Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Dead Witch Walking," by Kim Harrison

Synopsis: The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has 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 reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy Tamwood, 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.

I really enjoyed reading this book, Dead Witch Walking, by Kim Harrison. It is slightly different from any other books I’ve read. Generally, I stick to vampires and werewolves. However, I thought this might be a nice break to read something just a little bit different.

Ms Harrison writes beautifully as she describes the world of Rachel Morgan. I pictured a world that consisted of witches, vampires (both living and dead), pixies, fairies, and so much more, living along side humans. It's a world where humans live in fear of "Inderlanders," supernatural beings. The Hollows, where most Inderlanders live, seems more like a slum where people who must go into, tend to walk straight through, never looking at anyone they pass. It's a rough place to be. All know to enter the Hollows at their own risk.

Rachel Morgan is an Earth witch and a bounty hunter. She’s good at what she does, but creates mess of everything on her way to achieving her tags. She gets tired of doing all the small petty jobs that take her nowhere in her career. Not seeing advancement in her career, she decides to leave the Inderlander Service (I.S.). But, runners can’t just leave the I.S. Breaking contract and leaving the I.S. department is a sure fire way of having a hit put out on you.

When Rachel decides it’s time to leave the I.S., Ivy Tamwood, living vampire and the best runner for the I.S., decides to leave the I.S. as well. She convinces Rachel that she needs a protector to help keep her from harm. Reluctantly, Rachel agrees, but no matter how hard Ivy and their pixie partner, Jenks, try danger follows Rachel where ever she goes.

Let me preface first that I really liked this book. However, the book started a bit slow for me. Within a few chapters though, it began to pick up speed and kept its pace to the end. I found myself wanting to kick Rachel’s ass because every time she came up with one of her hair-brained ideas, she jumped right into trouble. Jenks, her pixie bodyguard, was always at her side. He knew that Rachel wasn’t a half-assed I.S runner. It was all of her or none of her and it had to be right now! She jumped in with both feet. Ivy on the other hand was cool and calculated. She preferred planning, strategizing. She kept trying to get Rachel to think before she leaped. However, Ivy was too slow for Rachel. Yet throughout the book, Rachel begins to realize that Ivy might not be wrong. It might be better for her and everyone around her if she would rein herself in from time to time. I really like Kim Harrison’s writing style in this book. She is very descriptive thus giving the reader a great image to base the story on. She builds up the characters well, giving the reader a full image of each.

I give this book a 4-star rating. I would have given a 5-star, but I felt like Ms. Harrison rather dropped the Ivy/Rachel storyline. It really began to feel like the two would either have a love-story-type relationship, or have a sit down together and discuss more a detailed friendship. But, that didn’t happen. In fact, toward the end of the book, she brings in Nick who Rachel helps to change back into his human state. She has Rachel put all her trust in Nick who she’s only just met and is completely human. She has history with Ivy and Jenks! Hopefully, in the next book we’ll see more trust in Ivy and Jenks.

I do recommend this book. If you like stories vampires, fairies, pixies, witches, and demons, you’ll love this book! It has them all!It has them all! You can purchase your copy at or Barnes and Noble (


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