Audiobook Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison #ProfilingMysteries

Posted August 22, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 4.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 26 Comments


Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison #ProfilingMysteries
Book: Dead Witch Walking
Author: Kim Harrison
Article Type: Book Review

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The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the “Inderlanders” reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.

Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison #ProfilingMysteries

Read for Profiling Mysteries (Bought for Myself)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.75

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

NOTE: I am the last person on the planet to read this book but I am so glad that I did 🙂

First Thought When Finished: I am a Rachel, Ivy, and Jenx fan now! This was just to fun!

What I thought of the Case: In Dead Witch Walking, the main focus is on Rachel starting a new chapter in her life. She is quitting her job and they are not taking it well at all. They keep trying to kill her and that plays throughout the book. The other part is getting her new business setup with Ivy and Jenx. Needless to say Dead Witch Walking is fast and furious from beginning to end. We are introduced to lots of key players (I think) and taken on an action packed thrill ride. There is so much going on that when the end happened I was shocked that Kim Harrison managed to pack so much into the last quarter. I immediately wanted to pick up book 2!

What I thought of the Characters: I usually have a problem with 1rst in series books because you are given a bunch of character info but no action to back that up. That is not true in Dead Witch Walking–the characters are introduced through their actions and you either love/hate/get annoyed with them through that. I really love when an author takes that path to getting the reader comfortable in their world. Needless to say I am a huge fan of Rachel–she is not perfect and does a lot of things that make you shake your head. However, she is loyal to her friends and is giving in nature. Jenx and Ivy also made very positive impressions on me and I can’t wait to see more of their adventures. I am not so sold on the “maybe” love interests but then again in UF, I seldom am.

What I thought of the Audio: Narrated by Marguerite Gavin at a running time of 13 hrs and 14 mins this audiobook is very well done! Marguerite is perfect for Rachel and her punctuation/articulation/emotions were right on the money! I highly recommend the audio.

Final Thoughts: I really love Dead Witch Walking and had fun getting introduced to The Hollows.

Other Reviews:
Vampire Book Club
A Great Book is the Cheapest Vacation
Chronicles of a Book Evangilist


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26 responses to “Audiobook Review: Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1) by Kim Harrison #ProfilingMysteries

  1. It is such a great series, I wish I could read it again for the very first time 🙂 And I hope you enjoy the rest of the books as well 🙂 You are in for a rollercoaster!

  2. Kim Harrison is a goddess and I adore this series so very much. The men are hot, the chicks kick ass, and the pixies have attitude! Her next one is coming out soon-ish and the cover is gorgeous (you know I’m a cover ‘ho).

  3. I’ve been wanting to start this series for like… ever! Now you have reminded me and I know I’ll get to it some time or another. Hopefully sooner rather than later now that I know you really enjoyed it.

  4. I have the most recent book to read in this series. It’s such a twisted, dark, fun world that Kim Harrison has created. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Great audio-book review! Well, your not the last person to have read this series. That’s probably me. I haven’t had a chance to read this series yet.
    🙁 It has been on my TBR shelf for quite a while now. I just haven’t gotten around to purchasing it yet, but by the end of the year I’m hoping to have at least half the series read. *crosses fingers* I think I heard this series is going to be a TV show series coming soon? I think it was series.

  6. Yay!! Kim Harrison is such a talented author and her writing is so freaking stupendous, I tend to review her harshly so make sure you don’t read my reviews on my blog of her books. You will really love the series if you find time to keep going 🙂

    Great review! I got to relive the story 🙂

    • I think you were fair (yes I went and read a few)! I am tougher on my favorites because I expect a lot from them. There is nothing wrong with that! I did buy the 2nd one on audio and hope to get to it in Sept.

  7. I started this series and loved it for a few books and then something happened and I couldn’t read them anymore. I just couldn’t get back on track even though I did want to know what happens to Rachel. It’s been a couple years since I stopped reading, so maybe I’m over what happened and I can try reading these again!

    • Oh is there a moment at the end of a book that I am going to act adversely too? Does it involve Trent? I am ok with that cause right now I think he is an ass LOL Or is it human rat boy (Nick?)? I don’t much like him either LOL

      As long as it is not Ivy or Jenx I might be ok LOL

    • It is a genre that is hit or miss with me. I have found that I have to really love the characters or it just doesn’t work 🙁 It will never be an autobuy genre for me.