The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her—not necessarily in that order.
Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses—savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.
Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.
Oh, the FEELS! Let’s just get one thing out of the way, I SO totally loved Ivy in this novel!! She calls Rachel out on what I, for one, think is entirely true: the woman gets off on danger, and lots of attention too to go with that twinge of hero complex (not syndrome, though), if you ask me. So all that tension and build-up between Rachel and Ivy finally comes to some sort of conclusion, or more like clarification (yeeey, only took Rach 5 goddamn 500 pages books to get here *rolls eyes*), and highlights quite a few character traits of Rachel’s. I mean, the woman goes on these voyage-around-the-world guilt trips for things entirely not her responsibility, but deftly avoids taking some in areas where she ought to (like the whole Ivy-entanglement tangent *rolls eyes*).
Do I love her any less? No. The strange effect of The Hollows is that the more flawed the characters are, the more you’ll love them. I mean, I knew coming in that I loved effed up characters, but with this series the effed-up-ery comes out gradually, more with hints than full-on clarity, and that delicious ambiguity that the series possess goes on strong. Gotta love the mad skillz of the author for tension-building, I mean there’s so much of it, on so many different tangents. Yum.
Of course, we get to see Nick in all his annoying glory. See, I never liked him :)) ‘token boyfriend’ was my mean nickname for him, lol. Turns out he’s actually a creep, not surprising, but not pleasant either from Rachel’s POV. Their whole relationship bugged me, I got the circumstances, but he was the annoying kind of shady, not the alluring kind of dangerous, imo. But anyway, things are clearer now, and I’m thrilled about it.
Also, Jenks for the win!! As if to make up for the lack of him in book #3, we get lots of Jenks and some really awesome character development for him too. He’s hilarious, kickass and loyal, a really good mix if you ask me. And the Rachel + Ivy + Jenks team is beyond awesome, with all those fun dynamics 😀
The story is action-packed, the worldbuilding gets some awesome developing too, new artifacts come out and I can’t wait to see how they’ll wreak havoc (cause it’s just so clear they will, especially in Rachel’s hands, haha). The first person, past tense narrative from Rachel’s POV flows awesomely, with the humor and the action and the drama I love, plus some sleuthing and ass-kicking because that’s how Rachel rolls 😀 Awesomsauce, just awesomesauce!
On to #5… xDDD