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The Outlaw Demon Wails

(The Hollows #6)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  55,548 ratings  ·  1,263 reviews
Note: This book is the same as The Outlaw Demon Wails. It was printed under both titles.
To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her.

As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will s
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 455 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Eos
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a treat to read. I have little going on about how to describe the reading experience, except for the fact that there was little romance in this book. That helped. There was also little action too.

So what did this book comprise? There are continuations about relationships. The mourning of lost ones. The fear of the unknown, here called the ever after, which is a dimension where demons live.

I thought hard about whether this book is worth 4 stars. But then I realized that though I will
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy lovers
It's a fact that this book was not as good as the previous novel in the series but in no way is it no good, hence the 5 stars. The plot thickens more and we still have no clue as to who killed (view spoiler) and I will admit I may be a little bit bothered by that. But this book took a complete different turn.

Rachel is still struggling with her feelings and she is extra reckless, I'd say. She's grown so much as a person since book 1 and I'm proud of where she is but I'd lie
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I mentioned in my review of For a Few Demons More that Al was in trouble with the demons and wanted Rachel to help him out . . .

Yeah, guess how well that went over . . .

It didn't.

So Al's HELLA pissed (b/c he's a total blame shifter) and in demon jail, but only during the day, b/c he's arranged for someone to summon him to the real world as soon as the sun sets everyday.

But who? Hmmm?? Probably not who you're thinking . . .

Regardless of who is doing it, Al's ge
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell, this was one of the best I have read so far. Why...
Rachael -- more mature
Ivy -- more sane
Jenks -- still keeping it real
Ceri -- big suprises
Al -- big suprises
Kristen -- still dead
Rachael's Mom -- big suprises
Trent -- whoa is me. I love him but he doesn't give me much to work with.

In this installment, Rachael has to face some rough truths. My heart went out to her as she struggled with so many variables. I didn't get frustrated with her decision-making process as in previous books b
With as slow as I've been reading and as low as my reading mojo reservoir is, I don't think I'll finish this reread in time for my ARC of book 14. So I'll come back to it one day and finish, but for now, on to online recaps and reading book 14! April 2020
Wow, so many twists and turns. Good one!
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Let me first get the biggest rant out of the way first and foremost. I usually ingest all my books via audiobook format. There are some really good folks that do the reading and lots of so so folks. The first 4 books were read by Marguerite Gavin who did a bang up job with all the characters. As she is a great reader, all the characters had their distinct voice and mannerisms and she kept on target perfectly. Then all of the sudden she is replaced by Gigi Bermingham who screwed it up royally. Ob ...more
Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
As I said here Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series has replaced Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series in my mind as top form in the genre of paranormal private investigators.

In this latest outing, she's upped the ante even more by not doing what Hamilton does as her series continues--to wit, regress her plots to the point where they are mere frames on which she hangs her torpidly overwritten soft-core pornography--but instead takes her character the other way. This 6th book of the series takes u
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
With everything that happened in book five, all the drama, tragedy and heartache, it was hard not being a little nervous about what Harrison would throw our way this time. But with a brave smile on my face, I dived right in. There was no way that I couldn't. I had to know what happened next.

I am so very glad that I waited to start this series until all the books were out because binge reading this series is so the way to go. They are so addicting and hard to put down and with so much on the lin
Dec 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Where Demons Dare (The Outlaw Demons Wails)
4 Stars

As many know from reading my reviews of the series, The Hollows has been more of a miss than a hit. However, this book is a definite move in the right direction.

The ongoing angst between Ivy and Rachel has always been the most significant problem with the books and might have been a deal breaker if GR friends hadn't told me that it is resolved sooner rather than later. Well, that moment arrives here, and Rachel finally makes the mature and sensib
Dannii (lilbob1980)
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Luckily Rachel wasn't quite as annoying in this edition as she has been becoming. She was actually starting to grow up and take responsibilty for her actions and wasn't whining when things didn't go her way.

In this story Rachel is being stalked by the demon "Al" and she has to find a way to stop him attempting to hurt her and her family whilst saving a elf race all at the same time.

If you have been disheartened by previous books this one should hopefully pull you back into the series.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was even better the second time around and it's one of my favourites in the series!

I loved all the page time the demons got in this book. The ever after is seriously cool and I think demon society is really fascinating.

So far I'm loving my re-read of this series. it's making everything else I read really pale in comparison.
This series is still going strong, surprisingly. Generally I get bored of them by this point, but she's kept up the quality, expanded the world just enough & kept it strong, without adding a lot of extraneous gore or sex. ...more
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-f-h, modernfantasy
If you've read the first 5 books in the series, you know what to expect. If you haven't, don't start here.

This volume picks up right after book 5, For a Few Demons More, which includes some shockers that I really don't want to mention here for anyone who hasn't read that one and it makes talking about ODW difficult without spoiling FFDM.

ODW is similarly dense in twists, turns, and revelations. The official Hollows mailing list banned all discussion of it until six weeks after publication, an un
Beth The Vampire
Happily into the ever-after.

Oh my dear, sweet Rachel. Finally recognising her dangerous, risk taking ways and you end up right back where you started. But this time, instead of cursing at you loudly from my bed at midnight, I was right behind you.

The fallout from the previous book was massive, with white witch Rachel and her vampire roommate and business partner, Ivy, having to come to terms with their overwhelming grief. While always in the back of their minds, this part of the story didn't see
Jen Davis
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I still haven't recovered from what happened to Kisten... and even though three months have passed for Rachel since the events of the last book, she hasn't either. But she is trying. Of course, even when she is trying to piece her life together, more circumstances beyond her control arise to make it all fall apart again. In this case, it's Al. He's back and he is royally ticked off. The demon blames Rachel for the fact that he is in trouble in the ever-after and he plans on punishing her every t ...more
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The first half was really slow and I was questioning why I had given it such a high rating when I first read it. The second half was so good. I'm finally beginning to see why it was I loved this series so much.

Rachel finally showed significant growth. She still has a tendency to mouth off like an idiotic teenager, but she's making much better decisions, which is a huge step for her. I was so happy that Rachel figured out what she does and doesn't want from Ivy because I hated the weird
Re-read October 2020

I'm still reeling from the shocking, shocking end of For a Few Demons More, and it made me wonder if the series could bounce back. And yes; it did. In fact, the second half of this book, with amazing action and twists was superb. However, something in this book just rubbed me the wrong way. Rachel is, understandably, still dealing with loss and grief. But you know what: Each time Rachel tries to cope with the pain, it feels like Kim Harrison is just rubbing it in my face: "Ha
Apr 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy and those who've enjoyed the series so far!
This is the sixth book in the Rachel Morgan series. The demon Algaliarept is supposed to be imprisoned in the Ever-After, but someone has been summoning him nightly, putting Rachel and the ones she loves at risk. Rachel joins forces with Glenn from the FIB to find out who, while Ivy investigates a mystery left over from book 5. This was a terrific read, although in some ways less satisfying to me than the earlier books. I wanted answers, and you do get a lot here---everything but the answer I wa ...more
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Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to top form, great main characters maturing.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, read-2021
Finally decided to continu with this serie.

I forgot how this serie is one of many contradictions. There is a lot of bad ass action as well as drawn out problems and decisions. The characters are witty, skilled and tuf, but also dense and insecure. The choices they make don't always make sense and make me want to roll my eyes. But I regularly have a good laugh (at the expense of the pixie most of the time), so I guess I have to live with the less appealing parts if I want to continue with this se
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know how I was going to make it through this book knowing that Kisten wouldn't be waiting for me on the pages. I tried to console myself - I told myself that with Kisten gone, it clears the path for Rachel & Trent to possibly get together.... But then I remember how much I loved Kisten & how much I'm going to miss him...
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Ok, it's time to move on...
Three months have passed for Rachel since the
events of the last book & like me - she's having a little trouble moving forward with he
Mar 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the best things about the Hollows series is how real the characters and situations feel, sure there are vampires, elves, werewolves, pixies, demons, witches, you name it and it can appear yet it's still realistic in a way that makes me feel as if everything I read has happened and it all becomes part of my memories. I still vividly remember each and every book, this one hasn't disappointed, and if anything it has sharpened my appetite for the next novel. I read them sparingly, savoring th ...more
I thought it was amazing to read Big Al and Ceri's back story. Oh how far he's come since then!

Merged review:

Loved learning about how Ceri became Al's familiar. I think this is my favorite of the short stories.

Merged review:

Still reeling from the shocking end of For a Few Demons More (Book 5), one has to wonder if the series can bounce back. I can certainly say that it does. About the only way to do it is with more action and twists, and we definitely get it in this book.

Everything you thought y
Oct 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Stuff .. happened, in this one. Lots of stuff. Stuff I didn't see coming (but appreciate).

I also got my wish from the last book - more Quen, Takata and Minias - although possibly not in ways I expected. Heh.

Anyway, it's good to see Rachel finally starting to take charge of her own life. So far, she's been kick-ass and awesome enough, but far too often in reaction, while here she's finally proactively dealing with stuff (and in some cases, even with some maturity). Also, this is the firs
Samantha (Book Lover's Cozy Cafe)
Still very sad about Kisten, and with all the talk about him, made me miss him even more. However, this was probably the best book of the series. I mean I delved right in and read until I passed out and then read until I finished it today. I still don't like the whole idea of Rachel and Ivy and I think they should move on from that. Marshall I think he's an ok guy. But for some reason even through the whole hate/hate relationship Rachel and Trent have I'd still would like to see some sparks fly ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Still infuriating in places and I’m not a big fan of the demon world stuff but the overall is smoothing out so I am happily succombing to my addiction of this can’t-seem-to-put-down series.
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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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