The Outlaw Demon Wails, book six in The Hollows, opens a few months after the events of For a Few Demons More. Rachel is still recovering from the murder of her lover Kisten, but she won’t have too much time to morn. The demon Al has found a way to break out of his supernatural prison and is determined to kill our favorite red-headed witch. Things become more complicated when Rachel discovers that her friend Ceri has become pregnant. To protect the life of the unborn child, Trent asks Rachel to travel into the ever-after to complete a dangerous task. With Al hunting her down, Rachel knows that stepping into the demonic realm would be suicide, but she may not have a choice.
While reading For a Few Demons More, I remember enjoying the novel, but also worrying that the series was showing signs of wear. Here we had chapters and chapters filled with peril and drama, but in the grand scheme of things, not too much developed (with the exception of Kisten’s death of course). In the beginning of The Outlaw Demons Wails, it appears to be the same old song and dance. Demons continue to gate crash Rachel’s life. Her relationship with the vampire Ivy is still one step forward and two steps back. As normal, she does a lot of bickering with Trent and anyone else that gets in her way. Admittedly, Rachel seems to be taking a more mature view of things, no longer throwing herself into danger with little thought, so that’s an improvement. Fortunately, as the novel develops, things pick up quite a bit. Harrison throws quite a few surprises at us, as we learn more about Rachel’s family, and the results of the genetic tinkering practiced on her as a child. By the end of the novel, Rachel has to make a lot of difficult decisions in order to do the right thing, and some of the results are rather jaw dropping.
One thing that bothered me a bit was Rachel’s augmentative nature, something that didn’t grate on my nerves that much in previous books. I like the fact that Rachel doesn’t take crap from anyone but at times she seemed down right rude. One thing I found interesting about this book was the introduction of another romantic lead, although he seems more of a rebound than a serious relationship.
I was a little nervous about this novel when I first picked it up, but enjoyed where it ended. The Outlaw Demon Wails, much like For a Few Demons World, doesn’t sparkle as much as some of the earlier novels in the series, but was still a good read. I’m curious to see how things will develop in the seventh book, White Witch, Black Curse.
Rating: four stars
Length: 455 pages
TBR Pile: 139 books
Similar Books: If you’re looking for another paranormal book where the protagonist can’t help but stumbling into peril, try The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (my reviews), and The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris (my reviews)
Other books I've read by this author: Dead Witch Walking, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, Every Which Way but Dead, A Fistful of Charms, and For a Few Demons More. I’ve also read the novella Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil from Dates from Hell, and Madison Avery and the Dim Reaper from Prom Nights from Hell.
Catching up on reviews. Next I'll be posting a review of the audiobook of Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
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