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Black Magic Sanction

(The Hollows #8)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  45,611 ratings  ·  1,300 reviews
Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 487 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Eos
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Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
That was annoying

You know the relationship you are in is in trouble when you start to be annoyed by your partner... a lot. They probably aren't doing anything different than they were doing a month ago, but one morning you wake up and think to yourself, "Man, the way she baby-talks to the dog is annoying" or "Oh my God, if he clips his toenails in the living room one more time I'm going to scream." I'm not saying your relationship is doomed, but you are now past being blinded by how great you fe
If I'm being honest then this did not live up to my expectations. I expected something more than some random action. While this, like its predecessors, was highly entertaining it lacked the thrill the others gave me. By the time I had finished the book I was feeling as if the plot had become extremely thin on the last few pages. The ending was nowhere near satisfying..

Now, as for the characters, in this one my disappointment in Rachel skyrocketed.. I hate how she can't control her sexual attract
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

So check this out.

Rachel and Ivy are minding their own business, doing a bit of grocery shopping, when this blonde chick in a frumpy suit starts making eyes at Rachel.

Or so she thinks.

And Rachel’s a little bit embarrassed, a little bit flattered, but not even a little bit interested . . . so that’s AWK-ward.

Except Frumpy isn’t checking Rachel out! Frumpy is a member of the coven of moral and ethical standards, and she’s trying to take Rachel into custody.

Feb 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
So there I was, innocently going about my day while listening to this book, and it’s all demon plot shenanigans and hilariously unintentionally awful pixie funeral poetry, and then bam, we get a casual aside about how female witches have extra vaginal muscles compared to human women, and there I am sitting on the curb in the middle of the block, laughing helplessly with my guide dog hovering over me doing “now what?” in Labrador (it’s all in the ears).

Extra vaginal muscles! The better the orgasm
Dec 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
I think I'm done with Kim Harrison now. Her last book didn't really float my boat, and this one was more of the same. Rachel feels misunderstood, tired, hungry, cranky, angry, and roughed up, due to yet another horrible bad thing that makes her worry about her friends, feel that she's not ready for a relationship, and take everything on by herself so no one she cares about gets hurt.
In the first 150 pages she's attacked three times by the same baddie, summoned and sent to prison and escapes, dri
I enjoyed this book much more than the previous installment, however I think I would have been happier had Harrison stretched plot out over two books instead of dragging it out in book 7 (which I can hardly remember anything important happening) and then cramming a million and one things into this book. On one hand it is fast paced which I like, but on another it's a big mess.

I am with the lot that does NOT like Pierce. I had Gary Stu vibes at the beginning which raised flags but it only got wor
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Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 *absolutely amazing* stars!

I loved this one. Rachel finally is accepting what she is and what she can do. She's not getting anymore sh*t from anyone. YOU go girl! Give them hell!

And I love, LOVE Pierce, but I have a feeling that he's not gonna stick around and it will be not by his choice... :(

Anyway, the book was a masterpiece!
Duchess Nicole
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Duchess Nicole by: Urban Fantasy lovers...light on romance
Well, I've been waiting for one of the Hollows books to bring a conclusion to the myriad stories being told. All of these secondary charaters...Nick, Trent, Peirce, Ivy, Jenks (and Madalena), the witch council, etc....there are so many people involved with what seems to be a conspiracy to bring down Rachel Morgan!! And for me, Jenks is still the only one on that list that I trust. I KNOW Ivy's a friend, by she's so volatile, and I still see her as being selfish and wishy washy.

I do like Pierce.
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, urban-fantasy
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Dec 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended, pg-13
Thank heavens for ARCs. After WWBC I was totally manic to read this one. I won't drop spoilers, although I can thank Kim Harrison for not leaving me drowning for book #9. I can actually take a deep, calming breath and mentally accept the year wait until the next book... even though it will still be an impatient 12 months. LOVE this series!

I've always been a spoiler fan and speculator, though, so I have to say I hope the next book is the story that finishes what the short story "Unbound" started,
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Rhiannon Frater
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. I appreciated Rachel's character development. I was glad to see some major questions answered (Jenk's life span, Matalinda's illness, etc). I even enjoyed the return of Rachel's no good ex, Nick. I think the writing was crisper, smarter, and really awesome this go around. Kim seems to be only getting better as an author and I really enjoy her work.

I liked nearly everything about this book plotwise, except for Pierce.
I don't understa
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one was CRAZY GOOD. But I cried like a baby at the big scene. You know which one I'm talking about. That was worse than the end of book five!!! ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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I was eager to start this novel after finishing the previous one. I must say that we are easily taken away by the story and now that the series is over, I’m happy to buy the volumes the one after the other and thus to continue the adventures of Rachel Morgan.

Our heroine is going to have plenty to do in this novel! Oh yes, because it does not stop! Rachel has to manage her shunning but now the convent wants more! Between those who want to kill her, to loc
Anna 'Bookbuyer'
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Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, audio

This is one of the really excellent stories in this series, I think. I have to admit that I'm tired of Pierce, though.

Also, I had forgotten just how often Rachel says "That's not fair!" as if fairness has anything at all to do with life.
Jan 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Deea (Andreea)
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, uf
*Re-read July 2015

**First read 2010

Phew, I feel like I just read three books, not one! Probably the most complex book in the series so far, and one of the best. Super action packed, emotional, character driven, suspenseful, emotional, funny when necessary, a major part in the overall story arc.

Sooo much happened, it was almost overwhelming. The coven; Matalina (*sobs* whyyy?); Al (my favorite part - there wasn't one scene where he was involved and trouble and laughing out loud situations didn't
(re-reading series) Nick, Nick, Nick - he must die! I'm with Jinks - give him to Al please Rachel.

So sad - I cried :( poor Jinks.

The grocery store fight with the coven - hehehe I liked it way too many (strawberries).

I like how Rachel and Al's relationship is growing (teacher - student) not love interest. I can't believe I'm going to say this but I really like Al now. Trent is ok too, I guess.
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable, but the ending seemed a bit too easy and poor.
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The danger one faces with reading a series is that, after a time, they can get monotonous. If you’re a true fan, you know the details, eccentricities and jokes intimately and after several books, if poorly executed, they become tiresome. However, when said series is in the hands of a master, then that “old hat” expectation never happens. For me, this is true of Kim Harrison’s Hollows series. After nine books, (the tenth, A Perfect Blood released this month), the series has yet to grow stale. Per ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
A common complaint with series in general is that the books start to go off course, become redundant, or just plain stupid as more books are released. The Hollows is the opposite. I honestly believe that the second half is even better than the first, and the world and characters just get more interesting with each new release.

I officially dislike the witch counsel. We hadn’t seen them before, only heard of them, but egads, what a despicable group. What they planned to do to Rachel sickens me. T
Another good adventure in the Hallows. Rachel is settling into her new life as a shunned witch and spending her time in the ever after with Al learning. She is at odds with herself as her blood won't kindle witch magic, but does do demon magic, so what is she... a witch or a demon? Plus she has started to enjoy her studies and what she is learning.

Rachel has a lot to deal with in the council coming after her and the punishment is something straight out of the early 1900's and very extreme. As th
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book from one hell of a writer!
Kim Harrison out did herself once again. Black Magic Sanction is the 8th installment in the amazing Hollower series. I've been a fan from book one and was hooked from page one.
Each book just keeps getting better, and after Rachel's hard trials I'm glad to see her getting past her devastation.. Kisten will be deeply missed and I bet I'm not alone in saying that.
Rachel's still not out of the hot water. Rachel wouldn't be Rachel if she wasn't in some
Yay! Harrison has brought her Hollow's series back on track and its filled to the brim with the good stuff that made the earlier books so great.

Rachel, always a magnet for trouble is in deep kimshee here. The Coven for Ethics and Morality (the witch ruling body) wants to imprison, neuter and lobotomize Rachel all without a fair trial because Rachel represents the dirty little secret about the true origins of witches and she is also the key to the demon's return to the Earthly plane.

Black Magic
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
2012: 5 stars
2020: 4 stars

The witch council shunned Rachel for being a black witch awhile ago. Now they’ve decided she’s a threat, and they’re after her. Rachel has to go to some extreme lengths to save herself. This was so much better than the last book. It started off strong with lots of action. The witch council is downright cruel, and there isn’t anyone to hold them accountable. They are aware of many of Rachel’s secrets. Someone gave them that info, and she believes it was Trent. It annoyed
Oct 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Whoah what a book!

Harrison has certainly upped her game in this latest installment.

Gone is the angst over whether Rachel should make a go of things with Ivy. Instead most of this book is about Rachel trying to dodge the Coven from putting her in Alcatraz, lobotmising her magically and removing her ability to bare children. It certainly ups the stakes in this very dramatic game of cat and mouse and at times I wasn't sure where the chips would fall.

Put together with Trent trying to "Own" Rachel af
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
Shelves: 2010-reads
Rachel, Rachel, Rachel...I just don't know what to do with you...

I'd actually dropped this series once, but a coworker convinced me to give it another try. A few books later, and I'm second-guessing myself. I spent most of this book wishing I was reading something else. And honestly, the problem is Rachel herself.

For someone who navel-gazes as much as she does, she's pretty stupid about herself. She talks about learning from her mistakes, but she doesn't. First and foremost of these is her inabi
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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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