I just finished up Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison. I liked it well enough that I’m contemplating picking up the next one, The Good, The Bad and the Undead. Apparently Ms. Harrison is something of a Clint Eastwood fan. Rockin’.
Anyway, Dead Witch Walking features witch Rachel Morgan. It starts out introducing to Rachel’s dead-end job hunting down supernatural creatures who break the law, in this case a leprechaun who was busted for tax evasion. Turns out that Rachel’s really struggled in her job for some time now, no fault of her own we later find out. She decides to quit, a risky proposition that could mean her death, and form a detective/bounty-hunting type business of her own.
Rachel successfully quits from the Federal Inderland Bureau (FIB)-the federal agency responsible for catching supernatural troublemakers-but brings her incredibly successful friend/roomie Ivy Tamwood (living vampire) with her. Because of this, she starts getting attacked left, right and center from everything from faeries to demons, all of whom are being paid to hunt her down and dispose of her by her former living vampire boss.
Rachel survives by a combo of sheer luck and her friends Ivy and a pixie named Jenks. Determined to get the death threat removed, she goes after a big bad guy by the name Trent, a city councilman. Trent is his first name and because I don’t have the book up on my Kindle, I don’t have his last name. Read the book to find out! 😉 At any rate, Trent is into everything from smuggling Biodrugs (huuuuuuuuuuuuuugely taboo in this culture) to regular type drugs (called Brimstone). If she can bring him to the attention of the FIB’s rival bureau (the entirely human run IS), she can get them to pay the bounty money to lift the death threat.
I particularly enjoy the pixie character of Jenks. He’s funny, brave and snarky. I’m not to sure on Ivy yet, she seems a little spoiled to me. Rachel Morgan is an acceptable enough female lead, but she is stubborn to the point of stupidity at times. The nice thing is, she starts to recognize that at the end and attempts to change that. It doesn’t take right away, making her a character to relate to. She’s not perfect, she’s not gorgeous.
This could be a female Dresden Files, but with a little less (so far) the-world-actually-is-against-me angst. I rate this a solid B book, but with the caveat that I think it’s sort of like a chick flick only a novel. Chi-novel? While I can see my husband enjoying the Dresden Files (if he ever gave them a chance), I don’t think he’d enjoy this as much, even with the Clint Eastwood theme names. Boys beware!