Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan series took a downturn with the book previous to The Outlaw Demon Wails. It’s a fun series, with some fantastic characters, and a wonderfully constructed universe – very entertaining until the last book. I’m tickled that Harrison got right back on the horse and wrote what might be the best book in the series.
The main character, Rachel Morgan, is finally showing some serious growth, which was one of my main complaints about the last book. Morgan is something of an adrenaline-junkie who unintentionally puts her loved ones in danger. At the risk of being trite, it was refreshing to see the character find a way to be true to who she is and still keep her friends and family safe.
My only other minor complaint about the series is a personal one. As is to be expected from books with a provocatively dressed woman on the covers, there are sexual or sexually-charged scenes in the story. No problem there, really, it’s just that a majority of those scenes seem to be girl-on-girl (or girl-or-vampire-girl, if you’d like to be specific). The lesbian vampire stuff is definitely naughty, but it lacks the appeal for me that it probably has for others. Fortunately for me, the lesbian vampire stuff is at best a side-note.
The Rachel Morgan series is a load of fun and I do recommend it for anybody who enjoys Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.