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The Hollows #14

American Demon

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Rachel Morgan is back--and The Hollows will never be the same.

What happens after you've saved the world? Well, if you're Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world--and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.

473 pages, Hardcover

First published June 16, 2020

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Kim Harrison

76 books17.7k followers
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 Hollows book between other, non related, urban fantasy projects.
Kim reaches out to her audience at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KimHarrisons...
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other pseudonyms: Dawn Cook

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Author 5 books4,102 followers
April 25, 2021
Great Hollows Re-read 4/25/21:

Now, I just read this book last year, but it still deserves a good re-read on the heels of the rest of the series.

And frankly? It works as well as the rest of the series -- which is to say, it's fun as hell and exciting and unfair and delicious and heartbreaking all over again.

Zombies, crappy Elves, Demons in daylight, and murderous dreamers are all pretty great, and I'm a big fan of the new magical Balance, but it's always the characters that make these books shine. Still. :)

As for the end zinger, with no spoilers, I do believe it'll be a new quest arc now that Ivy's problem and the demon's demesne issue is settled. It really threw me for a bad loop both times I read it. *sigh*

Orignal Review:

This book is proof that a well-beloved UF series with an official "ending" does not have to End.

What am I saying? Nothing much. No ret-cons needed. We just have a new beginning with the same old characters we love.

But wait, isn't our witch (ahem) just a LITTLE TOO OVERPOWERED? Especially with that last book going NUTS with the changes, more changes, and even bigger changes?

Nope. Because the world moves on. Nothing is so impressive and amazing that others can't s**t all over your parade, deny it ever happened, or make your life a living hell just because they're ignorant and/or a jerk.

Huh. That kinda sounds like a slice right out of real life, no?

And THAT is why this book picks up not too long after the events of book 13 of the Hollows and starts back up with Return to the Hollows with nothing more than a shrug. Our Witchy Morgan is never given the credit she deserves and all these new characters showing up gives the series new life.

And YES, Jenks is still his glorious self. Bis, too. And happy time with Trent is quite happy.

The novel gives us good mystery, good action, and plenty of smoldering lust and much more in the way of annoyance for certain jerks. In other words, it's a classic return to what made the series special. I love it.
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559 reviews415 followers
February 5, 2022
Rachel Morgan is back from the book graveyard. The series was done, and then two more books pop up. I hated this one, Harrison. All the characters we love and make this series good were mostly absent. We spent the majority of the book listening to Rachel whine and doubt herself. I mean, after 14 books in, Rachel should have a backbone. She doesn't need to depend on anyone. Then all lovey-dovey stuff with Trent. We get it already. They are a couple. Man, I hope the next book is better.
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1,837 reviews524 followers
April 8, 2020

It was fantastic to be reading about "itchy witch" again. Going back to this world after six years made me savor it more.

When the book begins Rachel is on the phone planning a park date with Trent, the girls and surprisingly, Ellasbeth too. Rachel is back at her old home/church. She is meeting Jenks and Ivy. They're trying to decide what their future looks like. Can they still work together or is time for one of them to move on? Should they reconstruct their home or find a new place? It looks like Ivy is ready to move on and live with Nina. Rachel understands but can't leave Jenks alone. This reunion is broken up by the appearance of a zombie.

The appearance of the zombie is the first clue that something is not right. New cases are popping up where couples are attacking their love ones for past grievances. Someone seems to have manipulated their minds while sleeping. When Al is attacked, Rachel knows this is too close to home.

Rachel knows she has her hands full. She is dealing with her relationship with Trent and his ex, the politics between Demons and Elves, a new vampire moving into town affecting Ivy's life and she can sense she is running out of time in stopping the new threat.

So many things I loved about American Demon!

I love Trent Kalamack. He has grown so much as a character. He likes himself better and it's all due to Rachel. He has made his own sacrifices and lost some of his position of importance as an Elf but he knows it's worth it.

Rachel acted so much more mature in American Demon. She lets people help her and she is pausing to think before reacting.

Al was adorable all the way around. I wish he was more prominent in this book. He makes me smile every time he shows up.

David, Ivy, Jenks and Bis are also so important to the series. It wouldn't be the same without them.

I still feel a tug on my heart every time Kisten is mentioned. I will always miss him.

So glad Kim Harrison is writing more books in this world. I've only one question, when is the next one out?

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Ace via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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737 reviews1,258 followers
June 12, 2020
[4.5/5 stars] If you can just mentally delete the epilogue that ended the series at book #13, American Demon is a fantastic continuation to the Hollows series.

I kind of like that American Demon is an (initially) unplanned continuation because otherwise the series might have felt too drawn out. Now it’s moving forward with a fresh intention, and that’s exciting. The book dealt with the aftermath of the crazy things that went down in the first series, and it truly felt like a new beginning in this world. Harrison did an excellent job expanding the playing field by adding a bunch of new characters, and the demon Hodin became an instant favorite (I love characters with duality). But the best part is that this new installment is still filled with the characters we’ve built connections with over the first 13 books, so it already has that developed depth that makes longtime fans like me fawn over every page.

I was enjoying the story for all the things listed above, but what really set this book apart as a strong addition to the series was the inclusion of a lot of complicated spellwork. It was awesome! I remember Rachel spelling in previous books, but I don’t recall it ever being quite this involved. She was trying to develop a new spell, and I found every stage of the process absolutely fascinating. I hope this leveled-up component continues in the next book.

The Hollows is one of my top urban fantasy series. It’s not my overall favorite, precisely, but it is responsible for a couple of my single favorite scenes across any genre. Harrison really knows how to build momentum, and she has truly dazzled me with some of her most epic moments. But that gradual momentum that always leads to amazing payoffs takes time to develop. And so, as we’re just beginning another story arc in American Demon, the pacing is rather casual throughout most of the story. Which is just fine, because when a series touches you like this one has me, even the slower parts have a lot of merit. It was a great way to ease back into the world.

Recommendations: this is a must-read for fans of the series – the story quality continues as strong as ever. With that in mind, I wouldn’t recommend new readers diving in without first reading the main Hollows series. Also, Harrison published a really good prequel novel (The Turn) that she referenced often in American Demon, so if you haven’t had a chance to read that one yet, I think it added a lot to the experience.

I want to thank Berkley Publishing Group, Kim Harrison, and Netgalley for allowing me access to an early copy of American Demon – you made my year!

Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com

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1,089 reviews393 followers
June 16, 2020
Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

I am so happy to be delving back into the world of the Hollows. Don't get me wrong. I like Kim Harrison's Peri Reed, the palate cleanser she worked on to give herself a break from the "finished" Hollows. I'm really sad that she didn't publish the third one. I didn't care much for her standalone Perfunctory Affection. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't her best work either. I hate to say it, because I know authors need to write other things to keep themselves happy and fresh-minded, but Hollows is where she shines the most. It's where she's at the top of her game.

This one opens, luckily, with a quick recap of characters and recent events, which is a blessing. I tried hard to complete my reread of the series before I needed to read this one. Alas, my reading mojo hasn't been nearly as big as in previous years, so I finished up through book five (gasp, that ending is so hard) and wasn't able to finish more.

I'm so glad we're back in Rachel's life. Jenks is one of my favorite characters, and I love Al. Sadly, Al takes a backseat in this one due to a VERY dangerous enemy, but that turns out to be okay. A few new characters are introduced that I really, really like, and Cincinatti's shaken up yet again with new leadership on multiple fronts.

All in all, I loved this one very much, but I did have to deduct half a star and go with 4.5, strictly because of something at the end. It would have been a whole star, but luckily, Harrison hinted that there will be a revisiting of this specific thing. (Can't and won't spoil it for you, sorry-not-sorry)

Looking forward to the next book, The Rule, already. Hope it releases next year and we get a little extra resolution and a lot more of Rachel and gang. Keep 'em coming, Harrison!
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Author 7 books705 followers
May 16, 2021
It’s been a while since I read The Witch With No Name. Long enough that I was worried I would have a hard time jumping back into this world. It’s a complicated one but one I loved dearly and invested in fully for many years. I even considered a full series reread of the Hollows. It would not have been a hardship. Those books were phenomenal. But I opted to go in with just a brief glance over my old reviews. It worked out fine.

Because Kim Harrison is just that good.

If you’re wondering whether this picks up after the epilogue from TWWNN, the answer is no. It’s just a few months after the main events of the series came to a close. I will get back to that epilogue in a minute though.

Demons now walk around in our reality, though only Dali and Al live openly. Ivy has separated herself a bit from Rachel and Jenks, working again with law enforcement and trying to make her new bond with Nina work. Jenks and Rachel are living on Kisten's boat while the church gets repaired from its damage in the last big battle. And Rachel and Trent are trying to make a go of things. Unfortunately, she's still feeling pretty insecure on that front, not about their love, but whether he would be better off marrying Ellsbeth and taking his rightful place among the elves.

The world kind of grudgingly accepts Rachel, seeing as how she saved magic and everything. But everyone holds some kind of grudge, too, mostly about the demon thing. So it’s hard to find work... But when a zombie winds up in her own backyard, she gets pulled into an investigation involving supernaturals who are attacking their loved ones, seemingly without cause. She meets a mysterious new demon named Hodin. And at the same time, is trying to help Trent hold on to his power against Landon (who I am embarrassed to say I did not remember at all) as he vies to take control of the elves by trashing Trent to the world.

I loved this book.

I was afraid it would feel forced, but it didn’t. It felt like coming back to a favorite TV show after a hiatus or a spot-on sequel to a favorite movie franchise. It does not skip a beat. Kisten, Piscary, Ceri, even the old guy that used to give Rachel advice in her neighborhood— they are all gone, but not forgotten. Same with Trent‘s parents, although that’s more exciting if you read that prequel book a couple of years ago. If you are a huge Ivy fan, you may be a little disappointed. She has a largely reduced role here, but she is around and it makes sense in the context of the book. Jenks is his normal trash talking self. And I just love his friendship with Rachel.

I adored Rachel with Trent and I really enjoyed seeing him try to navigate his weak footing for the first time. This is a guy who has always been large and in charge and it’s interesting to see him as an underdog for a change.

These are still the same characters I have always loved, but they are still evolving and the story is still fresh, and I could not ask for more than that.

Ask for that epilogue mentioned above… That epilogue worked for me when I thought I would never see these characters again, but I like not knowing what is going to happen. It’s what keeps me on the edge of my seat. Lord knows, this author does not shy away from bold moves.

There is a little sucker punch at the end, in true Harrison style. I am optimistic, though, that it’s something that can be fixed. Yes, she's killed off a lot of characters I loved in the past, but let’s not dwell on it. (*sniff* I'm still not over Kisten.)

If you were a fan of this series and you’re on the fence about coming back, I promise, the magic is still there. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

*ARC provided by publisher
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1,867 reviews2,240 followers
August 28, 2020
3 stars

I kind of wish I had just stopped reading the series at book 13. Harrison ended it so perfectly. While I was excited to get back into The Hollows, my mind is screaming “not like this”. When I started this book it felt really good to be back in The Hollows with Rachel and the gang, but halfway through I realized this book was waaaayyyy too long winded and the plot was all over. I ended up kind of skimming until the end, which I also somewhat hated. Not sure if I will continue this series if there are more books, I should have let it be.
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426 reviews221 followers
June 19, 2020
Happy Hollows Day! Damn it feels good to say that again!

Well if there were ever the perfect occasion to dust off the old blog, this is it!! It’s been six years since we said “see you later” to Rachel and the gang, but that later is NOW and I am so glad to have The Hollows back. It was my flagship series for many years and honestly when the series ended, I was feeling a bit of urban fantasy burnout? I also went to get a masters degree so I had to table reading for fun for a few years and it never really quite picked back up to what it used to be even after I was done with school. So is this the time to reel me back in?

The short answer: YES! You would think, after a baker's dozen or so of books that the Hollows well of ideas may have run dry. But really it doesn’t. The book comes in at a hefty near 500 pages so there is plenty to chew on. Kim threw in just about everything and the kitchen sink from the previous books to show that, indeed, the Hollows can be a gift that keeps on giving. Everything feels so fresh! The cover alone is probably my favorite Hollows cover ever as the colors and atmosphere are beautiful! Thankfully the book is more than just a pretty cover. The world building and imagery are truly top notch and the characterization is as strong as ever. We learn about what’s happening with our old friends while making some new ones in the process, too. Certain dynamics are changing, but they are what feels like a natural course in Rachel’s life if you base it off how the prior book ended before the epilogue.

In terms of the new friends (or foes?), I really enjoyed their addition to the story. I think there is potential for even more character development for them as the series continues and I’m really looking forward to it. While it’s still a great read, I do think there are a couple of faves that some readers are going to miss this go ‘round, but it allowed for our new additions to get the proper introduction and development. I care about them in just one book because of it.

I’ve been a Trent/Rachel shipper since basically the dawn of time so there is ample development in their relationship. Kim doesn’t shy away from addressing their checkered past. She faces it head on but the question is, will they be better off or worse off for it? Just when we thought we knew all there was to know about the Kalamacks and the elves, we’re in for more fascinating surprises.

We take a deeper dive into demon and elf magic. The neverending war of which type is truly superior keeps you glued to the pages. I really don’t know where Kim comes up with all of this stuff! Honestly it’s definitely worth a reread to digest the science behind magic itself.

If there is one downside, it’s my own fault. I hadn’t read this series in years and if there’s one thing I wish, it’s that I took part in the reread leading up to this release. This book builds so much off the prior books without giving you too much backstory (which I do appreciate as I really dislike it when stories give you overly long summaries of prior books). I didn’t feel lost as I remembered what happened, but a reread would have been beneficial to put me back into Hollow’s mode from the start.

Overall, it’s a great ride and The Hollows proves it still has a lot to offer in this genre. The possibilities are truly endless, so I am already looking forward to the next entry. Welcome back, Rachel and friends!
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27 reviews1 follower
March 20, 2020
Kim Harrison takes us back to our beloved Hollows with American Demon and fans will not be disappointed!

We join up once again with Rachel Morgan right before the epilogue in The Witch With No Name. Harrison introduces two new characters into the book whom I think Hollows fans will love. They bring a breath of fresh air to the series after laying dormant for 3 years. And if you are worried that the story will totally re-write the epilogue of The Witch With No Name, don’t be. The girls are still toddlers, Rachel is still about 30, and Ivy and Nina are still navigating their developing relationship.

There is, however, a new predator on the hunt and Rachel is on the menu as she plays a high stakes shell game. Losing is not an option when someone she loves is being targeted. With elf/demon dynamics at critical mass the delicate balance of species is hanging by a thread. When tolerance and hate play tug of war in the Hollows, someone is bound to lose a soul.

What I would have liked to see with American Demon was more appearances from staple characters, however, the book is setting the stage for the Hollows Returns series and it would get too crowded if everyone showed up for the party.

I loved the feeling of coming home as I delved into the book and revisited old friends and familiar places. It felt comfortable, yet still gave an exciting new vibe with the story line. The church crew dynamic is evolving and there will be growing pains, but it didn’t feel like an ending, just a new beginning.

American Demon fills in gaps while keeping the timeline true. It is worth noting that the next book in the series, The Rule, is shooting for a not too distant publishing date and I can't wait!
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1,532 reviews200 followers
June 22, 2020
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did.

First, a little background. I didn't know that Harrison was picking this series back up, so I found out about it when Amazon sent me a release notice. I was excited, because it is one of my favorites, and snapped it right up. Had I known about it with more lead time, I probably would have re-read the series just to refamiliarize myself with all the secondary characters, but since I was late to the party, I just decided to jump in. So I haven't re-read any of it since the last book came out in 2014. I also didn't read my reviews, I just jumped in.

And I was disappointed. Not because I didn't remember stuff - I think Harrison did a good job with easing readers back into the waters without feeling like she was info-dumping, personally, but YMMV - but because Rachel was just ... not like I remembered.

After I finished, I flipped through my old reviews and remembered, oh right. I was really disappointed in the series finale. And all the things I didn't like in that review were present here.

Rachel spent a ridiculous amount of time lamenting that she was holding Trent back. Trent. Ex-supervillain, murdering dickbag Trent. Rachel is holding him back. LOOOOOOOOOOL

I wanted to punch her, honestly.

Elves still face no consequences. In fact, no one does, really. The villain of this book was - again - Landon. Since elves clearly will never be punished - even for attempting genocide and world domination multiple times - why doesn't Rachel just start killing them? I mean really. The world already thinks she's a villain anyway. Which then brings me to ...

... I need a world worth saving. Everyone in this world fucking sucks. And Rachel just takes all of their shit. And when she stands up for herself on the rare occasion - like with Edden, or with Pike - people give her all kinds of shit for doing so, as if she's just causing problems by not letting power-hungry dickheads just walk all over her (in the case of Pike) or happily go along with the assumptions of shitty racist people and working for them to not cause waves.

Fuck them all, at this point, seriously.

My problem is that the world isn't getting better as the series progresses, it is getting worse. The general pop tried to murder her. The elves get worse each book, but never face consequences.

And Rachel is seemingly getting more spineless with each step. In this book, her self doubt was such a constant refrain that I wondered if someone had cast some curse on her to erode her confidence. And the fact that she's defending Ellasbeth and even rationalizing why Trent would be better off with her ... ugh. Firstly, fuck Ellasbeth... that woman is a selfish bitch. Secondly, fuck the elves - they are evil. And while I have my doubts about Trent (I really do, he was a monster, and some things just aren't forgivable).

And fuck Rachel for just going along with it all, at this point. There are so many people in this world just continuing to wreak havoc because they never, ever, ever face consequences. We are freaking 14 books in. Why is there no forward movement? No progress? Why are people like Landon and Weast allowed to continue to shit on everyone? Why is Weast utterly above the law? And frankly, why doesn't Rachel just fucking kill him already? He's a goddamn monster, as bad as anyone else in this shitty world, and he threatens her CONSTANTLY.


The world of the Hollows is fucking broken, and as far as I can tell, it always will be, because nothing that occurs in any of these books has shaken the power structure enough to bring justice. And they aren't even trying. Why aren't they front-and-center on the news dumping all the evidence they have about the abuses the elves committed - and the genocides - in front of the whole world? That's the only way the propaganda about the demons will ever stop having weight. Why aren't they telling the world about the Order, a shitty organization run by power-hungry dickheads who operate above the law and are not concerned even one iota about collateral damage.


It makes no logical sense. And it makes Rachel seem like a goddamn idiot for just letting all this shit happen. A fucking mob almost tore her apart. And she's not doing anything to counter the public narrative. Why? Is she protecting the elves? If so, STOP IT. They are fucking monsters who try and commit genocide on a regular basis, and they need to get taken down MANY pegs so they don't have the power to do this anymore.

It also makes Trent look like an idiot. He's supposed to be the master strategist, but he's just sitting on his hands and letting Landon - fucking LANDON - control the narrative. Fuck off with that.


And then, adding insult to injury, both Al and Ivy were barely present in this book.

Meh. I just don't know. If this is where the series is going, I'm not here for it.
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3,130 reviews270 followers
June 24, 2020
Rache, Bis, Jenks, and Trent are back in an all-new series that brings are favorite Hollow characters front and center once again.

Something is plaguing people while they sleep, making them attack the ones they love most with tortured nightmares from hurts of the past. Rache will do whatever she can to unravel the plot before the demons are blamed. But then the attacks hit home and Rache, battling with all Trent has given up for her, realizes that together they make a much stronger team...but at what cost.

Along with the evil plaguing dreams, other things have now been realized. Deciding if they are friend or foe can cost everything to the Hollows gang.

I L o v e d American Demon. Harrison has captured everything we loved in the Hollows series but brought as an entirely new series to devour! If you are a fan of the Hollows, you are going to love it.

If you are jumping right into Return to the Hollows, you can read it without the Hollows but I highly recommend reading the Hollows first. Harrison does a good job giving some background but
nothing compared to the connections you will gain reading both series.

I received this ARC copy of American Demon from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and voluntary review.

My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Kim Harrison
Series: Hollows (Book 14)
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Ace (June 16, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0593101413
ISBN-13: 978-0593101414
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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583 reviews329 followers
June 30, 2020

The hollows series always has a spot in my heart. It was the series that got my passion for reading back. That being said, I was super excited to go back to the hollows and see Rachel, Jenks, Trent, Al and hell even Ivy again.  I was curious to see how she would start it up again after the epilogue we got in The Witch With No Name, It was okay …. Even a bit of a cop out in my opinion, but I can overlook it.

The books start shortly where The Witch With No Name ended and it was so nice to see them all again. Though the first few chapters it felt like she made a point to mention everyone who was someone in the series. I still enjoyed it, for the most part, revisiting the people, places and see how and what everyone is doing. Mostly the demons, what are they up to now topside and how are they handling it.

Some things were kind of funny,  soon though we get thrown into the plot and it still okay even if a bit strange and odd … even for the hollows.

So one of the main parts I was looking forward to was seeing Rachel and Trent, them working together, being together and all the couple things, I was a bit disappointed when once again Rachel STILL doubted her relationship with Trent and why he loved her and so on. There was a reason for it ( of sorts) but still we worked so many books to get them together and he more than showed that he is with her all the way, we should be over this by now. Whatever the reason.

In other ways it also felt like typical Rachel, taking one step forward and three back.

I soon became a bit bored with her and stuff. I started to skim the book except the parts with AL, Trent or Jenks.

Overall I thought it was okay, I LOVED that we got to go back to the hollows, Rachel ugh … Oh and the Elisabeth being a fan of Rachel was just weird even for me.

Something just felt of and I’m not even sure what but maybe I just outgrew the series. I don’t know or maybe we just need a new voice, I think this could have been from Trent’s POV .

It would have been the same great people, world and series, just a fresh voice to it that we already know and love.

Speaking of Trent I think he was the best and I just like him more and more and I think out of all of them him and Al both grew the most in the series,

I also loved AL of course, while he had some issues, he is still the same ole Ale we know and love.

Overall, I think it was okay, bit boring but like I said maybe I just outgrew the series or I just can’t handle Rachel’s self-manipulation anymore, she always has some issues and if not she creates them.

I rate 3★ I might continue the series at some point but I’m not sure yet when even if I miss the world and characters.

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6,773 reviews574 followers
May 27, 2020
It was like coming home to visit with dear friends, quirky, determined, earnest and slightly otherworldly and sometimes, demonic, good friends! Kim Harrison’s AMERICAN DEMON kicks off a new series that also is a continuation of the original and I was right back there, in the moment and loving it! It just proves, "You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone!"

There’s a new demon in town and evil is lurking in the shadows. Once again, Rachel is on the job, protecting those she loves at any cost.

Sometimes it’s scary to go blindly where an author takes you, part in fear of disappointment, part because, what if everyone has changed just a little too much? No worries! Kim Harrison has kept us on the straight and narrow, keeping true to her characters, her unique style and most of all, her readers! I loved it and can’t wait for more!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from ACE/Berkley Publishing! This is my honest and voluntary review.

Series: The Hollows - Book 14 /Return to the Hollows - Book 1
Publisher: Ace (June 16, 2020)
Publication Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 496 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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3,095 reviews665 followers
June 16, 2020
The world has changed for our team. Ivy has Nina, the church is badly in need of repair, Jenks needs a new home, and Demons are enjoying coffee that doesn’t taste like burnt amber.

Things are tense between Trent and the elves, but a young elf seeking him may change things as Rachel embraces all sides. Ivy wasn’t present as much as I would have liked, but Jenks is his usually charming self. It was delightful to be back solving problems as the gang faces a deadly enemy with harmful intent.

Romance, new friends, powerful discoveries and magic await you in this addictive first installment. I am so happy to be back in the Hollows. I loved seeing Al and you won’t believe who is working as a barista in our favorite coffee shop! Trent has mellowed and seeing him with Rachel and the children is answer enough.

The trouble and conflict in American Demon was a scary one, and Rachel can’t rest until she stops them because, someone she cares for is at risk. Harrison delivered a fresh spin on a mythical lore.

A new “friend” Morgan encounters come to her aid but has others on high alert. I loved getting to know them, making all the connections and learning the unique histories. Watching things unfold was delightful, and of course Rachel never listens to advice and needs to find her own answers. It’s something I love about her, even if it also makes me crazy. 😜

Harrison brought twists, particularly when it comes to the Goddess. It felt right. We get hints of trouble ahead, and some developments that have me excited. The ending left me crying but hopeful.

Fans will want to add this to their bookshelves because it’s a keeper. If you haven’t read the Hollows, you could technically begin with American Demon. But as a member of the fandom, I recommend started at the beginning.

This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer
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1,796 reviews485 followers
November 17, 2022
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This is my favorite book set in the Hollows so far! Don’t get me wrong, I have been loving the entire series but this book just clicked with me for some reason. This book picks up just after the events of the last book (minus the epilogue) and I must say that I am glad that I just finished the original books so they were fresh in my mind. I thought that this book was the perfect blend of action, excitement, humor, and romance.

Things are changing for Rachel and the gang. The church is trashed and the group is moving on. Ivy has been living with her girlfriend, Nina. Rachel spends most of her time with Trent and Jenks is looking at options. The action starts pretty quickly when Rachel is asked to help with a case where something is causing individuals in the supernatural community to attack their loved ones for reasons nobody understands. If that wasn’t interesting enough, the elven community is going through some big changes, zombies are showing up all over town, Trent takes on the responsibility of a young elf, and there is a new demon in town.

This book was such an exciting story. For me, Rachel and Trent’s relationship really shined in this book. They sure have come a long way since that first book, haven’t they? I thought that the pacing of the book was incredibly well done and I found that it was almost impossible to set this book aside. The mystery itself kept me guessing until the book came to a heartbreaking climax. I really liked the new characters introduced and I hope to see more of them in future installments.

I listened to the audiobook and thought that Marguerite Gavin did a fantastic job with this book. She really is the voice of this series for me at this point and I couldn’t imagine experiencing it in any other way. I love the character voices that she uses and I think that she is able to add a lot of emotion and excitement to her reading.

I would recommend this series to fans of urban fantasy. This is the fourteenth book in the Hollows series which I would highly recommend reading in order since each book builds on the events of the previous installments. I cannot wait to dive into the next book in this amazing series.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

Initial Thoughts
I loved this book! This is my favorite book in the series so far. I am not really sure why but it just clicked for me. This story is set after the last book's events but before the epilogue. Some strange murders show Rachel that something bigger might be going on and it will be up to her and her friends to stop it. I thought the relationship between Rachel and Trent shined in this book and the story itself was very exciting. There were some new characters introduced that I am looking forward to seeing again in future novels. All in all, this was a great book. I listened to the audiobook and thought that the narrator did a wonderful job with the story.
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304 reviews28 followers
June 24, 2020
I LOVED being back with Rachel and the gang! But, sadly, after a few chapters my heart was paining for the old days.
This book took too long for me to finish. I felt no excitement to get to the end or anything compelling story wise, barely anything interesting happened until the last quarter of the book. It all read like filler, with way too many repetitive descriptions, pages and pages and pages of spell craft details. Lots of familiar characters pop in the story, some with nothing but a blurb. It was like 'I'm here for my obligatory page time and appearance- poof gone
Last I remember Rachel had grown out of a lot of her self loathing insecurities and was still kick butt. Her constant inner debate about whether she's good enough for Trent is OLD. Lets move on here, they're in love, in a relationship so can we stop with that and give Rachel some self respect? Please? And when did Trent become so bland, give him back his b@lls
Al was absent throughout the book and was missed.
I did enjoy the 2 new characters that were introduced.

I did not like the small, but significant cliffhangar.
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5,218 reviews462 followers
June 11, 2020
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy / Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4


American Demon is the surprising 14th installment in author Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. This story takes place two months after the Goddess battle and before the final chapter in The Witch With No Name. Also, I want thank Kim Harrison for the awesome preface at the very beginning with all you need to know to refresh your memory of the previous storylines. But, if you haven't read any of these books yet, buyer beware of spoilers! There, I have done my due diligence in getting the facts out to my followers.

*Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

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3,423 reviews51 followers
July 31, 2020
I'm glad this series wasn't finished like I thought it was. Everyone is moving in different directions but some are trying to keep it the same. Rachel's angst with Trent was a little much. I know things would be different if you weren't in the picture but to constantly think about it doesn't help anything. Leave or stay but stop second guessing yourself woman! One of my favorite series.

I saw the author in person when her last book came out in the days of in person book signings and readings. I bought the t-shirt so I'm in a group picture. I now consider us best friends.
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2,018 reviews3,436 followers
April 26, 2021
Zombies! Daywalking demons that are scared shitless! Lethal dreams! A baku! This kickoff to the next arch of the series was yet another rollercoaster of emotions.

We’re back in the Hollows, a few months after Rachel saved the Ever After and thus all magic. Sort of. The problem is that such actions often have unknown consequences. Well, unknown until the newly freed "problem" is haunting Cincinnati, causing people to go nuts in their dreams or after waking up.
Then there are The Men Who Didn’t Belong (the Order) and whatever agenda they have (it still breaks my heart that Glenn simply up and left to join them and how that worked out for him). I mean, why steal zombies from the zoo (the answer was actually funny while also having been fascinating)?!
Oh, and then there's the fallout of the 13th book, of course, what with the church still having to be repaired and reinstated as living space, effectively stranding Jenks and Rachel without a home.

It was very interesting to explore the new status quo in the city. Demons working in coffee shops, vampires scrambling to fill the power vacuum, all species being suspicious of one another (how stupid can they be after what saved them?), scheming Landon being the perfect politician including his constant appearances in public to spew lies, the Order and their racist shit, magic itself being slightly different now, too … there was a lot to marvel at and be infuriated about.
I was so here for exploring all of it - which is what made certain lessons with a certain new player one of my favorite scenes in this installment of the series.

Everyone trying to find their place in this changed world nicely mirrored the readers trying to get comfy in this series again. Not that much adapting was necessary (despite Ivy no longer being part of the trio).
The writing style, world building and characterization were just as wonderful as in the first 13 volumes. I raged (), I laughed, I cried even (). So much for me basically knowing who lives and who dies and therefore being able to read this with a bit less apprehension. Thus, I was more than adequately "welcomed home".

There are already a lot of questions raised and it will be a lot of fun to unravel this next big mystery.

P.S.: It was also nice to see the author addressing "weird stuff" from the original series, such as Keasley suddenly no longer being mentioned. She explained it by . So not really a reworking / believable explanation, but at least he was mentioned!
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1,243 reviews130 followers
June 15, 2020
3.5 stars

It picks up a few months after the end of The Witch with No Name minus the last chapter. People hate it that demons aren't stuck in the ever after. The vampires are trying to figure out how to handle things now that Rachel can alter the relationship between undead and living vampires. There is lots of chaos and division among the elves.

I loved the new characters! Zach is an elf whose motives are unknown but wants to get close to Trent. Hodin is a demon and is very different from the other demons. Mainly he's much nicer and has different skills. Due to problems from his past which weren't fully explored, he's hiding from the other demons. He was great, and Rachel could learn a lot from him.

Trent still came off as weak. He has to be the good guy all the time and is screwing stuff up for himself and potentially the elves to protect Rachel. He's going through a rough time, but with his skills it should be considerably easier for him to weather this storm. He appears weak to the degree that Rachel constantly questions if she's good for him or not, which is annoying as hell. Trent needs to find a way to better but still be his old ruthless self and be with Rachel. It was interesting to learn more about Trent's past.

The vampires are in turmoil while trying to figure out how to move forward. It didn't cause any big issues in this book but hinted at big problems to come. Rynn Cormel flaked out after not getting his soul, so he's not an effective leader anymore. I didn't like it that he was a powerful villain in the last book and became weak and ineffectual off page. Some new vampire will be coming to stir up trouble, and it's already a storyline I don't give a shit about.

It wasn't a great addition to the series, but I hope there are more books to follow this one since not everything was resolved.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!
Shelved as '0-wishlist'
November 8, 2019
YES!! Kept wishing & wondering...So damn ready for this NOW. Happy Jumping

*pls be good pls have lots of Al, Jenks, Bis & gang ohplsplspls*

ETA: Just learned that Kim Harrison set up GR group = Hollows Read-along to AMERICAN DEMON. Assume read schedule spread out to coincide w/ June 2020 release of AMERICAN DEMON.

ETA2: Also, each book may get temp price drop or KU inclusion during read-along? Frex, #1 & 3-4 currently showing as p/o KU. So if you've never tried or have dusty memories...

ETA3: adjust gif size b/c freakin' huge on app >.<
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1,600 reviews120 followers
June 16, 2020
3.5 Stars rounded down due to repetitiveness, uber angst, overdramatic descriptions, and lack of character growth.

And here I was thinking that for the last 6 years that this series was over. Silly me. I grabbed this as an ARC thinking it was going to be something new and fresh and what I got was pretty much the same old stuff.

There were so many plots going on and loose ends to tie up that I kept getting distracted. Yes, it was nice and comforting to revisit old friends and to make some new ones, but this book feels more to me like the entire series is going to start up again. That perhaps the author just doesn't have it in her to create something fresh and new.

It was creative with all of the spell casting but it was kind of boring listening to them being invoked and discussed ad nauseam.

There is a tiny cliff hanger.

*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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35 reviews2 followers
June 9, 2020
Tink's titties, but I've missed this series! Kim Harrison brings us back to the Hollows and the story picks up right where she left us. When Rachel gained an enormous amount of power and Bis helped her to remake the Ever-after, she brought the demons into the fold; making them citizens with actual rights. While doing that she also released an ancient sentient, but non-corporeal being that attacks souls when they are most vulnerable that even the demons steer clear of. But when this entity zeros in on someone she loves, Rachel and the gang are willing to take up the challenge.

Rachel and Trent are dealing with the aftermath of the demons being made citizens. Demons and Elves have always been enemies and the fact that Rachel and Trent are in a relationship throws a wrench in both of their lives. But their character development has been amazing and I'm happy to see that they have both matured and made a true partnership.

The secondary characters are as awesome as ever. Ivy, Jenks, Bis, and Al are the same foul-mouthed, sarcastic, and loyal friends that we've grown to know and love. Some old friends rejoin the gang and some rather interesting new characters have made themselves known as well. I can't wait to see what comes of them and what troubles they will cause in the next books.

I wasn't lying when I said I missed the Hollows. Kim Harrison has built a world that I gladly find myself immersed within. I've loved, laughed, and mourned with these characters. I still can't forgive the paths that she took with Kisten and Matalina. I cried. Ugly tears. I cried in this book as well, but this time I didn't mourn for long. I chose instead to grasp that thin rope of hope that she dangled in front of me with an iron fist. Harrison once again played with my emotions and left me wanting more. I cannot wait for the next installment to come out.

Special thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for releasing this ARC to me in exchange for an honest review.
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337 reviews1 follower
Shelved as 'forthcoming'
October 15, 2019
On the one hand I’m super excited for this, but on the other I’m scared... please be everything and more!
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2,449 reviews818 followers
June 26, 2020
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Kim Harrison delights fans by returning to her most prolific series, The Hollows. AMERICAN DEMON is the fourteenth book in the series and since it marks the return of everyone’s favorite witch-born demon, I would highly suggest reading the series in order.

The question that many readers probably have about this book is what more could happen if you’ve already saved the world? Harrison has her work cut out for her because readers' expectations will be high after the last rollercoaster ride she put us through. I think that she stayed true to Rachel and her gang of friends. With new murders and new characters, Harrison infuses the world that everyone has enjoyed already and gives it a fresh new kick. Loyal fans will absolutely eat this up.

You can expect a new demon as well as all the familiar faces of the cast. There is also a lot of interesting banter and action in this book. All in all, AMERICAN DEMON by Kim Harrison delivers a fun and exciting new story with the same heart as the previous books. This bright new revival will hopefully keep readers happy and excited for what’s to come next.
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815 reviews148 followers
September 4, 2020
Kim Harrison has done it again!

This was just incredible! I was very apprehensive going in since the last book ended perfectly, but this succeeded all my expectations. I think this may be my favourite book in the series.

I loved Rachel and Trent together. They were adorable! The girls too, are so sweet, they're perfect, the family Rachel deserves.

Trent really is a better man than he ever was and I'm rooting for him!

Rachel really showed her skill in this one, she is powerful, bloody hell.

Jenks and Bis were just delightful as expected. I'll never get enough.

I wish we had more of Ivy, she seems very much a side character now and I miss her.

I really loved the new characters, so much more than I thought I would. Both Zac and Hodin were excellent additions to the series. I hope we see more of them in future books.

Essentially this was everything I hoped for and more. 5 ever after filled stars.
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906 reviews25 followers
August 15, 2020
I am so happy for the return of this book. My rating is really a 4.5 but I will round up for the sake of how much I love this series. It has been years since I read the last book and I loved how the author had a recap at the beginning. Most things did come back to me but I really feel like I needed to reread some books. I liked the introduction of Hodin but I wish Al was in the book more. I also was a little disappointed in the ending but hopefully it just means that she will be writing more books. Overall, I enjoyed this book and happy to be back in this setting with these characters.
703 reviews26 followers
September 4, 2021
This carried with it a bit of mixed tone, hopefully to be chimed through in the next book. It dealt with some of the side-effects of the major changes from the last one along with some interesting developments with some of the recurring characters.
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1,133 reviews92 followers
June 20, 2020
3.75 Stars

American Demon continues author Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, her decade-long, popular paranormal romance/urban fantasy series that completed in 2014. After some struggles to capture the same popularity with her new series (Peri Reed) and a crossover novelette Waylaid between the two worlds, Harrison has returned to The Hollows with a story that picks up immediately after the end of the main story of The Witch with No Name. Rachel Morgan and Trent Kalamack are trying to balance their two worlds, with Rachel continuing to work investigating the paranormal and Trent trying to repair his social standing. They also continue to try to deftly manage their parenting triangle with Trent's former lover Ellasbeth, for the benefit of their daughter Lucy, who is being raised with Ray as a sort of adopted sibling. In this outing, Rachel is trying to get to the bottom of a series of murders and near-fatal attacks perpetrated by companions/marital partners. While one partner sleeps, something seems to take them over and stir up old hurts and grievances, causing them to become angry and attack (sometimes fatally) their unwitting partner. Rachel herself has been having nightmares, and Al, her mentor/demon father figure, hasn't been very responsive of late. Then a new demon (who is actually a very old demon) who is not part of the Collective shows up. Who is he and what's the deal with his fascination with Rachel? Rachel, Trent, Ivy, Jenks, and Bis will have to work to solve the mystery of the murders and keep themselves safe from being attacked.

Stepping into the world of The Hollows again was an interesting experience. On the one hand, the characters felt warm and familiar, and on the other, the plot structure of the novel reminds me of the popular style of this type of genre fiction in the early 2000's. There is the problem to solve, the heroine's self-doubt, and in this particular series, the same struggles to balance demon, elf, witch, and vampire-bitten states while battling either something the demons did or something the elves did. While I understand trying to recapture the feel of the formula that made the series successful, the lack of pronounced growth in the narrative, and especially in Rachel herself is frustrating to me as a reader. We are sixteen years into the series, and to be honest, I felt as if we were tracing spelling circle Venn diagrams where overlapping elements of previous outings were revisited, which disappointed me. I also missed Al in this novel, as his presence was, as mentioned above, minimal. I'm hoping that we will see more of Al and Hodin interacting with one another in future books, and more of Rachel evolving further. If Trent is the right partner for her, his presence in her life should help her grow beyond where she has been for the last five books or so, right?

I received a paper review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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