Review ~ The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

Posted March 21, 2014 by Tanya in Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 6 Comments

Review ~ The Undead Pool by Kim HarrisonThe Undead Pool by Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #12
Published by Voyager on February 25, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 423
4.5 Stars
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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.

It did not seem like the problems that have fallen on the Hollows and Cincinnati are directly related to Rachel in this book!  Normally there is someone or something out to get her, but this time the bad guys are more focused on taking control of the city from the undead.  Due to experience, Rachel immediately thinks it has something to do with her and begins working the case right away.  Everyone gets drawn in, even Trent when it appears that wild magic is involved.

I was so excited to dig into The Undead Pool!  Rachel Morgan and the Hollows is one of my original Urban Fantasy series that got me hooked to this genre.  So much has happened and each book has so much action!  Most of the previous books have focused on something about Rachel that the world or the ever-after will not tolerate, so to have her almost responsibility free was different.  I liked how Rachel took charge in this installment and how strong she has become.  Most of the book goes by without her having to give up part of herself to someone to save someone else, as usually happens.

My favorite part?!  The scene I have been waiting forever for happens in this book.  I was so excited I literally jumped up and down.  I did not, however, really like the mystics.  They reminded me of Jenk’s kids on steroids and I had a hard time keeping track of when it was Rachel talking or the mystics.  I’m glad I did this as an e-book because I think the audio would have had me really confused.

I don’t care how crazy everyone says Newt is, I think she is saner than they all think.  She knows what is going on, just doesn’t always help out by giving out information.  I enjoy her character and she brings some fun into the situations.  We had multiple evil villians in this book and I am including Ellasbeth in that count as I cannot stand that elf.  We did not get to see much of Quen, and when we did I felt like he spent more time catering to Ellasbeth.  But then, it was probably more for the girls.

After this thrilling ride, I am so content with the ending of The Undead Pool, that I would be ok with this being the last book in the series.  I mean, the next book is the last anyway, right?  So let’s end it here, where I am happy and I think most of the characters are happy.  I don’t think I could stand it if any of this falls apart.  I will miss this series when it ends though.  The Hollows series has been an auto-buy every year and it will be sad when I no longer get a delivery every February.  What is it with the number 13?  Kelley Armstrong, another favorite of mine ended her Women of the Otherworld at 13 as well.  What a crappy number!

About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Ever After, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina until the lure of snow pulled her back to Michigan When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found landscaping her yard or on the links with her mom.

About Kim Harrison

Kim Harrison, dark urban fantasy author of the New York Times bestselling Ever After, was born and raised in the upper Midwest. After gaining her bachelors in the sciences, she moved to South Carolina until the lure of snow pulled her back to Michigan When not at her desk, she is most likely to be found landscaping her yard or on the links with her mom.

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  • Newt is crazy like a fox 😉

    And yes! FINALLY! Also–this was one of my original UF series too (so was Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series), so I will be desperately sad when it ends next year. You are correct–the number 13 sucks.

    • Tanya Davis

      Love Newt, you never know what is going to happen with her around!

  • Every time I see a review for this series I get so envious of the
    enthusiasm the readers express. I tried the first book on audio a long
    time ago and I just couldn’t get into it. Everyone says that it gets
    better, and I’m sure it does, but it’s kind of intimidating jumping in
    this late. But once again I’m tempted to do it :)Thanks Tanya!

    • Tanya Davis

      When you do, be prepared, Kim Harrison does terrible things to her characters! LOL

  • Yes, I loved that “part” too. I am going to be sad when this series ends. Wonderful review!!

    • Tanya Davis

      Thanks! I’m going to be sad too. I will miss all these characters. After so many years, they’ve really planted themselves in my heart.