At locations throughout Cincinnati, a hate group is creating a ghoulish new variety of body art: fleshy collages of ritually mutilated corpse parts. Former witch, now day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows that these twisted souls will eventually be coming for her and perfect blood. A paranormal horror romance to keep you alert in the wee hours before dawn.
At book 10 of her Hollows series, Harrison has, by now, fleshed out an exceedingly satisfying and well-rendered world that is much more than the usual paranormal backdrop, giving us fascinating side glimpses into the problems of the recently deceased at the DMV or the semiotics of pixie apparel. While the story centers on Rachel Morgan, former witch and current demon, and her pursuit of the Humans Against Paranormals Association, a domestic terrorist organization, it plays out against a larger structure of warring power groups of demons, elves, vampires, and werewolves. First-time readers will find this volume a good introduction to Harrison’s landmark urban fantasy series, though they would be best served by beginning at the beginning; fans will love it from start to finish. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates. (Mar.)
With the end of this popular series coming soon, fans will be savoring the remaining episodes all the more, and those who have delayed entry will begin jumping on board.
The pace and tone of A Perfect Blood reflects its protagonist: a little more cautious, reflective and purposeful, and the book is more powerful as a result…Harrison provides the strongest and most self-assured Rachel we’ve seen yet.
Kim Harrison has created a popular series that captures the imagination.
In Harrison's tenth series installment (after Pale Demon), Rachel Morgan, a witch-turned-demon, is drawn to the crime scene of a tortured and mutilated university student strung up in a park gazebo. Working with both supernatural-run and human-run police agencies, Rachel investigates more ritualistic murders thought to be carried out by a hate group, Humans Against Paranormals Association (HAPA). HAPA is attempting to create its own demons but needs Rachel's unique blood to be successful. While simultaneously trying to fight HAPA and evade being kidnapped by the group, Rachel also struggles with her identity as a demon. VERDICT Harrison's colorful cast of supporting characters (a foul-mouthed pixy, a frustrated werewolf bodyguard, a cat-riding fairy, and a posh vampire) keeps the story moving among the fast-paced action scenes. Longtime fans will obviously be standing in line for this one. However, readers with any interest in urban fantasy can easily jump into the story via Harrison's explanations of past events. [Ten-city tour; see Prepub Alert, 9/19/11.]—Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN
In book 10 of a popular urban fantasy detective series, Cincinnati witch-turned-demon Rachel Morgan confronts a powerful hate group. Nothing ever comes easy for Rachel. She's accepted that she's now a demon, but unfortunately, demons are universally mistrusted and have no legal status—in fact, she's listed as dead—which makes it complicated for her to renew her Ohio driver's license. She does want the other demons to think she's dead, but the charmed silver bracelet that severs her connection to the demon collective also blocks most of her magic. As a result, when strangely mutated and mutilated witch corpses begin turning up, she's both blamed for demonic activity by law enforcement and (apparently) nearly defenseless when the true perpetrators target Rachel (never count her out, though). It's all part of a convoluted plot by HAPA (Humans Against Paranormals Association) to synthesize demon blood and use it to exterminate all Inderlanders (vampires, Weres, witches, etc.). As per usual, Rachel's struggle with self-acceptance, her good heart, her rejection of everyone's advice, her impulsiveness and recklessness and her all-around gift for causing chaos get her into trouble. Those qualities up the action quotient, but it would be nice to see Rachel's emotional growth progress a little more quickly. Every novel ends on a high note of confidence, but by the time the next one opens, Rachel has already plunged back into neurosis and worry, restarting the cycle. On the positive side, Rachel's relationship with elf businessman/drug lord Trent appears to be deepening; but again, it's not as far advanced as some might wish. Still fun, but could reach farther.