Sailing westward toward the Caribbean sun, young Bettina Verlaine is obediently setting out to fulfill a promise made by her father-a prearranged marrSailing westward toward the Caribbean sun, young Bettina Verlaine is obediently setting out to fulfill a promise made by her father-a prearranged marriage. But it is a wedding not destined to be. Abducted by the bold and handsome pirate, the notorious Captain Tristan, the pale-haired beauty finds herself helpless in his arms. Detesting her virile captor for enslaving her, yet held by the passionate spell he casts over her, she surrenders her innocence in the warm caress of the tropical winds, finding love's fulfillment in the magic of a pirate's powerful embrace....more
Some people have it easy. They haven't gone into business for themselves as a bounty hunter, with a hyperactive pixie and an activelI LOVED this book!
Some people have it easy. They haven't gone into business for themselves as a bounty hunter, with a hyperactive pixie and an actively-prowling vampire as their partners. They haven't made a deal with a demon to take down an ancient vampire crime lord. They haven't made the occasional dubious alliance with an elven drug runner. They don't have attempts made upon their life on a daily basis. Sure, some people have it easy. Rachel Mariana Morgan, on the other hand, has done all of the above and more. Ever since quitting her job with the government and branching out on her own, it seems as though her life's been nothing but one successful escape from death after another. Unfortunately, her tendency to make alliances of convenience have finally caught up with her.
Her best friend and business partner, Ivy Tamwood, is a vampire who has fallen off the wagon, looking at Rachel as both dinner and bedmate, neither role which suits Rachel's sensibilities. Rachel's one of the very, very few people who knows that crime lord/businessman Trent Kalamack is one of the long-lost elves, a race presumed to be extinct for many years, and that secret weighs upon her conscience. Her growing skills at ley line magic both fascinate and frighten her, especially since that makes her even more appealing to the demon known as Algaliarept, the demon who has alternatively tried to kill and help her numerous times in the past... the demon who's even now coming to claim Rachel as his familiar as her payment for the bargain they made to put a vampire behind bars. As if that wasn't enough, Rachel's boyfriend Nick is nowhere to be found, and it looks like he may have skipped town for good. And why's a werewolf stalking her? What's a girl to do?
Assuming Rachel can stay out of Algaliarept's clutches long enough to find a way to break their bargain and keep her soul, she still has to deal with her uncomfortable relationship with Ivy, her even more questionable one with a vampire named Kisten, find a way to pay her side of the rent and the bills, and, by the way, handle another unwanted element in the city's criminal underworld. Once again, she'll join forces with a man (elf) she loathes, and risk death, all in the name of truth, justice, and paying the bills. ...more
Finally free of the death threats which plagued her existence ever since she and her friends, the vampire Ivy Tamwood and the pixyI LOVED this book!
Finally free of the death threats which plagued her existence ever since she and her friends, the vampire Ivy Tamwood and the pixy Jenks, quit their jobs as "runners" for Inderland Security, Rachel Morgan is able to turn her attentions, as well as her witch abilities, to better use. Such as paying rent and replacing the personal belongings that didn't survive the earlier turmoil in her life.
But life's not always easy for an independent witch/bounty hunter in a world where the mundane and the supernatural exist with only the barest of polite cooperation, and Rachel's had time to make more enemies than most.
A not-so-routine job as consultant for the Federal Inderland Bureau quickly throws Rachel into a major mess of trouble. It seems that someone's been killing off witches proficient in ley line magic, and like it or not, the human-biased FIB needs someone with Rachel's qualifications and skills to help investigate. To Rachel's delighted surprise, the trails all seem to lead right back to drug lord/crime kingpin and respected businessman, Trent Kalamack, who gave Rachel no end of grief last time they met. It starts to look like maybe this time, Rachel can take down her nemesis properly. Right?
Wrong. So very wrong. The hunt for the so-called "Witch Killer" is anything but straight-forward, and the further Rachel digs, the more she uncovers things she never expected to learn, about Kalamack, about her roommate Ivy, about herself. Because while Rachel is attempting to peg the killings on Trent, Ivy is attempting to resist her vampiric urges before someone close to her gets hurt. Meanwhile, there's a demon doing its best to try and claim possession of both Rachel, and her all-too-inquisitive-yet-foolhardy boyfriend Nick's souls.
Ultimately, things come together in a beautifully violent climax, whereupon certain secrets are revealed, and other mysteries are brought to light, proving that once again, it's never a good day to be Rachel Morgan. ...more
Kim Harrison has invented a supernatural world set in an alternative Cincinnati. Her world splits from our world in the 1950’s afteI LOVED this book.
Kim Harrison has invented a supernatural world set in an alternative Cincinnati. Her world splits from our world in the 1950’s after the discovery of DNA leads to humans experimenting with genetic engineering to the exclusion of everything else. In her world humans nearly wiped themselves out of existence after developing a genetically engineered virus that got out of control and spread through tomatoes. The only people not affected by the virus were the non humans (werewolves, vampires, witches and warlocks, pixies, and fairies) who kept civilization running while the virus ran its course and then declared their existence to the humans that were left. Since that time humans and non humans, called Inderlanders, have lived in a wary truce with each other.
The Inderland Security bureau or aka the I.S. was set up by Inderlanders to police the activities of other Inderlanders. This is where Rachel, the main character of the story works, at the start of the book.
She has a boss who hates her and career that goes to new lows even when she thinks it can’t get worse. She has a habit of accidentally cocking up simple things but with Rachel there is more scope for things to go wrong because she is a witch. She also has a great set of friends who help her out of tight spots.
One of the most interesting characters in the book is Rachel’s business partner and room mate Ivy. Ivy is a living vampire. In Kim Harrison’s world there are three types of vampire, living vampires who are born with the vampire virus, live lives where they can walk in the sun and worship at church before inevitably becoming undead vampires when they die. Low blood vampires who are humans that have been turned into living vampires, they need to be finally turned into undead vampires when they die by another vampire and undead vampires who are more like the traditional interpretation of a vampire, unable to bear sunlight, afraid of crosses, no conscience and a potential for evil behaviour.
Ivy and Rachel’s relationship is intriguing. They are business partners and also live together. Ivy is desperate for a friend but has to fight her vampire instincts and blood lust whilst living around Rachel. Rachel needs Ivy but doesn’t want to end up as a vampire play thing.
The book is very much based in magic and has a general supernatural theme but there is enough vampire action to keep even the most die hard vampire fan entertained. I recommend this book as an entertaining supernatural detective action book perfect for anyone who likes strong female lead characters and magick....more