Recently Kim’s latest book in the Hollow’s universe came out, so naturally I had to get it. Ever After is Book 11 in what will be a series of 13.

ever afterThe ever after, the demonic realm that parallels the human world, is shrinking. If it disappears completely, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to avert catastrophe and keep life from changing… for the worse.

While saving the world is important, it isn’t Rachel’s only motivation. There’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, setting off a chain reaction of unfortunate events. That little mistake has made her life forfeit unless she can fix it. It’s also made her more than a few enemies, including the most powerful demon in the ever after—a terrifying entity who eats souls and now has an insatiable appetite for her. He’s already kidnapped her friend and goddaughter to lure her out, and if Rachel doesn’t give herself up soon, they’ll die.

But Rachel has more than a few impressive and frightening skills of her own, and she isn’t going to hand over her soul and her life without one hell of a fight. She’s also got a surprise: elven tycoon Trent Kalamack. With this unlikely ally beside her—a prospect both thrilling and unnerving—she’s going to return to the ever after, kick some demon butt, rescue her loved ones… and prevent an apocalypse before it’s too late. Or, at least that’s the plan…

This book has a darker tone but does have some uplifting and funny moments.  Ivy doesn’t play a big role in this book since Rachel doesn’t really need her anymore, other than to ground her, although she does get that from someone else. (Hmmmm…wonder who?)

Trent shows a different side in this book and that he’s not willing to sacrifice everything to save the world. Also, his feelings for Rachel become known to her, especially at the end.  Nick does make an appearance and somehow makes you hate him even more. He does seem to find a fitting end, however.

Al unwittingly gives Rachel glimpses into his past and someone who was once important to him. She even gets to see what the Ever After and the demons used to look like.

Ellasbeth is back and her usual bitchy self. Felix gives Rachel even more of a reason to save the vampires’ souls. The demons come to respect Rachel and even Trent to some degree.

Ever After is action-packed and hard to put down. The last chapter ties it all together–achingly bittersweet, sad, comical, and hot, all rolled into one.




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