Ever After by Kim Harrison

images1Title: Ever After

Series: The Hollows Book 11 (final installment)

Author: Kim Harrison

Genre: Paranormal

The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan..

I have been in love with Kim Harrison’s Hollows series since book one. This book was bittersweet. I loved it, but it made me sad knowing it was the ending of the series. That being said, Kim really did the series justice with this book for a final note. She tied up all of hanging plot lines, and questions outstanding from previous books. She also brought back all of my favorite characters (at least the ones that were still alive.)

Ivy really doesn’t make an appearance until near the end of the book but her love life is looking up. Her vamp issues are becoming more controlled, and you see her step out of the do as your told type from the Master Vamps. She has always been a strong woman, but she starts to get comfortable in her own skin with this book, which I really appreciated.

Jenks is finally coming back to himself after losing his wife. He’s even making friends with the wingless fairy who helped attack the church. His son Jax mends some of the issues between himself and his father.

Quen and Ceri suffer a great loss, but you get to appreciate what they got to achieve.

Rachel gets some insight into the demon Al’s background, which explains quite a bit about the way he has become. Al has always been the lovable protagonist, and this book makes you love him even more. The weird relationship between he and Rachel has matured some and the lines blur between teacher and student.

Finally on to Trent and Rachel. The friendship between these two has always been rocky. They have had a hate/mutual respect thing going on for quite awhile. The kiss between them a few books back through me for a loop, because I couldn’t picture them together. By the end of this book I was rooting for these two to finally hook up. It almost feels fated. Rachel has had a slew of painful endings in her love life, and these two seem a great match after all. Trent is somewhat redeemed, and Rachel is more herself.

Ku-Sox if nothing else brings out Rachel’s kick butt attitude, and demands her become stronger. She as always rises to the occasion.

This book  has 441 pages and I read it through without putting it down once. I give this book an A++ and really hope Mrs. Harrison starts a new series!

Rating A+

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