Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows #1)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Forty years ago a genetically engineered virus killed half of the world's human population and exposed creatures of dreams and nightmares that had, until then, lived in secret alongside humanity.
Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending criminals through out modern-day Cincinnati. She is also a witch.
Used to confronting criminal vampires, dark witches and homicidal werewolves, Rachel's latest assignments - apprehending cable-stealing magic students and tax-evading leprechauns - have prompted her to break her thirty-year contract with the I.S. and start her own runner agency.
But no one quits the I.S.
Marked for death, Rachel is a dead witch walking unless she can appease her former employers and pay off her contract by exposing the city's most prominent citizen as a drug lord. But making an enemy of the ambiguous Trent Kalamack proves even more deadly than leaving the I.S.
I didn’t start to really enjoy this read until the rat fights and Nick was introduced to the story, that's pretty much when the story started to get going and interesting. I did like the witch aspect of his read with Rachel; I haven’t read many Urban Fantasy reads with the lead female being a witch and I found it to be refreshing. The whole Ivy and Rachel situation was confusing in a few parts, a few times with their interactions I was wondering if there was some kind of lesbian undertone hidden in the story. I hope further on in the series Rachel does get a romantic interest of some description, I think that is what was missing for me in this read.
What did I like most about this book? Jenks. Even though he wasn’t the main character, his remarks and the humour he added to the read was great, if he wasn’t part of this book it wouldn’t have been the same at all, he really made it for me. I have heard that this series just gets better as they go along so I will be reading the second in the series, but for now I would give this read three and a half stars.