The Witch with No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison
5 I can’t believe it’s over, stars!!
“I liked beginnings better than endings.”
Well ladies and gents, this is the end of an era for me. I’ve always loved the urban fantasy genre and this is one of my all time favorite series, in the genre and out of it.
I initially read this series at the urging of a coworker of mine (the same dude who made me read The Maze Runner and other awesome books). After reading the first book Dead Witch Walking I wasn’t super impressed and I gave the book a 3/5 stars. I continued to read the series when my coworker promised they would get better. And HOLY SH** did they get better. It’s really true, this is one of those rare series of books where with every book I became more enthralled with the world it’s placed in.
In this final installment, Cormel places an ultimatum with Rachel. She must find a way to help vampires keep their souls when they die the first death, or else. This evolves into a power battle between the vampires, demons and elves which have dire consequences, and Rachel and her trusty group of friends and allies are stuck in the middle of it.
“Because for all the changes, some things were immutable truths: friendship transcends all barriers, understanding trumps fear, and great power can always be surmounted by determination.”
It took me a while to read this book because a huge part of me didn’t want it to be over. Over the past couple of years of reading these books Rachel, Ivy and Jenks feel like friends to me and I didn’t want to say goodbye.
And Trent, oh Trent. I want a cookie maker of my own! This man (elf) was absolutely perfect, and he and Rachel complement each other beautifully. Surprisingly, the scenes with Rachel and Trent were very emotional, but I felt it worked as they were fighting side by side in dire circumstances and fighting to stay together despite the insurmountable odds stacked against them. Trent is a best book boyfriend in my world.
“Love died in the shadows, and it shouldn’t cost so much to keep it in the sun. But as Trent would say, anything gotten cheap wouldn’t last, so do what you need to do to be happy and deal with the consequences. That if love was easy, everyone would find it.”
I have very few issues with how the book ended, but one big one would be Nina. I’m sorry but I saw absolutely no redeeming qualities in Nina and found it hard to believe that Ivy could stand being around her, let alone being in love with her. There was no connection! **SPOILER** I’d rather Kim Harrison kill Nina off than tie her soul to Ivy forever, but whatever. Not every ending can be perfect, huh?
That was quite possibly one of the best epilogues ever. I’m sad this series is over :((((((((
“Give up? Leave? echoed in my thoughts as his lips met mine, holding both a promise and a desire. Never, I answered myself as we parted and, hands still connected, turned to those who meant most to us and were welcomed in between the pixy dust and the blue butterflies. THE BEGINNING.”