Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 480 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 13th book in The Hallows series
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 5/5 stars
This is the thirteenth, and final, book in The Hallows series. This has been one of my favorite urban fantasy series. There were a couple books mid series that got a bit slow, but then the series picked up again and was just as wonderful as when it started. I loved this book, it was just an absolutely perfect ending for this series. I admit I am pretty sad this series is over, but it ended beautifully.
Cormel wants Rachel to figure out how to find his soul and return it to his body; he will stop at nothing to coerce Rachel to do this. When Cromel tries to kill Ivy in an attempt to force Rachel’s hand Rachel strikes a deal with him; she will attempt to find Piscary’s soul and join it to his body to see if it can be done but after that she is off the hook…Cormel agrees. Rachel and Trent are then set with the task of frantically trying to a way to bind souls back to the vampires. Strangely the elf Landen is willing to assist them, he hopes that joining the vampires with their souls will cause them all to commit sunicide (willingly walk into the sun). As per usual this isn’t the only crazy stuff going and with all this playing around with souls the very magic of the world could be at risk.
Rachel has come so far from the first book. She is so much more capable and mature than she was in earlier books. The only thing I didn’t really enjoy about this book was Rachel’s somewhat overdone insecurities about Trent. I mean Trent obviously loves her and would move the world for her. We saw that in the last book and we see it more in this book. I kept wishing Rachel would just get over herself already. Rachel does step up to the challenge though and does some awesome things in this book. She is finally learning to use her friends for support.
Trent is awesome in this book as well. He is not only supportive and respectful of Rachel but he also does some awesome magic (who knew Trent was so powerful?) and is darn sexy too. You see a lot more of him as a father in this book too with his two elven kids (one his by blood and the other his by adoption).
In fact all of the characters are awesome. They have all grown so much. Ivy has found an excellent partner in Nina. I also enjoyed the parts with the demons Al and Newt.
The plot is very well done. We learn a lot more about the elven mystics, demonic magic, and the ley lines. We also learn a ton more about the curse the elves put upon the demons. There’s a lot of other drama woven in with the main plot, but it all comes together to make an excellent story.
Overall this is one of the best urban fantasy series out there. While I was sad to see it end, I was happy that it ended like it did. There is a lot of hope and happiness at the end. I look forward to future series that Harrison writes and hopes she is considering doing more stories in this intriguing world at some point. Finishing this book just made me want to go back and read the whole series all over again! This whole series is recommended to those who love urban fantasy.