Book Review

WHITE WITCH, BLACK CURSE
by Kim Harrison

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

RT Rating

The seventh book in Harrison's Hollows series feels like the middle book in a long-running series: The plot meanders between two storylines and never really seems to settle on which should be primary. The saving grace is Rachel herself -- she's one of the most self-aware heroines in the genre, and her negotiation of her position in the world is fascinating.

Rachel Morgan has had to cross too many lines, break too many rules and take entirely too much on herself -- and now she must pay the price. Kisten's murder left a deeper wound than anyone imagined, and now Rachel knows that she will never stop looking for his killer, no matter the cost.

As Rachel deals with her internal turmoil, a new predator comes to the fore, one that feeds on emotion and is willing to sacrifice nearly everything for those she loves -- a parallel Rachel doesn't seem to notice. (EOS, Mar., 512 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: EOS

Published: March 2009

Reader Rating

2 Stars

Average Rating: 2 Stars
(1 ratings)

More By This Author

Reader Reviews Write a Review ›

2.25 Stars. Library material unfortunately

Submitted by Oliva Love on June 25, 2010 - 3:05am.

Let me start by saying I love the world where Rachael lives. I really like the dynamics of the different species and how they co-exist. My favorite characters are Bis, Al, Trent, Jenks and his entire family. There were not enough of any of them in this book.

Warning - You should read Holidays are Hell short story Two Ghost for Sister Rachel for some background on Pierce and Hotter than Hell short story Dirty Magic for the background on Mia. I can't imagine trying to read this book without reading those first. The ghost story should have been included with this book and the banshee should never have left the short story she was born in.

The book started WAY too slow. I barely made it through the first couple chapters and to be blunt I skimmed though all the flashbacks. I tried to read them but just didn't care anymore. Worse yet, you don't find out who killed Kisten until the last 50 pages or so? And then it was... uneventful. It was very disappointing to say the least. I really loved Kisten however his memory was trampled. A 3rd death in a way. What a waste.

For me, the book didn't start getting good until Al showed up. After the way the last book ended I thought we were going to see a lot more of Al and Rachael's demon abilities. I like Pierce and I like the idea that he is rather naughty when dealing with demons. Not stupid like Nick. I hope this combined with the whole shunned thing will open the next book up to Rachael the Demon rather than Rachael the whiny crybaby indecisive tease that she has been.

I just love Bis and I want to see more of his character develop. I also prefer the sassy Jenks rather than the emotional one. I am sad his wife is dying and I don't want Jenks to die either however being reminded his wife is dying every 30 pages is a bit much. Maybe it is time to bring in another one of Jenks kids for training. Lighten it up a bit.

Trent. I don't know why I like this character but I do. I think he makes a good ally and a great villain all at the same time. He was sorely missing from this book. More Trent type characters and less Ivy. She has become repetitive and boring. The whole Skimmer scene in this book? Pass. Cut that character loose already. Better yet, let them hook up and take off together.