Early Review: Waylaid by Kim Harrison

, by Kt Clapsadl

Waylaid by Kim Harrison

Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of “the amazingly gifted” (RT Book Reviews) Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or her intuition telling her to believe.

WAYLAID is a fun romp of a mashup between one of my all time favorite series, The Hollows, and the author's new series, Peri Reed. When I heard about this novelette, I had wondered how Kim Harrison would realistically mash the two very very different worlds without it stretching the rules to far. I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly everything played out. Rachel true to her character comes blazing in and her rashness gets her into trouble like normal. Peri on the other hand, is much more controlled and by the books type, and yet in this story a bit of Rachel rubbed off on her. It made for a fun but short tale.

One thing to note is that I think the draw for WAYLAID is more of a hook rather than a true story in it's own right. It feels like more of a marketing tool (and a good one!) for Hollows fans to be enticed by another story with Rachel, and introduce them to Peri's world. As a die hard Hollows fan, I think it's worth the $0.99 price tag, but for someone else who hasn't read the books, it may not be. Then again the reverse could be true and bring Peri fans over to the Hollows. Either way, it's a fun story that I enjoyed a great deal, that only made me love both series even more. Perhaps a re-read of the hollows is in order during the long wait until the next Peri book...

(Received a copy from the publisher)

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