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Million Dollar Demon by Kim Harrison
Series: Return to the Hollows #2, The Hollows #15
Published by Ace on June 15, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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The new master vampire of Cincinnati has arrived... and she wants Rachel Morgan out. No matter where Rachel goes, Constance is there--threatening Rachel's allies, causing city-wide chaos, and, to add insult to injury, even forcing Rachel out of her current quarters. Ever since Rachel found a way to save the souls of vampires, the old undead's longtime ascendancy has been broken. Now Constance sees eliminating Rachel as the key to consolidating her own power.
Rachel has no desire to be enthralled or killed and she's terrified of what may become of the city if Constance forces a return to the ancient ways. But even a witch-born demon can't stand against the old undead--at least, not alone. And if Rachel refuses to claim the role of Cincinnati's master demon, the city will tear itself apart, taking her and all those who stand beside her with it.
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 had 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’m really enjoying getting more in this world. In some ways, I like it better than the original series. In others, I have some of the same issues. So it is Rachel and Jenks who form the team these days. Ivy is off with Nina and has some limited choices. Al is mad at Rachel because of Hodin. Trent takes off with Ellasbeth and the girls to go to Seattle to plead his case in the elven world. Why couldn’t Ellasbeth drop dead? *Grumbles*
I want Trent to do more with her, be with her more and for them to work as a team. Rachel has some good reasons for why she doesn’t want that in a fight but I still want it. Their relationship has progressed but Rachel feels, somewhat accurately, that she brings Trent down in the elven world. I do love how Trent supports her and does everything she will let him. He is certain about his love for her.
Million Dollar Demon is about the arrival of the new vampire master to town. The master who is batshit crazy and wants to take down Rachel because she has heard too much about her. The master wants all the attention for herself, as well as all the power. Luckily, Rachel does have her friends and allies. But it is a horrible situation.
Rachel is smart. Her strategies are well considered. I was happy to see her ask for help this time, although she didn’t get it. I am sort of surprised how much she has to learn as a demon / witch. I thought she knew a lot more. As usual though, she puts herself at great risk to save everyone.
Jenks is his true snarky self and I’ll never get enough of him. He is right there to help in every way. He even works with a new group of displaced pixies and fairies. David is there to help along with his werewolves. Even some of Piscary’s vampires are on board. Honestly, I don’t miss Ivy but I would be devastated without Jenks. I do miss Bis so much.
I hope as the series continues, somehow Rachel and Trent breach the long held feud between between elves and demons. That probably is going to take time. I’ll be here to read it.
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