Dead Witch Walking
Author: Kim Harrison
Pages [paperback]: 416
Book 1 in the Hollows series
Memorable Quote: Most of the upper management of I.S. were undead. I always thought it was because the job was easier if you didn’t have a soul.
Favorite Characters: Jenks & Nick
The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the “Inderlanders” reveal themselves, changing everything.
Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.
Rachel Morgan is one tough witch, and she’s really got me wanting to continue this series. I actually already have book two sitting beside me… The faster this review is done, the faster I can get to reading! (:
Dead Witch Walking is set in a sort of parallel universe where during a time called the Turn, several decades before the book is set, a great majority of humanity’s population was wiped out as a result of a great virus, originating in . . . tomatoes. Although it might be an odd way to have a disease introduced, this does lead to several funny scenes involving tomatoes. Anyway, the non-human species-witches, vampires, pixies, etc.-all decided to reveal their presence in the world, because, being immune to the virus, their numbers were near equal to the humans. What better time would they have to make sure the humans wouldn’t be able to freak out and kill all of them?
Ever since then, both humans and creatures have been working to subdue some of the nastier creatures. That’s where Rachel comes in. She’s been working to help with this for a while, but has decided to quit. And the organization doesn’t exactly let people out of their contracts. Now that she has assassins coming for her, life isn’t looking too well.
The plot in this book is so quick, it had me hooked immediately. Some parts had me wincing, wondering what could possibly happen next. Others had me laughing aloud. I loved the versatility, pulled off smoothly and effortlessly. I fell in love with all of the characters-and can’t wait to see more of the bad guys. This is one series I’ll be following for a while. There’re about a dozen books out so far, I think. That’s enough to keep me happy.
BEWITCHINGLY FANTASTIC. 4/5 stars