Ever After is book number eleven in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. It’s a series that will span twelve or thirteen books (I remember her saying twelve a few years ago but don’t quote me on it yet). After reading the series for a few years (Black Magic Sanction was the new book coming out when I starting reading the series through book one) I am very ready for the series to be done. It’s winding down and there’s no stopping it. It’s still a great deal of fun but I’d like to see what Harrison has up her sleeve in other directions.
In book eleven the Ever After (demon realm) is shrinking in size. The demons are blaming Rachel and only her magic can repair the ley lines and restore their home. With allies (and foes) at er side she ventures into the Ever After to repair the damage.
Much of the series runs on character dynamics at this point. Then again, it always has on some level. Rachel stands at the crossroads between a couple of major life decisions. It will be interesting to see where she goes. Jenks is Jenks, more of the usual, silly and mouthy. I missed Ivy in this book. She made a couple of cursory appearances but nothing substantive. I fear that the days of Rachel and Ivy baja-ing into adventures are over… and I miss them. It’s night quite the same anymore.
The other thing I fear is that Harrison is directing Rachel into an area of personal development that I would like her not to explore. It’s something I mentioned a few book reviews ago that I didn’t want to see happening… and it is. I’m not the biggest fan of this plot/character development, and if that is the note that she ends things on I am bound for disappointment with this series. I can see why she is bringing the readers to that juncture, but I am resisting it with every fiber of my being.
That being said, if she does it and the last book is the final book then I only have to endure it for one story. And I think that I can live with that. If she has to do it, it might as well be brief.
4 out of 5 stars.