I can't remember the last time I had this much fun reading a book. Every page drips with action, humor and mix of creatures that are good, bad, some in between and also those walking on both sides of existence; dead and the undead. Kim Harrison has created a magnificent world of witches, vampires, demons, pixies, fairies, leprechauns and all sorts of shape shifters. This is the first book in the Rachel Morgan series and I'm in luck to have them all waiting for me on my shelf.
Most of the time I stick to straight horror, no pixy dust and warlocks for me but I just couldn't help myself and jumped into Harrison's world of mischief, mystery and magic. Rachel Morgan plays a bounty hunter working for Inland Security where magical creatures rule with iron laws. Fed up with her cruel boss she decides to leave only to end up with a death contract on her head, thus the title. With help from friends of mighty talents she decides to plan a way out to set herself free and to help he IS catch biodrug lord in order to have them cancel their call on her head. Little does she know what a tough task it proved and ends up getting chased by more than one bad guy. The story leaves the reader ready for the next book in the series so everything does not wrap up completely.
I adored reading about Rachel's magic and her charms, they were her main way of practicing spells and were used to save her skin a few times. The reader is send on a wild ride as Rachel transforms herself, battles animals and demons, fairies and avoids getting bitten by some charming vamps. This was a blast to read, if only all the books were written this way, the world would probably have riots in front of the bookstores and TV's would cease to exist.
I have to say that this book wasn't what I expected....at all. Which in many cases could be a bad thing, but with regards to "Dead Witch Walking" it is a good thing. This book is the first in Rachel Morgan saga. Oh by the way, Rachel is a witch, but a good witch. Not as good as Glenda from the Wizard of Oz, but good nevertheless. I have heard from others as well as the description on the back of this book that Rachel Morgan is a good mixture of Stephanie Plum and Anita Blake. I haven't read any … more
Pros: light and entertaining supernatural fantasy, excellent villains, brazen hero looking for action Cons: Rachel's flightiness makes it difficult to stay focused sometimes The Bottom Line: light and entertaining supernatural fantasy in an urban setting When we first meet Rachel Morgan she's just an average earth witch using her wit and her literal charms to grind out an existence bringing in bounties for Inderlander … more
When a book is slow starting, I continue to stick with it, sometimes appalling even myself at the optimism that it will get better. But I can't continue. This book has bored me from the very beginning...; character development is lacking, and there is not enough explanation regarding what's going on throughout. Rachel Morgan is a paranormal bounty hunter...and a witch to boot. After a number of bad tags made for her company, she has been relegated to pixies as backup and confined to bringing in … more