1 Ley Line Drifter by Kim Harrison - Pixy Jenks faces murderous dryad locked inside statue
2 Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost - Bones, faces New Orleans ghouls who eat victims alive - horror
3 Dark Matters by Vicki Pettersson - JJ superhero has illicit affair with Shadow agent Solange
4 The Dead, the Damned, and the Forgotten by Jocelynn Drake - Savannah vampire Keeper Mira investigates murder
5 Two Lines by Melissa Marr - Eavan resists sex and murder that morph her into a glaistig until Daniel Brennan, sex slaver, tempts her into both.
Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter - and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind...until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment - at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.
It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.
My first review of Ley Line Drifter, Black Magic Sanction
Ah, it was just so fantastic to reread these! I mean, a lot happens in them, because the set up with Rachel calling herself a demon, and the fact that the coven is the bad guy that she's facing, and yeah, memories of her and Trent at the Make-a-Wish camp! So cute!
Really enjoyed LLD, because it's Jenks' POV, and we got to learn more about pixy's, like the number of letters in a pixy's name says which group of kids to their parents they are, so like, Jenks' was born in the 5th brood of kids to his parents that survived to naming. So yeah, there's that! And then Daryl, why Glenn's going to leave!
I knew the big arcs of this book, like the coven's various summoning, Rachel making a ley line, the pranks that Rachel and Trent pull on each other, and the naked screaming thing at the end that Rachel pulled. But that's not the small stuff, like the dent on her small pot from LLD!
Things happen in this book, that are going to affect the rest of the series, because this is the book were Rachel really considers being a demon, before fully taking it on in the next book, and yeah, that's a pretty pivotal move in the series!
Favourite lines from Ley Line Drifter: "The gouge his daughter had made while chasing her brother was now rubbed out. All that was needed was to smooth it, and his beautiful and oh-so-clever wife would never know. Or at least she'd never say anything." Oh, bittersweet, because of what's going to happen! "Puttling his hands from his hips, Jenks crossed his arms. It was a bad habit he'd gotten from Rachel, and he immediately put his fists back on his hips where they belonged." So cute! "There is no way that soap, fertilizer, lighter fluid, and pxy dust is going to blow that statue up. It solid rock!" Key ingredient-pixy dust! "Teaching an adolescent pixy and teenage gargoyle how to make explosives might not be such a good idea. But hell, he'd learned when he was five." And if an average pixy's life is 20 years, that's around 20 years old. So not so bad! "The Turn take it, they were far to eager to learn this." Yeah, blowing things up! I'm with them!
Favourite lines from Black Magic Sanction: 22, 42, 48, 119, 120, 138
"You! Yes, do this yourself. You start using demon magic intentionally, and you're going to screw up more than Marie Antoinette on her wedding night." That's something! "I knew he was speaking metaphorically, but I couldn't help being reminded of Jenk's wildlife programs of a lioness wounding prey to let her cubs practise bringing it down." Well, it kinda is like that! "'How do you think? He knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake.' 'So be good, or I'll rip your f**king head off.'" That's a different lyric! "A mink is not a rodent. God! Everyone but Trent knows that." Well, apparently Nick and Ivy don't know that! "Getting into Trent's fortress was going to be the easy part. Getting out would be the kicker. But having Ivy and Jenks with me would make this as easy as falling off a log. Right into the pit of snakes." Which would not be fun at all! "Remind me never to piss off Ivy. She dropped them faster than a slug takes a crap." Well, aren't slugs known for being slow? So not something very special? "At least Trent's horse liked me. I should write him a letter and tell him. It would make his dad." And yours, too! "Whoa. Elf porn?" Looks like! "'How did you know we were in trouble?' 'You're always in trouble, Rachel.'" This is very true! "Holy s**t! Watch were you're going, Ivy! My kids are in here!" I think they're part of the problem, Jenks! "Rache! Glad you're...Tink loves a duck! It stinks of sex in here. God, woman. I leave you alone for one night, and hoy're humping the ghost." Ah, Jenks, always quick with the Tink name calling! "Oh! God! Naked witch." I think they already know that! "God, my mother would be mortified, but maybe not. She had grown up in the sixties. She'd probably call her friends." That her daughter was naked on TV? Probably!
Loved these so much, and now I have momentum that I think will get me to The Witch With No Name and Sudden Backtrack!!!
Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #7.5, 8
First Read: August 18th, 18th, 2013
Read: November 5th, 5th, 2014
Source: Tuebl, Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Published: August 18th 2009, February 23rd 2010
Ley Line Drifter:
Black Magic Sanction: