LitStack's Featured Author Review: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

A Perfect Blood
Kim Harrison
Harper Voyager (February 21, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0061957895

 

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Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the 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.

Rachel Morgan can’t seem to catch a break. During her tenure as independent bounty hunter in Kim Harrison’s Hollows series, she’s fought demons, vampires, elves and old lovers who willingly betrayed her. And now, with the latest Hollows installment- which has been picked up by the CW to hit the small screen soon– the big bad is HAPA, (Humans Against Paranormals Association), a human hate group hell-bent on destroying magical folk and reclaiming human control. HAPA is out for Rachel’s blood. Literally.

Debuting tomorrow, (February 21), A Perfect Blood follows an “outted” demon Rachel, the only one living outside of the Everafter, as she once again tries to clear her name. Declared legally dead, Rachel fights bureaucratic red tape to get her life back on track. Complicating matters is HAPA, who is ritualistically killing witches and making it look like Rachel is to blame. Aided by her usual partners, and some new ones, Rachel tracks down the group in an effort to stop any more witches from being killed and to make sure hers isn’t a name added to the suspect’s list.

New characters in the novel include Nina, a living vampire burdened by a master-vamp, piggybacking in her body and who makes Rachel’s investigation less than easy.  Harrison also introduces Wayde, a were bodyguard hired by her rocker father, Takata, to protect Rachel, (like that will be an easy job).

Most interesting of these new players in the Hollows game, (to me anyway), is fellow witch Winona who Rachel bonds with while they are both held prisoner by HAPA. Winona is a simple and sweet character, insecure in her abilities and keen to have a normal life. Enter HAPA and Rachel, who ( respectively), irrevocably alter her life and awaken in Winona a true sense of her abilities.

The best aspects of A Perfect Blood was a shift in Rachel, a growth that readers have been hoping for. She finally accepts who she is (demon, not witch),  willingly embraces her new magic, and reveals herself once again to the demon Al, enabling her to put a stop to HAPA and transform Winona back to some semblance of normalcy.

We also see an extension of the growth in the dynamic of Rachel and super-rich elf politician,  Trent Kalamack’s relationship. The once heavy tension that both shared for one another has changed, altered into something similar to affection.

Harrison readers are devoted and feel protective of these characters and she did not disappoint them with A Perfect Blood. There are chases, violence, murder, flirting, deal making and, ultimately, a sense of a new Rachel, ready to accept that her life is shifting and the potential that her reality- the constants of her friends and family- may soon be altered by growth and the evolution of time.

With A Perfect Blood, there is also a sense of the series winding down as Harrison prepares readers for the happy ending she promised Rachel would receive. With Rachel’s progressive growth and the notion that she finally understands, (or that she is at least beginning to understand), who she is, readers can envision a future for Rachel separate from the constant fighting, constant struggles she always seems to be in the thick of.

Look for our one-on-one chat with Kim Harrison next week!

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