This was the make or break book for me for this series.The first book, "Dead Witch Walking" showed promise but left me wondering if I really cared what happened to the main character, Rachel Morgan. The second book, "The Good, The Bad And The Undead" sealed the deal for me.
It is better written, faster moving and has a much better plot than the first book. It starts with an action scene, Rachel on a Run to capture... a koi? Fast action mixed with dry humour set the tone for the book. At least I thought it did. Then, about half way through, things got darker and much, much better.
What cranked up the quality was the relationship between Rachel and her vampire roomate. In the first book this had been stylish and cool and intriguing. In this book it becomes central to the plot and becomes much more about an intense relationship between two strong struggling with secrets kept and confidences betrayed.
In this book, Rachel has finally stopped whining and started to take responsibility for herself and deal with her situation. She starts to accept that she should be using her abilities as a witch and not just stumbling along.
Unfortunately, she does this just at the point that witches are being killed across the city.
Just about everything I learned in book one is revisited in a new context with more information and shifts into a new pattern. This is very well done and the final pattern is much stronger than I expected it to be.
The baddies in this book are less black and white and the goodies turn out not to be who or what we thought they were.
Overall, "The Good, The Bad And The Undead" is a step up from its predecessor and delivers a solid but still stylish piece of Urban Supernatural Fantasy.
As usual, Marguerite Gavin does an excellent job with the narration. Click on the SoundCloud link below to sample her delivery
I'd never read Kim Harrison before. I picked the book because Margaurite Gavin is the narrator and I normally enjoy what she reads.
By the end of "Dead Witch Walking" I was convinced that Kim Harrison had created the basis for a strong Urban Fantasy series.
Her imagining of an alternative earth where a bioengineered disease has accidentally wiped out enough of the human population to bring the weres, vampires, fairies, pixies and witches out of the closet is rich and original.
She has assembled a strong ensemble cast in an iconic location and taken them through trial by combat.
There are secrets and mysteries, murky motives, undisclosed back-stories and shifting agendas enough to feed a dozen books and enough acts of heroism and loyalty to give everyone something to win/lose/feel guilty about. The action scenes are clear and exiting. The vampire/witch dynamic has an instinct-driven frisson to it that remains unresolved.
Only two things marred the book for me: I didn't much like the main character, Rachel Morgan, at the beginning. She was meant to be a tough, wise-cracking, kick-ass-but-honourable witch with a past but, in the first few chapters, she came across as whiney, self-pitying and mistrustful of the people trying to help her; I also began to feel that Morgan's head-long rush into any situation wasn't a character flaw but an attempt to disguise a weak plot.
Still, I'll be back for more. I think this is one of those series that will get better as it goes along.
After begging her parents for years, Calla Larkenwood is finally given the opportunity to go to school to become a guardian. Unfortunately, it does not end up being everything she thought it would.
A Faerie's Secret by Rachel Morgan is another incredible story in the Creepy Hollow Series! A Faerie's Secret takes place seven years after The Faerie War. Don’t worry Calla’s big brother Ryn and Vi still played a role in the series.
It was interesting learning more about Calla now that she is getting older. She has had some difficulties in her life having to hide her talent from the Guild and overcome her childhood abduction. She is smart and brave. I felt bad that so many people give her a hard time. She has a serious case of Claustrophobia that sometimes puts her in less than desirable situations. She is a likable character that never seems to catch a break.
I liked Chase. He was mysterious and helpful to Calla. I enjoyed their conversations and interaction.
Rachel Morgan continued to create a vibrant world in this series. She makes it easy to visualize the surroundings and characters. The plot was amazing. So many unexpected things happen. The story was thrilling and oh-my-gosh-the-ending! Let’s just say I cannot wait to read the next book. If you haven’t tried this series, I would recommend starting with the first book.
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.