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American Demon by Kim Harrison
Series: Return to the Hollows #1, The Hollows #14
Published by Ace on June 16, 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
So, The Hollows series was the very first Read-along I hosted in my early days of blogging at Yummy Men & KickAss Chicks. I chose it because I had heard so many great things about it but never read the series. It was also 2014 and the year the “final” book was released, Witch with No Name. I wrote longer and a bit more spoilery reviews then.
I do really enjoy this world and was excited to see what would happen now, even with the epilogue of sorts. If you read my 2014 review, I had many questions and some frustrations. I have not read The Turn and it may help with some of those questions. American Demon begins right after the WWNN. It felt amazing to be with them again.
I still love these characters and they still have some flaws. I suppose that makes them more believable but it also makes me want to smack them. Rachel and Jenks are a team with Ivy moving into her own deal at I.S. David and the werewolves are absent. The vampires are barely mentioned. Nick was a no-show, praise the Goddess. So that leaves the elves and demons trying to wrap their head around the new world.
The demons are trying to stay out of the limelight with only Rachel being well-known. The elves are being run by Landon, the evil elf, and his goal is to get rid of Rachel and Trent.
The FIB is not really involved with the situation. The villain is sort of a back-door thing because it involves a lot of magic which seems like the world’s best not-kept secret. I mean it’s illegal but everyone wants it; most use some type and everyone looks the other way. The Order is trying to handle it and push out everyone else, but they don’t really have all the skills.
Rachel, as usual, ends up working to save the world at great risk to herself and her friends. Rachel seems to be the only one with witch, demon and elf magic. I didn’t like her insecurities and her tendency to not confide in Trent and Jenks. They were with her throughout, but not as closely as I wanted. I need her to trust and build on her relationship with them.
I like how she cultivates some new strays, Hodin and Zack. She doesn’t trust them completely, but she works with them to contain the threat and protect her loved ones. I have high hopes for her to further her relationship with Trent, even figuring out how to have a child. I also see Trent and Rachel, maybe with help from Ivy, Jenks, Al, Hodin, and Zack to unify the world and reduce the prejudice.
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