Series: The Hollows #11
Published by Harper Voyager on January 22, 2013
Genres: Adult SFF, Urban Fantasy
My Reviews in this series: A Perfect Blood, The Undead Pool, The Witch With No Name
The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It's up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing... for the worse.
While saving the world is important, it isn't Rachel's only motivation. There's also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It's also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He's already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn't give herself up soon, they'll die.
But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn't going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She's also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she's going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones... and prevent an apocalypse before it's too late. Or, at least that's the plan...
A gut and heart twister that made me gobble up every word!
I was so pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Ever After as much as I disliked A Perfect Blood, book ten.
Whereas I felt A Perfect Blood was just a repeat of the previous book, Ever After renewed my love for this series.
Rachel has come a long way since the beginning and I felt here I was finally able to see it. Her character has grown from essentially the behavior of a teenager into a woman. She is no longer the act now and don’t think about it later gal only to mope over things. She knows her actions have consequences and she is finally starting to think before she acts. Except maybe where shipping is concerned. Who could ever imagine Rachel might dress appropriately for once?
That doesn’t mean she still doesn’t mess things up but hopefully less so than she would have. Another added boon is she is being honest with herself and those around her.
There is also a lot of change and depth to be seen in the other characters as well. Though I have to admit for the past few books I haven’t felt like Jenks or Ivy have been as real to me as they normally are. Especially considering in this one Ivy was absent for half the book and she didn’t play much of a role at all here.
Fans are in store for some unexpected things with Ever After and perhaps even for something highly anticipated. I started to sympathize a lot and root for the bad guys on this one, and make me wonder who was really bad after all.
Ever After was just what I needed and left me clamoring for more!