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White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows #7)

4.34 of 5 stars 4.34  ·  rating details  ·  35,382 ratings  ·  957 reviews
Kick-ass witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan lost her lover, and now she wont rest until his murder is solved and avenged. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Rachels past comes back to haunt herliterally.
Published March 2009 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published February 24th 2009)
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Jessica ❁ Elsecaller ❁ at Rabid Reads
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White Witch, Black Curse introduces us to a new type of Inderlander—the banshee. Well, introduces us directly. Mia (the banshee) shows up in a couple of the novellas, but in the seventh installment of The Hollows, she is front and center. And not in a good way.

Harrison’s version of a banshee is more like a succubus or a psychic vampire. They’re seen before a person dies, not b/c they’re a herald of death, but b/c they’re doing the killing. By sucking the life force, or au
Jul 25, 2015 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy lovers
How could I not love this like all of the previous books? Not sure when there's going to be a book in this series that I do not give it 5 stars. This one deserved every single one of them, and so did its predecessors.

A child banshee unable to control her powers and a mother bringing hell on earth to keep her safe and to herself. Bashees suck on emotion and eventually kill you. I dig this hard, it's amazing to see how powerful some creatures are and it's not even a demon.

After the events of the
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Okay, I think we've officially entered the extremely strange realm where a book outstrips its author. I can't count the number of times there was this cool visual image (gargoyle correcting his size by plinking out ice cubes) or interesting emotional moment (Rachel having a flashback) and I nearly missed it because of a clumsy phrase or an anvil to the head. And this book lost major points with me for ham-handed exploitation of terminally ill children for emotional juice that it didn't even need ...more
Duchess Nicole
I can never quite love the Hollows books, but I never stop reading them, either! This is a world that you can't forget...there's something about the unique casting of characters and the way they all interact together that makes them so very memorable.

I just love Rachel and Jenks. Their friendship and complete and utter loyalty to each other make this series for me.

What about Ivy, you ask? That vampy chick pisses me right the hell OFF! I rant about Ivy in every review, but I'll do it again here
I've continued to read up to this point in the series because of the supporting characters and Harrison's paranormal world; book seven was no exception. However, I would appreciate it if Ms. Harrison omitted the following for the rest of the series: children on their deathbeds, mention of Piscary, banshees, sexual tension between Ivy & Rachel - for the love of all that is holy please find a cure for that damn scar -, or deductions by Rachel that lead to more smut on her aura when it isn't ab ...more
Eh. It took me 13 days to get through this book (this is more than four times what a genre book this size would usually take), and it's not just because I was off travelling and had less time.

I could have made the time to read. I just .... had a hard time making myself go into the effort. And whenever I did, I inevitably got bored or sleepy after a chapter or two.

I don't even know. I've had problems with the writing in all the books in this series (and this one was no exception), but at least th
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The seventh book in the series, I found this one dragged a bit more than some of the others, although I think it ended really strong. It also tied up a number of loose ends that had been lying around, and although a few new ones were started, this had the feel of closing a major chapter or arc before beginning a new one.

This is also the first book that directly incorporates events from the novellas and short stories which have been published in anthologies (specifically Dates From Hell, Holidays
I generally like this series, but this book's ratio of ass-kicking to emotional self-indulgence was heavily weighted towards the emotional self-indulgence. I say "self-indulgence" because most of the book seemed to revolve around Rachel feeling sorry for herself and whining about how aloooooone she was because nobody understaaaaands her. The personalities of some other characters seemed to be entirely altered just to advance this agenda. That shift in how certain characters behaved, along with t ...more
I've been reading the series since the beginning & this is book 7. It got an extra star because it is still so engaging. It's entertaining fluff & fun. Our heroine, a witch, is still trying to do right & still coming up with nothing but problems. She no sooner gets one thing settled than two others pop up. Which problems get solved & which new ones will pop up is the mystery. After 6 other books, I knew there wouldn't be a clean, happy ending. Hopefully, she'll end the series on ...more
Well this was pretty much more of the same, and by that I mean that Rachel continues to get herself into all the messes and predicaments she can come up with! And that becomes exhausting to read.

Despite that, this continues to be one of my favourite urban fantasy series, mainly because I love the Hollows world and most of its insane characters _I may even have started warming up to Ivy.

Despite that, I can't help wishing that the book had been about half its size.
Oh, and can't we get Rachel a the
This one was pretty epic. Lots of twists and turns, a lot of backstory revealed, some new/returning characters brought into the mix and developed, and a lot of Al hijinks. Fun fun!
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It’s been a while since I told myself that I should return to the series. Lexxie and Jessica’s reviews really made me want to go back to the stories, not that I needed that, because I really enjoyed all the novels. But it is true that with the release of the last volume, and given the great reviews, I was even more curious to get into the novels. Want to know why I did not read it sooner? Because I knew perfectly well that at the end of this book I was going
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Tell the truth. Did you take the time to read all of those Hollows short stories scattered in anthologies over the past few years? If the answer is yes, you're finally getting your payoff. Just about every short story associated with the series comes into play here. And while you didn't HAVE to read them all to understand, they certainly give the reveals here something-extra for the fans who went beyond the novels.

We pick up with Rachel accepting her deal with the demon, Al, to become his stude
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This instalment seemed a little darker than some of the previous books in the series. What I didn't like so much is that it started a little slow and very little happened in general. Before the last third of the book I felt it somewhere below 4 stars but the last part totally made up for a solid 4 stars read.

In White Witch, Black Curse Rachel is mostly in a state of personal gloom. She needs to find (view spoiler), to tag down a banshee who thinks she rules the wo
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I read this series because the worldbuilding is great, and the witchcraft is interesting and intricate. The author really has those things down pat. Unfortunatly, this series is kinda falling flat (for me, anyways) as it goes along. A character doesn't have to be perfect or even likeable for me to like reading about them, but Rachel is just plain annoying, and it's hard for me to have any kind of concern for the character. I am also sick to death of Ivy and the relationship angst between her and ...more
Well, every series going for this long is bound to have that one book that just isn't up to par with the rest. I'm a huge fan of The Hollows, but this was definitely the weakest installment.

Rachel's shunned, cast aside as a black which in her community. She's also focused on figuring out who killed Kisten a couple of books back. All the while, she takes on a banshee that feeds herself and child by stealing auras from people.

The resolution to Kisten's death was anti-climatic at best. I am not su
One of the last lines of the book defines the entire book for me.

Al says something along the lines of "But he is Rachel candy..." I can't remember now if it was a statement or a question, but assuredly it is hilarious. Its one of the few lines and reason I still read The Hollows...
yeah I know if your 7 books in you should already have a reason, but Rachel is one of the most whiny rhymes with witchy character.

She has this moral code, which makes noooo sense. They are on the boat, people are as
After reading this installment, I better understood why some fans weren't feeling it. I am not one of those. I believe my positive experience with the book is because I didn't have to wait and generous spoilers. In truth, spoilers only tell me what happened but not how I will feel about it.

I did not expect to get excited about Pierce. I thought I would be unhappy that Trent is hardly in the book. I thought it was time for the gorgoyle to state his business. I thought Marshall was going to turn
Tara Day
Banshees! Emotion-sucking monsters with agendas that no man can stand against, White Witch, Black Curse has all kinds of new bad guys. Trent doesn't make much of an appearance in this, mostly because it focuses on the FIB and the novella the book is connected to, "Two Ghosts For Sister Rachel." When Glenn is injured, things are made personal and although Rachel doesn't want to go face to face with an aura-damaging banshee, she knows she doesn't have much of a choice.

A lot of things happen in thi
Deea (Andreea)
[re-read 2015]

Ahhh, this book made me so happy (despite the slow start). It was a growing up book - both for Rachel, and the story itself. A turning point book; a book where things started to settle, take a more definite new direction, set the scene for the epicness to come. Everyone started to get more depth and character, to show - and accept - their personalities and quirks, to play their roles in the story, to work together and move things forward. Like I mention in my updates, I'm in awe of

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It’s not easy to write a review for a book that is a part of a series that I absolutely love. I don’t know from where to start! This urban fantasy series by Kim Harrison is one of the best in this genre. The world-building, the not-at-all-black-or-white-but-totally-grey characters, the plot and twists and some of the best lines ever, make the whole series a pleasure to read!

Nothing is easy for Rachel for one more
Boy, was this a drag for most it! So very little happened! It was such an obvious filler book, it was annoying. What annoyed me even more were the references to the short stories (in anthologies, not the freebies) that pretty much made you feel like you were missing information. It wasn't really vital information, but it was bothersome nonetheless.

In White Witch Black Curse Rachel needs to track down a banshee, find Kisten's killer (the search and the mourning was pretty much skipped in last bo
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Oh Rachel Morgan...there's never a dull moment when you're around!

Still coping with the loss of her boyfriend, Rachel is determined to find his killer, using whatever means necessary. To uncover the truth she'll enlist the help of her faithful friends and partners Ivy, Jenks and Ford, a sensitive psychiatrist who assures Rachel he can help her remember the events of that tragic night. When a banshee family takes up residence in the Hollows, followed by murders and a brutal attack on good friend
Kasia S.
I have to be completely honest; I love Kim's whole literary universe as it's my absolute favorite urban fantasy series that I consider one of life's best readable luxuries. I was surprised that I didn't like the beginning, if I wasn't so head over heels for it I would have thought of stopping reading it, the heaviness and unnatural depressed state of Rachel was pronounced, it hit me once I finished that it was on purpose, a tear is just water, a sigh is just a breath, this was deep and dark but ...more
This book was an emotional roller coaster to say the least. Filled with mystery, action, suspense and so many emotions, it was definitely an awesome read in the Hollows series ~ but this book was lacking something. One reviewer said that this book felt like filler & I completely agree. This book seemed like a way to tie up all the loose ends that were hanging around but it was still a good read.

I didn't really like the Banshee storyline. Don't get me wrong - I thought they were a cool additi
Will Byrnes
Rachel Morgan is attempting to recover from the trauma at the end of book 6. Her memory of that event is very fuzzy. She spends about five hundred pages trying to get back her recollection of that night. Along the way she must contend with mischief from her demon pal, Al, a smitten ghost and a banshee, whose child can suck all the life force from whatever it touches. Can she sustain a friends-only relationship with the really nice guy-witch with whom she has been hanging out? Will her mom move o ...more
I've been a fan of Kim Harrison since I first read DEAD WITCH WALKING and I've never been disappointed. She writes the stories you wish you could have and makes you emotionally attached throughout. I don't think I could choose a favorite from this series but this installment is near the top.
It's action packed and a fast paced read. I read it in a few hours and could not put it down.
In this installment she puts to rest some ghosts and fights a lot of bad guys. She really goes though a lot of to
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Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on the Peri Reed Chronicles, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, in the garden, or on the links.
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Other Books in the Series

The Hollows (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (The Hollows, #2)
  • Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, #3)
  • A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows, #4)
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“I only snatched him to get your attention,” I said. “Now that I’ve got it, this is what I want.”
“Damn my dame!” Al shouted, hands raised to the ceiling. “I knew it! Not another list!”
“But he's Rachel Candy!"
-Both Jenks and Al”
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