Review: Into the Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond by Kim Harrison

Title: Into the Woods: Takes from the Hollows and Beyond {Hollows series}

Author: Kim Harrison

Published: Harper Voyager October 2012

Synopsis: A true queen of urban fantasy–the New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular series featuring bounty hunter witch-turned-daywalking demon Rachel Morgan–the phenomenal Kim Harrison explores the Hollows more deeply than ever before in Into the Woods, her first collection of short stories. Rachel is here, as are Jenks the pixie, elven tycoon Trent Kalamack, and an unholy host of vampires, demons, shapeshifters, ghosts, and other assorted supernatural beings, friends and foes. Into the Woods combines original work, including a new Hollows novella, as well as all of Kim Harrison’s previously published short fiction gathered together in one volume for the very first time.

Status: Read from October 09 to 10, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Edelwiess/HarperCollins}

My Thoughts:

The Hollows series featuring Rachel Morgan is one of my favourite urban fantasy series so I couldn’t resist picking up Into the Woods. This anthology includes a combination of reprinted Hollows short stories, and a new novella featuring Trent and Jinks, as well as a handful of tales unrelated to the Hollows.

All of the stories were new to me, though those related to the Hollows simply flesh out events and characters a reader of the series would already be familiar with. I don’t want to share too much of each story except to say I really enjoyed the entire collection, though I did have my favourites.

‘Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel’ was first published in the Holidays Are Hell anthology and is the story of the first time Rachel met Pierce. I loved this look at the genesis of their relationship as I’ve always had a soft spot for Pierce. The story also adds to Rachel’s character, giving a glimpse of her early power and strength.

Most Hollows fan’s would have paged straight to ‘Million Dollar Baby’, this is an original novella that provides insight into the quest undertaken by Trent and Jenks during Pale Demon. Trent is such a complicated character and in this story, Harrison explores his motivations more fully. Of course I love Jenks, and I really enjoyed the back and forth of their reluctant partnership here.

Of the unrelated stories, it was ‘Grace’ that captured my imagination and one I can see being developed into a new series though I also liked Spider’s Silk as a capsule story.

Into The Woods: Tales from the Hollows and Beyond is a satisfying collection for fans of the Hollows, and proof, I think, that Harrison will be able to develop a new series after it’s demise. But it’s not over yet, Hollows #11, Ever After, is due out in January 2013 – I can’t wait!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melliane
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 05:15:45

    I loved this one, it was nice to learn more about everyone. It was also sad for many of them but really interesting!

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  2. The Australian Bookshelf
    Oct 12, 2012 @ 14:57:56

    Sounds like an interesting compilation Shelleyrae. I haven’t read any of the books from this series but it sounds like you really enjoy them.

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