I’ve been zooming through books recently and haven’t had much time to update my blog, so this one might be a long one. I left off my review of Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series with A Fistful of Charms. Following on the heels of that book comes For a Few Demons More.
In this book, Rachel Morgan still has the 5,000 year old demon made Focus in her possession and someone has found out that it is in Cincinnati. Someone is killing off werewolves in Cincinnati trying to find it and take it away from them and a serial killer seems to be on the loose, going after human women with no discernible link. Rachel gets pulled in by the FIB and Detective Glenn to help investigate and the trail leads to Rachel’s own Alpha, David Hue. Add master vampire Piscary and Trent Kalamack into the loop and things get really complicated, real fast.
Of course, once Rachel does get things figured out…she gets stupid. Kim Harrison hasn’t quite gotten passed putting her main character in situations that are created entirely from her own stupidity. And the only way for Rachel’s stupidity to be fixed is by summoning a demon, a new one by the name of Minias. Spoiler alert: The werewolf focus gets magically sealed into Alpha David Hue. This allows him to create werewolves by biting a humans, which hasn’t been done in thousands of years.
Next up is The Outlaw Demon Wails. With (spoiler) Kisten dead at the hands of some unknown enemy, Rachel’s life is in the midst of falling apart. Not that it was every really together. Now, however, she’s even more determined to not do stupid things. At least, not before determining that stupid is absolutely the only way out. Which happens to be the case in this book. With at least one demon after Rachel and she has to figure out who is setting him on her, why and how to stop them. Her trip will lead her into the ever after with her hated enemy Trent Kalamack on a trip that will save both her and the Elves. But she has to survive first and to survive, she has to embrace the fact that she can spin demon magic.
White Witch, Black Curse. Rachel is determined to figure out who murdered her vampire lover Kisten two novels ago, but ends up getting side tracked by a banshee. Rachel’s FIB friend Detective Glenn gets injured in the line of duty and Rachel and Ivy are called in to help. Rachel figures out that one of those involved is a banshee, who sucks the aura/emotions out of people. Here we find out what Ivy did with the leprechaun wish she received in the first novel and how it relates to the banshee problem.
We’re also introduced to a new character, a witch by the name of Gordian Nathanial Pierce. He starts out life as a ghost of a witch who is (conveniently) buried in the cemetery in Rachel’s backyard. He was, in his day, one of the most powerful witches out there. He and Rachel met when she accidentally gave him a body some dozen years ago or so. Rachel had thought him finally at rest, but such is not the case. He ends up getting a new body by agreeing to become the demon Al’s familiar. This also ties in with the banshee later on down the road.
Rachel causes a lot of destruction and gets a bit of bad press from the pursuit of the banshee, which probably helps lead up to the situation she finds herself in in Black Magic Sanction. Rachel has been blacklisted by the coven of witches that guides the moral fiber of witch society. It’s something left over from when witches had to hide, but it’s still a very real thing for modern witches. While I can’t remember the term off the top of my head, it basically means that she can’t buy anything from a witch or a witch-run business in good standing.
To top it all off, this particular branch of witches want to use her as a lab rat to increase the power of witches. They want to harvest her eggs and/or lobotomize her to get her ability to spin demon magic. Ex-boyfriend Nick shows up again when the coven forces him to summon her. Since she switched her summoning name with Al’s in the last adventure, the initial summoning might have been construed as a mistake. And Nick does help summon Rachel back to Cincinnati a few hours later.
Adding to her troubles is Trent Kalamack, who is pissed by the fact that in the ever after (which he will most likely never set foot in again), he is consider Rachel’s familiar-a situation that is akin to being owned. He hates the thought of that and instead of simply asking Rachel to remove her mark on his body, he tries to force her into a contract that would legally bind her as his property in this realm. Rachel, obviously, will have none of either and finds a way out of the situation in a suitably destructive and public manner.
Nick pits himself firmly in the asshole category in this book. He sells out Rachel to Trent, unsuccessfully, but thanks to Ivy and Jenks’ well placed mistrust of him, Rachel hears all the details through a radio transmitter. It is highly unlikely that Nick will have Rachel’s help ever again. At least one would hope. However, she might have reconciled with Trent Kalamack, who turns out to be a very old friend from when she was sick as a kid.
I keep flip-flopping on whether or not I like Kalamack. There are times when I am truly repulsed by his behavior. But at the end of this book, I am almost rooting for Rachel and Trent to at least do the nasty if not get together. The story arc is obviously going somewhere that should be culminating in the next book (or two perhaps) and I can’t wait to see what lies in store in Pale Demon.