Conclusion of The Hollows series, #13
I own a copy of this book.
Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.
But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.
To save Ivy’s soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.
Sigh, all things must end. As far as endings go, this was a pretty damn good one. Had perhaps a couple of issues with the book and a bit of trouble getting into it at first, but overall I’m mostly satisfied with how this long run series has ended. Only character I wished something more for was Al, but I see a short story is coming out at the end of this month told from his perspective, so I’m hoping that is going to make up for how I feel about his ending in this book. I think over them all Al must have been my favorite character, hence my mixed feelings for his h.e.a.
The book was a little slow to start and the first chapter kind of threw me, she introduced some new trivial characters to set up the story and it took me a minute of trying to place them to realize I hadn’t seen them before. Then I was all, common I don’t care about these two let’s get to how the team is going to ride off into the sunset. Fortunately they were quickly set aside and we got to the heart of the action, Rachel’s unfulfilled promise (?) of finding a way for the vamps to save their souls. This has been talked about from the beginning and now it was time for Rachel to step up and see if she could really save the soul of her friend.
Of course Vamp’s souls are not the only loose end that needed to be tied up and we have the elves and demons long-standing war to solve and of course the Goddess is still looking for Rachel. Last but not least there is also Trent, and Rachel’s fear that she doesn’t deserve a h.e.a with him. All of these threads get wrapped up in the end and even though I wasn’t sure what I thought of who she ended up with in the beginning, I see now that they are a great match. He grew on me, and like he said himself in the book, he is a better person with Rachel then without her. They saved each other.
As with most finales we get to see most of the long-standing characters and locations one last time. It was nice to be reminded of all that was great about this world. There were some faces I missed of course, Kisten and Ceri especially. I still haven’t gotten over the loss of these two, Ms. Harrison thought somehow managed to include them in the story in spirit and though I may miss them, I’m ready to let them go and move on.
What I loved about this world is that it felt so real. There were great friendships and a loyalty among that we often long for in our own lives. The characters had flaws and struggled to find their inner strength. They were torn between right and wrong and sacrificing for the greater good. They had fears and insecurities and worried about how to solve seemingly insurmountable problems. Solutions often caused more problems and not everyone always got what they wanted in the end, but they still managed to find a peace and happiness in what they were given. The characters were not perfect and often not accepted or appreciated but that didn’t stop them from doing what they could to make things right and stand up for those who needed help. Actions also had consequences in this world and the characters needed to learn to live with the choices they made along the way. These characters felt real, they felt like good friends and their problems, when boiled down, were often not that different from our own. There are great lessons to be learned from this series and I know my life is richer having read it. I cried at the end, well almost the end, the last words in the second to last chapter right moved me, and I want to model my own life on such principles (not going to share them to avoid spoilers, but look at the bottom of page 447). Thank you Ms. Harrison, Thank you. It was one hell of a ride and I’m looking forward to Al’s last words.