RACHEL MORGAN IS BACK–AND THE HOLLOWS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
What happens after you’ve saved the world? Well, if you’re Rachel Mariana Morgan, witch-born demon, you quickly discover that something might have gone just a little bit wrong. That the very same acts you and your friends took to forge new powers may have released something bound by the old. With a rash of zombies, some strange new murders, and an exceedingly mysterious new demon in town, it will take everything Rachel has to counter this new threat to the world–and it may demand the sacrifice of what she holds most dear.
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“I’m impressed,” he finally said, and Jenks nearly choked, inking a startled silver. “Will you show me your ideas, Rachel?”
I really liked American Demon. I found it fun and interesting, and a great nostalgia trip because I remember waiting for the previous book, too. And it didn’t feel restarted for no reason at all. I have had a lot of problems in the past with authors returning to old, completed series. American Demon did not make me regret reading it one bit.
I did not realize just how much I missed the world of The Hollows. My last reread was back in December 2017, so I don’t have any other reviews save this one, may go back someday. I’ve reread the series so many times that reading American Demon was like returning to old friends I just saw yesterday. Which is a coincidence because American Demon takes up only a few months (I think) after the main events of The Witch With No Name ends, before the epilogue.
So, nothing has changed. And in a way, everything has. The events of The Witch With No Name has changed things. The demons are no longer tied to the Ever After, they’re free to live on Earth and do whatever they want, as long as they follow the rules. And now there is something causing a spat of domestic violence in Cincinnati, but no one knows what. It is a bad time for something unknown to be happening.
I loved American Demon for a lot of reasons. I loved how the characters worked together. I loved how the investigation went. I loved how the actual magic in the story was used, and how there was so much more of it than we normally got. I loved the new characters we met – and that Rachel has made a new friend in at least one of them. I hope he will stick around for a long time to come. If Trent weren’t in the picture, I think Rachel could have gotten together with our new friend eventually.
And Trent! Oh my god I loved Trent this book so much. Their relationship has turned domestic. CRAZY! I was chewing through pages as fast as I could just to see more of Trent and Rachel together, to see how they worked together, how they function as an almost-family unit. Especially with Ellasbeth around.
However, most of the reasons centered around Rachel herself. About midway through the book, I remarked how weird this book was compared to the rest. And it took me a moment to realize why. RACHEL IS COMPETENT. Not just competent, she has learned lessons from previous books! People are actually looking to Rachel as a source, and she doesn’t mess everything up. I almost expected this to be a fever dream because of how much Rachel has improved. She only flew off the handle and went off script once, and it made the situation better not worse! I’m in awe.
I had so much fun reading this, I didn’t want it to end. This is a great restart to the series, and I’m looking forward to more. Even if we already got the “epilogue” set years and years in the future. But American Demon wasn’t all fun and nostalgia. Things get serious, quickly. There are high stakes and danger. But also good times and good times, too.
If you’re on the fence about restarting the series, I really recommend doing so. I didn’t regret it.
ARC received from ACE books on Edelweiss. This did not affect my review.