SFF

Trouble with the Cursed

Ace: Berkley (The Hollows, Bk. 16). Jun. 2022. 464p. ISBN 9780593437513. $28. FANTASY
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Rachel Morgan has stepped into the role of subrosa for Cincinnati: a role that makes her responsible for all of the supernatural beings in the city, not just herself. Her life is going well, for once: her relationships with her loved ones and allies are firm; demons are starting to respect her (mostly); and her best friend, Ivy Tamwood, is coming home. But with Ivy comes trouble, in the form of a master vampire whose job is to prove that Rachel murdered the city’s master, (which she did not—she just transformed her into a mouse). Hoping for assistance from her new ally, the demon trickster Hodin, Rachel soon discovers that Hodin has his own plans. Adding to the complications, her former teacher Al, the only one who may be able to save Rachel and the rest of the city, would rather see her fail. Harrison’s character and world development is showcased once again with Ivy and Rachel’s relationship; the shadowy Washington, DC, vampire council; and the interplays of hope and horror in the plot.
VERDICT “The Hollows” continues its solid supernatural storytelling, and fans will celebrate the return of its sarcastic witch-born demon.
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