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Review – American Demon by Kim Harrison

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American Demon by Kim Harrison

Book Title: American Demon

Book Description: “RACHEL MORGAN IS BACK–AND THE HOLLOWS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. What happens after you’ve saved the world? Well, if you’re Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world–and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.”

Book Author: Kim Harrison

Book Format: Hardcover

Publisher - Orgnization: ACE Books

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Date published: 2020-06-16

Number Of Pages: 464

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  • Writing - 9/10
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  • Development - 9/10
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Summary

American Demon brings us back to the world of The Hollows. As this is the fourteenth novel in the series, Rachel has gotten very used to the changes her life always seems to face.

 

Rachel Morgan Is Back in American Demon

Have you heard the news? Kim Harrison is once again diving into the world of The Hollows, and it’s all about to start back up again with American Demon. Fans of Rachel Morgan can begin rejoicing now! Especially since the novel is due in less than two weeks.

With Rachel Morgan back, you just know that the world is about to get thrown back into chaos. Through no fault of Rachel’s, of course. Simply that our witch-born demon seems to have a talent for getting herself into the middle of the biggest messes.

Kim Harrison - American Demon
Kim Harrison – American Demon

It may have been six years since the last Hollows novel, but this series is still fresh in the minds of many fans, myself included. It’s really no wonder we’re all so excited to get back to a series we love so much.

Writing

American Demon is the novel I never knew I was waiting for. That is, until I heard the news about it. I loved Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, and I know I wasn’t the only one not ready to let it go.

On that note, before I really dive into my review, I want to talk about the ending to The Witch With No Name. That novel had a proper conclusion, including an epilogue set years later. It made me curious to see how the threads were going to be picked back up. Worry not, though, as Kim Harrison directly addressed that. Given the circumstances, it was the best solution possible. It also freed her from being trapped in the conclusion she wrote.

Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but there it felt like there was a lot to love in American Demon. The world, the politics, the characters. It’s all there, and in some ways, it feels bigger than ever. Harrison has never shied away from the ramifications of our leading characters’ decisions and has never felt truer than in American Demon.

That’s one of the things I’ve always loved about this series if I’m being honest. The politics. Well, that and the characters. In both cases, you can tell that Harrison has taken the past six years to consider the next steps. Everything read as being thoroughly well thought out.

Development

American Demon is one of those novels that you’re simply not going to want to put down. That’s almost a trademark of the series, actually. Rachel’s journeys are always fraught and full of danger—as well as plenty of personal tension.

As with the rest of this series, there’s also so much room for character growth within this novel. Not just for Rachel, but for all of the secondary characters involved. It’s amazing how complex the web around Rachel has gotten over the years—yet it’s clear that it is not slowing down anytime soon.

The introduction of new characters is always a delight, as it provides new opportunities to see Rachel (and the rest of The Hollows) in a whole new light. This time around I really enjoyed the new insight, and I am looking forward to seeing how that plot arc develops over time.

The conclusion of American Demon is everything I could have ever hoped for. I say that while having been totally unprepared for it to end. Once again. You’d think I’d get used to that feeling by now, but apparently not.

Conclusion

It’s been six years since we were last able to dive into the world of The Hollows. Yet American Demon was worth every minute of that wait. It was emotional, tense, and powerful in all the right ways. Best of all, we were given a chance to see all of the characters we’ve come to love once again.

Part of me had almost forgotten how much I loved this series. It felt so good to be back, though, and I am incredibly excited to see more—as much as Kim Harrison is willing to write.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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