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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (49,987 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kim Harrison Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollows Series Release Date:
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Set in Cincinnati, Dead Witch Walking creates an interesting alternative reality which is quite different from what we see in many other fantasy books. Whenever a book mixes witches and vampires together, like Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, for example, it always seems as though vampires are more important. They take over all the action and witches are given a secondary role. However, Kim Harrison's witch, Rachel Morgan, is at the forefront of her books.

In this version of Cincinnati, something went wrong in the 1950's when human beings started experimenting on DNA and ended up creating a virus that spread through tomatoes and killed a great deal of the human population. The supernatural creatures who were living side by side with humans then came into the open. The Inderlanders, as they now call themselves, were immune to the virus and, with the human population declining, they didn't have anything to fear. Occasionally, we see Rachel proudly setting out tomatoes, a practice which makes humans blench.

Now that humans and Inderlanders are living in the same society, they must maintain peace and they do this with the help of two law enforcement agencies—the human police and Inderlander Security or I.S. which Rachel works for at the beginning. However, Rachel keeps getting all the bad jobs and she's really sick of this kind of work. So she decides to strike out on her own and Ivy, a vampire who works with I.S. too, decides to go with her, as does Jenks, the pixie. However, I.S. is not just willing to let Rachel go that fast; they put a price on her head and she ends up spending a lot of time avoiding assassins. Finally, she decides that the best thing to do is go after Trent Kalamack who is suspected of many crimes. She wants to persuade I.S. to let her go in exchange for the goods on Kalamack.

Overall, Rachel is a likable protagonist who tends to act before she thinks. Over the course of the book and the series, we see her learning more impulse control. In one funny scene, she tries to learn how to avoid provoking her vampire roommate by reading a vampire dating guide that she's embarrassed to be seen with. She also dresses sassily and has an in-your-face sexuality which, combined with her self-deprecating humor, makes her easy to identify with.

Kim Harrison is a self-proclaimed "tomboy" who grew up in a family full of boys. Although she always wanted to be a writer, she avoided English and writing classes, preferring to work on her writing by herself. She started out with the idea of writing science fiction but then switched to contemporary fantasy. Her real name is Dawn Cook and she has published two series, the Hollows series, starring Rachel Morgan, under the name Kim Harrison, and the Princess and Truth series under her real name. She splits her time between South Carolina and Michigan and is currently a full-time writer.

All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party… and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

Rachel Morgan is on the run with a contract on her head. To clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crimelord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death. A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ‘em back alive, dead… or undead. Dead Witch Walking is fun, sassy, filled with action, humor, and romance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’ll love this.”

    Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world, a spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination.”

    Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Blends the best qualities of Anita Blake and Stephanie Plum…Kim Harrison carries it off with style.”

    Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kyra | 2/9/2014

    " This is a major guilty pleasure! I actually didn't like the first book (this one) so much but gave it another chance with the second because the series was recommended. They get better and I was totally sucked in. If you're a fan of cheesy fantasy books, you'll love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria | 2/7/2014

    " The very first book that started my obsession for reading fantasy, if not for Kim Harrison and her amazing series The Hollows I would probably even today remain oblivious to the wonders of reading. So I will forever treasure this book and be grateful to the author who created it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anne Stoddard | 2/2/2014

    " Though I'm normally more a fan of mysteries than fantasy books, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kim Harrison has the storytelling ability to make the world drop away while you're reading her books. I loved Jenks' character the most, and I found the strange connection between Ivy and Rachel intriguing. I appreciated that while the book did have closure, there were several loose ends left open for the next book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynne | 1/25/2014

    " it is comedic which was a surprise-listening on CD and the reader is very good - story and writing is simplistic and entertaining but not sure if I could have gotten through reading it and not listening to it "

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