Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows, #3)

by Kim Harrison

4.09 of 5 stars 11 ratings • 7 reviews • 12 shelved
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Every Which Way But Dead (Hollows, #3)

by Kim Harrison

4.09 of 5 stars 11 ratings • 7 reviews • 12 shelved
The third book in the New York Times bestselling urban fantasy-thriller series starring sexy bounty hunter and witch, Rachel Morgan. If you make a deal with the devil, can you still save your soul? To avoid becoming the love-slave of a depraved criminal vampire, bounty-hunter and witch, Rachel Morgan, is cornered into a deal that could promise her an eternity of suffering. But eternal damnation is not Rachel's only worry. Her vampire roommate, Ivy, has rediscovered her taste for blood and is struggling to keep their relationship platonic, her boyfriend, Nick, has disappeared - perhaps indefinitely, and she's being stalked by an irate pack of werewolves. And then there's also the small matter of the turf war raging in Cincinnati's underworld; one that Rachel began and will have to navigate before she has the smallest hope of preserving her own future.
  • ISBN10 0060855312
  • ISBN13 9780060855314
  • Publish Date 28 June 2005
  • Publish Status Unknown
  • Out of Print 11 April 2013
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Imprint HarperCollins
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 512
  • Language English

Reviews

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Quirky Cat 5 of 5 stars
Every Which Way But Dead is Kim Harrison’s third novel in The Hollows series. Rachel Morgan (alongside Ivy and Jenks) is back, and this time she’s going to get involved with the underworld war that she might have had a hand in crafting.
Rachel Morgan, bounty hunter, is not your typical witch. There’s something different about her magic, even if she’s not yet at a point where she’s willing to accept that fact. She’s a chaos magnet, and seems to always grab on hardest to the cases most likely to get her killed. But that’s her charm, and we love her for it.

I should probably mention that I’ve already read The Hollows series (several times), but I recently noticed that I never actually reviewed them. So in preparation for the next Hollows book (so excited!) I’m going to do a reread and review run.

“It made them feel good that the big bad witch who beat up Piscary trusted them.”

Kim Harrison has done it again. Every Which Way But Dead was another thrilling read, with Rachel once again diving headlong into danger for the great good. This is a prime example of Urban Fantasy, one set in a lush and heavily detailed world full of supernaturals and magic.
There is so much to love about Every Which Way But Dead. This plot was very much of Rachel’s own making, in a sense. After all, every action must have an equal and opposite reaction. And that goes doubly so when you’re trying to affect change in a magical underworld.
The highlight of this novel would have to be the character development tucked within the pages. All of the main characters (Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks) got pulled through their paces here. But secondary characters got bigger parts here, getting a chance to grow and develop alongside the main cast. It was exactly what I’ve wanted to see.
This series is steadily building tension, thanks to all of the changes that Rachel has been facing and creating. And it’s only going to keep building from here. Kim Harrison knows how to build off of previous novels, creating an intricate world and plots full of consequences.

As a side note, I mentioned above that I’m currently rereading the whole series. It’s been refreshing to see this world all over again. But it’s also a bit painful. You see, one of my favorite characters got a bigger role in this book (Kisten, in case that wasn’t obvious). But the more I see of him, the more my heart hurts – because I know what lays in store for him. I’m not sure I can handle seeing that all over again. But I’ll manage, I suppose. I’ll just need copious amounts of chocolate.

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
I'm starting to really love this series now! The romance is a little weird to me but that's probably because I'm hoping for a different pairing than what we're getting. I do wish certain plot points moved a little faster because I'm tired of seeing the same conversations over and over. I'm really interested in Trent and hope we get to see more of him!

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Linda 4 of 5 stars
This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews

Every Which Way but Dead is an apt title for this book, because Rachel will do almost anything in order to make sure she'll be alive when all is said and done. She has some very big players to go up against now, though, and she especially has to be very cunning in her dealings with her favorite demon, Al.

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tellemonstar 3 of 5 stars
Cross-posted at Book Reviews With The Blogmonstar

Every Which Way But Dead wasn’t was good as the first two Hollows books. Parts of it were really good, especially the last third where the plot really thumped along, but as a whole, it just wasn’t quite as good.

As much as I admire her ballsy-ness, Rachel is more than just a little stupid sometimes. Intentionally or otherwise. She keeps going on about how Nick was summoning demons and such, but she doesn’t really seem to have to much trouble doing it herself, and then complains about how the demons keep coming to her. But I enjoyed the inclusion of Ceri – she’s an interesting character and knows an awful lot of things due to her being the familiar of Algaliarept. I thought Rachel’s outsmarting of Al was well-done, although I was a little confused during the reading of it. It wasn’t until after the fact when Rachel sort of explained it to herself/Ceri that what happened actually made sense. This series suffers from some editing issues.

What I really enjoyed about Every Which Way But Dead was the explanation of how vampires and scions work in Harrison’s world, and the intricacies of vampiric politics in general. It certainly explained how Ivy became the way she is, and why Piscary was able to have such a big influence on her behaviour in the first place. I also enjoyed Kisten’s actual personality coming through and showing his full personality without the influence of Piscary. He and Rachel make a nice pairing.

One particular plot point that worked well was trying to figure out who was really the bad guy in this book – Trent, Lee (Stanley Saladan) or someone else. As much as Trent can be kind of a jerk, I don’t think he is truly evil. He certainly has very flexible morals, and doesn’t appear to mind destroying things that are in his path, but I don’t think he is truly evil. Lee on the other hand, is perfectly capable of being properly evil.

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another great read. Harrison grabs you in the first few pages and the ride is awesome. character develpoment is great and I am eager to read book 4.

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ibeforem 4 of 5 stars
I really like this series. In this entry, there’s a *little* less danger for Rachel and a little more romance. Along the way, there’s a lot she’s learning about herself, even if she sometimes doesn’t like what she learns. There’s less Ivy and Jenks in this book, and I kinda missed Jenks, but at least Rachel wasn’t fending off Ivy every other chapter. There’s also a new character introduced into Rachel’s life, and I’m curious about what sort of role David the Were will play in the future.