By book 11 of this series, it’s safe to say I’m hooked. I love Rachel Morgan. I love Trent. I even love Al, the un-lovable demon. Ever After by Kim Harrison is another wonderful addition to this series. I’ve heard rumors that this series is winding down (I hope not!), but I can see where Harrison is setting up the beginning of the end.
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…
If the stakes have ever been high in this series, they are now. Rachel is tasked with finding the missing redwood syndrome babies and there’s demons involved, which is never, ever good. I was practically in pain throughout this book. There was so much at stake and at each turn, it seemed more and more hopeless. However, in true Rachel Morgan style, she never goes out without a fight. There was so much action in this book and finally a taste of what could be between Rachel and Trent. Personally, I want them to be together so, so bad. I was squealing with glee during the few small moments that Harrison shares in this book. I’m hoping there is many, many more of these moments to come.
There was so much development of Al’s story in this book, and it still confuses me how I can love him and despise him at the same time. There are some old faces that show up in this installment, which made me want to bash some heads in. With a book this far into the series, there are so many complex storylines that, unless you’ve read the previous books, you won’t understand. There is SO much going on in the background, with Ivy and Jenks, with old flames and old friends.
Kim Harrison is one of those authors that shocked me with her ability to kill off one of her main characters. (Yes, I know. I’m still not over the death of Kisten, but I loved him!) To my heart-break, she takes a life in this book. I’m grieving but I know this is just how the story was supposed to go. That’s how you know you have an author who truly tells her characters stories, when something happens to them and you just know that was what should have happened. I could go on and on about this series and these characters. I was not disappointed. Harrison never disappoints me and I will continue reading until Harrison has no more story to tell.
STARS: 5 out of 5