The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison | Book Review

April 4, 2014 Reviews 12

The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison | Book ReviewThe Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #12
Published by Harper Voyager on 2014-02-25
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 432
Length: 16 hours 13 minutes
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to the supernatural adventures of Rachel Morgan in the penultimate book of the Hollows seriesWitch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic—earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic—and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something—or someone—is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike.The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. The only way to do so is through the ancient elven magic, but that carries its own perils—for magic always has a price, and gods do not come lightly when called.

My Initial Reaction…

yowza! Reading The Undead Pool is like the opening a gift that you’ve been dying to get for years. When you start to pull on the wrapper and see bits and pieces – like the cover including Trent – you get so excited because it’s finally happening!! You shake with excitement and then you start discovering your new gift. Really getting to know it and its 100x better than you could have dreamed. Yep – The Undead Pool was that good.

*Folks this is book 12, so I’m sorry, but there will be series spoilers.

The Characters…

One of the things that makes The Undead Pool so great is the way Kim managed to incorporate pretty much everyone I’ve loved since day one. Of course, that pretty much makes talking about the characters in any thorough yet succinct way pretty much impossible. So I’m not even going to try. Instead let’s just talk Rachel, Ivy, Jenks, and of course, Trent.

As is usual, Rachel drove me mad in The Undead Pool. She has finally come to the realization that she cares deeply for Trent. But she’s also continuing her ridiculously annoying path as martyr. She knows that being with her isn’t the “right” thing for Trent as  a leader among the elves and she’s willing to let him go for his own good. While this made for some incredibly fabulous sexual tension, I think I was ready to pull my hair out by time all was said and done. But that aside, Rachel continues to be someone that you can’t help but love. And it’s a theme that really pulls through in this book – for a demon, she’s managed to surround herself with an incredible number of people and species who would literally risk their lives for her. I admit it, I cried a little. Imagine what I’ll do when the series ends?

Ivy has grown so much over the series and I really love where she’s at now. She’s gone from being insecure, self-loathing, and lost to someone who has confidence and is actively working to save someone else – Nina. Watching the way Ivy is with Nina brought tears to my eyes – both for what Nina was going through and because of the way Ivy was able to help her. It was heartwarming and I think we’re really seeing Ivy approach her HEA. I want it for her and I hope that the next (and last *sobs*) book will give it to her.

Jenks is the rock in this trio. Despite being technically younger than both of them, he’s always been the parental voice. I love that he continues in that role and yet, so much like a parent, I see him stepping back a little. He knows that his kids are growing up. Which, coincidentally, his pixie kids are too. Yet another somber note for me in The Undead Pool, seeing Jenks’s garden emptying has left me with lots of questions about Jenks’s future. How will he hold such a large garden as the last of his kids leave?

I’ll wrap this up with Trent. I’ve been waiting to see Trent become this guy since book one. We’ve been gradually seeing more and more of him, but in The Undead Pool – as the cover makes pretty clear – Trent is front and center. He’s finally crossed over to being an essential part of the team and he’s pulling his weight. He’s grown so much and it becomes so clear in The Undead Pool as you start to see why he’s made the decisions he’s made since way back in book one. More importantly, you see him changing the way he thinks in really crucial ways. I think I fell in love with him all over again.

The Story…

Alright so as is the case with pretty much every Hollows book – there are tons of magical problems afoot in Cincinnati and somehow Rachel is at the heart of them. In The Undead Pool magic is basically misfiring – you’ve got simple charms acting at 10x their intended intensity. And what do you know? The problem seems to be somehow connected to Rachel and maybe even her line.

I really don’t want to spoil the different elements that unfolded, since I found each one surprising and exciting. What I will say is that some of the elements get a little weird, but for me it was in a really great way. I absolutely loved the mystics – parts of the elf goddess – and the quirky element that they brought to the plot.

What made this plot particularly exciting for me was the way that it brought in everyone – Rachel, the demons, humans (at the FIB), the pixies, the elves, the vamps, the gargoyles, and even the weres (which I feel tend to be more in the backseat) are all working together – and sometimes against each other – to bring Cincinnati out of an extreme crisis. It was non-stop fun – whether it was the action, the magic, the mystery, or the sexual tension – something exciting was always happening.

Concluding Sentiments…

I loved every minute of this penultimate book in the Hollows. The Undead Pool definitely felt like a series coming towards it’s close, letting us see a bit of all our favorite characters and marching them towards their – hopefully happily – ever afters.

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About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling The Outlaw Demon Wails, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina, where she has remained since. When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found chasing down good chocolate, exquisite sushi, or the ultimate dog chew–for her dogs.
other pseudonyms: Dawn Cook

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12 Responses to “The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison | Book Review”

  1. Lexxie
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    YAY, I’m so happy you loved this so much, too, Berls! I, too love how much the characters have grown, and I’m so sad the next book will be the last in the series. I think The Hollows is the only series this long I have continued to love so much as it continues. The stories keep being original, but still have that Hollows feel to them, and I love the characters as if they were my friend!

    Great review!!
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    • Berls
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      I agree, Lexxie, every book in the series is fresh and I love that you can’t just jump in, every book (and even novella, really) makes a difference to the overall arc. I’m dying to read The Witch With No Name, but I’m also so sad that it’s the end.
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  2. Melliane
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    aaaah I really need to read more in the series, I’mso behind. Well in fact I need to read book 7 but I love the whole books. I”m glad it’s still that good!

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Oh Melliane I hope you’ve had a chance to get caught up the LAST book is coming out in September! I’m both excited and nervous 🙂
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  3. Jessica @ Rabid Reads
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    Yes, despite my issues with this installment, it was still fantastic. And POOR Jenks!! I’m sitting here, all knotted-up thinking about his emptying garden 🙁 At least he’ll still have Belle, right? Do fairies age the same way pixies do? I don’t know. What I DO know, is I will be VERY sad next year when all of this wraps up. Great review *shares The Hollows love*
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I know, I’m getting this anxious nervous sad excitement (< <---yes, ALL those adjectives) thinking about the impending ending of The Hollows. Kim keeps saying "those that survive" and my gut keeps plummeting wondering who's going to die. I just hope hope hope that Ivy gets a happy ending. And Jenks. And Rachel & Trent of course. *sigh* I apparently want a big happy HEA Berls recently posted…#COYER Read-a-thon | Christmas in July!My Profile

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I know your work project has been crazy, but I hope you’re getting to the series — maybe on audio? Marguerite Gavin is quite good – because it’s ending in September. I’m so excited/sad/nervous LOL
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I still can’t believe you haven’t read this series! I know it’s not wolf central (though it does have at least one great werewolf in it you know) but this is totally a series you have to read. And it’s ending in September! 🙁
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Oh yes, I do hope you’ve managed to start catching up, especially since the last book comes out in September!
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