In White Witch, Black Curse
, the seventh in Kim Harrison's series about The Hollows, the main character, Rachel Morgan, faces hard times and crushing realities. Rachel spends most of the book trying to regain her memories of vampire boyfriend Kisten's murder. The tone is much darker than in any previous Hollows novel, and for the first time you see Rachel really starting to realize how her actions can have life-changing consequences -- not just for her, but for her family and friends as well. Rachel's friend and business partner Ivy is still in a self-inflicted hell of her own, and Jenks is anxiously watching wife Matalina's continued decline in health. While I would not recommend picking this book up without having read the other six in the series, it is worth reviewing here because it's proof that this series (part of the new and popular "paranormal romance" genre) actually allows its characters to grow, mature and change -- unlike its sister series, the Anita Black Vampire Hunter novels, by Laurell K. Hamilton, which takes an abrupt plunge into smut novel around book eight. Harrison continues to write compelling, witty novels with fully developed, multi-dimensional characters.