When you are away from a beloved series for a while, it’s easy to forget just how much you loved it. And boy, do I love The Hollows. I was so sad to see it end, but Kim Harrison did such an amazing and satisfying job it was hard to argue with the results. She ended it so well, in fact, that I questioned whether I wanted to give this book a try. What if it didn’t measure up? How could it measure up? I am so very happy to report that it absolutely measures up. And it has left me hungry to return to this world again and again.
Obviously, this is not a Rachel Morgan story. It is a prequel and takes place long before she’s born. But don’t let that turn you off. There is no mistaking that this is anything but a Hollows book. Trisk, the new lead, is absolutely worthy of carrying the book. She is a dark elf. She is brilliant, but it’s the 1960s and the contributions of a woman, especially a dark elf considered substandard to her golden counterparts, are made something less by the circumstances of her birth. At the same time, Kal is blonde and male and everything the elves think is right and perfect. He’s not as smart as her. He’s not as worthy as she is, but sometimes society isn’t fair. She’s sent off to work with the humans, but her brilliance shines through anyway.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that this is the origin story of the tomato debacle that nearly destroyed his humanity. And Trisk and Kal are at the center of it all. This book completely sets the stage not only for the big reveal of supernaturals living among the humans in this world, but it also sets up the people and families that are so vital to the rest of the series. Remember, Inderlanders are very long lived, and people that series fans already know are very much in force in the story.
I kept thinking I knew what was going to happen, but I was totally wrong. There is so much happening, and though you know how much of it ends, it doesn’t take away from the journey. It’s fast-paced. The world building is phenomenal. There is some sexy and hint of romance. Betrayal. Action. Just everything.
For people who have not read The Hollows books, I would not advise you to start here. It will spoil so many wonderful surprises for you later in the series. This is the perfect gift for people who have read the series from beginning to end. It ties all of the pieces together beautifully. Strands I did not even realize that needed to be tied together.
My hat is off to Kim Harrison. She is a master. I loved this book and I’m going to stop talking now before I embarrass myself.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Kim Harrison
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books