Title: Dead Witch Walking
Author: Kim Harrison
Published: July 1, 2004 (1st Edition Mass Market Paperback), October 13, 2009 (ebook)
Series: The Hollows #1
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
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.
It’s 40 years post-turn, the event that wiped out a large portion of the human population and brought the supernatural creatures out of hiding. Humans flock to the inner city finding strength and security in numbers and proximity. That leaves the burbs of Cincinnati to the creatures of the night, a place now affectionately referred to as The Hollows. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It kept showing up in every recommended book list directed my way on Goodreads, and countless book blogs I follow were singing this series praises. So without knowing much about it I jumped in with both feet. I have to say, I was rewarded for my blind faith. The book starts off quickly and doesn’t stop. Rachel is fed up with her job and decides she doesn’t want to work for the I.S. anymore, but no one walks away from the I.S. and lives to tell the story. This book had a lot of action some great suspense and a great foundation for an urban fantasy series.
Rachel Morgan is a Earth Magic Witch. She’s a spunky girl who’s not afraid to take on the world. She has a good heart and she’s worried about taking anyone down with her. She’s genuinely surprised when Ivy and Jenks decide to team up and start their own service. Rachel to me feels like an early Stephanie Plum who can actually kick ass and bring in her bounties with a magical twist. The mystery is suspenseful and the storyline is not predictable which is always a worry for me with paranormal mysteries. Her character is believable as the young witch trying to make it on her own while dodging her former employer’s assassins. She’s surrounded by a supporting cast that bring something to the story as well as provide some comic relief to the story.
A genetically engineered tomato is what brought down all those humans and brought the supernatural beings out of closet. It’s post apocalyptic in a way changing the world as we know it, but people still go to work, school, go shopping and see movies. It felt totally believeable even though its filled with witches, vampires, demons, and pixies.
If you like mysteries and the paranormal, give this series a try. It was a lot of fun, has a satisfactory ending, and sets the stage for future books. If you’re looking for it to have a love story, there wasn’t much of that in this book—but there was something budding there that could develop over the course of the series.
I really enjoyed this book; it was a great start to a series and left me wanting more. Thankfully, the final book in the series was just recently released, so I’ll never have to wait long to jump into the next one. My ranking of this book: four out of five stars!
Jessica is a married mother of two children and a yellow lab. She spends every spare moment she can reading any paranormal or historical romance or urban fantasy she can get her hands on. In real life she tests weather apps for mobile devices and daydreams of being a writer herself one day.