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The Hollows Insider

(The Hollows #9.5)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,970 ratings  ·  186 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . .

The Hollows Insider

In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.

Hardcover, First Edition, 301 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Harper Voyager
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Ms. Harrison has outdone herself!

I had no idea of what to expect when it came to a world book. I’d surely never read one before, so I was anticipating something fairly close to a textbook, which generally = boring. This was certainly information rich, but boring is was not. In fact, it’s fantastic.

The theme is genius. It kicks off with the Hollows humor we all know and love, instantly drawing you in. It’s basically told from the POV of an innocent bystander of one of Rachel’s spells gone hi
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Armina by: Rhea
This should be read after Pale Demon to avoid spoilers. The ending of this book is just after the time frame of Pale Demon. I skipped and skimmed some parts because of complex reasons but I do intend to take my time and truly absorb all the information sometime in the future. It would be a perfect adjustment in a re-read of The Hollows series.

For a series guide, The Hollows Insider is pretty good. Kim Harrison gives us not only a bunch of dry facts but an actual story. Told from the POV of an in
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
4.5 stars

This is the first guidebook I've actively sought out for purchase. But, as a massive Hollows fan, when I heard this was to be released last October, I was excited for months and has this one pre-ordered. My rating fluctuates between four and five stars for various reasons, which will be explained below.

First, the book is told mainly through the investigative research and slander of a Hollows Gazette writer who was on the bus when Rachel's spell to catch a were backfired, causing everyon
It was kind of fun. In general this kind of thing doesn't add much to the series, but it's fun for the fans. This one was certainly done with good intentions: the book is very high quality paper (and heavy!), the images really look like I imagined the characters would look (unlike the graphic novel, that's the difference when the author is fully in control), the cover has a nifty glow-in-the dark moon and some city lights, and it's just overall slick and nicely produced. There isn't much new inf ...more
T.J. Day
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
I honestly have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it was a really cool idea to bring all the facts and fun stuff about the Hollows series into one guide book for readers. It even has a nice story behind its creation.

The good - I really love the recipes, spells, and cute tidbits. The 12 Days of Christmas song lyrics were my favorite touch.

But there's a lot of things I didn't like - It was a drag to get through some stuff. I assume a lot of people reading this skimmed a lot. I never sk
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Just not what I was hoping for. I wanted it so bad.. it was tedious, filled with detailed spells and how to do them supernatural guides, IS files, Newspaper articles, song verses, maps, all stuffed in a reporter journal. Really I got nothing out of it that I did not already know. There was so correspondences from/to Trent that I expected to be interesting but they really did not give anymore away. The books had mush more exciting details. I am just not interested in how to do the spells or the d ...more
Wow! The graphics are awesome. The Insider is a fun look into the background of the Hollows. I enjoyed peering into Trent's thoughts and gained a better insight of his personality through the Kalamack Industries interoffice memos. I hope Quen's quote, "It is not always what we do, Sa'han, but who we love that makes us who we are," in the last memo to Trent is a clue for the future of the series. In comparison to other authors' series information guides, Kim Harrison out did herself on this proje ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT!!! ❤❤❤

Devin Crossman is a reporter/blogger for The Hollows Gazette who's got an axe to grind with one Rachel Morgan. After one of her spells goes awry on the bus while trying to catch an escaping Were, Mr. Crossman ends up losing all his hair! Hey, it eventually grows back so no harm, no foul, right? But he won't let it die and is determined to bring Rachel down, using all the resources at his disposal to dig up all the dirt he can find on Rachel, Trent, and anyone else in her life!

Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.

To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, se
Mar 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I purchased this book as a reference, and it is quality construction as a reference book should be. The jacket cover illustration is repeated on the hard cover. It is about the size of a textbook. As you may know, the Hollows is a series fantasy in an alternate reality. It is one of my favorite series. The back story and the rules under which this world operates are complex. The length of time between books makes points, spells, species particulars and events hard to remember.

Jen Davis
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

I don't usually seek out Insider's Guides... even for the series that I like. Most of the time, they are just a rehash of information we already know. But I think I would read a book about Rachel Morgan doing her laundry. And like it. So when I was presented the opportunity to get my hands on this book, there was no question that I had to read it.

I'm happy to say that was much better than watching Rachel wash her whites. Granted, we're not exactly breaking a lot of new ground in the Hollows wor
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Basic Premise: It's set up as a series of journal entries from blogger-turned-reporter Devin Cross, who is investigating/obsessing over Rachel and trying to destroy her reputation publicly.

What do you do when you've read all of the Hollows books and all of the Hollows stories published in obscure urban fantasy anthologies, and you have no clue when the next Hollows book is coming? Read this. Will it completely satisfy the Hollows craving? No... But it does provide some interesting insight into
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I haven't ever really read a "world book" before, but once I heard Kim Harrison was working on one for her Hollows series, I knew I had to have it! Since she was one of the first authors I read when I crossed over from the YA section (and before going back!)! The Hollows Insider was truly a must-read for all Kim Harrison fans!!

There's no plot or storyline really, but that doesn't detract from the marvelous writing Kim did! There are tons of things to read, emails, journal entries, textbook excer
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
For a series guide, The Hollows Insider is really pretty cool. Rather than a bunch of dry facts, Harrison gives us a bunch of dry facts AND a story AND some hilariously subjective observations. Told from the perspective of a reporter who's investigating Rachel, The Hollows Insider documents his research, with journal entries, selections from the newspaper's files and archives, FIB and IS documents, and various other papers he's stolen or stumbled across. It's particularly funny because while Dev ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm about halfway through this companion book and more than a little disappointed. If you have read up through the latest novel, Pale Demon, then all of the factual content included about the world of the Hollows is going to sound like an uninspired rehash of information gleaned from the novel series. I wanted to read new, unrevealed tidbits about the world and its inhabitants that only Harrison has known until now, and sadly, none of that has been forthcoming. Despite the mildly interesting nar ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
To say I was disappointed in this addition to the Hollows series is a gross understatement. Ms. Harrison is quite forthcoming when it comes to giving her followers glimpses into her characters' inner thoughts and struggles. Her personal blog provides a forum where you can ask her questions about her upcoming books anddiscuss character motivation in depth, and Ms. Harrison will often give glimpses of what the future may hold in the Hollows.

I expected this book to provide more of Ms.Harrison's wor
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I thought this book was good. A good companion book to the Hollows series so far. The book was positioned as a collection of journals and research summaries written by a reporter named Devin Crossman. He basically “followed” Rachel throughout the entire series and documented his observations and findings. The book was nicely laid out, with lots of details, and the book and its paper were of very good quality.

My favourite part was the summary about Jenks, and some of his curses logged as Devin’s
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
The best "World Book" or Insider Guide I've seen so far!! If you're a fan of the Hollows series, you'll definitely want this for your collection. If you're one of those readers that can wait for the paperbacks to come out because you're cheap, meh, you can skip this one. But I must stress, this IS the guidebook that all others will be judged against from now on. It highlights the entire series by following a human blogger/journalist as he tries to uncover the "conspiracy" behind Rachel Morgan. I ...more
Just realized I've been trying to read this for over a month. Not a particularly good sign.

Love the Hollows novels, but the format of this makes it hard to get into the "story". It's chopped up into small article length pieces. Too short to curl up like you're reading a novel, too long for coffee table like browsing.

If you've kept up with the books, there really isn't any additional information passed on with the book. Or an additional "story".

Basically, the book reads as if there is a blogger
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kim-harrison-uf
Great addition to The Hollows and very fun read. I loved reading about past events from other perspectives, it provided a better understanding of certian characters and their motives. This is a must have for any fan of the series. It also seems to hint about a developing relationship between a certain elf and witch.....
Suzanne Johnson
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The best "companion" book ever. Seriously. If you love Kim Harrison's Hollows series and don't get this, you're nuts. No retreads here, no dull summaries or histories, no filler. And the first printings even have glow-in-the-dark dust jackets. How cool is that?
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is a tough one. I have been a Hollows fan since the first book appeared in German (about book 5 in English) and this world has grown on me ever since (and unwillingly also on my family and friends who have to hear me babbling about it every chance I get, just last week I lent DWW to someone!).

When Kim announced that she was writing on a world book, I thought it would become something like Jeaniene Frost and others are doing, by writing a novel from the perspective of one of the side
Literary Mama
There's something about an advance reader copy of a book that excites me more than anything, and I'm pleased that I had the chance to read one of Jess Montgomery's The Hollows. The novel, second in The Kinship Historical Mystery series (and just recently published), is a sequel to Montgomery's highly acclaimed The Widows, and once again, the reader is fully immersed in the lives of Sheriff Lily Ross, Marvena Whitcomb, and Hildy Cooper. Set in 1926, the story begins with an accident on the rail l ...more
I loved this book! I first read it between August 4th and 10th (but not at all on August 6th-8th) of 2019. By far the majority of this story was read on the 9th and 10th. And it was so great that I'm really kicking myself for not reading it as book 9.5 in the Hollows series when I was doing my series read from Fall 2018 through Winter 2019!

As it was, though, I was really grateful for this chance to meet up again with my favorite witch, vampire, elf, and pixy! ❤

That Devin Crossman who put togethe
Niall Teasdale
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
An interesting and informative guide to the world of the Rachel Morgan/Hollows books.

I bought it when it came out and then decided to wait to finish it since there are spoilers included here for the books up to and including Pale Demon. So, if you pick this up somewhere while reading the series, you have been warned.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh this was so much fun! I loved getting the details of spells, recipes and character bios, the maps and diagram of the church were great too. Devin's story played out as a true stalker level obsession founded on a small spell error that temporarily removed his hair, the end result of his attempts to bring down Rachel were not entirely surprising...
Selene Tepesh
If you love the Hollows series this is a must have. This book is so beautifully made. So very creative. It’s just so so good.
It’s like a treasure box.
Such amazing quality and imagination. Kim outdid herself on this one.
I’m geeking out. Blown away by how cool this was.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A fun format to get a lot of information about the series out.
Heather Romanowski Book Realm Revisions, LLC
An interesting collection of snippets from Devin Crossman's point of view
Paul Roof
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read if you are a fan of the Hollows series it takes you more into the lives of the characters and it also as maps
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Kim Harrison is best known as the author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, but she has written more than urban fantasy and has published over two-dozen books spanning the gamut from young adult, thriller, several anthologies, and has scripted two original graphic novels. She has also published traditional fantasy under the name Dawn Cook. Kim is currently working on a new Hollo ...more

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