Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering.
Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.
Sometimes when it comes to this series and writing reviews, I feel a bit like a broken record as how many different ways can you express absolutely loving a book? But here I am again writing a review about a book in this series that I loved and could quite honestly turn right around and read again. Seriously it was that good. Not only is there an incredible amount of character growth, and considering the size of the cast, that's more than impressive, but there's also one heck of a main plot and side ones as well to boot. In fact, this is a game changer book, a rather major one in fact. Considering there's only one more installment left in this series, I'm almost baffled at the turn of events. Do I love the new directions? Absolutely, and a lot of them I have to admit I was hoping for, but there were many twists that I didn't see coming at all, which only made the read even better, and rather impressive to still be able to surprise me 12 books in. But that being said, the shake up will make things more than interesting, and probably rather jammed pack in the final installment as there's going to be a lot to resolve. But then again, I wouldn't expect anything less than a stellar bang from this series. Now, only to wait the year plus till it releases...
Now I realize that I've been very very vague in this review, but honestly there isn't much to talk about without spoiling, and trust me, you won't want anything spoiled. Thi especially when it comes to the many different character dynamics that you are dying to know about. (*Coughs* Rachel & Trent). So while I apologize that I haven't given away any juicy details, you'll thank me when you get your hands on the book and get to read it completely fresh and untainted.
So to sum things up, THE UNDEAD POOL is a must read, and Kim Harrison should be on any Urban Fantasy fan's auto buy list. If you haven't read this series, well then you don't know what you are missing, and if you have, prepare to be amazed yet again at Harrison's skills in crafting a captivatingly excellent story. Bravo Ms. Harrison. Bravo.
1. Dead Witch Walking
2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
3. Every Which Way But Dead
4. A Fistful of Charms
5. For a Few Demons More
6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
7. White Witch, Black Curse
8. Back Magic Sanction
9. Pale Demon
10. A Perfect Blood
11. Ever After