Published by: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
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.