walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

_The Outlaw Demon Wails_, Kim Harrison

This cannot be an easy series to drop into the middle of.

In this outing, Our Demon Marked Heroine is grieving for her lost vampire boyfriend Kisten, and working towards a blood balance with her roommate Ivy (who is bi, and who has Issues) while worrying about the short lifespan of pixy partner Jenks and his wife Matalina (are you keeping up yet? I haven't even mentioned the two thousand year old ex-familiar elf Ceri who has been knocked up, or the revelation about the real identity of her housemate Keasley). Things get off to a strong start in the days leading up to Halloween. Rachel's mum is helping her shop for a Halloween costume when Al crashes the shop (literally), followed by Minias and another demon doing a little enforcement. Apparently, Al's being summoned out of jail (please say it's not Nick! I'm tired of hearing about Nick!) and allowed to run around loose until daybreak and Al's really, really, really unhappy about Rachel.

You can sort of see where the action is going to come from there, right? But wait, there's more! The helpful scuba-diving witch from the previous book gets a job in town and is showing a strong interest in Rachel, altho precisely what for is a bit murky. Rynn Cormel is the new Master of Cincinnati. And Trent needs something from the Ever-After, altho it takes a while to find out precisely what or why.

Lots of stuff tied up: the true nature of Rachel's dad (and her other dad, just to clue you in to some of the issues there), the father of Ceri's baby, what Rachel's dad and Trent's dad were doing that killed them, and why they felt a need to take that kind of risk, the nature of the Ever-After (according to Jenks). Really. A lot of the dad stuff going on here. Rachel's mom, meanwhile, turns out to be not nearly as ditzy as Rachel has been implying (well, or at least the ditziness is a whole lot more justified than Rachel realized, and is much more resolvable). Rachel gets less impulsive (yay!) and quits doing stuff just because someone threatened her and told her she didn't have a choice. Net improvement in judgment? Tough call.

Oh, and we find out Where Witches Come From. I think we might be well on our way to rehabilitating demons in the next book or so, and I could easily foresee fixing the separation between Our World and the Ever-After. Maybe.

If you're interested in Yet Another Elves and Vamps and so forth have been secretly living among us and recently revealed themselves in a post-apocalyptic world series, you might find this one entertaining. I'd recommend starting at the beginning, and be prepared for a very rough and ready heroine who does some truly stupid shit.

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