It took me a while to get through Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. I blame the Holidays more than the book. I quite enjoyed it, mostly. The last third seemed to drag a touch. But again, the Holidays.
We pick up book number nine in The Hollows series where Black Magic Sanction left off. Rachel has been shunned by the coven. She has a mere few days to revoke the shunning, but she must get to San Francisco in order to do it. In tandem, Trent Kalamack has a special Elven quest he has to perform, and he must get to Seattle to accomplish his task. Much to Rachel’s annoyance she finds herself on a 2000+ mile road trip with Trent… and Jenks… and Ivy. All in one car. All stressed out to the max. All getting on each other’s nerves.
One of the things that continues to plague me about this series is the relationship that Harrison hints at between Rachel and Trent. I know that sexual tension helps to imply conflict, but it irritates me that they might end up together. I have never liked Trent from the get go, and the fact that Rachel vacillates on her feelings to him bothers me. He’s not a good man. He does some vile things on a regular basis. He has screwed over Rachel countless of times, and no matter what noble deeds he has done to redeem himself it is still tough to watch the two of them dance around a sexual attraction. It’s frustrating, and I’d rather her end up with other people (Ivy please? Please!) than Trent. Still, I think that’s the direction that Harrison is going in, and my gorge is up over it.
4 out of 5 stars, for the drag. But still a damned good book.
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