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White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7)
White Witch Black Curse - Hollows, Bk 7
Author: Kim Harrison
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 solve... and avenged....  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061138027
ISBN-10: 0061138029
Publication Date: 12/1/2009
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 296 ratings
Publisher: Eos
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Excellent! This book is her best one yet! Darker, funnier, and with a few answers we have all been waiting for. Rachel has been struggling for a long time with who and what she is and in this book, she finally starts to figure things out. It is a fun and interesting story with ghosts, demons, and more!! A must read for Hollows fans!
Judy-Ree avatar reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I just finished reading this book, and I firmly believe that this is Ms. Harrison's best book yet. There were 2 stories that were part of anthologies that were set in The Hollows world, but showed past events in Rachel and Ivy's lives. Both of these stories were incorporated into the present day storyline. I don't think that they are necessary to enjoy this book, but if you have read them, it gives you some additional insight into the story.

This story picks up where we left Rachel, Ivy and Jenks in the the last book. Kisten is dead and Rachel and Ivy are still trying to find the killer and come to grips with everything that has happened. Rachel's brother Robbie joins us for the first time since the anthology story. David, Ceri and Kinsey are mentioned but don't make an appearance in this book. Otherwise, all are old favorites are back and accounted for.

As the title suggests, the main theme of this book is about Rachel and how she is trying to stay a white witch even though she is doing black magic and carries the demon smut. Rachel really comes to terms with how and where her life is headed and makes some hard decisions about her future in this book. I really believe that this book is a turning point for Rachel and Ivy. If you have laughed and cried through the other books in the series, like I have, you will truly enjoy this book as well.
ophelia99 avatar reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This is the 7th book in the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. In a series that has consistently blown me away with its great writing quality and fast pace this book was a huge disappointment. I really feel like Kim Harrison was forced to write this book and forced to wrap up the whole Kisten mystery and didn't want to; this book just drags. Quick side note: I listened to this on audio book and the audio book quality was great.

In this book Rachel is trying to remember what happened on the night when Kisten was murdered. Ford is along to try and help her jog her memories. Ivy is still trying to solve the Kisten murder in her own way. Then they get called on a case that ends up involving a mother Banshee who may be killing to feed her child. Oh and Pierce (you know the guy in the short story done in the anthology "Holidays from Hell") pops into Rachel's life. Also like usual Rachel is having trouble with Al (her demon teacher) and is trying to keep things with Marshall on a "strictly friends" basis.

As you can tell from the above things were kind of jumbled together; Rachel didn't seem to know what she was doing most of the book. There are so many things that bothered me about this book. First and foremost is Rachel's whining. I mean you probably could have cut 50 pages out if you had eliminated some of the whining; I felt like counting the number of times Rachel said "But, I'm a White witch!" with an honest to god foot-stomping whine...the number of times this was said had to be in the double digits at least; were they trying to drive home the book title? Rachel acted pathetic throughout the book and constantly said she would change things while she constantly made the same horrible decisions over and over again. It just wasn't interesting to read about that.

Next issue is the Kisten thing. All this build up over multiple books over who Kisten's killer was very anti-climatic. The conclusion to the Kisten murder was weird too (I won't give anything away) but it was very rushed and very unsatisfying and really felt forced; like someone told Harrison she had to wrap up this plot point so she grudgingly did it. My only positive reaction to this part of the story is that we finally can (hopefully) stop hearing "Who was Kisten's killer?".

Then there is the appearance of Pierce, a minor character in a short story in an anthology half of the readers of this series probably haven't read. Pierce takes a major part in this story and I thought it was odd that he suddenly plays such a big role in Rachel's life. His inclusion felt forced and unnatural. The Banshee character Mia was also unsatisfying; there was so much "we have her, we lost her, we have her, we lost her" that I just got bored with the whole story. Rachel's whole moral struggle with bringing in Mia was odd, it was like Rachel completely lost her sense of right and wrong and wandered around confused for most of the Mia investigations.

Of course, to bring even more pain into the mix Harrison had to (again) bring up Ivy and Rachel's blood balance. I had really, really hoped we were done hearing about this. In fact it seemed pretty tied up in the last book and I was disappointed to see it rear its ugly head again. Bringing this up, yet again, added to my boredom and made me roll my eyes...I mean come on let the characters move on and get on with the story. Same with Marshall, what was up with his relationship with Rachel, is it there just to take up page space?

There were a couple good pieces to the story. Pierce is actually an interesting character and I am eager to see more of him. Eddings and Glenn were great characters and added more to the story than any of the other characters. Al stole the scenes he was in too. Also Bis was awesome and I hope the gargoyle is in the story more in the future. Rynn Cormel is an intriguing master vamp and I am also eager to find out what his future actions are. In fact all of these characters were way more interesting than Rachel and Ivy; maybe Rachel's character is just getting tired. All I know is something has to change or I will be getting rid of all the books in this series and dropping it.

All in all a disappointment. This was a long, long book that felt forced and chased itself in circles a lot. There were a couple bright spots, but overall I just wanted the book to be over.
reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 17 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Great book!! Digs a little deeper into the truth about Rachel. At the end I couldn't bring myself to put it down. The only downfall is having to wait for the next one.
reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 68 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I got this book on a audible download, so I got it read to me while I was driveing to and from college every day. Except when it got close to the end, and I just had to stay up till 2 am to finish it. It was SOOO GOOD! Having it read to me was the best ever! Having someone acutally sound out the way you would think Jenks would talk, and the way Ivy would talk was sooo cool! I just love it when Jenks says "Tinks a Disney Whore" or one of his other colorful phrases, was so awesome you have no idea!...

I am still going to buy the actual book too, I have to have it with my collection for this series.

I have to say that BY FAR, she is the best writer of this genere ever! I have read a lot of stuff from a lot of different writers in the area of the vamp, witch type of books, but I like Harrison the best. She doesn't cloud up a good story line with Sex, Sex, and more useless Sex! It is just all fast moving story, and an awesome plot line! This one will keep you turning every page, dieing to know who killed Kisten (you have to read at least one other book to know who he is), and why there is a Banji on the loose, why Big Al isn't so much as a bad neck pain anymore, and why she gets the boot from the rest of society. It was sooo awesome to read/listen too, I would actually leave for school an hour early just so I could get more out of it on my drive, and spend that extra time sitting in my car with everyone wondering what was going on in the story. I would have to give a run down of what I had listened to so far that day just so they would know. I have a couple of people that want it next, but unfortunatly I can't give it out since I got it at the audible store and you can't trade those downloads as they are locked to only the computer you download them too, and the device you put them on.

But I do recomend for anyone out there to get this book, you will fall in love with the charicture's (if you are not there already), laugh, and cry all through the book.

I can't wait till school is out and I can put my hands on the Hardcopy to read it again.
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reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 3 more book reviews
The most revealing "Hollows" book yet! I couldn't put it down!
reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 10 more book reviews
I wasn't as impressed with this book as I was with the previous books in the Rachel Morgan series. This self pitying version of Rachel Morgan at times became a bit much for me, but never so much that I had to put the book down. This book still had way more than enough humor and action to redeem it though. Just dont expect the same Rachel Morgan that you have come to know and love throughout the series who is unabashed by her impetuousness and need for adventure .
reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 11 more book reviews
Everything I would expect from Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan. It had mystery, romance, fantasy creatures. I've enjoyed The Hollows books from the very first one.
mousee23 avatar reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 11 more book reviews
If you enjoy any other books in this series then this one's for you.
reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 4 more book reviews
Great author I am always excited when she comes out with a new book.Love to see what trouble Rachel Morgan ends up in.
reviewed White Witch, Black Curse (Hollows, Bk 7) on + 116 more book reviews
A great series! A mix between Laurell K Hamilton and Rachel Marie Moning that makes you want to read them over agin! I still own all of these books and am re-reading them now.