The Outlaw Demon Wails
Series: Rachel Morgan, Book 6
Eos Publishing (February 26, 2008)
Okay, let’s be honest here. Kim Harrison had me at Dead Witch Walking. I have loved all of her books and eagerly await each new volume with bated breath. But her sixth installment in the Rachel Morgan series The Outlaw Demon Wails, is IMHO, her best yet. Her writing just gets better and better. Her pacing and plotting are always right on target. Her characters are so well developed that they stick with you long after the book is finished.
We catch up with Rachel just before Halloween. She is in a local charm shop with her mother when all hell breaks loose, literally. Al is back and, boy, is he pissed. His unexpected reappearance sends her on a race against time looking for who is summoning the demon and stop him while keeping everyone she cares about safe. She and Ivy are searching for Kisten’s killer and Trent wants her to go on a recovery mission into the Everafter as well. Never a dull moment for Rachel.
Many plot threads are resolved and new ones created, all done with finesse. Rachel is still mourning the loss of Kisten and walking an emotional tightrope, trying to move on while not launching headlong into another relationship like she normally would. We see forward progress that is a result of soul searching and learning from her mistakes but we also see her struggle with these new ideals. Some new characters are introduced including a gargoyle named Bis and others make return appearances including a potential love interest but only time will tell with that as it was left very open ended.
This is very much a book of transition, transformation and revelation and I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover. It is the perfect complement to A Few Demons More, which contained events that while necessary, left me feeling hollowed out. The Outlaw Demon Wails begins to move things in exciting new directions without forcing the forward movement. It is organic and perfectly paced. The wait for the next installment is going to be way too long.