Book Review, Fiction

Review: Dead Witch Walking

Dead Witch Walking Book Cover Dead Witch Walking
The Hollows #1
Kim Harrison
Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Harper Collins
April 27, 2004


"All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party ... and to feed. Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining -- and it’s Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized. A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead ... or undead." - Goodreads

Dead Witch Walking is an urban fantasy set in an alternative version of our world. In it humans and the supernatural have been living together for years. There is a long backstory to why the supernatural made themselves know, but that isn’t the main plot.

It is a detective /crime-solver / bounty hunter story with a sassy witch as the investigator. The classic theme of quitting the official job to set up a private practice. Only her new partners consist of a vampire and a pixie… and also her old boss has put a hit out on her life. Hence the title of the book. Now she has to solve a mystery, deal with her new roommates and dodge fairy assassins.

It’s definitely exciting. Not what I would call a deep read, but very entertaining.

It’s also quite sexy, but without any hanky-panky. At no time does the leads decide to make out in a life (or world) threatening situation, but she will eye every man lustily. And, you know, vampires being creepily sexy and doing that ‘being all irresistible, but also scary’ thing.

The spin on each supernatural creature is just enough to be refreshing and not ruin pre-existing ideas about them. (Certain vampires can walk in the sun, but they don’t sparkle – if you catch my drift.)

Rachel (the main witch) is a nice enough character, but falls into the tough woman cop stereotype. Red hair and all. What I did particularity liked about her is that she was a nature witch, but not a hippie.

The pixies are brilliant. I adore the whole family of them. Won’t mind to have some pixies in our garden.

So, if you like something like The Dresden files or Supernatural with a tough female lead, then I recommend Dead Witch Walking.

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