The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison
Witches and Vampires and Pixies, oh my!
If you like the True Blood style but want a heroine who doesn't simper, you will adore this fascinating series featuring a witch and her two roommates, who happen to be a living vampire and a cynical pixy.
Adventure, mystery, paranormal activity, and romance, this series has it all, including loads of action. It can be very difficult to categorize because the books are like mysteries, like romances, like fantasy, and like adventure novels. I generally call the series paranormal romance or dark fantasy, but that just doesn't capture how much story these books contain.
Rachel Morgan, the narrator and primary character has reached a point in her life where she needs a change, so her, and two of her coworkers leave their jobs and open their own runner service, a bit like bounty hunters, a bit like detectives, and a whole lot like danger, since they aren't bringing in humans, they're going after vampires, werewolves, witches and more--oh, and there's the whole, learning to live with a vampire who wants to suck her blood kind of thing too!
The Hollows World
The Hollows book series features three main characters, Rachel Morgan, an earth witch, Ivy Tamwood, a living vampire, and Jenks, a cocky little pixy.
These three live in a world that's similar to ours, with one huge difference, a virus caused by genetically-modified tomatoes killed off much of the human population many years ago. This equalized the numbers between the Inderlanders, the witches, vampires, and other non-human species hidden among us, and the humans.
That made the Inderlanders no longer as vastly outnumbered. The chaos from the plague and the more even numbers caused the Inderlanders to come to a decision. They came forth and revealed themselves. This time was called The Turn.
Now, the Inderlanders live openly among the humans, mostly.
Book Reading Order
There are 13 books in The Hollows book series, as well as eight novellas/short stories in anthologies and two graphic novels.
This is the proper reading order to get the most out of the series. Obviously, if you don't mind reading out of order, feel free to read them however you wish, but I know I would go crazy reading them that way :)
- Book 1 - Dead Witch Walking
- Book 2 - The Good, The Bad, and The Undead
- Novella in Dates From Hell Anthology - Undead in The Garden of Good and Evil
- Book 3 - Every Which Way But Dead
- Book 4 - A Fistful of Charms
- Novella in Hotter Than Hell Anthology - Dirty Magic
- Book 5 - For A Few Demons More
- Short Story in back of some editions of For a Few Demons More - The Bridges of Eden Park
- Novella in Holidays from Hells Anthology - Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel
- Book 6 - The Outlaw Demon Wails
- Short Story in back of some editions of The Outlaw Demon Wails - The Bespelled
- Book 7 - White Witch, Black Curse
- Novella in Unbound Anthology - Ley Line Drifter
- Book 8 - Black Magic Sanction
- Book 9 - Pale Demon
- Book 10 - A Perfect Blood
- Book 11 - Ever After
- Book 12 - The Undead Pool
- Book 13 - The Witch with No Name
She has complied most of the short stories into the book: Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
* Hollows Graphic Novels - Blood Work and Blood Crimes
Titles of The Hollows Books
The names of the books in The Hollows series may seem familiar, especially to those who love movies. That's because most of them are based on the titles of Clint Eastwood movies.
Kim Harrison loves Clint Eastwood so decided to go with that theme. She has said that she views Rachel as a bit like a sheriff from the wild west, righting wrongs, taking the law in her own hands, a bit like Clint Eastwood, so the titles just seemed right to her.
People in countries other than North America may experience a bit of difference in the titles displayed here. Some titles don't translate well, others the publishers' just think aren't suited to the area, so they will often change them overseas.
Rachel is the narrator and star of The Hollows series.
She is an attractive redhead in her mid-twenties with a fondness for black leather. She is 5'8 and has an athletic build. Her red hair is around shoulder-length and tends to get a bit frizzy. She has green eyes.
Her full name is Rachel Mariana Morgan and she is a hereditary witch who only practices white earth magic in the beginning of the series, though later she has to get involved with things she'd rather not.
Rachel has a problem with authority and obeying, but she is a good person who must kickbutt and not follow rules in order to save the world, again and again.
Ivy is a living vampire. She comes from a long line of wealthy and elegant living vampires. When people hear that she is a Tamwood, she gets instant respect.
She is very tall, about 6' and thin. Of course she is very pale, she has long black hair and looks slightly Asian. She always looks elegant, even when her vampiric nature gets the best of her. She is also bisexual.
Her full name is Ivy Alisha Tamwood. She has a baby sister she would do anything to protect, especially from the vampire who rules the area who abused her when she was young.
Ivy is smart and organized and precise. She always tries to retain control of herself as a way to deal with her dangerous vampire side and a coping mechanism for her past abuse.
Jenks is the snarky, smart-aleck that offers good advice and rude comments in equal measures.
He may look like a teenage dude, with healthy blond looks and bright green eyes, but while he is only 18 years old, that is an old man in pixy ages. Jenks is only about 4" tall and has dragonfly-like wings that change color depending on his mood.
He can fly which makes him very handy for reconnaissance. Plus he is great at electronics and can be dangerous in his own right with his tiny sword.
Jenks is married to Matalina and has 54 children. They live in the garden and keep it safe from fairies and other invaders.
The Hollows Series is Set in Cincinnati
A Witch and Vampire Live in a Church
Not many people live in a church, but this trio does. Ivy can live in a church because she is alive even though she is a vampire, in other words, a living vampire. Once she dies and loses her soul, she will no longer be able to enter. This also keeps her mother off her back too, since her mother is an undead vampire now.
In The Hollows, living vampires are not affected by churches and sacred ground, only dead vampires cannot enter churches and sacred ground due to their lack of a soul.
Rachel and Ivy's Church
Entering the Church
An Entire Block
Taking up a city block, the church, cemetary, and garden is just perfect for Ivy, Rachel, Jenks, his wife, and all of Jenks' kids.
The ladies live Inside the church, and Jenks and his family live in the garden.
The Church Garden
Though the garden behind the church was a bit uncared for when everyone moved in, Jenks the pixy has his family setting it to rights and defending it against those obnoxious fairies.
Beings in The Hollows Series
The world of The Hollows have numerous races and more are being added all the time. Thus, this is not an all inclusive list.
To avoid spoilers, I also did not add several of the races that have been added over the series.
Humans were the majority of the population on the world for much of the past history, but when the T4 Angel virus hit, their numbers were knocked down. They still outnumber the other races, but aren't as dominant as they once were.
The witches of the Hollows series are different from most witches in other stories. They aren't just humans that can do magic, they are actually another species, and can't interbreed with the humans at all. Rachel Morgan, the narrator and primary character is a witch.
The vampires of the Hollows series are a bit different from the norm as well. There are several varieties and though they all can, and will drink blood, their power levels are very different, as well as statuses among themselves.
Living vampires are alive, but infected with a vampire virus. The living vampires are divided into two types, those born with the virus, called high-blood vampires, and those infected with the virus by a vampire, called low-blood vampires. High-blood vampires are stronger since they were infected with the virus while in the womb, and they will automatically become regular, undead vampires when they die, unless killed twice. Low-blood vampires rely upon the blood of an undead vampire for power, and if not turned by a vampire at the moment of death, will become permanently dead.
Undead vampires are living vampires that have died. They lose their souls when they die, have much more power than the living vampires, and rely on blood. The older they get the more powerful they are.
Vampires rely on social hierarchies that are ruled by master vampires who control certain territories. The master vampires have groups called camarillas, that are made up of their chosen followers or peons. Ivy, one of the primary characters is a high-blood, living vampire from an important family line.
Pixies are a small, humanoid race, that live in gardens where they survive on plants and pollen. They have wings and can fly, and are often used for surveillance and in roles where their small size allows them access that would otherwise be denied. They have person-sized personalities, just packed into smaller bodies. They also have an intense rivalry with a similar species, the fairies, whom they battle for control of gardens. Jenks, the third primary character, is a pixy, and him, his wife, and their kids, live behind the church in the garden in a tree stump.
Fairies are another small, humanoid race that live in gardens, but they survive by catching insects for their food instead of using plants, and will demolish a garden very quickly in their pursuit of prey.
The series primarily deals with werewolves, or Weres. Weres are born Weres, and are not made by someone getting bitten. They can change shape whenever they wish, though they are very much influenced by the moon cycles.
Demons do not live on the same plane as the humans and Inderlanders. They live in a place called the Everafter, and very rarely cross over into the regular world. When they do it is usually because they have been called by a human or Inderlander in a summoning. They are not the religious version of demons, but are instead just another race, they do not appear red, or devil-like unless they wish to pretend that way, but normally look more like regular people, though they often take the appearance of a person's worst fear.
After the virus swept through the world killing people, tomatoes became something humans didn't want to see. Even though only one type of tomatoes were dangerous, people tried to destroy all of them.
Inderlanders still liked them though, so they are available at some places in the Hollows, but most try to avoid having humans see them. They are still taboo after all this time.
Magic in The Hollows Series
In this series, the main character, Rachel Morgan, is a witch. She creates magic spells and does other magical things.
There are three main types of magic in this world:
Earth magic is what we typically think of when we think of witches and magic. It is the use of the energy in natural things to make spells. The life energy in plants is used to do most of the spells, though black witches may also use animals or even people to power theirs. Though it takes more time to prepare, earth magic is more powerful than ley line and can permanently change things, unless doused in saltwater.
Ley Line Magic
Ley line magic uses natural lines of power, called ley lines, to power spells. It relies on having access to the ley lines, as well as the ability to handle the power involved which requires familiars, so has its drawbacks, but is usually more immediate and more adaptable to different situations.
Demon magic combines earth magic with ley line magic, and is practiced primarily by the demons and their familiars, which unlike in regular ley line magic aren't animals, but are usually snared Inderlanders. Demon magic is much more powerful and quick, but involves a harsh penalty, black smut on the practitioner's soul. Thus demons use familiars to do much of the work or to take the penalty so their own souls stay cleaner.
Casting Spells from the Kitchen
Rachel got very excited when she saw the kitchen at the church.
That's because kitchens are very important to earth witches who need good pots and pans and burners to stir up their spells. Rachel often mixes up spells in the kitchen at the church.
The kitchen is every earth witch's dream, though Rachel has learned the hard way not to cook and mix spells in the same pans. Though they may use the same sorts of ingredients, the spells that may remove warts or lighten hair, are not always very edible.
Tinkerbell the Slut?
Jenk's favorite curses usually involve Tinkerbell.
According to Jenks, Tinkerbell is actually a pixy, prostituting herself to Disney and pretending to be a fairy.
"By Tink's panties" is one of the more polite curses he uses involving Tinkerbell :)
By Tink's Panties!
Dead Witch Walking - Book 1 of The Hollows Series
Dead Witch Walking is the first book in The Hollows series.
It features the initial alliance between Rachel Morgan, Ivy Tamwood, and Jenks, as well as their departure from the I.S. and opening of their own agency.
Not only does Rachel have to get used to living in a church with a living vampire and a pint-sized pixy, but she also has to stay alive, since it seems everyone wants her dead.
"It was the interns that did the nitty-gritty day-to-day policing of Cincinnati and its largest suburb across the river, affectionately known as the Hollows. We picked up the supernatural stuff that the human-run FIB--short for the Federal Inderland Bureau--couldn't handle. Minor spell disturbances and rescuing familiars out of trees were in the realm of an I.S. intern. But I was a full runner, damn it. I was better than this. I had done better than this."
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead - Book 2 of The Hollows Series
In The Good, the Bad, and the Undead, the second book in the Hollows series, Rachel barely has time to recover before being drawn into even more danger.
Ley lines witches are dying all over the city, the FIB need her help to find out why; Nick is endangering himself needlessly; and Ivy, Ivy has secrets.
"My skin tightened in anticipation. I took off the fish tank lid, then pulled the green fishnet from an inner pocket of the jumpsuit. Standing atop the step stool, I pushed my sleeve to my elbow and plunged the net into the water. Immediately both fish darted to the back."
Dates From Hell Anthology
We've all had terrible dates, this book is full of ones that are even worse than ours.
Dates from Hell contains several novellas, including one from Kim about The Hollows, which is called "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil". The other writers include Lynsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, and Lori Handeland.
This short story features Ivy Tamwood and is set before Ivy and Rachel get together in Dead Witch Walking, the first main book in the series.
Having been born with the vampire virus embedded into her genome, Ivy enjoyed a measure of the undeads' strengths without the drawbacks of light fatality and pain from religious artifacts.
Every Which Way but Dead - Book 3 of The Hollows Series
The third book of the Hollows drags Rachel further into situations she knows she should avoid, but can't.
Nick is drawing away, Kisten is drawing closer, and Al is far too close for comfort.
In order to save Cincinnati and herself from Piscary's clutches, Rachel made a deal she never thought to make and now must pay the price.
"I grimaced, glancing at the brightly lit church behind me where Ivy and I lived. Ivy was running errands, not even aware I had made a deal with a demon, much less that it was time to pay for its services. I supposed I could be doing this inside where it was warm, in my beautiful kitchen with my spelling supplies and all the modern comforts, but calling demons in the middle of a graveyard had a perverse rightness to it, even with the cold and snow. And I wanted to meet it here so Ivy wouldn't have to spend tomorrow cleaning blood off the ceiling."
A Fistful of Charms - Book 4 of The Hollows Series
This book, book four of the Hollows series, takes Rachel and Jenks out of Cincinnati, to Michigan where they have to rescue Nick and Jenks' son from Weres.
"The elevator opened. Still protesting, I was ill prepared when David jerked me back. My head came up and my face went cold. Crap. The lift was full of Weres in various levels of elegance, ranging from Armani and sophisticated skirt and top combos to jeans and blouses. Even worse, they all had the collected, confident pride of alpha wolves. And they were smiling."
Hotter Than Hell Anthology
This anthology has a dozen little supernatural romances, edited by and including a story from Kim Harrison. The other writers include Keri Arthur, L.A. Banks, Susan Krinard, and Marjorie M. Liu. It is edited by Kim Harrison as well.
The Hollows story in this one is called "Dirty Magic" and is about a banshee who wants to love without harm.
For a Few Demons More - Book 5 of The Hollows Series
In book five of The Hollows, Rachel still has the focus, an ancient artifact desired by just about everyone, except Rachel. Knowing that having it fall into the wrong hands may lead to a battle between all the major players of Inderland society, she has to come up with a way to get rid of it.
Oh, and there's also a serial killer on the loose, and the FIB think David is the culprit.
The Bridges of Eden Park
The Bridges of Eden Park is a short story in the back of some editions of For a Few Demons More (Book 5 of The Hollows). To read the story or just check it out, go to: Browse Inside For a Few Demons More and click table of contents in the top right corner. Use the scroll button to pan through the chapters until you reach the section that says other back matter. Click on that and it will take you to The Bridges of Eden Park short story.
"Terror smothered my like a blanket. I couldn't see it, couldn't hear it, could hardly sense it. But my body had become a battlefield--one where I didn't know how to win. Possession was a black art, and I hadn't taken the right classes. Damn it, my life isn't supposed to be like this!"
The Cincinnati Eden Park Bridge
This Cincinnati Eden Park Bridge has been in a few of the stories.
It's nicely in the open so makes a great place to meet for a rendezvous.
Eden Park Bridge
Holidays Are Hell
Another book of novellas with a Hollows story in it. This one features Rachel in "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel", a prequel to Dead Witch Walking, in which Rachel and her brother spend a night dealing with ghosts.
Fountain Square in Cincinnati is a popular place.
Each Solstice, the witches get together there to form a circle, and there's been a few other things that have happened there as well.
Perhaps a Takata Concert at Fountain Square?
The Outlaw Demon Wails - Book 6 of The Hollows Series
In this, the sixth book in the series, Rachel tries to recover and get on with her life, but her grief, numerous demons, and the new master vampire, all serve to keep her in upheaval.
"Rachel Mariana Morgan?" came an elegant British accent I'd expect from a Shakespearean play, and my face went cold. "Where a-a-a-a-are you?" it drawled.
The Bespelled is a short story in the back of some editions of The Outlaw Demon Wails (Book 6 of The Hollows). To read the story or just check it out, go to: Browse Inside The Outlaw Demon Wails and click table of contents in the top right corner. Use the scroll button to pan through the chapters until you reach the section that says other back matter. Click on that and it will take you to The Bespelled short story.
White Witch, Black Curse - Book 7 of The Hollows Series
The seventh book in the Hollows series is White Witch, Black Curse.
In this book, Rachel, her reputation tarnished, comes to terms with using black magic for good, and deals with her loss.
"The bloody handprint was gone, wiped from Kisten's window but not from my memory, and it ticked me off that someone had cleaned it, as if..."
The Unbound anthology features five stories by Kim Harrison, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake.
The story by Kim Harrison is about Jenks and Bis and is called Ley Line Drifter.
"Papa. Papa!" Jerrimatt, one of his youngest sons, shouted in excitement as he darted in, trailing silver dust. "We caught an intruder at the street wall! He wouldn't leave, even when we scared him! He said he wanted to talk to you. He's a poacher, I bet, and I saw him first!"
Black Magic Sanction - Book 8 of The Hollows Series
Black Magic Sanction is book 8 of The Hollows series.
"And I wasn't looking at his long, wavy hair, or his lanky build, much less his tight ass, damn it."
Pale Demon - Book 9 of The Hollows Series
Some people stopped reading The Hollows books around number 7, but Pale Demon again ramps up the series again. It's worth holding out for.
In Pale Demon Rachel has to take a road trip, across the country to California. If that's not bad, an elf, a pixy, and a vampire are along for the ride.
The witches' annual meeting had started yesterday on the other side of the continent. I was last on the docket--like saving the biggest circus act for the end.
The coven of moral and ethical standards had already shunned me, tried to incarcerate me without a trial in Alcatraz, sent assassins when I'd escaped, and finally accepted a stalemate only when I threatened to go public.
A Perfect Blood - Book 10 of The Hollows Series
Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other.
Pulled in by the FIB to help investigate, former witch-turned-day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: others want to create their own demons, and to do so they need her blood.
She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but this time Rachel's toughest challenge might be humanity itself.
"I've been hiding," she said quickly, and they both stiffened when Algaliarept pushed up from the rock he'd been leaning against.
"You're mistaken if you think your elf can save you"
Ever After - Book 11 of The Hollows Series
Rachel sets off a chain of events that destroy worlds, and she must mend her err before it's too late since the demon world is shrinking, and magic is vanishing.
"Free food," he said, and I eyed him in disbelief through the reflection. I wasn't that desperate. "Lots of contacts with people with too much money," he added. "You need to get out and network. Let Cincy know you're the same Rachel Morgan who captured a banshee and saved San Francisco, and not just the witch who's really a demon."
The Undead Pool - Book 12 of The Hollows
Book 12 of The Hollows book series is The Undead Pool.
There's something wrong, spells are going awry in Cincinnati and The Hollows, and there's only one witch who can find out why and hopefully fix the problem. And she has to hurry, because it just might cause a war to break out between the supernaturals and the humans.
"Yes, sir. Ummmm...One more thing."
Kevin wouldn't meet my eyes, and I slumped where I stood. "I'm banned from the course, aren't I," I said blandly
The Witch with No Name - Book 13 of The Hollows Series
In the final book of The Hollows series, anything can happen.
Has Rachel learned enough, survived enough, to save everyone and everything she loves? Will she survive her final battles?
"Tink's little pink rosebuds," he muttered. "She threatened to dump insecticide on my summer hut. Besides, she's got it okay. God! Vampires in love. The only thing worse is you mooning over Trent."
Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond
Into the Woods has a bunch of short stories and novellas from The Hollows world, all put into one volume.
Don't search for missing stories any longer, fill in the missing holes with this book.
Kim Harrison is a Secret Identity
Kim Harrison's Pseudonym
Recently Kim Harrison revealed in Locus Magazine that she's not actually Kim Harrison.
Well, many loyal readers of course assumed that she used a pseudonym but I don't know how many could have guess the complete truth, that Kim Harrison is a character the real person (?), Dawn Cook dreamed up.
Citing that she wanted privacy, Kim/Dawn donned a wig, wore different clothes, and overall played a role whenever she went to events as Kim Harrison, in order to avoid having people know who she really was.
Here's a link to the Locus Magazine article Kim Harrison: Secret Identity where she did her big reveal. Though it may seem like we get to know writers, how they really are inside where it matters, through reading their books, I guess that just isn't the case for some of them.
Author Magazine: Interview with Author Kim Harrison
If you love The Hollows, check out these links for more information on the series and more Kim Harrison.
- Kim Harrison's Webpage
This is Kim's webpage where she lists things she's doing, a little about herself, and sells some merchandise.
- Kim Harrison's Facebook Page
Kim just joined Facebook and is learning the ropes over there. She's using to to converse with her fans and share insight into what's coming next.
- The Hollows Yahoo Group
This is the place to chat with other fans about The Hollows, find out what is going on and discuss those little things that you didn't understand about the books. Be careful though, there's frequent spoilers in the discussions, and if you haven't re
Blood Work is the original Hollows graphic novel.
It tells the story of Ivy and Rachel's first case and best of all you can see them battle evil across the pages.
Blood Crime Graphic Novel
Blood Crime is the second Hollows graphic novel.
In it, Ivy and Rachel are being attacked, but not in any way they can fight. Can they survive the latest attempts on their lives and still solve crimes?
The Hollows Insider
The Hollows Insider is 320 pages of inside information on the world of The Hollows.
The book is full of facts, maps, and more stories to help you understand the stories better and get in-depth.
© 2009 Alisha Vargas