Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)

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The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves¡ªcreatures of dreams and nightmares¡ªhas 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • Better than Anita Blake, but that's not saying much
    This book is a guilty pleasure. Read it because you like urban fantasy, or because you like vampires, but don't read it looking for a literary masterpiece. It is entertaining, but it is not particularly well-written.

    That said, I expected a cheap Anita Blake knock-off, but I was pleasantly surprised. For one thing, it had a plot. The main character, Rachel Morgan, actually uses her stated powers and does not randomly generate new super-duper powers because of deus ex machina. No sex scenes spontaneously broke out under flimsy pretenses. Rachel makes mistakes and is able to get over them and keep going. Pixies, demons and witches figure in the cast of characters as much as vampires do, including a pixie named Jenks who stole the show with his humorous banter. (If Jenks wasn't already married and only four inches high, he would get my vote for Rachel's love interest, especially since the love interest who gets introduced later is a dull yes-man.)

    The gripes I had, though, outweighed most of the above good points. The plot is on shaky ground from the start. She quits her job, so her old boss wants to kill her. Huh? The only way to get her old boss to cancel the fatwah is to buy out her contract. What? I don't know about other job fields, but in teaching if you break contract they just gnash their teeth and tear their hair and give you a bad reference. Apparently in supernatural police work they give other cops a license to kill you. IN PUBLIC. WITH WITNESSES. Right. About half-way though the book I thought, why doesn't she just go to the human cops and tell them that her old supernatural co-workers are after her? Sure enough, she finally does just that about three chapters from the end. *Headdesk.*

    Further, the conflict between Rachel and her new roommate and business partner, Ivy the vampire, got very old, very fast. It was irritating to see the supernatural equivalent of an FBI agent or police officer reacting with panic every time she was in the same room as a vampire. The phrases "going vampy" and "pulling an aura" were used an annoying number of times. Yes, I get it. She hates vampires. They scare her, but she knew that before she moved in with Ivy, can we get back to the plot now? Harrison could probably have cut several of these scenes in their entirety and not lost anything of critical plot value, while vastly improving the pacing.

    A further gripe is that Rachel is kind of ditzy, keeps getting caught by the bad guys, and yet characters keep describing her as smart, strong and a good detective. Clearly they are not reading the same book I am reading. The worst character moment was when Rachel was captured by her nemesis. She rates the bad guy's butt and goes into alarming detail of his physique.

    The book left off with enough loose ends to fuel several sequels, which, from searching Harrison's name, is exactly what happened. But at least she gets her old boss to stop trying to kill her. So to sum up: a guilty pleasure....more info
  • Inconsistent plot, disappointing ending
    I am not particular nor a snob. I read all sci/fantasy from Bradbury to Harry Potter. I am very surprised at the good reviews for this book. It is Junior High level writing and plot. I have never written a review but I wanted to warn people about this book. There are three major issues in the plot that are never answered, but they are not interesting enough to be cliff hangers for the next book. The character makes stupid decisions that truly should lead to her demise. I began cheering for the bad guy. The main character was often confused and uninformed both about the magical world and the human world. It is as if she has lived in a bubble her whole life. A lot of the book was borrowed from Jim Butcher's series. It is easy for me to suspend disbelief, but even in this magical world, the events were not believable and the characters were not consistent. The end was woefully disappointing. Please do not waste your time like I did. ...more info
  • 1st book of this sort
    I usually don't go for the whole dark type of book but my cousin recommended it and actually sent me a copy so I felt I had to read it. It was a little wordy in the very beginning but it quickly turned into one of those books you just can't put down! It's really captivating and keeps you wondering....more info
  • Dead Witch Walking is a Dead Bang Winner
    I had accidentally picked up the second book in the series, having found it used. After the first 20 or so pages I was hooked, but I also realized that Harrison was referencing stuff that had happened in a previous book. After a little search, came across Dead Witch Walking and greedily read as fast as I could.

    Right from the beginning Harrison drew me in with a Run involving Lucky Charms. Yup, you read that right. You know, like the cereal? Ha, this was and is great writing with a melding of a great story with contemporary insights thrown in. What does this do? It takes situations that we know of and are aware because of cartoons, stories, fables, poems, you name it. Lucky Charms? Vamps being staked? Pixies? Demons? Werewolves? Witches and Warlocks, Wizards and Sorceresses?

    Nothing is off limit with Harrison as she touches on just about everything that is paranormal. And she does it with style, with nothing coming out cheesy or lame (okay, explanation needed: some seems cheesy but Harrison writes it in a way that makes it fun and believable and is an essential part to the storyline and Harrison's style of writing). Now one might wonder if she is merely re-writing what others have written, and I would have to say no. She changes the typical notions behind Vampires, their blood lust, their strengths and their weaknesses. How about what we would normally think of as a Witch and Warlock? Immediately we would assume that one is a man and the other is a woman, but Harrison changes this idea and makes it her own.

    Harrison does this over and over again, constantly creating a story that is unique and fun, and definitely believable (if you can suspend your doubt about the paranormal). I am happy that I stumbled upon Harrison and now have a new fantasy author to look forward to. I can't wait to read the next in the series and whole heartedly recommend this book and author to everyone.

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  • in this book, legends are true
    Like it was real...Detailed world and plot. You actually grow to care about the characters, the heroine is even respectable.And there are so many species in it. I recommend it!
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  • An Exciting New World To Enjoy
    I was initially very skeptical of this series. It seems with authors such as Laurell K. Hamilton and Anne Rice, "supernatural heroines" seem to be a dime a dozen. I was very afraid that this one wouldn't be much better than the million of copies out there, but one day - due to desperation - I was forced to put it to the test. Needless to say, I wonderfully surprised.

    I was enraptured from the first sentence to the very last. The world that Harrison builds is intriguing and one to get lost in. And as for the main character Rachel, I couldn't think of a better heroine to support throughout the story. Both flawed and strong, she feels like a 3-dimensional character.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a new series to dive into. You will not be disappointed....more info
  • Fun book
    This novel was fun and silly and just want I want to blaze through in an airport and then hand off to someone else. No re-read required, but readable and entertaining at the same time. I need to get the rest of the series!! :) Or at least find them at my local library. ...more info
  • Fast Read
    I liked the main character, and really started to care about what happened to her. The plot was quick, suspenseful, and fun. The narrative is lively, and I enjoyed the humor. ...more info
  • Dead Witch Walking
    Kim Harrison creates a complete alternate world based on "What If" Something Huge happened that changed the our current events in a way that space flight and bio-enginering never happened. "What If" mankind shared the same space with beings straight out of our fairy tales and horror stories: you know un-dead or dead vampires, witches, werewolves, etc.; and, they were our lawful equals due to this Pandemic? Who, what, when, where, and how would we survive and co-exist. Enter Rachel Morgan, white witch, a mesmerizing loose cannon that in-thralls the reader with acts of great courage or thoughtless action as well as laughter; tears; supernatural horror; and, most of all wonder as to how did she possibley survive that. I intend to read all of Rachels adventures..she has througthly captured me....more info
  • Refreshing and Enthralling.
    After having read all five books so far in this series, I can't wait for the next one. I found it to be fresh, original and invigorating. I highly recommend these books to anyone who is a fan of the genre....more info
  • Great start to a series - gimme more!
    I am completely enthralled by this series! Yes, I know I've only read the first book. And yes, I know that a lot of it is pretty... well, cheesy. I admit this. But it's also a lot of fun. The characters are great, Rachael is really likeable, and it's been awhile since I read a book of this nature that didn't rely on romance (and, you know...) to carry it. And that was more of a relief than I was willing to admit. That's not to say there's no hint of it - Rachael is sassy and admits to being slightly driven by hormones - but it's not something that would turn off people who don't like romances. The main storyline's a cross between a fast-paced, mindless action story and a real mystery - one that doesn't have any sort of predictable ending. In fact, it doesn't have an ending at all! So be warned, unless you're the type to enjoy reading a series, stay away. This is only a one-off book if you can handle some loose ends to your stories. Okay, quite a few loose ends.

    So if you're willing to overlook a few clich¨¦ ideas and a little bit of overused dialogue for a fun and enjoyable story, this one's for you. There are far more clever bits than boring bits, anyway (I adore the part about the Ever After). I'd say it reminds me of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (minus the, ahem, 'adult' bits) and a little of the Sam Gunn series by Ben Bova. Vary conversational style to the narrative; it's very laid-back and pulls you into the tale. Plus, the characters are truly enjoyable. I can't wait to read the next one!...more info
  • Great book!
    I loved this book! It was one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time and one of my new favorites. I was really impressed with how well the writer was able to describe the world in the book. We get history, backstory, and lots of details explaining how everything works in their society where vampires, fairies, werewolves, and pixies have always existed, but have just recently exposed themselves to the humans.

    I loved the main character. She's fun and actually has a really good heart. The author did a great job coming up with interesting supporting characters that really make the story a fun read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes urban fantasy with witches and magic. ...more info
  • Great series!
    A little confusing for the first third of this book. You are dumped into the storyline without any idea what's going on (unless you've read the reviews here). But by the time your a third into the book, you'll really enjoy it.

    I've read all but the last 2 Anita Blake books. I should have stopped at Incubus Dreams. I won't read any further in that series.

    This series has what the the later Anita Blake books lack. From the first book to the sixth, the story and characters keep growing. Characters come and some go... some even die. I'm still sad about the loss of one, but without that loss, the story would be over....more info
  • I got frustrated...
    I have been waiting to read this series for quite a while. I was a little disappointed with this book but I am not sure it is the author's fault. I started out listening on iPod and I got irritated with it. The reader is ok. That wasn't the problem. I just got very frustrated and felt like it was taking forever. So I gave up on the audio book and picked up the paperback version and I felt much better.

    I enjoyed the character of Rachel Morgan. She is tough, smart, and has an every-person charm about her. However, I did find the story a little repetitive. Rachel comes up with a scheme to complete her task, she doesn't think things through and ends up getting in a jam, and her friends have to bail her out. This happens several times throughout the story and it starts to get a bit tedious. But as I said before, I was already losing patience with the audio book and that may have colored my opinion. I still plan to read the rest of the series eventually and I hope for better luck next time....more info
  • Jenks
    I truly enjoyed this entire series. I bought all 6, read them and donated them to the local library and then just bought them again last week.

    I love Jenks and his family more than any other characters I have read in any other books....more info
  • Kim Harrison's discovered by me!
    I recently bought most of this author's novels based on word-of-mouth, from a close friend. Have not begun to read them but I'm deeply intrigued. All titles are plays on Clint Eastwood movie titles! Interesting! Shipment arrived quickly, and in excellent shape. ...more info
  • This is the start of a devastatingly phenomenal series.....
    This book is the start of something great. There is a slight learning curve to Rachel Morgan's world simply because it is a fictional world, but Kim Harrison knows how to write a book and she knows how to stick to the rules of the world she has created. If you LOVE supernatural books having to do with vampires, witches, and any other supernatural fictional creatures you can imagine, this book has them all. Not only that, but you feel like you intrinsically know each and every one of them. This book has sealed Kim Harrison as one my favorite authors and that's not real easily done....more info
  • Loved it
    As a fan of early Anita Blake, I was very happy when I stumbled across this series. It's finally nice to see a female character who can take care of herself, but doesn't have everything figured out. Or who feels the need to have sex with everything that moves... but that's another rant all together. Rachel, with her menagerie of friends, stands out as a very sympathetic character you cant help but like. While I liked the first book in the series, I've liked the others even more. Fans of early L K Hamiltion, Karen Chance, Christopher Golden, and Sherrilyn Kenyon will likely enjoy Rachel and her world....more info
  • Very Enjoyable Despite Flaws

    I don't normally read these types of horror novels sticking mainly to horror anthologies, but I found Dead Witch Walking to be highly entertaining and refreshing. You don't have to think too hard to read it and enjoy it. Plus, it was different and never boring.

    Even the numerous flaws didn't detract from my enjoyment in reading this book. What was the proofreader doing instead of proofreading this book for publication? For example, "Jenks", the pixie, became "Jinks" on more than one occasion. Three quarters of the way through the book, Rachel's lavender cologne suddenly turned into lilac and certain individuals were described as "heroine addicts" rather than "heroin addicts". Star-struck, I suppose.

    Anyway, like I said, these little flaws still do not detract from the enjoyment of the book and I recommend it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series....more info
  • Took a little while to get into, but began to enjoy immensely
    This book is slow to build up to the plot. The plot gets bogged down by being the first in a series - there is a lot of introductions and backstory that needs to be set into place. About halfway thru the book, things fall into place, and the plot really picks up pace and makes more sense. You get a more thorough feeling of who Rachel Morgan is, and the purpose of the book.

    I nearly put it down, but hearing many good things about this series helped me continue to push forward, and I am glad that I did. I'm really interested in the Hallows and the characters that we met in this first of the series, as well as the secrets that were hinted at regarding character motivators, and I'm curious to see where the series heads into Book 2.

    I do recommend this book - there aren't overly sexual connotations in this book, as you will find with others of the genre (at least not in this first book in the series.)...more info
  • Very good novel
    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Each character was written smoothly and with rich personalities. The plot is fun with lots of layers that set her up for other novels and will hopefully will be pursued and answered(ex. who sent the demon after Rachel and Trent; what exactly did Trent's dad do to Rachel at the camp).

    So if I liked it so much, then why did it give it only 4 stars? That has to do with Rachel. Her character shows a lot of immaturity in this book. I don't have the book beside me, so I can't cite specific examples, but Rachel's stubborness to do it exactly her way or no way and not to listen to what anyone (even those with actual experience in the field) says leads her to do things that being an adult, she should not do. This is also shown in the next book, which I've also already read.

    But, to me, that is easily forgiven. After all, who wants the heroine of this book to be a Mary Sue? That just wouldn't be fun and she wouldn't get in or get out of some of the situations she has. I would like to caution the author, though, to definitely have a plan for this series. Have a definite beginning, middle, and end. Do not try to continue to write this series forever and go the way of LKH and more recently Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor. Brilliant authors, who, for one reason or another, have had a tremendous decline in the quality of their books. A great many of their fans have become so disappointed in them they refuse to buy or even read any more of their books. Let's all hope Kim will not eventually be added to that list....more info
  • Absolutely delicious!
    I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book. Every page drips with action, humor and mix of creatures that are good, bad, some in between and also those walking on both sides of existence; dead and the undead. Kim Harrison has created a magnificent world of witches, vampires, demons, pixies, fairies, leprechauns and all sorts of shape shifters. This is the first book in the Rachel Morgan series and I'm in luck to have them all waiting for me on my shelf.

    Most of the time I stick to straight horror, no pixy dust and warlocks for me but I just couldn't help myself and jumped into Harrison's world of mischief, mystery and magic. Rachel Morgan plays a bounty hunter working for Inland Security where magical creatures rule with iron laws. Fed up with her cruel boss she decides to leave only to end up with a death contract on her head, thus the title. With help from friends of mighty talents she decides to plan a way out to set herself free and to help he IS catch biodrug lord in order to have them cancel their call on her head. Little does she know what a tough task it proved and ends up getting chased by more than one bad guy. The story leaves the reader ready for the next book in the series so everything does not wrap up completely.

    I adored reading about Rachel's magic and her charms, they were her main way of practicing spells and were used to save her skin a few times. The reader is send on a wild ride as Rachel transforms herself, battles animals and demons, fairies and avoids getting bitten by some charming vamps. This was a blast to read, if only all the books were written this way, the world would probably have riots in front of the bookstores and TV's would cease to exist.

    - Kasia S.
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  • If you love paranormal, you will love this book
    I happened to stumble on this book. I have loved it from the first page. Rachel Morgan is an IS (think FBI) runner. She tracks down misbehaving paranormal creatures and hauls them in for punishment. Unfortunately she is not good at following the rules and putting up with the office politics. But, when her friend, living vampire Ivy, quits so does she. Sadly, no one quits the IS because the put a hit out on you.

    She moves in with Ivy and pixie, Jinks, tries to stay alive with the hit out on her, and take odd jobs just to pay her half of the rent. She also is targeting Trent, a multi-millionaire who is not what everyone thinks he is.

    There is a good story that keeps you turning the pages, I liked the character development, great humor, and Jinks. This is a definite must read.
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  • Ugh...
    This series was recommended by a friend. At least I thought she was a friend. I don't know if she even likes me after having read the first book of this series. It was close to torture. It takes A LOT for me to not like a book. I can read almost ANYTHING, but this book... I can't even put it into words. I had to force myself to finish reading this and when I was done all I kept saying to myself was "WTH was that and what did I do to my friend to tick her off?" What really drives me insane is that I was so revved up by her praise for series this is I went out and bought the first three books right away. Now I have two books sitting around that will more than likely NEVER be read....more info
  • Mindnumbing.
    Inderland Security is the FBI that monitors all the things that go bump in the night. As a runner, a bounty hunter and a white witch with attitude, brass balls though no sense at all, Rachel Morgan is having it bad.

    She's screwed up so much in the past 3 years as a runner, her boss has put her on the most lowly of jobs: catching and arresting magical citizens for petty crimes. Sad, but true, and she's spitting piss and mud.

    Dressed as a hooker, Rachel is on the hunt for her latest criminal, only to wind up with her catch--a leprechaun--who tantalizes her with 3 wishes. With her are her sidekicks, Ivy, a living vampire who buys her way out of her IS contract and a pixie, Jinks with enough spitfire and children to make you cringe, Rachel forfeits two wishes in order for the three of them to join up and form their own business. And leave IS for good.

    Problem? Leaving the IS is like leaving the mob. You don't do it unless you want an early exit out of life in general. While Ivy manages by bribing and using her wealth to buy her life back, and Jenks, who never signed one in the first place because pixies are a dime a dozen, come up with roses. Rachel? Death arrives at her doorstep within minutes after her egress from headquarters. And it ain't all hand holding and singalongs afterwards.

    While the three move into a church in The Hollows, the other Other side of normal, Rachel is finding a lot about her new roommates and partners that she wasn't sure she wanted to know, but hell, now that she needs help in getting the death contracts off her back, she's got no choice but to grin and bear each of their own problems and personalities. Especially if she's going to bag the largest distributer of an illegal substance called Brimstone, she's gonna need all the help she can get. Especially since she keeps getting caught, over and over and over...again. It made me want to chuck the book across the room, but I was determined to finish it. It couldn't be that bad, right?

    Clever quips and a few interesting bylines can only take a series, the main character and the writer so far. Apparently I missed out on that special element that has propelled this first book into the stars and a series that is expanding.

    For this first try, it does have a few entertaining hooks that, if you actually find the patience to get through, not a wholly bad book. The science is kind of lame--genetic foods carried a mutant virus, etc--and the backdrop to Rachel's hunt for the person behind Brimstone. This created world, and its mechanics, is well done, expansive, very complicated and gutsy. She tends to smash a lot of myth and folklore together but that was actually not badly done. However, the problems that abounded will make you scratch you head. There are so many, that I tended to just blink, shake my head and move on. The plot is weak, directionless with slow momentum--Rachel leaves the IS, finds the bad guy who's not what he appears, so that she can get the death threats off her back, not to mention that it is so meandering and ridiculous as points that you'll wonder if Kim H had any ideas as to structure, limits and feasibility for this world. Or logic.

    Everything is described in minute detail, dialog that tended to get long and pointless, scenes fitted within because it seemed charming or cool (but really wasn't), and not very exciting. Characters, while consistent and were distinct, had little development, and lacked any real direction and purpose. The ending was pretty disappointing and standard, and dull. Ivy the Vampire is sexy, Tony the Bad Guy is evil, they wear a lot of black, Jenks (though the most fun in this book) dresses like a clown, etc. There were descriptions of what everyone was wearing and how they looked/appeared than actual action or anything relative to the scene at hand. Kim H's writing ability is pretty shotty, though this being her first book, typical and her only excuse. Here style tends to jump around, use cliched prose, phrases and lacks any real depth to grip you. The story telling itself, well, while interesting at certain points, dragged, stilted, stopped, muddled. It made me want to pull my hair out.

    Also, this is nothing like the Anita Blake series and the many remote comparisons surprise me. AB was never a sweetly flavored series--it was classic horror. And exciting. DWW is a lighter romp through the supernatural and the strange, and in no way as original, or chilling, though longwinded in most parts. It took me two times to get through this tepid and bland stereotypes story. I'd heard such great things about it--how could I miss? But too much fluff and not enough substance will make you grimace continuously throughout and it still doesn't make me itch to grab the second one. So take it with a grain of salt--and for me, I had to throw boat loads over mind just to get through this first one. I'm not tempted to read the second one much at all, but you never know, sometimes a long read is a good thing, but in most cases, unless it's near perfect, not worth its salt....more info
  • Super Reader
    This has one of the funniest concepts lurking in the background of anything I had read in a long time. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Literally. I can't believe she put that in there, as a tomato strain kills normal people, but not the supernatural types, of which the heroine is one.

    This can leave people deathly afraid of pizza sauce. Very amusing.

    This is solidly entertaining. Harrison manages to prevent a degeneration into 'girly romance', although that is definitely an element.

    An ex-government sponsored bounty hunter leaves her job, which may not be the greatest idea. She tries to set up on her own and navigate the world of vampires, withces, werewolves, and ex-managers with a grudge.

    A partnership with a cool female vamp and a few pixies helps out. Conflict with the supervillain of the piece doesn't. ...more info
  • A Witch PI and her vampire and pixie partners in crime-solving
    DEAD WITCH WALKING is the first Rachel Morgan fantasy novel by bestselling new author, Kim Harrison. Harrison seemingly came out of nowhere and exploded into the market, attracting an immediate audience then growing geometrically as people started talking this first book up. Her paperbacks have been reprinted dozens of times, and she's now being published first in hardcover. Even the first paperbacks are now getting a hardcover treatment next year.

    Rachel Morgan is a witch in a world that's not quite like ours. She's also a cop for the Inderland Security, the police force that patrols the paranormal segment of Cincinnati. Unfortunately, Rachel hates her boss and hates her job. She ultimately wants to be able to call her own shots.

    One night, a series of events puts that possibility into her grasp and she takes it. Before she knows it, though, she's blackmailed into signing on Ivy, a female vampire that's over six feet tall and as dangerous as they come, and Jenks, a pixie who's got a sharp tongue and a way through electronic security, as her partners. In no time at all, she's hanging out a shingle, VAMPIRIC CHARMS PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY at an old church with stories of its own to tell.

    I liked the way that Harrison sets up her world, designating the "normal" world and offsetting it with the Hollows, where most of the supernatural creatures and people live. It doesn't take long to get into the background of her richly textured novel, though the fact that the USA never got to the moon in this world still kind of jars me.

    The magic and use of the supernatural characters makes sense. Harrison creates a series of rules regarding them and plays fairly with them. And her imagination is HUGE. I could almost make a checklist of future books I want Harrison to write just so I can learn more about her world.

    Rachel's character is at once warm, vulnerable, and powerful, a hard combination to pull off for a writer, but Harrison makes it seem easy. In the beginning, the action seems a little slow, but there's actually a lot going on. Rachel figures when she quits her job and goes out on her own it's not going to be a problem. I. S. didn't want her there anyway, which was one of the reasons she wanted to leave the agency.

    However, when Ivy goes with her, I. S. is furious. Ivy buys out her assassination contract, though. Rachel isn't so lucky. I. S. won't touch Ivy because they've made a profit off of her, but they're plenty willing to take out their mad on Rachel.

    Ivy, in addition to being a living vampire from a royal family, is a complicated character. I didn't get to learn everything about her in this novel that I wanted to, but I've got a whole series to explore. She's incredibly interesting, and there's something about her relationship with Rachel that's piqued my curiosity.

    Jenks, the pixie, is a laugh riot. He's got a twisted sense of humor, a tremendous fighting spirit, and doesn't even come close to being politically correct.

    DEAD WITCH WALKING sets up a lot of the ensuing series, but the exploration of the world and of the main characters is awesome. Harrison knows how to write emotion and action, and once the story was up and running, I was hard-pressed to keep up with all the twists and turns.

    This book is a must-have for urban fantasy fans. But my advice is to start here with this one, because there's a lot of backstory that gets unveiled. And, from what I've heard, the characters change and grow throughout the series....more info
  • It was alright. 3 1/2 stars, really.
    This was an alright book. It has a great mix of characters, all with their own personalities different from each other. The plot was interesting enough to keep you wanting to read more. There were only a few things i found annoying, but those few things *seriously* annoyed me. Firstly, this book is written in the first person perspective - which i usually prefer, btw - with the witch Rachel Morgan as our main character. She annoyed me to no end - which, incidentally, makes it a bit hard to enjoy the book. She was self-centered throughout the entire book, and when the author tried to make her sound as if she was worried about another person, she would do it by having Rachel blame herself for everything. Also, Rachel repeatedly thinks the same things over and over (simply worded a bit differently). For example, when Rachel leaves the I.S. she thinks they won't come after her because they wanted her gone anyway. She thinks this same thing many times before finding out it isn't true. After awhile it gets annoying having her tell you the same thing over and over. Also we are constantly reminded of how much the vampire (and her roommate) Ivy "scares the crap out of her", as if we forgot she had said it 6 pages back as well. I like Ivy's character, and i didn't like how Rachel was constantly hurting her feelings by not trusting her, repeatedly. The one time Ivy does do something to give Rachel a reason to be afraid, i swear Rachel never lets us forget it for a second afterwards. I love books with pixies, vampires, werewolves and the like, so i gave this book a try. Though i definitely prefer Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Series, Book 1) over Dead Witch Walking, I don't regret reading this book.
    ANYWAYS, besides the annoyance that was Rachel, I liked most all the other characters. The pixie, Jenks, is the most hilarious character in the book, and gives the book a fun feel to go along nicely with the non-stop action.
    Dead Witch Walking was interesting enough, though, that I still want to read the next one, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (Rachel Morgan, Book 2) . Rachel Morgan isn't my kind of character, but everyone else is so i suppose it makes up for it a bit. I'd suggest checking this out from the library if you can, before buying it. If you can't get it from a library, then, well, it is a cheaply priced book for all its 400 pages....more info
  • Rachel Morgan is simply ANNOYING!
    I didn't finish the book because I simply cannot stand the main character Rachel Morgan. A dim-witted witch with no talents (oh no, she is talented at blaming others for her mistakes! urgghh!) If you like paranormal beings living side by side with humans, I suggest Patricia Brigg's books. The characters are much better developed and actually likable. ...more info
  • One of the better entries in today's booming vampire-hunter genre
    This is another entry in that recent fantasy-romace subgenre perhaps started by Laurell K. Hamilton back in 1993: the sexy-vampire-huntress-in-a-parallel-United-States tale. Kim Harrison's version is better than the industry average.

    You know the basic plot in this subgenre. Here, our heroine Rachel is a witch employed as a bounty-hunter of supernaturals who commit minor crimes.

    (Witches, vampires, werewolves, and other supernaturals are nonhuman species who were living in hiding among us humans until a virus transmitted by a genetically-engineered tomato wiped out much of the human population. The supernaturals, no longer outnumbered by us, subsequently "came out" into our society, and we had no choice but to integrate them.)

    Rachel impulsively leaves her awful job to start a detective agency with the enigmatic and scary vampire Iris. However, her former employer puts a contract out on her life. The only way she can pay it off is to get evidence on the illegal doings of a ruthless tycoon.

    Along the way she acquires a magic-using human boyfriend, and negotiates the perils of living with a vampire with a secret agenda. As readers, we get lots of lovely details about pixie clan wars and different types of witchcraft.

    Why is this better than average? It just feels more believable, and hence more involving, than a lot of these books. Rachel is a complex personality but not too much of an annoying smarty-pants: she gets across a lot of humor, insecurity, and fear over the dangerous situations into which she ventures.

    Jenks the pixie is a worthy sidekick who gives her much opportunity for snappy dialog. Iris is appropriately mysterious and alluring. The will-they-or-won't-they tension between Rachel and Iris is a little unusual and unresolved, but the author needs some story arcs that span the series so we can't expect her to wrap it up in a book. Overall, a good read....more info
  • Fun and Feisty
    Dead Witch Walking is a perfect example of this type of book. Ms. Harrison has created a rich and realistic world packed with fun, believable characters. You find yourself rooting for the heroine right away as she travels from one mishap to another. Despite things not always going her way, she still emerges as a strong, self-sufficient heroine who's willing to go toe to toe with the bad guys.

    The supporting cast is also strong in this book. Ivy, our heroine's living vampire partner and roommate, is perfectly mysterious. My favorite character, though, is Jenks, the third partner at the firm. Jenks is a pixie - 4 inches tall, with dragonfly wings and still all man.

    Although this book is not a cliffhanger - it wraps up acceptably well - it is very obvious there is still a lot of story to be told. I look forward to discovering where Rachel Morgan will head next....more info
  • I'd like you to meet Rachel Morgan
    I have to say that this book wasn't what I all. Which in many cases could be a bad thing, but with regards to "Dead Witch Walking" it is a good thing. This book is the first in Rachel Morgan saga. Oh by the way, Rachel is a witch, but a good witch. Not as good as Glenda from the Wizard of Oz, but good nevertheless. I have heard from others as well as the description on the back of this book that Rachel Morgan is a good mixture of Stephanie Plum and Anita Blake. I haven't read any of the Stephanie Plums novels, yet my mother and girlfriend have. From their descriptions of Stephanie Plum, I don't see any parallels. As for Anita Blake I haven't read anything about the character, nor do I know someone who has, so I can't comment.

    As for the plot it is simple and complex, simple where the plot is pretty straight forward and complex where the reader will have to adapt to all new terminology and history in order to understand this novel. I would say I experienced the same thing when I started reading Glen Cook's saga of "The Black Company".

    The story takes place in the near future and due to "tainted" tomatoes half of the human race was wiped out (I am paraphrasing a bit). Once this pseudo-genocide happened, it was revealed that Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Pixies and etc. lived among the human race for generations. The event was known as "The Turn" (see what I mean about terminology?) and now humans and "interlanders" (terminology) are now living side by side in society. Rachel is a runner (bounty hunter) and wants out of agency that she is working for. She steps on the wrong toes and ends up with a bounty on her head. There is a lot more to it, but again I am not going to re-tell the entire story, besides I am sure you would like the book itself much more than my rendition of it.

    As I formerly noted, this book wasn't what I expected and I will explain why. I was under the assumption that Rachel Morgan was going to be bounty hunting in this book, since she is a bounty hunter. However, she spends the majority of the book avoiding a price on her head, hence the title "Dead Witch Walking". This didn't take anything away from the quality of the story or Kim Harrison's writing, it just took me for a loop.

    Rachel Morgan is a very likeable character as is her partner/roommate Ivy Tamwood, who by the way is a living vampire and her sidekick Jenks who is an urbane pixy. I will not give anything away from the story, but I will say I was happy this book wasn't saturated with unneeded romance and/or sex. Don't get me wrong the former and latter are great, but sometimes not required or seemed oddly placed in many novels. This isn't the case in "Dead Witch Walking".

    I liked this book so much that I have already purchased the second and third book in the series. I am eager to see what happens next to Ms. Morgan....more info


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