Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Product Details
Pub. Date: February 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 487pp
Series: Rachel Morgan Series, #8
ISBN-13: 9780061138034
ISBN: 0061138037


In New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's most complex and nuanced adventure yet, bounty hunter and witch Rachel Morgan fights a deadly battle—mind, body, and soul

Black Magic Sanction

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. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

My thoughts:
Each time I read one of the Rachel Morgan books I feel like I have forgotten so much of the past story. I know I have read them all but I just can't remember all of what has happened. While any crucial elements are repeated I hate feeling like I am missing parts that might be more meaningful if I had the whole story to work with, if that makes sense.

Overall the story was good and I enjoyed reading it. Things have been so busy lately that I haven't read anywhere near as much as I usually do for quite some time now. It was neat reading this one as the last book was one of the ones I reviewed when I first started my blog almost a year ago, maybe it is a year, I can't recall if I started in August or September.

I like Rachel but I almost stopped reading the series when Kisten was killed off in one of the other books. At the time it felt like someone I knew had been killed, I think I must have read the books all in a row and I really liked Kisten and the relationship he and Rachel had and I could see a future in it and then to have him be killed in what seemed like a senseless way rocked my trust in the author. (Which sounds silly since it is just a book, but I recall at the time feeling very strongly about it, I also think I may have been pregnant at the time so maybe some of those hormones were coming into play as well, who knows.) Even though that was how I felt at the time I have continued to read the books.

It will be interesting to see where Harrison goes with the changes in Rachel's blood and how the witch coven figures into future stories. For some reason this was a slower read for me than some books, I had it borrowed from the library for three weeks and didn't finish it until the night before it was due. I didn't start it right away but it took me longer than usual to finish, not sure if it was the length or just not having enough free time to read.

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