Book Review: White Witch, Black Curse

Posted July 7th, 2013 by in book review / 2 comments


Title: White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows #7)
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Eos
Version Read: Hardcover (library)
Publication Date: February 24th, 2009
Categories:  crime, demons, elves, fantasy, paranormal, pixies, romance, urban-fantasy, vampires, werecreatures, witches

Summary (Goodreads): Some wounds take time to heal…and some scars never fade.
Rachel Morgan, kick-ass witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won’t rest until his death is solved…and avenged. Whatever the cost.
Yet the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and when a new predator moves to the apex of the Inderland food chain, Rachel’s past comes back to haunt her.

In White Witch, Black Curse Rachel is still trying to deal with the fact that Kisten’s murderer is an unknown entity. We are also introduced to a completely new antagonist, of the type we have yet to encounter.

Rachel also has to deal with some family drama – specifically her brother Robbie coming back home, and announcing he is getting married. He also tries his hardest to get in the way of Rachel going after the bad guys in this one. He thinks she needs to ‘grow-up and get a real job’. His words. He also told his fiancée all about Rachel and apparently she wants to do her research thesis on Rachel, which as you might imagine, freaks our girl out somewhat.

Our new breed of baddie in this one is a Banshee. On top of that there is a baby Banshee as well. White Witch, Black Curse has just about everything you could find in an urban fantasy, or so it seems. The past that is coming back to haunt her is the ghost of a shunned witch named Gordian Pierce, who no-one realises has been haunting the church for a year until Ford (the FBI psychiatrist/empath who we met a few books back) is sitting in the kitchen and realises he is there. He’s the one who has been changing Rachel’s phone ring-tones, instead of Jenks, who Rachel originally thought it was. Apparently Rachel tried to summon the ghost of her dad when she was 18, and got him instead. She’s pretty sure it’s where she got her taste in men from.

The whole storyline is a bit wobbly in parts, and some of characters’ decisions don’t make a whole lot of sense. Whilst that is pretty much the norm with Rachel, it’s not so true with many of the others. The whole ‘let’s find Kisten’s murderer and kick his butt’ plot got a bit stepped on by the whole Banshee thing, and the resolution to it seemed more like an afterthought than a true resolution.

All in all the best parts about this one were Jenks and Al, both of whom are very interesting and vivid characters, who always add something to the books. I was glad to pretty much see the back of Rachel’s brother, because he was annoying.

2 Responses to “Book Review: White Witch, Black Curse”

  1. Brittany

    Now, many people love this series. I wanted to. What with the many interesting creatures and naming everything after Clint Eastwood movies. Sadly, I started the first one and just couldn’t get into it (part of it was her weird vampire rules…), now, do you think the later ones are better, or was it love at first read for you?

    • Chantelle

      Um, not really. I mean I liked the first one, but the thing that I really liked about it was that a) witches were a different species from humans & b) the magic rules were well defined and didn’t keep changing just to make the storyline move better. The second book was probably better in that it dealt more specifically with Rachel’s witch skills as opposed to her getting killed by her former employer.
      It’s been one of those series that goes up and down, depending on the book. I really didn’t like book 3 very much, Black Magic Sanction (#8) and A Perfect Blood (#10) are probably the two I like the most. Some of the other have four stars not necessarily because I liked them better, but because parts of the plot or particular scenes were really good and that gave them an extra star or half star.
      I think The Hollows is a series that you are going to either like, or not like. Part of it is Rachel. She does get smarter in the later books, and does less stupid things. That’s probably the most annoying thing about the series. She does some pretty stupid or unnecessarily risky things. And yeah, the vampire rules are a little weird.

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