The Turn by Kim Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kim Harrison is at her best when she writes about the Hollows. I absolutely loved this trip back to where everything began. The basic plot takes the reader through the release of the plague that brought about the Turn where all of Inderland is exposed.
Honestly, it took me about half way through the book before I realized that the Trent Kalamack that I was reading about was NOT the Trent that we all fell in love with in the Hollows series. And even then, it took me reading spoiler reviews on Goodreads to figure it out. Elves live longer and look younger in general, right? It seemed totally plausible that OUR Trent was alive in the 60s.
Kal (as he’s called in this book) is completely awful. He’s so well written as the villain that you can almost see his side of things. Trix is definitely my favorite character in the book. She’s the strong and independent woman fighting for her work and her own name not just in a world of old-school thought amongst her people but also 1960s society.
As I do with all of Harrison’s work, I listened to this as an audiobook and having Marguerite Gavin back for this prequel was a lovely treat. She’s honestly half the reason I love this series so much. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the Harrsion/LaVoy combo Audible has for the Peri Reed chronicles, but it’s not quite the same.
This book made me want to go back and listen to the entire original series again just to refresh on all the connections. Quinn, Piscary, Kormel, Tecatta, Saladan. Forgive, if you would, any character name misspelling along the way. Having only listened to the Audiobooks, I have no idea what the proper ones are.
I only have two criticisms. The first is more of a lament…the books are never long enough. I always want more immediately. In a world of binging on media, the end of a book without an immediate replacement is painful. Secondarily, and this is stupid…I grew up in Cocoa Beach, the town where Kal lives at the beginning of the book. There’s a line that says that Cocoa Beach is only a 10 minute drive from Daytona Beach. That drive is more like 60-90 minutes. See…told you it was a stupid gripe.
READ THIS BOOK. If you’ve never read the Hollows series, this would be an excellent book to read first. If I had had the option I would have done it that way.
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