Review – A Perfect Blood (Hollows book #10)
by Kim Harrison
Man, I love this series. All the characters are awesome and I care what is happening to them. Rachel Morgan would have died many times if not for her friends backing her up, and this book is no exception. Individually she is powerful, but true strength comes with friendships. But her love and duty to her friends are a bit of why she starts out the way she does in this installation of the series. This is book #10 and all of the characters have undergone amazing transformations, have survived much together and Rachel is a little scared. She wants to be normal and have everyone quit poking at her. Normal in this case means no ley line magic and rejecting who and what she is. Hmmm.
Rachel, Ivy and Jenks get pulled into an investigation with both the IS (magical police) and FIB (human police) because a human hate group is targeting Inderlanders and killing them in horrific ways. Those two groups don’t normally work together, they don’t really get along. The hate group is trying to create a magical, demonic weapon to wipe out all magical creatures. Rachel, Ivy & Jenks need to stop them quickly or everyone will suffer. The action gets nuts towards the end of the book, but it still kept me at the edge of my seat because of the push/pull with the people in the IS/FIB. Additionally, I do enjoy watching Rachel grow and progress. It is painful at times, because she can’t see past certain things, but she gets it eventually.
Ivy, Jenks and Rachel seem to be moving in their own directions. They aren’t as close as they have been in the past, but they know each other very well and are able trust and love and live together in harmony. It is nice. Though of the three, Rachel is the only one who is really struggling in this one. She was nearly killed in the last book, and it has shaken her to the core. She has to find herself, her strength, her power and accept who she is. It is a long, somewhat difficult journey, but she has help.
We get a new character, Wayde. He is a werewolf bodyguard sent by her parents. He is interesting and is just about as stubborn as Rachel. They have an interesting back and forth that they do. Trent, well, I have had a love/hate relationship with his character and he is growing on me. We will see if Rachel begins to trust him or what might happen. Al, I love Al. We don’t get to see nearly enough of him or the everafter in this book, and Rachel has some fixing to do down there…but maybe in the next one. Also, since Harrison is going to wrap up this series in a couple of books, I hope she tackles a few story lines, Nick, her aura, Trent, the gaping hole in the everafter, Nick, oh yea, and Nick.
Anyway, this book is great. That I got to get it signed and meet Kim Harrison actually made it even more fun to read. This series is awesome. If you like UF and all sorts of magical creatures, humor and a strong female lead, this series is a must. I give it 4 stars.