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Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows #8)

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  31,975 ratings  ·  988 reviews
In New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's most complex and nuanced adventure yet, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan fights a deadly battle - mind, body, and soul.

Black Magic Sanction

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter - and lived to tell the tale. But she's
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 487 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Eos (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jessica (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

So check this out.

Rachel and Ivy are minding their own business, doing a bit of grocery shopping, when this blonde chick in a frumpy suit starts making eyes at Rachel.

Or so she thinks.

And Rachel’s a little bit embarrassed, a little bit flattered, but not even a little bit interested . . . so that’s AWK-ward.

Except Frumpy isn’t checking Rachel out! Frumpy is a member of the coven of moral and ethical standards, and she’s trying to take Rachel into custody.

Pfft. Li
That was annoying

You know the relationship you are in is in trouble when you start to be annoyed by your partner... a lot. They probably aren't doing anything different than they were doing a month ago, but one morning you wake up and think to yourself, "Man, the way she baby-talks to the dog is annoying" or "Oh my God, if he clips his toenails in the living room one more time I'm going to scream." I'm not saying your relationship is doomed, but you are now past being blinded by how great you fe
I think I'm done with Kim Harrison now. Her last book didn't really float my boat, and this one was more of the same. Rachel feels misunderstood, tired, hungry, cranky, angry, and roughed up, due to yet another horrible bad thing that makes her worry about her friends, feel that she's not ready for a relationship, and take everything on by herself so no one she cares about gets hurt.
In the first 150 pages she's attacked three times by the same baddie, summoned and sent to prison and escapes, dri
So there I was, innocently going about my day while listening to this book, and it’s all demon plot shenanigans and hilariously unintentionally awful pixie funeral poetry, and then bam, we get a casual aside about how female witches have extra vaginal muscles compared to human women, and there I am sitting on the curb in the middle of the block, laughing helplessly with my guide dog hovering over me doing “now what?” in Labrador (it’s all in the ears).

Extra vaginal muscles! The better the orgasm
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Thank heavens for ARCs. After WWBC I was totally manic to read this one. I won't drop spoilers, although I can thank Kim Harrison for not leaving me drowning for book #9. I can actually take a deep, calming breath and mentally accept the year wait until the next book... even though it will still be an impatient 12 months. LOVE this series!

I've always been a spoiler fan and speculator, though, so I have to say I hope the next book is the story that finishes what the short story "Unbound" started,
I enjoyed this book much more than the previous installment, however I think I would have been happier had Harrison stretched plot out over two books instead of dragging it out in book 7 (which I can hardly remember anything important happening) and then cramming a million and one things into this book. On one hand it is fast paced which I like, but on another it's a big mess.

I am with the lot that does NOT like Pierce. I had Gary Stu vibes at the beginning which raised flags but it only got wor
Duchess Nicole
Dec 12, 2012 Duchess Nicole rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: Urban Fantasy lovers...light on romance
Well, I've been waiting for one of the Hollows books to bring a conclusion to the myriad stories being told. All of these secondary charaters...Nick, Trent, Peirce, Ivy, Jenks (and Madalena), the witch council, etc....there are so many people involved with what seems to be a conspiracy to bring down Rachel Morgan!! And for me, Jenks is still the only one on that list that I trust. I KNOW Ivy's a friend, by she's so volatile, and I still see her as being selfish and wishy washy.

I do like Pierce.
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I sometimes like to imagine my brain as a giant on/off lever and enjoy throwing the switch to "off" on occasion. Which is typically when I used to reach for paranormal fiction. But most of it is pure crap. Since Laurell K. Hamilton got hit with the icky porn stick and the Bon Temps are not roulez-ing much anymore in Charlaine Harris's Sookie series, pretty much all I've got left is Kim Harrison and Richelle Mead. I think I need to expand my universe.

Look, I like Kim Harrison's Hollows series bu
Rhiannon Frater
I really liked this book a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. I appreciated Rachel's character development. I was glad to see some major questions answered (Jenk's life span, Matalinda's illness, etc). I even enjoyed the return of Rachel's no good ex, Nick. I think the writing was crisper, smarter, and really awesome this go around. Kim seems to be only getting better as an author and I really enjoy her work.

I liked nearly everything about this book plotwise, except for Pierce.
I don't understa
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Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
This book was pretty much fantabulous the whole way through. There was a good chunk about 3/4 of the way through it that got a bit slow, but it picked up at the end, and even though it seemed to end on a cliff-hanger, I won't down-vote it for that because it was soooo much better than the previous book. I love Al. There was a lot more explaining of what Rachel is and world-building. Nick is such a creep. I'd like to see more Trent, more Ceri, and I love all the parts with the demons. Wish Rachel ...more
Yay! Harrison has brought her Hollow's series back on track and its filled to the brim with the good stuff that made the earlier books so great.

Rachel, always a magnet for trouble is in deep kimshee here. The Coven for Ethics and Morality (the witch ruling body) wants to imprison, neuter and lobotomize Rachel all without a fair trial because Rachel represents the dirty little secret about the true origins of witches and she is also the key to the demon's return to the Earthly plane.

Black Magic
Whoah what a book!

Harrison has certainly upped her game in this latest installment.

Gone is the angst over whether Rachel should make a go of things with Ivy. Instead most of this book is about Rachel trying to dodge the Coven from putting her in Alcatraz, lobotmising her magically and removing her ability to bare children. It certainly ups the stakes in this very dramatic game of cat and mouse and at times I wasn't sure where the chips would fall.

Put together with Trent trying to "Own" Rachel af
Another amazing book from one hell of a writer!
Kim Harrison out did herself once again. Black Magic Sanction is the 8th installment in the amazing Hollower series. I've been a fan from book one and was hooked from page one.
Each book just keeps getting better, and after Rachel's hard trials I'm glad to see her getting past her devastation.. Kisten will be deeply missed and I bet I'm not alone in saying that.
Rachel's still not out of the hot water. Rachel wouldn't be Rachel if she wasn't in some
Angela  M
The 8th book in the Rachel Morgan series. From page one the action explodes off the page. Rachel is driving when summoned. She shows up in California to find that she's been summoned like a demon into a circle. Even more surprising, it's the Coven she's surrounded by.

Rachel is on the run from the Coven throughout this whole book. Trying to get her shunning removed is now the least of her problems. She's facing being thrown in Alcatraz, being labotimized, and having her future children either ta
Another good adventure in the Hallows. Rachel is settling into her new life as a shunned witch and spending her time in the ever after with Al learning. She is at odds with herself as her blood won't kindle witch magic, but does do demon magic, so what is she... a witch or a demon? Plus she has started to enjoy her studies and what she is learning.

Rachel has a lot to deal with in the council coming after her and the punishment is something straight out of the early 1900's and very extreme. As th
The danger one faces with reading a series is that, after a time, they can get monotonous. If you’re a true fan, you know the details, eccentricities and jokes intimately and after several books, if poorly executed, they become tiresome. However, when said series is in the hands of a master, then that “old hat” expectation never happens. For me, this is true of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. After nine books, (the tenth, A Perfect Blood released this month), the series has yet to grow stale. Per ...more
One of my favorites so far, I believe, but also very emotional for me.
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This book was exciting, it was emotional, and it meant a lot of changes for Rachel! Five devilish stars! Full review to come.
Jen (Red Hot Books)
As powerful as Rachel Morgan has become over the course of this series, it is easy to forget that she is not the most talented witch out there. But now that she is shunned and the witches' council is after her, it's a truth that cannot be ignored. The council kidnaps Rachel in retaliation for her dealings with demons. Some just want her imprisoned; some want her stripped of her magic; and some want to steal her eggs to make more witches who can kindle demon magic. Fortunately, Rachel still has A ...more
Amanda Lyons
The Rachel Morgan series is one that unlike many other urban fantasy tales truly strives to be unique, witty and moving without giving any of its charm up in favor of popularity. I'm happy to see the series thriving and drawing in new fans everyday and it's author gaining success with it.

The reason I can still say this about a series that's on it's eight book is because both the author and the story are genuinely interesting and worth every sentence we invest. This is a rare thing to still enjo
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
A common complaint with series in general is that the books start to go off course, become redundant, or just plain stupid as more books are released. The Hollows is the opposite. I honestly believe that the second half is even better than the first, and the world and characters just get more interesting with each new release.

I officially dislike the witch counsel. We hadn’t seen them before, only heard of them, but egads, what a despicable group. What they planned to do to Rachel sickens me. T
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
A common complaint with series in general is that the books start to go off course, become redundant, or just plain stupid as more books are released. The Hollows is the opposite. I honestly believe that the second half is even better than the first, and the world and characters just get more interesting with each new release.

I officially dislike the witch counsel. We hadn’t seen them before, only heard of them, but egads, what a despicable group. What they planned to do to Rachel sickens me. T
Rachel is the first demon apprentice/student in over 5000 years. This is a fact that does not go unnoticed by the witches’s own ruling body, the coven of moral and ethical standards. (oh, the irony.) In fact, they seem to live by the saying: “Thou shalt not suffer a black witch to live.” The fact that she can be summoned because she’s traded her own summoning name for Al’s further complicates matters. Multiple attempts on Rachel’s life ensue and she even ends up doing a brief stint in Alcatraz w ...more
Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho)
Since this is the 8th book in the series this will be a fast break down review so I can start listening to Pale Demon ASAP.

First Impression:

Much better than the last book, White Witch, Black Curse. And is my favorite book to date.

Favorite Line/Quote:

"Could you be of the mind to let me go?"

"Sorry." I said dropping my hands from his shoulders.

"No. I meant a little lower."

I flushed red. "I'm working on that," I said embrassed. But it was kind of nice doing the nasty with a witch. Where I didn't hav
I want to give this 3 1/2 stars.

First off this book was much better than its predecessor. I find most of the people reviewing this book are complaining about Rachel's love life choices. I'm sorry for the people that were hoping for a lesbian romance with Ivy but the whole blood balance thing was LAME.

We need to talk about the crazy situations Rachel get herself into. She a witch that is known to practiced black magic. The union of white witches shun her and refuse to do business with her. Then
Joseph Teller
I've come to the conclusion to stop reading Kim Harrison after this. It's not that she can't write, plot, develop interesting characters or create an interesting setting, those are all within her capability completely. It's the philosophy I find in what she writes.

The Rachel Morgan series is, at its central core, about relationships. I don't know the author's concept of such, but I've got to say that her main character is dragged through relationship hell over and over again. As are the people a
Jennifer Bielman (Bad Bird Reads)
The Good
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. I was on edge pretty much the whole time. Apparently, the coven of moral and ethical standards no longer just wants Rachel shunned from the witch community, they want to magically lobotomize her, too. Yeah, not good. Obviously, Rachel likes her magic right where it is, so she does what she's good at, fights tooth and nail for her rights.

This book starts out with a bang and ends on an even bigger explosion. Everyone and their mother wants a piec
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Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Ever After, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina until the lure of snow pulled her back to Michigan When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found landscaping her yard or on the links with her mom.

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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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