Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Series: The Hallows #1
Pages: 416
Publication: July 1, 2004
Publisher: HarperTouch
Reviewed By: Amber R
All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party...and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining - and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead...or undead

I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. Amber and Autum (AlwaysPurrty and our lovely blog designer) love this series and I hadn't read it yet. I was getting down to the nitty gritty on my 2012 reading challenge and I needed some fillers. This has been on my tbr list forever, so I figured why not? I'm glad that I trust them and from what I hear this series gets way better because otherwise I would not have continued on from this book.

This book was pretty slow for me. The plot wasn't bad but honestly, it wasn't the greatest. I didn't hate it though. Rachel is a runner for the I.S., which is basically like the F.B.I but for paranormal stuff. A runner is basically like a bounty hunter. Rachel is a witch and she doesn't care for her job. From the beginning of the book she is on the run. Because she dislikes her job so much, she quits. Her former boss basically puts out a hit on her. So she's on the run and in her mind if she catches a big enough case and turns it over to the I.S., they'll pay off her contract and she can live!

Rachel is pretty white bread of the UF heroines. At least, so far. I'm giving Amber and Autum the benefit of the doubt here. I really like Ivy though. She's bat shit crazy and I love it. She has some secrets and I want to know what they are. Also, Kisten? Uhhh, hello! He is very hot. I know we only saw him for a minute but I can't hope that he comes back. Tinks is pretty bad ass. I wish he was 6 ft. But he seems pretty awesome so far.

I don't know. Honestly, if it wasn't for my friends I probably wouldn't carry on in this series. I didn't think the book was that bad but it wasn't anything that would stick with me either. So I'm definitely looking forward to where this series goes and seeing it get better.


  1. Keep reading!! it gets better and better. I read this one so freaking long ago I can't remember if I was in love or like with this book but I do know I love this series. So don't give up.

  2. I didn't really start liking the first book until I was halfway through it. This is one of my all time favorite series. I hope you end up loving it too!

  3. Hi Amber, glad you tried it! I did love the series from this first book, mainly because of the many different paranormal creatures, like Jenks, which was especially back then, very original.
    The series sure will keep surprising you.

  4. I'm same as you, I've read the first two but it's a bit love/hate for me at the moment but I'm determined to keep with it (mostly cause I bought the first four books at once last year cause they were in the kindle sale!) as I get the feeling that it will get better and it certainly gets a lot of praise, but I really need to get past my urge to slap rachel silly cause she's really annoyed me for quite a lot of the books! For me it's all about Jenks and Trent! I love those characters! They're my favourites!

  5. I just finished this one on audio this weekend. I've had the series on my TBR forever too. I think if I read it I would not have liked it as much as I did listening to it.

    I was surprised by how much snark and funny moments it had.

    1. It did have a lot of snark and it was funny. I'm surprised I didn't love it since Amber I recommended it. It's the first time that's happened.

  6. I loved this book! I'm making it a goal this year to catch up on the series since I've only made it to #6. Hope you enjoy the rest of them.

  7. OH boy! Another series I need to continue, I need to get pass the first book, I just couldn't get into it, but it must get better cuz everyone seems to love the series...Maybe one this days I'll pick it back up again.

  8. this series gets better and much more complicated. I can see where you might think it's slow, but the series does pick up, and you get hooked on the characters.. well.. I did... :) Book Savvy Babe

  9. My soul cries just a little bit on this review... just a little.. *tear*

  10. I've only read this first book but I never continued on with the series. It has been such a long time that I can't even remember if I liked it or not. I'm thinking that I'll go back and reread it at some point just to see if I want to continue on. Thanks for such an honest review!


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