Welcome to a “retro review”—taking a look at a book that’s not a new release but deserves a re-visit. I’m currently reading Ever After, the new book in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series (which will be released on Jan. 22), so in preparation for it I first re-read book ten, A Perfect Blood.
ABOUT A PERFECT BLOOD: Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She’s faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet
A SCENE I’D READ TWICE: Well, anything that has Al in it, of course. That goes without saying. I think one of my favorite scenes, though, is the point at which Rachel finally accepts what she is and realizes she has hurt everyone by denying it. That was such a huge turning point for her that it regenerated my whole love for this series and made me very anxious for the final three books (sob).
I DIDN’T QUITE BUY: Not so much that I didn’t buy it, but I thought the members of the terrorist group doing these horrific genetic mutations were too easy. The dumb woman, the bitchy woman, the alpha male, the dumb guy. They kind of all fit into a pattern. A horrible pattern, but maybe they could have been given a little more depth. The best of the bunch was the scientist—we at least saw a little of her rationale and passion.
THE WORLD: The world-building in this series is awesome. The use of Cincinnati expands to a lot of backlots and museum basements and underground tunnels in this one. The magical system is as intricate and fun, and, Tink’s Pink Panties, you can’t beat Jenks as the best pixy on earth. There’s a real sense of the stakes rising dramatically, though, not only involving those who would eradicate the denizens of the Hollows with their genetic experimentation, but between Rachel and Trent. Speaking of which…
THE CHARACTERS: Okay, I’ll admit it. He’s a murderer. He has a warped sense of morality. He has fine, blond, wispy hair, which is not my type at all. But Trent and his wild magic totally fascinate me, and the romantic in me can’t help but think if Rachel’s going to make another disastrous romantic choice, which she has a tendency to do, Trent would be a good one to do it with. Do I trust him? Probably more than I should. But Ivy seems to have moved on with her life, and Jenks as well. Rachel needs a better ever-after partner than Al. And my favorite demon had FAR too little a role in this book.
GENERAL THOUGHTS: A lot of reviewers weren’t wild about this installment in the series, but I looked at it as a setup book in many ways. It’s setting things up for what looks like will be a huge confrontation between the hate groups and the Other. It’s a setup for Rachel to perhaps learn once and for all what her capacity for doing magic is as a demon, and learn who are her friends and who are her enemies. It’s a setup to a different kind of working (if not also personal) relationship between Trent and Rachel. There’s an interesting new vampire in town with Felix. And now Kim Harrison has three more books, including this month’s new release, to unfold it all. I, for one, can’t wait!
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