The Exploding Spaceship Reviews Ever After by Kim Harrison (and also takes a look at Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, NC)Posted: 16 February, 2013
Rachel has to help Trent and Quen keep their family together when enemies threaten in Kim Harrison’s latest Hollows novel. Rachel’s demon nature becomes both a help and a hindrance as she, Trent and Quen try to get everyone safely home. Rachel’s demon acquaintances are no help because the main enemy is a crazy demon created to help the demons conquer humans. This monster is damaging the ever-after and if the demons don’t do something about it their realm will cease to exist and magic will disappear.
Ivy takes a roadtrip and comes back to unpleasant consequences: she has a new friend who needs her help, but providing that help makes her some powerful enemies, and Rachel has to intervene.
Rachel’s ex Nick makes an annoying return, and Jenks and his family also have a role to play.
The Hollows is a fascinating universe with a history and a cast of characters worth following. Ever After includes all the major characters without piling on too much backstory, so even readers who are new to the series will have no trouble following the story. Definitely a must read for lovers of magic and paranormal romance.
Your Humble Reviewers and a packed house of enthusiastic fans got to meet Kim Harrison on February 2 when she stopped by Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, North Carolina for a book signing and Q&A session.
Quail Ridge Books is an independent bookstore located off I-40 in a shopping center with a Whole Foods grocery. The store is big as independents go, with plenty of room to handle the crowd for a major author. By using a signing line ticket system only a small number of people had to queue at once, and those who had no ticket from purchasing a book were directed to wait at the end of the line.
The store stocks an extensive collection of North Carolina authors, as well as having a large display of recent award-winning books. There is a dedicated (and sizable) children’s section in a room of its own, which was very helpful to the traffic flow during the event.
Perhaps the most unique feature of the store is (of all things!) the restroom: every wall in the unisex facility is covered with framed autographed photos of the authors who have visited, and despite the crowd it was absolutely spotless.
With facilities like these (and a food source just a minute’s walk away), Quail Ridge Books is definitely a prime location for author events. Kim Harrison’s talk and the Q&A session that followed really felt more like a writer’s panel at a convention than a book signing.
Hopefully, the tours for the next two Hollows novels (which will bring the series to an end) will find their way to Quail Ridge.