Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, Book 1)
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Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50% of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves-the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shapechanging assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death, not to mention her own roommate!

Fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance, Dead Witch Walking is the perfect summer read for anyone who likes vampires, paranormal fantasy, romance, or just a great beach book.

Customer Reviews:

  • Really enjoyed
    I know I am starting this book late, sice book seven is out already, and there is more than enough reviews about the books, but I just had to imput my opinion.

    I loved the story the aurthor has created. The world and people in it are intresting and full of life. I had to keep reading and have just bought books Two through Five. I can not wait to read them and find more about the lifes of the characters. Ivy, Jinks, and the new ones that come in down the road.

    Here is my gripe, I understand the nature of the book, being a Romatic fansasy novel in all, but I found my favorite character in Ivy. She intrigued me. I found it rather insulting that the aurthor keept doing everything in her power to make me insulted by her "relationship" with the main character. Ok, fine I understand the hole, NO girl relationships in a romance novel, I got over that a while ago, but to add insult to disappointment, the first main guy on the "good" side we meet, instintly becomes the main charcters intrest.
    His helpful info he gave, sent alarm bells in my head that he had a dark secret, but that didnt matter. He was a guy and that meant the main character could be a "normal" girl in love. What ever!

    The more I read (yes I couldn't put the book down) the more I grew to dislike the main character. Really for me it was all about the supporting characters in the book. The thought of Ivy dressed as a candy stripper was funny, and Jinks's continous insults was a great break from the darker mood the book held.

    In a nut sell, Read the book if you like vampires, Elfs, Pixie, and magic. Its a great book and keeps you reading to the last page. Just dont hate me, cause I cant find understanding with the main character. ...more info
  • No desire to read the rest
    What a goody two shoes book. Usually I don't notice that kind of thing because most of the time in books, it's a pretty seemless affair depending on the audience and story but MAN this was so lame sometimes.
    The first half of the book was very boring, fortunately it picked up after the whole rat thing. Up until them the only interesting thing was the almost vampire lesbian instances. Too little too late though. I would probably never read the rest in the series. I didn't care for the supernatural world that was created, nothing left me wanting to know more about these characters....more info
  • Great story
    I guess this is just a 'me too' post, but I really enjoyed the story. I thought it was very original, the characters had well defined personalities that developed through the series along with interesting flaws that made them likable.

    Overall a great series....more info
  • Rachel Morgan is simply ANNOYING!
    I didn't finish the book because I simply cannot stand the main character Rachel Morgan. A dim-witted witch with no talents (oh no, she is talented at blaming others for her mistakes! urgghh!) If you like paranormal beings living side by side with humans, I suggest Patricia Brigg's books. The characters are much better developed and actually likable. ...more info
  • Great book!
    I loved this book! It was one of the most interesting books I've read in a long time and one of my new favorites. I was really impressed with how well the writer was able to describe the world in the book. We get history, backstory, and lots of details explaining how everything works in their society where vampires, fairies, werewolves, and pixies have always existed, but have just recently exposed themselves to the humans.

    I loved the main character. She's fun and actually has a really good heart. The author did a great job coming up with interesting supporting characters that really make the story a fun read. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes urban fantasy with witches and magic. ...more info
  • Better than Anita Blake, but that's not saying much
    This book is a guilty pleasure. Read it because you like urban fantasy, or because you like vampires, but don't read it looking for a literary masterpiece. It is entertaining, but it is not particularly well-written.

    That said, I expected a cheap Anita Blake knock-off, but I was pleasantly surprised. For one thing, it had a plot. The main character, Rachel Morgan, actually uses her stated powers and does not randomly generate new super-duper powers because of deus ex machina. No sex scenes spontaneously broke out under flimsy pretenses. Rachel makes mistakes and is able to get over them and keep going. Pixies, demons and witches figure in the cast of characters as much as vampires do, including a pixie named Jenks who stole the show with his humorous banter. (If Jenks wasn't already married and only four inches high, he would get my vote for Rachel's love interest, especially since the love interest who gets introduced later is a dull yes-man.)

    The gripes I had, though, outweighed most of the above good points. The plot is on shaky ground from the start. She quits her job, so her old boss wants to kill her. Huh? The only way to get her old boss to cancel the fatwah is to buy out her contract. What? I don't know about other job fields, but in teaching if you break contract they just gnash their teeth and tear their hair and give you a bad reference. Apparently in supernatural police work they give other cops a license to kill you. IN PUBLIC. WITH WITNESSES. Right. About half-way though the book I thought, why doesn't she just go to the human cops and tell them that her old supernatural co-workers are after her? Sure enough, she finally does just that about three chapters from the end. *Headdesk.*

    Further, the conflict between Rachel and her new roommate and business partner, Ivy the vampire, got very old, very fast. It was irritating to see the supernatural equivalent of an FBI agent or police officer reacting with panic every time she was in the same room as a vampire. The phrases "going vampy" and "pulling an aura" were used an annoying number of times. Yes, I get it. She hates vampires. They scare her, but she knew that before she moved in with Ivy, can we get back to the plot now? Harrison could probably have cut several of these scenes in their entirety and not lost anything of critical plot value, while vastly improving the pacing.

    A further gripe is that Rachel is kind of ditzy, keeps getting caught by the bad guys, and yet characters keep describing her as smart, strong and a good detective. Clearly they are not reading the same book I am reading. The worst character moment was when Rachel was captured by her nemesis. She rates the bad guy's butt and goes into alarming detail of his physique.

    The book left off with enough loose ends to fuel several sequels, which, from searching Harrison's name, is exactly what happened. But at least she gets her old boss to stop trying to kill her. So to sum up: a guilty pleasure....more info
  • Once you read one, you just can't stop................
    This series and the introduction of the characters and their world is very refreshing and actually downright intriguing. One actually immerse one's self in Rachel's world. Kim Harrison created something special....more info
  • Outwit, outlive, outplay. Let the games in the Hollows begin!
    My never ending search to discover new urban fantasy novels continues with Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. Yes, I love succulent stories about vampires, werewolves, faeries and the likes. While I have been disappointed with several books by other authors, my fascination with these otherworldly creatures remain on high. And after sitting on my shelf for many months, I thought it was time to get acquainted with Rachel Morgan.

    As I found myself with a smile on my face after flying through the first few pages, I knew instantly that I was in for a treat. Rachel is a witch who works as a runner for the Inderland Security (I.S.), the department which patrols the paranormal community of Cincinnati. She may not be human but she does suffer from the same grief that many of us mere mortals do. You see, Rachel hates her boss and is dying to get out of I.S. She believes that her boss has it in for her since he's given her nothing but crappy jobs for the last two years. Unfortunately, the few who were brave enough to leave I.S. met with some `unfortunate' accident. But when she is assigned to tag a leprechaun, Rachel finds her ticket out of the I.S. when she gets three wishes in exchange for `accidentally' losing her tag. And it appears that ending her contract isn't as hard as she thought it would be when her boss gleefully lets her go without batting an eyelash. To think that she even worried about them retaliating if she tried to break her contract! However, when her vampire friend Ivy also resigns to join her, she finds herself a dead witch walking when her ex-boss puts a hit on her blaming her for Ivy's departure. All of a sudden, the hunter becomes the hunted.

    DEAD WITCH WALKING proved to be a highly entertaining read. Harrison gives her own twist to the supernatural world, providing Cincinnati as the backdrop for her otherworldly creatures. I enjoyed the world building. Harrison's narrative provides a vivid depiction of the Hollows allowing the readers to really engage in Rachel's world. There is also a healthy dose of humor thrown in; I found myself laughing at some of the antics provided mostly by the incorrigible Jenks, Rachel's four-inch tall pixie sidekick. Oh, how I laughed reading the part when they were in a cab trying to picture how Jenks looked gyrating with the dashboard Hawaiian doll! He was an absolute riot to read possessing a twisted sense of humor and the courage of a giant. Rachel's friend Ivy is another interesting character that I look forward to reading more of. She is such an enigma and I'm really intrigued by her mysteriousness. And I do hope that Rachel overcomes her fear of her because, admittedly, I did find it a little tedious reading over and over again how Ivy `scares the crap out of her'.

    Despite this one little quibble, though, DEAD WITCH WALKING was an enjoyable and pretty amusing read. Kim Harrison has laid the foundation for a great series and I am eager to explore more of Rachel's world....more info
  • Good/Bad opinion
    Well, lets see, I have mixed feelings about this first book. At the begining it was VERY slow. It was boring and I was lost because the author confused me with too much information, yet noe enough to explain what the heck was going on. I forced myself to read more and once I hit 200--something pages, it got interesting. I really wanted to give up but then it got better and better. At the beginging, I didn't even want to bother to read it, but after I finished it, I think I am curious to read the second book....more info
  • Only got half way through
    I do have to start by saying I only got half way through the book. Normally if I'm going to LOVE a book I'm hooked by the first chapter.
    I orignally bought it because I saw the ratings Charlaine Harris gave it but didn't realize it was going to be more Witch and Science Fiction than anything and not alot of romance. I kept reading to see if she would get intimate with someone or feel something for a particular character but it didn't really happen at least to my liking, not to say you won't like it. There is certainly action and adventure and VERY interesting characters...PIXIES, WITCHES, WARLOCKS, VAMPIRES, etc......more info
  • Oh look, a review that doesn't reitterate the summary, or give spoilers!
    I've read the book once before, and had bought this as a gift to my mother, who uses audio books. I loved the series, and this did nothing to dissapoint. The only note I'd like to mention is that the character voices attempted by the reader, Marguerite Gavin, are a little tough to get used to. That aside, the recording, and story are fantastic. I reccomend to any and all....more info
  • Absolutely delicious!
    I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book. Every page drips with action, humor and mix of creatures that are good, bad, some in between and also those walking on both sides of existence; dead and the undead. Kim Harrison has created a magnificent world of witches, vampires, demons, pixies, fairies, leprechauns and all sorts of shape shifters. This is the first book in the Rachel Morgan series and I'm in luck to have them all waiting for me on my shelf.

    Most of the time I stick to straight horror, no pixy dust and warlocks for me but I just couldn't help myself and jumped into Harrison's world of mischief, mystery and magic. Rachel Morgan plays a bounty hunter working for Inland Security where magical creatures rule with iron laws. Fed up with her cruel boss she decides to leave only to end up with a death contract on her head, thus the title. With help from friends of mighty talents she decides to plan a way out to set herself free and to help he IS catch biodrug lord in order to have them cancel their call on her head. Little does she know what a tough task it proved and ends up getting chased by more than one bad guy. The story leaves the reader ready for the next book in the series so everything does not wrap up completely.

    I adored reading about Rachel's magic and her charms, they were her main way of practicing spells and were used to save her skin a few times. The reader is send on a wild ride as Rachel transforms herself, battles animals and demons, fairies and avoids getting bitten by some charming vamps. This was a blast to read, if only all the books were written this way, the world would probably have riots in front of the bookstores and TV's would cease to exist.

    - Kasia S.
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  • The mink book
    In honor of her new book "White Witch, Black Curse" I've been going back and re-reading her other titles.

    This is the mink book, where she meets Nick. Love the vampire dating guide.

    Not the best book in the series but certainly a very good start!...more info
    I can't remember where I discovered this book. I want to say WaldenBooks Bookstore. I was wonderfully surprised and I have been hooked on Kim Harrison every since. What a great writer!! I love this series!! Vampires, Witches, Werewolves, Pixies, Fairies, Elves, and Demons in "normal" life situations. Well, almost normal. Great read, and you won't be disappointed!

    -Speedi ...more info
  • Above the standard fare of Urban Fantasy
    Kim Harrison provides a compelling story line in an interesting and fairly well developed alternative world. A few of the relationships among the protagonists are unclear, but intentionally so. Definitely begs reader to read the next book in the series. Strong heroine, a little cocky and glib. No unwanted blow-by-blow sex scenes.
    Overall a very enjoyable read!...more info
  • Great begining to a Great Series
    When I started reading this book I felt a little lost, almost like I started reading in the middle and I was missing something. However, she does go back and explain and once I felt like I had a grasp on the story I couldn't put it down. I am facinated by this world that Kim Harrison has created and through it I am able to get my fix for all things supernatural...witches, vampires (dead and undead), werewolves, pixies, faires and a few unknowns.

    Kind of a mix between Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse Novels.

    I will definitely be reading the next in the series....more info
  • Fun and Feisty
    Dead Witch Walking is a perfect example of this type of book. Ms. Harrison has created a rich and realistic world packed with fun, believable characters. You find yourself rooting for the heroine right away as she travels from one mishap to another. Despite things not always going her way, she still emerges as a strong, self-sufficient heroine who's willing to go toe to toe with the bad guys.

    The supporting cast is also strong in this book. Ivy, our heroine's living vampire partner and roommate, is perfectly mysterious. My favorite character, though, is Jenks, the third partner at the firm. Jenks is a pixie - 4 inches tall, with dragonfly wings and still all man.

    Although this book is not a cliffhanger - it wraps up acceptably well - it is very obvious there is still a lot of story to be told. I look forward to discovering where Rachel Morgan will head next....more info
  • Kim Harrison's discovered by me!
    I recently bought most of this author's novels based on word-of-mouth, from a close friend. Have not begun to read them but I'm deeply intrigued. All titles are plays on Clint Eastwood movie titles! Interesting! Shipment arrived quickly, and in excellent shape. ...more info
  • Introduction to the Hollows
    As someone who has delved into a few different fantasy/urban noir type series (Anita Blake, Nightside, Garrett Files) I went into this book looking for some fun, especially since the stories take place in an alternative version of the town I live in, Cincinnati.
    You probably know the story by now if you are reading this review. Rachel is a white witch in an alternate reality where witches, werewolves, and vampires are real and intermingling with the normals of the world. There are pixies, fairies, and plenty of other strange creatures, but most of this tale surrounds three primary characters that weave this tale: Rachel, our main character white witch, Ivy, a living Vampire (an interesting twist on being a vamp-still alive, so not undead), and Jenks, a pixie. Rachel has quit her job as a runner, someone who searchers out Inderlanders who have broken the law (Inderlanders, as in the non-humans and supernatural beings of this world) and has struck out on her own. Unfortunately, her former boss has a contract out on her and the only way to escape the assassins hunting her down is to break a big case and manage to pay off the contract she severed with her old employers.
    This is the introductory story so there is plenty of effort spent getting us warmed up to the world the author has created. Its not perfect but I could tell there is plenty here that will lead me to the rest of the series. It was fun and interesting although a bit slow in places. There is the potential for a long term nemesis in Trent Kalamack, the ultra powerful biodrug runner by night and respected and wealthy city councilman by day.
    We are given details about how this world works but there are plenty of things left undiscovered here. I would say that Rachel reminds me of Anita Blake but that would be too broad an observation. She is more vulnerable in many ways and certainly, I hope she never becomes nearly as annoying as Anita did in the later works of that series. Rachel is simply a witch trying to make her way in a very dangerous world, with friends who are both powerful and somewhat mysterious, as is the case with Ivy and even Nick, her new, human friend who seems to have a few surprises up his sleeve. Jenks was easily my favorite character. A Pixie with an attitude, he is emminently likeable and amusing.

    Overall, a positive start to the series. I do hope that now that we are past the introductions, the future stories will get into the meat of the mysteries Rachel will be hired to resolve that much quicker....more info
  • Very Enjoyable Despite Flaws

    I don't normally read these types of horror novels sticking mainly to horror anthologies, but I found Dead Witch Walking to be highly entertaining and refreshing. You don't have to think too hard to read it and enjoy it. Plus, it was different and never boring.

    Even the numerous flaws didn't detract from my enjoyment in reading this book. What was the proofreader doing instead of proofreading this book for publication? For example, "Jenks", the pixie, became "Jinks" on more than one occasion. Three quarters of the way through the book, Rachel's lavender cologne suddenly turned into lilac and certain individuals were described as "heroine addicts" rather than "heroin addicts". Star-struck, I suppose.

    Anyway, like I said, these little flaws still do not detract from the enjoyment of the book and I recommend it. I look forward to reading the next book in the series....more info
  • One of the better entries in today's booming vampire-hunter genre
    This is another entry in that recent fantasy-romace subgenre perhaps started by Laurell K. Hamilton back in 1993: the sexy-vampire-huntress-in-a-parallel-United-States tale. Kim Harrison's version is better than the industry average.

    You know the basic plot in this subgenre. Here, our heroine Rachel is a witch employed as a bounty-hunter of supernaturals who commit minor crimes.

    (Witches, vampires, werewolves, and other supernaturals are nonhuman species who were living in hiding among us humans until a virus transmitted by a genetically-engineered tomato wiped out much of the human population. The supernaturals, no longer outnumbered by us, subsequently "came out" into our society, and we had no choice but to integrate them.)

    Rachel impulsively leaves her awful job to start a detective agency with the enigmatic and scary vampire Iris. However, her former employer puts a contract out on her life. The only way she can pay it off is to get evidence on the illegal doings of a ruthless tycoon.

    Along the way she acquires a magic-using human boyfriend, and negotiates the perils of living with a vampire with a secret agenda. As readers, we get lots of lovely details about pixie clan wars and different types of witchcraft.

    Why is this better than average? It just feels more believable, and hence more involving, than a lot of these books. Rachel is a complex personality but not too much of an annoying smarty-pants: she gets across a lot of humor, insecurity, and fear over the dangerous situations into which she ventures.

    Jenks the pixie is a worthy sidekick who gives her much opportunity for snappy dialog. Iris is appropriately mysterious and alluring. The will-they-or-won't-they tension between Rachel and Iris is a little unusual and unresolved, but the author needs some story arcs that span the series so we can't expect her to wrap it up in a book. Overall, a good read....more info
  • Snore, bore, bad
    I have tried to read this book three different times, oh it is boring, as much as i tried to give it the benefit of the doubt I want to pull my hair out. Bla bla bla... She is stuck in a cage. bla bla bla. she has a problem with her vamp room mate, bla bla bla. I'll return all these books they are so bad.. so boring so amazingly snore....more info
  • A Witch PI and her vampire and pixie partners in crime-solving
    DEAD WITCH WALKING is the first Rachel Morgan fantasy novel by bestselling new author, Kim Harrison. Harrison seemingly came out of nowhere and exploded into the market, attracting an immediate audience then growing geometrically as people started talking this first book up. Her paperbacks have been reprinted dozens of times, and she's now being published first in hardcover. Even the first paperbacks are now getting a hardcover treatment next year.

    Rachel Morgan is a witch in a world that's not quite like ours. She's also a cop for the Inderland Security, the police force that patrols the paranormal segment of Cincinnati. Unfortunately, Rachel hates her boss and hates her job. She ultimately wants to be able to call her own shots.

    One night, a series of events puts that possibility into her grasp and she takes it. Before she knows it, though, she's blackmailed into signing on Ivy, a female vampire that's over six feet tall and as dangerous as they come, and Jenks, a pixie who's got a sharp tongue and a way through electronic security, as her partners. In no time at all, she's hanging out a shingle, VAMPIRIC CHARMS PRIVATE DETECTIVE AGENCY at an old church with stories of its own to tell.

    I liked the way that Harrison sets up her world, designating the "normal" world and offsetting it with the Hollows, where most of the supernatural creatures and people live. It doesn't take long to get into the background of her richly textured novel, though the fact that the USA never got to the moon in this world still kind of jars me.

    The magic and use of the supernatural characters makes sense. Harrison creates a series of rules regarding them and plays fairly with them. And her imagination is HUGE. I could almost make a checklist of future books I want Harrison to write just so I can learn more about her world.

    Rachel's character is at once warm, vulnerable, and powerful, a hard combination to pull off for a writer, but Harrison makes it seem easy. In the beginning, the action seems a little slow, but there's actually a lot going on. Rachel figures when she quits her job and goes out on her own it's not going to be a problem. I. S. didn't want her there anyway, which was one of the reasons she wanted to leave the agency.

    However, when Ivy goes with her, I. S. is furious. Ivy buys out her assassination contract, though. Rachel isn't so lucky. I. S. won't touch Ivy because they've made a profit off of her, but they're plenty willing to take out their mad on Rachel.

    Ivy, in addition to being a living vampire from a royal family, is a complicated character. I didn't get to learn everything about her in this novel that I wanted to, but I've got a whole series to explore. She's incredibly interesting, and there's something about her relationship with Rachel that's piqued my curiosity.

    Jenks, the pixie, is a laugh riot. He's got a twisted sense of humor, a tremendous fighting spirit, and doesn't even come close to being politically correct.

    DEAD WITCH WALKING sets up a lot of the ensuing series, but the exploration of the world and of the main characters is awesome. Harrison knows how to write emotion and action, and once the story was up and running, I was hard-pressed to keep up with all the twists and turns.

    This book is a must-have for urban fantasy fans. But my advice is to start here with this one, because there's a lot of backstory that gets unveiled. And, from what I've heard, the characters change and grow throughout the series....more info
  • Rache the Runner
    Kim Harrison is an excellent writer. I love her setting in the Hollows. All of her sexy characters have personality and are not always predictable. Which makes for great reading....more info
  • Ehhhh...
    This one was alright. Just alright. Wasn't anything great, but I'll still pick up the next one to see if it gets any better.

    Rachel Morgan is a witch with a purpose. As a sort of supernatural bounty hunter, she is charged with keeping the peace in the Hollows, a melting pot containing all the various creatures the supernatural world has to offer. Problem is, Rachel isn't super good at her job, and her boss is out to get her. However, her former partner Ivy, is good at her job and is more than willing to help Rachel out of her contract. Problem is, Rachel doesn't exactly trust Ivy because she's a half-vampire. But her mistrust isn't enough to keep her from joining forces with Ivy, and a pixie named Jenks. Together they form a business of their own, and it isn't long before they get their first job.

    I really did not like Rachel at all. She's just a very annoying character and her overblown mistrust in everyone is grating. Hopefully she grows up a little bit in the next book. That would have made this so much better, although it does give her character room to grow. Ivy and Jenks are fun characters though. And Kim Harrison did a wonderful job fleshing out the supernatural world with details. Hopefully the next book is able to change my opinion....more info