I love the Hollows series. Kim Harrison has taken us on some really great adventures and still manages to keep things from spinning completely out of control. The characters are well developed and the plots typically balance the heavy romantic themes with plenty of story and action to keep things exciting. Black Magic Sanction is another great installment.
Rachel Morgan continues to evolve in Black Magic Sanction. Her training in using “Black Magic” by the Demon Algiarept provides some of the more amusing moments in the story. I also like the way Harrison lets Rachel gradually change, as opposed to the way some urban fantasy protagonists go through complete moral reversals from one chapter to the next.
Rachel’s friends, Ivy and Jenks, continue to be solid supporting characters, and Harrison goes to great lengths to keep them growing into something more than placeholders. Jenks in particular is given a lot of important growth in Black Magic Sanction. The continued development of these characters makes for strong and believable friendships, too — it’s nice to see that in this genre.
Black Magic Sanction finds Rachel in trouble with multiple people who are trying to either kill her, use her, or in some way force her hand. Her stubborn resistance to all of these forces sometimes comes with natural consequences, and these real costs make the story that much better. Rachel’s insistence that there is always a better way to do things is allowed to backfire this time, and that had to happen if she wasn’t going to become ridiculous.
Harrison’s eighth installment in the The Hollows is a welcome addition. Characters grow, the story evolves and you get a large helping of the action, humor, and relationships that make this series one of the best urban fantasies on the market. Black Magic Sanction is well worth reading.
Rachel Morgan (The Hollows) — (2004-2017) The Outlaw Demon Wails has also been published as Where Demons Dare. Publisher: All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party… and to feed. Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining — and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized. A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ’em back alive, dead… or undead.