The Outlaw Demon Wails (Hollows, #6)

by Kim Harrison

4.19 of 5 stars 8 ratings • 7 reviews • 8 shelved
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The Outlaw Demon Wails (Hollows, #6)

by Kim Harrison

4.19 of 5 stars 8 ratings • 7 reviews • 8 shelved
In the Hallows, where the natural and the supernatural co-exist - not always peacefully - desperate times often call for unorthodox measures. But bounty hunter-witch Rachel Morgan did the absolutely unthinkable to save the lives of her friends: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins have come home to haunt her.

As Rachel hunts for the truth behind a terrifying murder, the discovery of a shocking family secret is about to throw her entire life into question. And the long-lost ancient knowledge she seeks resides in the demonic ever-after.

But there are some lines that should never be crossed - like the one Rachel Morgan's stepping over...again!
  • ISBN10 0061793396
  • ISBN13 9780061793394
  • Publish Date 13 October 2009 (first published 26 February 2008)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Imprint HarperCollins eBooks
  • Format eBook
  • Pages 544
  • Language English

Reviews

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Quirky Cat 4.5 of 5 stars

The Outlaw Demon Wails is the sixth novel in The Hollows Series, written by Kim Harrison. It's amazing how this series seems to keep getting stronger with every novel, leaving me eager to see what happens next.

Rachel Morgan is one talented witch. She's also a driven and caring person, one who would do anything for her friends. That's why she's finding herself facing down an angry demon, as Algaliarept is hunting her (with the goal of keeping her, rather than killing her).

To make matters worse, there are family secrets that Rachel never knew about, which she's about to learn the hard way. Combine that with the constant challenge of trying to stay alive, and it's safe to say that Rachel's day is booked.

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. So far I’m thrilled with my decision, because I had forgotten how enthralling this series can be!

“Rachel does not summon demons. The papers print what sells papers, that's all.”

As with the rest of this amazing series, The Outlaw Demon Wails is one tense and thrilling ride. Rachel really does have a talent for getting herself into the most spectacular of messes, doesn't she? Honestly, I had almost forgotten how much she has gone through over the years. Almost.

I feel like, in many ways, this is the turning point. Both for Rachel, and for the series. She lost so much in For A Few Demons More, so it's not really surprising. She's stepping up, accepting the consequences for her actions (mostly), and admitting where she's weakest – and when she needs help.

Likewise, the series is throwing different dilemmas at her, all of which slowly start altering her perspective towards magic – and herself. It's fascinating to see, especially a second or third time through the series. Now I can focus on these details, and suddenly it all seems so obvious now.

This is far from a light read, to be clear. Even after all these years, my heart aches over everything Rachel went through. Both in this novel (the process of loss and recovery), and in the previous one. I don't know if I'll ever be fully over it, truth be told.

The Outlaw Demon Wails could have easily been a novel that focused entirely on revenge – nobody would have blamed Rachel for that. Yet Kim Harrison managed to take all of those elements – the need for answers, the desire for revenge, the raw pain, and merge them all together. All while adding more details and complications to the mix.

It makes for a seriously intense read, one that I wouldn't recommend skipping. Not for the world. Seriously, if you haven't given The Hollows a try, I strongly urge that you do so as soon as possible.

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
I think I liked this book more than most of the others. I really love Trent and his whole squad and he was in a good chunk of this book which made me happy. I hope this means he'll be more common in the next books because there's so many unanswered questions I have about him. We also see some great character development from Rachel in this one and hopefully things with her and Ivy are smoother from here on out. I was getting tired of them going nowhere.
Plot-wise it's the same as the previous books. Most of the action takes place in the last 25% and the first 75 is a lot of talking and minor plot points. I don't think that's going to chancge any time soon.

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littleread1 3 of 5 stars
Ugh the narration was terrible. I don't even think I would have liked it had this narrator been the original. Bleh. I really should have just read this book and moved on with the original narrator in the next book. Because a lot happens and is revealed in this book. It is a pretty intense story.

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

The Outlaw Demon Wails completely blew my socks off! So many incredible twists and turns, so many new secrets unveiled, so much new information about Rachel and her family. I am almost reeling after finishing this read.

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tellemonstar 4 of 5 stars
Cross-posted at Book Reviews With the Blogmonstar

Finally, Rachel is learning to think before she makes a decision. The Outlaw Demon Wails tosses her into some pretty hairy and in some cases down right surprising situations, and it’s pretty action packed.

So first of all, Rachel is asked by Trent to go into the ever-after to grab a Elven DNA sample for Trent. However, she isn’t asked by Trent – she’s asked by Quen, because he realises that he can’t go into the ever-after with his vampire bite from Piscary. Trent however, is seriously pissed that Quen asked her – he has decided to go himself, which as Rachel points out, is ridiculously stupid, because he doesn’t know anything about the ever-after.

However, in The Outlaw Demon Wails, it would be particularly dangerous for Rachel to go into the ever-after because Al is back and trying his damnedest to kill her. He has made an agreement with someone we have met previously, that essentially allows Al to roam the regular world between sunset and sunrise, causing as much havoc as he likes, and if he can, kill Rachel. In order to save her butt – and those of whom she loves, Rachel is going to have to make a few difficult choices.

Rachel is called to see Quen – who is sort-of dying. He had taken a potion that wasn’t 100% complete yet, in order to negate the influence any vampire could have over his mark. Unlike Trent, who can’t believe in an 11% chance of survival, Rachel can, and so Quen wants her to help him through. Fortunately for his and Ceri’s child, Rachel manages to see Quen through.

We wind up in the ever-after, when Rachel agrees to take Trent through, because she has discovered a deposit for demon DNA that will allow her to outsmart Al again. Unfortunately they get caught and wind up in demon jail – then Trent is left behind because Rachel is ‘beamed’ out of there, having completed her plan to outsmart Al. I can’t say to much of what happens, because of spoilers, but by the time Rachel gets back to the ever-after and then has to go through with her plan to save Trent, she has crossed some pretty major lines in the sand. To the point where Trent is now afraid of her.

Rachel finds out some things about her father in this book. Just wait until you get to that part – it’s a total out-of-nowhere surprise. Which is why I am not saying too much about it here, other than it happens and it throws Rachel for a pretty big loop. She also finds out her dad gathered his demon library for her – he knew she would probably need it in the future.

All in all, The Outlaw Demon Wails moves faster than some of it’s predecessors, and is better for it.

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ibeforem 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the best series in paranormal fiction. It’s not full of camp or clichés or focused on a forbidden love; it’s just a young witch growing up and finding her way in the world despite some formidable obstacles. There’s depth and complexity here. Rachel doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she often makes them for what she feels are the right reasons. She cares deeply about her family and friends, often to her own detriment. In this book, I finally got a real sense of why she dislikes Trent Kalamack so much — before he seemed more of a nuisance, but here you really saw how cold and one-track-minded he could be. Her family secret was interesting and unexpected, and made a lot of sense. I think that’s a situation that is going to work out really well in the long run. Rachel’s maturing, and I love being along for the ride.