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Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond (The Hollows #10.1)

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A true queen of urban fantasy and the New York Times bestselling author of the Hollows series featuring bounty-hunting witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan, the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the world of her wildly popular series more deeply than ever before with Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven ...more
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Elizabeth DiTullio Includes short fiction from previous compilations including:
“Undead in the Garden of Good & Evil” (v.2.5 - originally released in Dates from Hell)…more
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 que
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Montzalee Wittmann
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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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.
Katie Michaels
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bee
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AH
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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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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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
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 asid
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Gavin
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jess
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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 w
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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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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  ·  review of another edition
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
Shelves: read-complete
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Tara Day
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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Amy
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just received my copy, thanks GR and Harper!

Seven shorts from The Hollows, including the highly anticipated Million Dollar Baby that gives us hardcore Trent fans a glimpse of his innermost thoughts, and four brand spanking new non-Hollows shorts from Ms. Harrison's magic drawer.

Million Dollar Baby 4 stars
This novella is a must read for all Hollows fans whether you're for or against Rachel and Trent because so much of Trent's ruthless behavior is explained. I find myself liking him even more, i
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Marianne
Into the Woods is a compilation of Kim Harrison's previously released Hollows novellas, and what better way to spend the last few weeks before the final Hollows novel is published, than by reading all her short stories?

THE BESPELLED tells the story of how Ceri came to be Al's familiar 1000 years ago and ties in nicely with # 11 Ever After. Here, we meet him as the cynical manipulator Rachel first encountered in Dead Witch Walking. He enjoys toying with Ceri's emotions, but in reality feels no l
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OpenBookSociety.com
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Into the Woods is a compilation of short stories by Kim Harrison put together into one convenient volume. I went into this book thinking they were all new stories, but quickly discovered that I have read several of them in other publications. But for the Hollows fan, this book may be a perfect addition to their collection, especially if they like the short stories and want to have quick easy access to the majority of Hollows shorts.

The Hollows Shorts:

There wer
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Shelley
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-releases
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*Review*

I had previously read some of these, especially those part of other anthologies. Just did a quick re-read and observation on each story. Here's a breakdown of my thoughts on the various stories that Harrison put together as part of Into the Wood Anthology.

1. The Bespelled was first published as part of The Outlaw Demon Wails. This is the story of Al (Algaliarept) and Ceridwen Dulciate and how he ended with Ceri as his familiar. The story is told by Al's
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Fangs for the Fantasy
The first half of this book contains a series of short stories set in the Hollows world. And I think they do some excellent jobs as short stories – filling in the gaps of the character’s development. They tell the story of things we know happened in their past that we’ve heard about, that has often been mentioned, but which we haven’t actually seen. Because we’ve read the Hollow’s series we know that they are pivotal moments in the character’s past and really add to what makes them the characte ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this e-ARC from the publishers via Edelweiss for review, I was in no way compensated for this review.


Kim Harrison was one of my first authors I read when I made the cross from YA to adult--of course now I read both!--but her series was one I fell in love with right away! Rachel is amazing! Into the Woods is the collection of short stories and novellas Kim has written over the years and I've read about half of these. The ones I didn't read were ones that were in the mass market paperba
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Michelle
Rating: 1.5/5

I don't read a lot of short stories, but I've read enough to have an opinion on these ones. They ranged from 'meh' to 'I hate this'. I had to force myself through this collection bit by bit, only stomaching about 1 story a day.

I read Harrison's The Hollows series, and though they've been declining for awhile now, I usually manage to get some enjoyment out of them. Not so much with these Hollows shorts. Reading them together made me realize how alike all of her characters are, and j
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Ferdy
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers

I only read the short stories from the Hollows/Rachel Morgan series and most of them were boring, I don't think any of them really added anything to the series as a whole.

The short story I was looking forward to most was Trent's, unfortunately I wasn't impressed with it. When I didn't know Trent's POV, at least he came across as a somewhat enigmatic character, but getting inside his head has put me right off him. He's just an insecure, whiny, self pitying bitch with mummy, daddy and elf
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All Things Urban Fantasy
I’m not a huge fan of short stories, I usually preferred full length stories to their shorter brethren. Kim Harrison is one of the authors that can turn my reluctance into eager anticipation, as her shorts always spark possibilities in new worlds or provide insights into beloved, familiar characters. Harrison’s writing, no matter the length, offers a window into worlds so rich the characters and stories spill off the page.

As an inveterate Harrison fan, most of the Hollows stories that had been
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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)
  • For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, #5)
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails (The Hollows, #6)
  • White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7)
  • Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8)
  • Pale Demon (The Hollows, #9)
  • A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)

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“Rachel knew what she was doing. And when she didn't, she could improvise on the fly, coming up with options that left a lot of collateral damage but usually only hurt herself, not the people around her. It was one of the things he would never admit that he admired about her.” 24 likes
“She just threatened to throw the next man who shoots at you out the window. Megan is awake. She offered to help. God, Trent, what is it with you and women?” 13 likes
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