Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy
RACHEL MORGAN IS BACK—AND THE HOLLOWS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
What happens after you’ve saved the world? Well, if you’re Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world—and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.
Story Locale: alternate Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Overview: Witch-born demon Rachel Morgan and her friends fight to protect the inhabitants of the city of Cincinnati—including humans, werewolves, vampires, demons, witches, elves, and pixies—in this thrilling urban fantasy series.
American Demon is the surprising 14th installment in author Kim Harrison's The Hollows series. This story takes place two months after the Goddess battle and before the final chapter in The Witch With No Name. Also, I want thank Kim Harrison for the awesome preface at the very beginning with all you need to know to refresh your memory of the previous storylines. But, if you haven't read any of these books yet, buyer beware of spoilers! There, I have done my due diligence in getting the facts out to my followers.
Rachel Mariana Morgan, as I am sure you are aware, is a witch-born demon, and that brings about plenty of trouble on its own. Since her church suffered unimaginable damage, Rachel is currently living on a yacht that was once owned by the deceased Kisten Felps. Even though Demons have been given their freedom, only Al (Gally) and Dali have taken advantage to live and work among humans. Add in the fact that she's dating an elf, Trent Kalamack Jr., is best friends with a pixie, Jenks, and a living vamp, Ivy Tamwood who is now scion to another vampire, Nina Ledesma, and things are not exactly peaceful.
As the story opens, you can see just how complicated her daily life has become. She may have saved the world. She might have managed to create a new Ever After along with Bis, her gargoyle. But, she's under constant observation and is open to an attack by the Goddess. She's also being hammered constantly by the dewar, Landon, who is also at war with Trent who refuses to bow down and marry his former fiancé Ellasbeth Withon who he has a daughter, Lucy, with. Then there's the fact that Ivy has decided to work with Nina at the FIB which has all but ended their business relationship.
The first clue that things are going to get twisted, is when a zombie is found in the church's garden. Then there's a rash of domestic violence on the rise in Cincinnati, and naturally, the world is keen on assuming that demons are behind it, including Captain Edden of the Federal Inderland Bureau (FIB) who is supposed to be a friend. Now it's up to Rachel to prove the truth with help from Trent and Jenks. Add to the mix a new demon named Hodin who has a few things to teach Rachel and is fully engaged participant in this story unlike Al, and Weast, a human from the Order who collides with Rachel over and over again over an evil Baku that has somehow managed to elude capture, and you can see there's plenty of action.
Even though I was shocked by the return to this series, I am honestly glad she did. Rachel is a powerful character with emotions like you and me. She's spunky, she's in love with Trent but it doesn't overwhelm her life with doing what he wants to do when he wants to do it. I would have loved to have more Ivy, but I understand things for Ivy and Nina and maybe even Rachel are going to get even more curious with the arrival of new vampires. I love Bis. I love that he's like a little kid who loves Rachel to no end and would put his life on the line for her. I even loved that Hodin was surprised how useful Rachel is as a student.
Could this be a lead up to Hollows Returns series? We shall see!
Here's a list of other characters who appear in this story:
-Ellasbeth Withon, elf, Trent's ex-fiance and mother of Lucy Kalamack. Ellasbeth and Rachel may not be the best of friends, but they're not mutual enemies.
-Ray Hansen, Elf, child of Quen and Ceri Dulcet.
-Bis, Gargoyle, 50 years old who is bound to Rachel.
-Landon, Elf, current head of the elven religious order the dewar.
-Zachariah Oborna (Zack), Elf, leader-in-waiting of the dewar. *Zack is another key character in this book.
-Weast, Human, leader of the Order
-Quen Hansen, Elf, Trent's head of security and confidant.