Format: E-Galley, 448 pages
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce fans and readers to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan's world as they've never seen it before!Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.
Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
The Turn, by author Kim Harrison, is considered to be the prequel to the Hollow series. This story takes readers back in time to the 1960's where humans thought they were alone in the world. They weren't. Where two genetic researchers, dark elf Felecia Eloytrisk Cambri (Trisk) and Trenton Kalamack, aka Trent's father, competed against each other for bragging rights and prestige in a game that ended up having deadly consequences for the entire world.
After a spectacular fight with Kal, Sa'han Ulbrine offers Trisk a job working at Global Genetics where she is supposed to spy on the company & report back on any new developments. 3 years later, she has created a hairy tomato called T4 Angel Tomato. The tomato was supposed to help feed the poorest of the poor world wide. But, she also secretly made sure that Daniel Planks virus would not be deadly to Interlanders. It also wasn't supposed to be deadly to humans either, but....
Along came a spider who decided that taking taking credit for Trisk's work would finally get him the respect and admiration that he needs to go forward with his plan of saving the Elf population. How dare a dark elf usurp his plans for world wide admiration and respect! How dare it be Trisk who he taunted, and made fun of most throughout school!! Kal, not unlike his future son Trent, is one of the more arrogant & Nonredeemable characters in either series, and that's saying a lot.
After a deadly virus crosses with Trisk's tomato, humanity finds itself in dire straights. Kal, Trisk, and Daniel Plank end up going on the run from those who are not in a hurry to save human kind from itself. This is the time for the Interlanders to either step out of the shadow, or let humanity die out. Who knew that a little tomato, with hair on it, could cause so many problems? Who knew the tomato would end up being the most villainized fruit in the history of human and supernatural kind?
I was happy to hear about The Turn being released by author Kim Harrison and Gallery. I loved the Hollows series, and was on the sad side to see it end. I was happy to see old Hollows characters like Quen, Algaliarept, Piscary, Rynn Cormel, and my favorite new character, a pixy named Orchid who pre-dates Jenks, and may be just as kickass as Jenks was. I have told that this story takes place five decades before Rachel's story. I've been told that I should have most likely read Dead Witch Walking before this. But, I think you'll be just fine reading this novel alone. If you haven't read this book yet, and want to read the first chapters, please check out the authors web page. I do hope there is another prequel that picks up after the ending of this book. There is, I believe more to tell about these characters.