I can’t believe this series is over. For years, I have laughed, cried, and raged at this series. I have swooned, cheered, and cried some more. Kim Harrison has done a skillful and amazing job leading us to this point. And she took the series out in grand style.
Was I satisfied? Yes. Did I enjoy the read? Absolutely. Did I love it like, say, Pale Demon, Ever After, or The Undead Pool? Not quite. And there are a couple of reasons why.
My biggest issue is that it’s too big and wrapped up too perfectly. Don’t get me wrong, I love an epic story and I absolutely need a happy ending. But it felt like Harrison wanted to pull in every single element that’s ever been a part of the world and stuff it all in. And it all gets resolved. Everything. The issue of Ivy’s future and vampire souls. The elf and demon war. The future of the demons in the ever after. Trent and Rachel. Ellsabeth. The witches. Jenks. There is no rock left unturned. No thread left hanging. In a world this complicated and a storyline so complex, how can this be? OF COURSE, I want the answers to most of the questions, but it just feels too…. easy.
On top of that, every ending is happy. In the Hollows. This does not compute. Where is the soul-crushing misery that ultimately leads to character growth? Where is the death? The main source of angst here seems to be Rachel’s (constant) rumination that she had ruined Trent’s life and they can never have a happy future. Sure, there are scary moments with Cormel the vampire and his demands that Rachel return souls to his vamps. There is a big showdown with the elves who want to dominate the world. And there are those annoying little mystics. But everyone. Everyone. Gets a HEA. It’s almost trite. Especially the epilogue.
But despite all of my complaining, Kim Harrison also did a lot of things right. I was good with Rachel’s path toward her future and who she would share it with. I did want her to be happy, though I expected some kind of price. I was invested in her story from the first page. The pacing was good. There was plenty of action. And plenty of warm and fuzzies. While some of the things that played out with Al were… off… I loved how his relationship with Rachel evolved. And even if they didn’t entirely feel like they stayed true to character, I liked how the demon storyline resolved.
Plus, I’ll admit I got a little misty at the end. It really is an amazing series. And I am walking away satisfied. That’s a pretty big win.
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The Witch With No Name
by Kim Harrison
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Harper Voyager