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Black Magic Sanction

Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows #8)
by ? Kim Harrison ?

I’m going to try and not spoil this book too much and I just noticed that the cover I have saved isn’t the one on the actual book. The book has a little fog cloud over Rachel’s face. Also, while I’m on the cover – is that gargoyle supposed to be Bis? Because he looks way too large to be perching on Rachel’s shoulder if it is. I thought he was smaller from the description in the book. Hmm. Confusing.

To start off this review I shall say, who wasn’t in this book? I think we had every character except for one demon in this story. And if they weren’t IN the story they were mentioned by name so it was like one big ol’ Hollow’s reunion. The best part of the story? Al. I love Al. There wasn’t enough Trent for my liking, but I am sensing a book full o’ Trent in the future with the way things ended in this book. But Al! I love Al! (Have I mentioned that yet?)

Who I do not love? Nick. Pierce. Lee. Um… pretty much all male characters other than Jenks, Al, Trent and Quen. Kim Harrison is my goddess, but I don’t like her male characters. I especially loathe Pierce and Nick. Sadly they are in abundance in this book. Boo! Hiss!

One part of the book made me bloody cry! I was so mad! This after just having a huge rant about Pixar and their “love” and “emotions” after bawling through Up! the weekend prior (which, however helped moisturize my eyes and made them less dry for a little while). But yes, there was one part in the story that I just started to weep over. Damn you, Kim Harrison! Damn you, Pixar and your 5 minute love story montages! I shake my fist at the both of you! *shakes fist*

Plot-wise… meh. I can’t be the only one who is tired of everything always happening to Rachel, right? I mean even the character is fed up of being blamed for everything even if she has nothing to do with it. I am slightly frustrated with the repetitive nature of that plot line, but over-all the story was action packed right from the first pages. It was hard to put it down at all except that I had to since I couldn’t read for long periods of time after the eye surgery. (I am still having trouble, but books are better than the computer screen so I have completed two books and not done a lot of internetting.)

I find myself once more in that “WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT FEBRUARY?!” mode as I twiddle my thumbs in anticipation of the 9th (ninth!!) book in this series.

The Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series

  1. Dead Witch Walking
  2. The Good, The Bad & the Undead
  3. Every Which Way But Dead
  4. A Fistful of Charms
  5. For a Few Demons More
  6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
  7. White Witch, Black Curse
  8. Black Magic Sanction
  9. Pale Demon

(I can’t believe that I don’t have reviews for all of these books when Kim Harrison is my favourite author! I started reading them before I had a fully functioning book blog I guess!)


  • darla d

    I’m looking forward to this one, but I’m not looking forward to having read it, if you know what I mean.

    And yeah, that 5-minute UP sequence has me bawling every time I see it. My eyes tear up if I even think about it for too long. Pure genius.

  • darla d

    Finished it during spring break – it was pretty good! I was glad to see Rachel being less cowed by the coven and hatching some plans to extricate herself, instead of reacting and rushing in without thinking. It was fun. I liked the flashbacks, and more Trent, yes – I do hope we get more in the next one!

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