Review: American Demon (The Hollows #14) by Kim Harrison

I don’t know how I missed this release, but I’m glad I found out about it now. I liked this book, rebooting a series is always a little odd, but I think American Demon does it well. I probably should have re-read the last few Hollows books before reading American Demon, but to be honest I just bought it as soon as I knew it existed, but maybe I can re-read a few books while I wait for the paperback of Million Dollar Demon to release.


The cover isn’t the most specific, but it is based off the book, so I’m happy

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.


I was hesitant about this book because I feel like every classic urban fantasy series had a zombie book, and I didn’t know how American Demon could do it in a unique way, but I liked the way the plot of this book played out. The threat was interesting and made use of the magic system Kim Harrison has developed, and allowed for some interesting discussions and revelations to take place.

I liked the exploration of Rachel’s relationships in this book, and I was happy that there wasn’t too much angst. I didn’t really enjoy the vampire drama in this book, but I’m not a fan of it in this series in general. If you’ve enjoyed the vampire politics in previous Hollows novels, you’ll probably like it here too, and after reading the blurb for book fifteen, it’s definitely building to a head.

Jenks gets a little more developed as a character in American Demon, and I always like learning more about Pixie society. We also learn a little more about elves and demons in this novel, and I love the way demons are settling into society. Al’s aside with Rachel about ‘getting a box on the form’ was lovely, and I really hope Al and Rachel get more time to interact in upcoming books, he didn’t appear much in this one, and I missed him.

Hodin is an interesting character, and while he seemed a little similar to other characters, it at least makes sense. I think his perspective will be really interesting going forward, and without spoiling anything, I really love the potential he has to illuminate certain aspects of history, other characters’ backstories, as well as his own character arc. Zach is much the same, and I love the way he and Trent interact. Lucy and Rae are adorable, and I love

Ivy didn’t appear much in this book either, but I think that makes sense. There are a lot of characters by this point in the series, so quite a few only appeared in glimpses. I like the acknowledgement of the complicated world that’s been built up throughout the series, without over-complicating the story.

I liked the variety of believable, varied threats that drove tension in this book, but I did feel like the pacing was a bit slow in some areas. As this is the re-start of the series though, I’m going to assume that’s because of the plotlines being set-up to lead to future books. The ‘sacrifice’ mentioned in the blurb is also something that I didn’t enjoy. It will clearly be focussed on more in future books, but I just don’t feel like it was foreshadowed or built up enough to have the impact it should have.

Overall, I liked American Demon and I’m happy to see The Hollows series is continuing. You definitely need to have read the previous books to follow this one, but I’d recommend the series in general to those who liked Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock novels, CE Murphy’s Walker Papers series, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom books.

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