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Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond

(The Hollows #- Short stories)

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Enter the Woods...If You Dare

For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?

And now, New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in h
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Hardcover, 513 pages
Published October 12th 2012 by Harper Voyager (first published September 1st 2009)
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Elizabeth Includes short fiction from previous compilations including:
“Undead in the Garden of Good & Evil” (v.2.5 - originally released in Dates from Hell)
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Includes short fiction from previous compilations including:
“Undead in the Garden of Good & Evil” (v.2.5 - originally released in Dates from Hell)
“Dirty Magic” (v.4.5 - originally released in Hotter Than Hell)
“Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel” (v.5.5 - originally released in Holidays are Hell)
“The Bespelled” (v.6.1 - originally released in Demons: Encounters with the Devil and His Minions, Fallen Angels, and the Possessed)
“Ley Line Drifter” (v.7.5 - originally released in Unbound)

Also includes supporting short fiction that should be read after the novels mentioned:
“The Bridges of Eden Park” (supports For a Few Demons More)
"Million Dollar Baby" (supports Pale Demon)

And then there are stand alone short fiction works that aren't related to The Hollows series:
"Pet Shop Boys"
"Temson Estates"
"Spider's Silk"
"Grace"

So it looks like the only short story that might contain spoilers is "Million Dollar Baby", but I doubt it since that event takes place in Pale Demon (#9).(less)

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VampireNovelFan
So yeah, revising this to now give it 5 stars. One page.


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And now for the actual review:

A little bit of old, a little bit of new

Even being the Hollows snob that I am, I admit a couple of stories have slipped through the cracks for me over the years. That's why I was quite pleased to hear that the stories would finally be included in an anthology! I'll be honest and say that when I opened it I immediately skipped to "Million Dollar Baby", the story centering on Trent and Jenks's elf
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Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (The Hollows #10.1) by Kim Harrison is not just
another great book in the series but it has special insights. This book has answers to questions fans have been wanting to know throughout the series. These are short to long stories about events that happened on the side that the author is kind enough to fill us in on now. Awesome is the best way to say it! I love hearing these side stories that bring a fullness to the whole world she has created.
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jv poore
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I received Into the Woods as a First-Reads giveaway. This book includes several short stories that appear to relate to previous tales by Kim Harrsion.

I found Ms. Harrison's ideas and writing style very intriguing, and I would be very interested to read one of Ms. Harrison's complete stories.

The 2-star rating may be a bit harsh, as I'm not generally a fan of short stories. Further, these stories seemed to embelish previously released books; therefore, while the characters were certainly rich and
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Susana
Some pretty good shorts in this one that fell outside the Hollows department.
Surprisingly, or maybe not, those were the ones I enjoyed the most. Exception made to the last short: damn, the thing was boring! Also, I had no idea of what I was reading...
Besides that, its official, I've lost my patience to Kim Harrison vampires. From Ivy to Kitten blood suckers _ ugh, and double ugh, leave the poor animals alone! _ I've had all I could take.
Jen Davis
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this collection of short stories by Kim Harrison. I had read more than half of them already in previously released books. But the anthology included one all new Hollows short story and four stories outside of the Hollows world.

“Undead in the Garden of Good & Evil” (originally released in Dates from Hell)
Ever wonder what Ivy was like before she met Rachel? We get a little peek in this short story. It’s set a couple of years before the events in Dead Witch Walking. Ivy has been a
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Into the Woods is a collection of short stories from Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. The author has included four new stories from outside this world as well. The first six stories have been published before, either in anthologies or as bonus material at the back of mass market paperbacks. The author adds a note at the beginning of each story providing background to the story and where it was originally published.

In rating these stories, I just couldn’t help myself. I am a hopeless fan girl of t
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Suz
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel - 4.0 (this is the one about Pierce)
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil - 4.0 I had forgotten that Ivy and Kisten had a history. It's always nice to see the backstories of characters you have come to care for. I can't imagine this story being especially good to someone who doesn't have the benefit of already being invested in the characters, though. I mean, it's certainly interesting enough, but being connected to the characters makes it much better, in my opinion.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This is a great book for The Hollows fans to have all these anthologies brought together into one book especially if you've never wanted to spend money buying all those separate books or if you've just happened to miss a couple ~ like me! And if you're not a Hollows fan, there are four stories at the end that are not related to the series that you might find interesting.

The first six stories are old Hollows anthos:

#1 - The Bespelled (The Outlaw Demon Wails).

This is an interesting tale of Al and
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Shandra
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loooooved the short with Trent and Jinks!!!
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I actually finished this last week, but haven't had the time or the dedication to give it a proper review until now. Part of the reason, honestly, is this CHAIR! My computer chair broke so I'm using an armless one that leaves no support for my elbows when I type. Apparently I have some wimpy ass elbows because I can't type long without my arms really bugging me now.

Cannot. WAIT. To. Get. Another. Chair.

Being the big dork - and rabid Hollows fan - that I am, I wanted to start this book in the ba
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
The Bespelled - The Hollows, 6.1

4 stars

This is the story of how Ceri came to be Al's familiar.

The knowledge of who owed him and what was worth a lot in the demon's world, and familiars were known for their loose tongues until you cut them out. It was a practice Algaliarept frowned upon. Most of his brethren were bloody plebeians. Removing a familiar's tongue completely ruined the nuances of their pleas for mercy.

AL, ladies and gentleman.

But appreciation for the finer nuances of pleading
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Jess
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

Into the Woods is a short story compilation made up of Hollows shorts that have been previously published, two shorts in a new world and the story that drew 100% of my attention, Million-Dollar Baby. My disclaimer is that this review is going to focus solely on Million-Dollar Baby, as is it the only one I read from this compilation. I’m a fan of the series, I’ve read them from book 1, I’ve laughed with Jenks, cried with Rachel many times but through it al
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Gavin
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
This was very short, only 35 minutes in audio, but that did not stop it from being a moving and riveting story.

It tells the story of how Ceri came to be Al's familiar. In an even more interesting twist this tale was told from Al's perspective. It was both fascinating and horrifying to read how Al manipulated Ceri into making the mistake he needed to capture her.

It's a reminder, because I did need one, that Al is a Demon!.


Charlie
5 stars for the Hollows stories, I loved them! The others ranged from 3 to 4.5 stars.
Cathy
2.5 stars. Overall the book was a mixed bag. A couple of the Hollows stories were pretty good, but I'm not sure if I enjoyed them because they were good short stories objectively or because they're or because they were about familiar characters that I already was prepared to enjoy. Would a new reader have enjoyed them as much? I can never tell. And a bunch of the stories were quite disappointing.

The Bespelled - first published in the mass market edition of The Outlaw Demon Wails, that's what I g
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Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Excellent anthology for Hollows super fans.

Like most people, I would assume, I rushed headlong to the new content, the first Trent centric novella, Million Dollar Baby. But before that, there are several other novellas and short stories of varying lengths that have all been previously released somewhere before; either in anthologies or at the end of a Hollows release. The problem I find with those antholgies, of course, is that if you only follow one, maybe two, of the authors included, they
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Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

If you are a Kim Harrison fan, you'll love this. If you are a Hollows fan, you'll love this. If you are a true Hollows fan, you've probably read a lot of these stories previously. But don't despair there is a little something extra that will make this all worth it. In my opinion, this might not be the best book if you haven't read the Hollows series, however. I think because the short stories cover a wide span of time and books, you'll be getting some sp
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Heidi
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Four Stars: An anthology of all The Hollows short stories packed into one informative and riveting read.

I am a big fan of The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison, but I know I am not up to date on all the novellas and short stories so I was thrilled to see them all bundled into one book. At last, I could piece together all the missing story lines and have a better understanding of my favorite characters. Best of all, this book has a double dose of Jenks and I loved both of his stories. Of course, it
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Lorre
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil (The Hollows 2.5)
I was really happy when I saw this short story was about Ivy before she met Rachel. But what a sad story it is... I hate Piscary even more after reading it. I really hope Ivy and Kisten will be able to break away from his influence! 4 stars

Dirty Magic (The Hollows 4.5)
This was a sad story about Mia, a banshee. It was a bit too short to really get to know Mia and get what the life of a banshee is all about. 3 stars

The Bridges of Eden Park (T
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Armina
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Veronica
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'd give this book a four star rating just for the Trent/Jenks novella alone because you can't go wrong with those two. Seeing two of my favorite Hollows characters bond was a little slice of heaven for me. But this book also pulls together all the previously released Hollows related short stories into one book so if, like me, you've never expended the energy to hunt them down separately then this is the book for you. The author also showcases some new, non-Hollows short stories here however and ...more
Laurel
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
The story of Jenks and Trent rescuing/stealing back his daughter is worth buying the book all by itself. However, the adventure where Jenks and Bis help out another pixie is equally compelling. I think that fans will find this a treasure trove of backstory and sidebars for favorite characters. A must have for any Hollows fan!
T.J. Day
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Individual reviews for each story posted below. The overall rating is based on an average of all stars.

*The Bespelled - This is a vicious little love story involving Al and Ceri, a couple thousand years before Rachel was even born. Algaliarept craves more excitement in his life and is given exactly what he wants when Ceri, thinking she may be in love with Al (not to mention her desire to know more about magic and escape her arranged marriage) makes a mistake and releases Al from her summoning c
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Liv
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Bespelled - 2.5 stars

This story was about Aligaliarept – our beloved demon teacher of Rachel’s. Oh Big Al... What should I say about Al? I have a love-hate relationship with him. Near the first few novels in the Hollows series, I hated him. But then he slowly grew on me over time, especially now that he seemed to show some affection/caring for Rachel.

This short story showed the events leading up to Al’s capture of Ceri (the elfin royalty) about 1,000 years ago. What surprised me most was th
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Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful collection of short stories, some action-packed adventurous fun to some dark and depressing.

The Review:

Into the Woods is a collection of old and new stories by Kim Harrison. As a huge fan of the Hollows series, I’m surprised it took me this long to read this. Although, I had read most of the Hollows stories already but I was really looking forward to reading “Million Dollar Baby” and “Grace.” I’ve reviewed each story individually, but
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Selene Tepesh
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars Is what I give this fabulous short story bundle.
If only for the Kisten story, Al and Ceri’s origin story and Trent’s elf quest story.
I really liked this a lot!
TR
Feb 16, 2018 added it
Shelves: audible-cd-mp3
I need them NOT to call Bis "ugly"!
Deserthomemaker
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audiobooks
As with any short story collection, I enjoyed some of them more than others, but was impressed with the overall quality of the stories.
Wendy
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-adult
Read Million Dollar Baby and enjoyed it. Definitely had to know what happened with Trent & Jenks ...more
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  • A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows, #4)
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