Review of A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

Posted November 9th, 2011 in book review / 1 comment

A Fistful of Charms

Book #4 of the Hollows Series

by Kim Harrison

Published: HarperTorch – June 2006
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 510 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her — not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses — savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millenia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel’s soul is at stake.


The Good
Out of all the books, this one has a more focused plot: Rachel has to save Nick (ex-boyfriend) after he stole a particular item that has the Weres eager to kill him. And what makes matters worse is Nick has dragged Jax, Jenks (pixy) son, into his problems. So Rachel has to resort to using more demon curses to help her Were (turn into a werewolf) and make Jenks human size so they can save Jenks’ son. And what makes matters even more super-duper worse is that the artifact Nick stole can tip the balance of power between the Inderlanders (supernatural community).

I really liked this book. It pretty much had everything. Rachel and Ivy finally worked out some of the tension between them. Though their little experimentation didn’t end so well, it really opened some doors for their future relationship.

We get to see Jenks in a whole new way, LIFE SIZED! I was so excited to have Jenks be more a part of the action. And every time Rachel had to remind herself that Jenks was a married man, it just made my day. But the fact that Jenks is coming to the end of his Pixy life was heart-breaking. Pixies only live for about twenty years. I don’t know how this is going to be fixed, but it better be resolved in a good way because if Jenks isn’t around to talk about the inappropriate parts of Tinkerbell’s anatomy, I will throw myself on my bed and cry.

And what we learn about Nick is just shocking. Nick’s character is sure taking a path I didn’t expect.

I like Rachel a lot more in this series. She is more introspective. As she continues to use demon curses that stain her soul with demon smut, she is forced to examine who she has always been and what she is turning into. Plus, her tendency to throw herself into reckless situations is finally explained.

We finally get to learn more about the werewolf community. Their rules, their customs. That’s usually my favorite part of urban fantasy books, learning about the quarks of each supernatural race.

A Fistful of Charms had a bit of romance, a lot of action, and large scoops of character development. I was either tense with anticipation or laughing out loud most of the time. That’s what tells me this was a great book.

The Bad
Harrison’s writing style is not my taste. I still enjoyed the book but she can really drag some scenes with her descriptions.

Though I liked Rachel more in this book, she still gets on my nerves occasionally.

The Snuggly
Sexual tension and a scene that may not be sex but it gets hot and heavy.

Though I found it frustrating at first, I like how Harrison always leaves us with a bit of mystery, something to still solve for later. She is a great story teller who knows how to create kick-ass characters. I always look forward to the next book in the series and this book didn’t disappoint. Highly recommended.

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