In this first book, Kim Harrison introduces readers to a world thatís at once strangely familiar and unknown. In their never-ending scientific quest, humans have almost decimated themselves when a bio-engineered tomato spreads a deadly virus. Only then do mortals realize the majority of survivors are supernatural beings such as pixies, vampires, witches and others. With this knowledge, the social order splinters, with humans clustering in the cities while the paranormals live in The Hollow, with rare intermingling.
Rachel Morgan, a witch and runner working for Inderland Security (a sort of paranormal FBI), is tired of the lackluster assignments lately given her and quits, followed by her friends, Ivy the living vampire and Jenks the pixie. Unfortunately, the last runner who tried that ended up blown to bits, and their furious boss Denon
is determined to see Rachel share the same fate. Trying to prove prominent citizen Trent Kalamack is secretly running bio-drugs, Rachel finds herself batting fellow paranormals constantly out to end her existence, while coming to the realization that living with a vampire is never quite safe.
Kim Harrisonís debut effort is a sparkling tale full of suspense, action, wry humor and magic enough to captivate all. Written with a crispness thatís impressive, Harrison draws readers into a world where paranormal beings and humans co-exist uneasily, with little in common except fear and prejudice. The story centers on Rachel, a witch whose lack of forethought often gets her into trouble, who has little faith in her own talents, and is ever afraid of ending up her vampire roommateís snack. Harrison paints a fascinatingly detailed picture about this split society, about the histories, lives, and phenomenal talents of these varied mythical beings. And of course, with such a cast of characters, naturally thereís adventure and action galore as they battle it out among themselves. Darkly intense and exceptionally satisfying, this book is just too good to resist and is also, hopefully, the first in a hugely interesting series.