Ever After: Not just another fun flighty urban fantasy

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Rachel Morgan has been through a lot since she left the IS and went private. She’s lost love, found love, been betrayed over and over again, made friends with demons, found out that she’s a demon and now she has to save her friends from the clutches of the demons one more time. It’s nothing she hasn’t done before, except that this time she faces a demon that all the rest of them are afraid of which is truly ironic since he is their creation.

The exact biological issues that are all tied up with being a witch or a demon and the genetic disease known as rosewood syndrome are the major theme of Rachel’s childhood. She should have died just like all the other babies with rosewood. The bio engineering and the cure that were developed at the behest of Trent Kalamack’s father are still illegal according to modern law. So, when babies who are destined to die from rosewood’s begin to survive and then are stolen, it’s a matter of strong emotion for Rachel.

Rachel does what she does best in Ever After and lets her heart lead straight into the face of sure destruction. The admirable, often self-damaging, trait of remaining loyal to her friends makes Rachel more than just a fun, sometimes sexy main character. Sadly for Rachel, her loyalty has also allowed people who have made bad choices to cause her problems over and over again. Wouldn’t it just be easier to put them out of her misery??

I really liked the exploration and development of the demon’s past. Rachel’s visions of what the Ever After once was and the detail of the past make for interesting backstory. It’s fascinating to imagine how an almost genocidal war that led to permanent imprisonment in a hostile environment would lead to a cultural degradation. What lengths would you go to in order to be free from hell if you were trapped there? If saving your people meant sacrificing the life of few small children? Am I reading Dostoyevsky?

Ever After is full of thought provoking themes. How far would you really go to save a friend and her child? Could you learn to trust someone who has betrayed you over and over in the past? Ever After is not just another fun flighty urban fantasy novel, but you will need to pay attention or you could miss it.

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JOHN HULET (on FanLit's staff July 2007 -- March 2015) is a member of the Utah Army National Guard. John’s experiences have often left a great void that has been filled by countless hours spent between the pages of a book lost in the words and images of the authors he admires. During a 12 month tour of Iraq, he spent well over $1000 on books and found sanity in the process. John lives in Utah and works slavishly to prepare soldiers to serve their country with the honor and distinction that Sturm Brightblade or Arithon s’Ffalenn would be proud of. John retired from FanLit in March 2015 after being with us for nearly 8 years.

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  1. Should I know from the review what IS is? I’m guessing it’s some government law-enforcement group the character worked for, and this is a book in a series.

    Lively review, John!

  2. It’s like the 10th or 11th book in the Hollows series. The IS is the paranormal version of the FBI. I really enjoyed some of the depth to this story….it was otherwise a pretty typical Hollows installment.

  3. I should know that! I do see Kim Harrison’s name now and then. Thanks for responding, though.

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