Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Review - Dead Witch Walking (Rachel Morgan, Book 1) by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking (Rachel Morgan, Book 1) by Kim Harrison
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Rating: 3 stars
Pages: 432

Summary:  The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the "Inderlanders" reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.

Thoughts:  Dead Witch Walking is ludicrously well written - excellent pace, characterization, universe building, etc. etc. Harrison is a gifted writer and created one hell of a character in Rachel Morgan.  She had plot twist after plot twist - constantly revealing something new and exciting about this amazing universe.

So why haven't I given this book a five star rating?  Well, mostly because it took me so damn long to finish it.  I honestly blame this book for my book blogging slump, as it took me almost 2 months to finish!   That is never a good sign.

What it all boils down to are the characters.  And these characters I just could not care less about.  I have read some reviews that claimed Rachel was the most annoying narrator they had ever read.  This is an exaggeration.  Anyone who has read the Werecats series by Rachel Vincent knows that Faythe knocks all competition out of the water.  However, it is unlikely that you will grow to care about Rachel in this book.  I sure as hell didn't despite my very best intentions.  Had the book finished with her death, I likely would have shrugged and moved on.

Bottom line?  Read it for the universe - the Hallows is an amazing place.  Also, the series apparently gets a lot better by the third book. Oh, and get the UK cover!  The US ones are just disturbing.


  1. To be honest, what keeps me reading this series is Jinx the Pixy. If he gets offed, I'll stop reading.

  2. I picked this up as an audio download, a fun listen. The pace is much easier when listening to it, and I think the narrator gives Rachel a decent voice, perhaps putting more into the characters as well. I adore the world Kim Harrison set up for this series. I enjoy some of the characters more than others, like Jinx and Al. I could do without some of the repetative monologuing by Rachel, but as an audio series, it's entertaining and well-paced. My one complaint is that the narrator, Marguerite Gavin, was unable to read for Outlaw Demon Wails, and narrator Gigi Bermingham just didn't cut it. I ended up buying the book for that one. :)

  3. Wholeheartedly agreed. Rachel was very annoying early on, and Ivy little better. What hooked me was Jenks.

    And he's worth following the rest of the series for, though truly she does get Rachel better and less whiny. And yes, I had the same problem reading it. It took me forever. Once she met Nick, I was at least able to keep going without having to force myself to.



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