Monday, April 04, 2005

REVIEW: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison

Date Started:  Monday, March 28, 2005
Date Finished:  Sunday, April 3, 2005
My BookCrossing Rating:  10 out of 10 stars
Awesome, awesome, awesome! I liked this book even better than the first one, and that’s saying A LOT since I already thought that one was great.

This book continues the story of Rachel Morgan, her pals Ivy the Vampire and Jenks the Pixy, and her arch-nemisis Trent Kalamack. Having first read the first book in this series, Dead Witch Walking, definitely adds a lot of much needed background history to what’s happening in this one and even ties up a few loose ends that were left dangling (on purpose) in Dead Witch Walking. Though the author does a good job of filling in the blanks and providing a glimpse into past history and events from book 1 as needed in the story, I can see where not having read the first book would’ve left you not feeling as strongly about certain events or characters in this book. So I’d definitely recommend the reading Dead Witch Walking first if you can.

Rachel Morgan is a Witch, but in this world, Witches, Vamps, Weres, Pixies, all live among humanity and are part of a separate species known as Inderlanders. Witches look almost just like humans, but for some important differences in their DNA composition such that the 2 species cannot cross-breed.

In this book, Rachel continues her quest to try to bring down Trent Kalamack and is given the opportunity when she’s asked to help the FIB (Federal Inderland Bureau) to solve a series of Witch murders taking place in the Cincinnati area. Ivy’s struggle to remain a non-practicing live vamp continues as a strong subplot, as does Rachel’s relationship with Nick (a human, who Rachel met in book one when he was transformed as a rat and she as a mink).

I’m looking forward to book 3 in this series, Every Which Way But Dead, to be released July 1, 2005.

See the BookCrossing journal page for this book and all the great Amazon reviews for more information and links.

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