Thursday, February 9, 2017

Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

The Turn
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
The Hollows Book #0.1
ISBN:   1501108719
ISBN13 9781501108716
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce fans and readers to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan's world as they've never seen it before!

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

I have missed the Hollows world so it was great to dive back into it, even if it was before some of my favorite urban fantasy characters make their appearance. THE TURN introduces us to the story of how his parents came to be his parents and throws in some other character backstories into the mix as a bonus.

Trisk is a spitfire destined for great things and Kalamack is a douche that will do anything to be on top. Their rivalry was pretty epic, but in the end, they end up together. I honestly don't have the words to describe how crazy the events in THE TURN were. Just when I thought things were calming down—or a specific male elf would feel remorse or shame—some other WTFery would come up and smack me upside the head. What a fantastic ride!

Not only do we meet Trent's parents, but we are introduced to a few of our favorite and not so favorite characters before the time of Rachel, Trent, Jenks, Ivy and the rest of the gang. I won't get into all the details, but Al was just as crazy in the past as he was in the future.

THE TURN might be a prequel to The Hollows series, but it's a full-size novel with a lot of action, drama and backstory that I'm so glad I was able to read. Whether you're new to The Hollows or an old fan that has read until the last sentence, you will want to see how it all starts with THE TURN.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.