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Black Magic Sanction

by Kim Harrison

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 13, 2010 | Mass Market Paperbound

Black Magic Sanction is rated 4.5833 out of 5 by 12.

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter-and lived to tell the tale. But she''s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.23 in

Published: December 13, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061138045

ISBN - 13: 9780061138041

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it By far the best book I have read so far. I couldn't put it down. 
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A tradition continues. *Spoilers* Another fantastic instalment to the Hollows saga. It reminds me a lot of Jim Butcher's Changes. Rachel turns to anyone and everyone for help, but everyone turns her down, leaving her to solve things on her own once more. I was so sad when Matalina dies, but happy that Jenks lives on for Rachel and his kids. So touching and moving. I totally bawled. I liked that we got more information on the link between demons, witches, and elves. A lot of stuff has been cleared up, but Trent is still a class A jerk. The ending is kinda weird though. Trent and Rachel seem to make peace, but despite the weirdness I think this is fantastic news. One less person out for her blood. It's also sad that she's still under the black witch ban. I was kinda hoping she'd figure out a way to get it lifted in this one. Guess not. Nick makes and appearance again. Gets away pretty much scott-free which is another downer point. I was hoping he'd get his butt whupped good and proper. But we can't have everything can we? All in all I loved it. Can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Urban Fantasy At It's Best Kim Harrison is one of my favorite authors so my anticipation and expectations for a Hallows novel always have me eagerly awaiting the release date with the certainty that I will be in for an entertaining reading experience. I love Urban Fantasy novels and Kim Harrison does an excellent job of weaving a vast array of supernatural elements into the known world but what she does even better is create dynamic, fierce, lovable and sometimes detestable characters. In the Hollows series Kim Harrison has created characters that I have become attached to and depending on the direction the plot is going you can find me laughing so hard the tears stream down my face, gripping the book with white knuckled anxiety, holding my breath in anticipation, or biting my bottom lip while softly crying. Over the course of reading Black Magic Sanction I experienced the full array of the aforementioned emotions and at one point I was so fearful for the direction she was taking a beloved character I was ready to chuck the book across the room. With each addition to the series I feel as though the protagonist, Rachel Morgan is continuing to discover more of herself and in the process she is truly finding her voice. The plot of this novel really helped to re-solidify the bond Rachel has created between herself and her chosen family as well as question her personal morals and values. I think lovers of this series will immensely enjoy the plot of the novel, the further development into why Rachel is able to twist demon curses, the new romantic interest, the lovable connection to Bis, Rachel's Gargoyle, and the always entertaining, lovable, laughable Jenks. As you can tell I have attempted to write this review spoiler free and I hope I have succeeded in gaining your interest in this series without giving anything away. I hope that if you have not read a Kim Harrison novel you will take the chance on picking one up because I would be very surprised if you didn't like it if you are a lover of the Urban Fantasy genre. I eagerly await the next novel in the Hollows series which I have heard rumor will be released in Spring 2011. With possibly a year to wait until the next novel is out I hope to find a new series or two with characters and plots that grip me as much as this one does.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kim Harrison does it again!!!! This is another great book in the series that keeps you turning the page to find out how Rachel is going to get out of her next crappy situation. The character's are great. Al and Pierce are showcased at bit more and how they intertwine into Rachel's crazy life. Good ole Nick is back in this book......and I'll leave it at that(you'll have to read to find out what he's up too!). There is a part in this book that made me cry, but now that I think back to previous books, I should of known it was coming. Rachel pulls a heck of a stunt at the end and with the ending you just can't wait for the next book to find out what happens in Rachel's life next. Enjoy the read!
Date published: 2010-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The good become bad and the bad become good Black magic Sanction is the 8th book in the Hollows series. Rachel has been shunned by the Coven because of her involvement in black magic and being the student of Al in the previous book. In this book, the Coven wants to imprison Rachel for life in Alcatraz or neuter her and give her a lobotomy. In this book Rachel must trust the untrustworthy, Peirce, Trent, Nick and Al to help her get out of this mess. The Coven is chasing Rachel and is attacking her even in a public place. Rachel knows she needs to get the shunning revoked or she will spend her life running. This book was great. I was very happy with the added Al time in this book. Just his scenes alone were worth the book. I found less Ivy and Jenks in the book and I missed them allot. Jenks did get a few chapters to himself but the book in general there was a big missing Jenks hole. I was also impressed with Bis, I love that the Gargoyle is having more face time and he is becoming an important part of Rachel’s life and work. Overall this book was fantastic.
Date published: 2010-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good These books are refreshingly different. The storyline is strong and language is well used. The type of read that keeps you going until your eyes swim. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get sucked into Rachel's chaotic life Rachel is back, and the "itchy witch" has gotten into another sticky mess again. The poor girl's strong morals and kind heart seems to get her in more trouble than anything, but her stubborn character does not allow any prince on a white horse to ride in to save her. At least she tries not to as she goes down fighting. Good thing Rachel has some good friends by her side because this time, the whole coven of moral and ethical standards is after her. Who can you trust when your own kind turns against you? This new installment flows seamlessly from previous books. Almost every character mentioned before comes back to play a role or is at least mentioned to play some part in Rachel's life as she has to make yet another difficult decision. Previous choices led to complicated circumstances. Mistakes and tragedies from the past haunt. Enemies become allies and exes become traitors. Rachel's crazy roller coaster ride doesn't seem to end as she struggles with the reality of what she is and who she is becoming in order to keep her friends and herself alive. A mixture of humor and heartache fill the pages of this story with Rachel's demon teacher Al and possibly new love interest Pierce playing much more significant roles. And you can count on Rachel's pixie side kick Jenks to arrive with a colourful remark and Ivy's cool vampiric presence to be in on the action. A must read for anyone following the series, fans of Kim Harrison's other work or people just looking for an exciting fast paced paranormal novel to pick up (though I would recommend reading the previous books first). Previous Rachel Morgan books in order of oldest to newest: Dead Witch Walking The Good, The Bad, and the Undead Every Which Way But Dead A Fistful of Charms For a Few Demons More The Outlaw Demon Wails White Witch, Black Curse Black Magic Sanction
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Our Girl Rachel is Growing Up Black Magic Sanction Kim Harrison I have to say I was really impressed by Harrison's latest in the Rachel Morgan/Hollows saga. It sees a maturing of the Rachel the main character, an acceptance of her of the circumstances that enabled her to survive her childhood disease that could have claimed her. Not only do we see Rachel growing up and not going of half caulked into her latest dilemma. She can take the advice of those around her, and act more rationally not just react to situations. This I guess is in response to her shunning, she is beginning to realize that her actions and reactions have consequences that affect not only her and those she loves, but as her life becomes more complex the general public. In this installment not only is Rachel shunned but the Coven (the governing body of Witches), have decided to imprison Rachel and also lobotomize and sterilize her, to keep secret the origins of their species. That Rachel found out in the last book the origin of witches and what Trent's and her father had to do for her to survive her illness. If the secret got out it could be the inquisition all over again, and the Coven will do anything to keep this secret, even killing Rachel. Generally I enjoyed it, but I was disappointed that a few of the main character and some of my favorites, had small almost nonexistent rolls. Where as some of the newer characters had very major parts in this book. If I had one criticism that would be it and one of my favorite characters was killed of, and Harrison couldn't do anything about it, but to find that out you will have to read it for yourself. SOOOOOOOOO, Good.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What's new in the hollows I was really looking forward to this book because I love the series. I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book and I'm not sure why. Rachel spends the whole time getting yanked from place to place fighting being shunned. She spends more time with Pierce than Ivy and Jenks. Pierce is a good character but not as a major part of Rachel's life. Theres no runs anymore, nothing to do with vampires or weres and nick is back and just as much of a jerk as before. There are a few things that happen along the way that will make you laugh ( Al ) and cry but Rachel just seems to run in circles making the same mistakes. I will always love the Hollows but I was disappointed overall in this book. I guess theres a first time for everything.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's not black or white, but it sure is action packed Kim Harrison did it again. More emotional roller coaster rides and wonderful thrills. Some closure and yet more puzzles emerging. Again can't wait for the next one.
Date published: 2010-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, Give Me a Sec to Catch My Breath! Black Magic Sanction hits the ground running and never slows down. This is the eighth book set in The Hollows featuring Rachel and the gang and once again Rachel is over her head in trouble. Shunned by her fellow witches, trapped in a reluctant student/teacher relationship with a demon who has nearly killed her on several occasions, and unlucky in love, to say the least, it's not an understatement to say that it’s not been a good year for her. And things are only getting worse. It seems that everyone wants a piece of Rachel. The coven of moral and ethical standards wants to take her magic and her ovaries. Trent wants her under his thumb. Al just wants her. And Pierce? I'm not sure what Pierce wants...yet. None of this will matter though, if Rachel can’t come to terms with who and what she is. Everyone, and I mean everyone is back in this latest installment either in person or at least mentioned. Of course, Rachel's two best friends Ivy and Jenks are right there in the middle of the action. Jenks is hilarious as usual, and Ivy has a new possible love interest in her life. Best of all, we get to see a lot of Al. The (not-so) friendly demon has always been one of my favorite characters. He's hysterical and so good at being evil. So good that you love him for it. His tenacious attempts to possess Rachel have been scary, bloody, and hilarious. He and Rachel may have a sort of truce, but I get the feeling Big Bad Al isn’t done deceiving. There is more up his sleeve than frilly lace. It may seem like he has developed a bit of respect for Rachel, but if push comes to shove, Al just cares about Al. Kim Harrison is one of the reasons I got hooked on Urban Fantasy (the other is Laurell K. Hamilton). The world building is solid, the character development believable, and the plot riveting. Fans of the series will love this latest installment, and new fans will find themselves forced to devour all of the previous works. Fast-paced, emotion-laden, and well-written, Black Magic Sanction doesn't pull any punches and will leave you feeling breathless trying to keep up with Rachel and her action-packed life. For newbies that want to start at the beginning of the series (something I would highly recommend), the first book is actually Dead Witch Walking. 2010-057
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even characters in books can have one of those days. Its 40 years since 'the Turn' and humanity's very survival is dependent on help from the various species of the Inderland. Rachel Morgan is a white witch who lives in a church in Cincy with Ivy, her vampire friend, Jenk, a pixie, and Bis, a young gargoyle. She is also a student to a demon named Al. Rachel seems to be one of those people who inadvertantly is always getting herself into sticky situations that require complex solutions. Fortunately she has a number of dear friends who are willing and capable of helping. The fact that they include a living vampire, a pixie and a dead witch who has a replacement body makes the story all the more interesting. Rachel never did anything to get herself in trouble, it just came looking for her in the form of the ruling members of the coven of moral and ethical standards (the supposedly good white witches). Not satisfied with shunning her, they want her imprisoned and much worse. Sorry, can't tell you the details, don't want to spoil the tale. This story all takes place within the course of several days. It is constant non-stop action. There is no sitting around socially over a cup of tea, rather there is scheming, back stabbing, curses and spells. Everything needed for a good, wicked read. This book is actually the 8th book in the Hallows Series. It took me several pages to figure out who everyone is and what their relations to Rachel, but not reading the earlier books didn't diminish my enjoyment of this book. I had met several of the characters earlier when I read 'Unbound'. It contains a short story by Kim Harrison about Jenks, the pixie. I hadn't met Pierce in that story. He is Al's familiar and thus well known to Rachel, and he's quite the hunk... I was about half way through this book, enjoying it immensely, when I stopped to order the first 4 books in the series, and then continued reading. I'm looking forward to starting this series at the beginning and finding the answers to a number of interesting situations that have been alluded to in this book.
Date published: 2010-02-04

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Black Magic Sanction

by Kim Harrison

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 576 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.23 in

Published: December 13, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061138045

ISBN - 13: 9780061138041

About the Book

Rachel Morgan has fought vampires, werewolves, demons, and other supernaturaldangers as both witch and bounty hunter and lived to tell the tale. But she'snever faced off against her own kind--until now.

From the Publisher

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter-and lived to tell the tale. But she''s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

About the Author

New York Timesbestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels includeDead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood,Ever After, andThe Undead Pool, plus the short story collectionInto the Woods,The Hollows Insiderand graphic novelsBlood WorkandBlood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

Editorial Reviews

"{A} demonkicking extravaganza. Action-packed and full of Rachel''s persisten erotic ruminations, this titillating tale includes a shocking finale that will leave fans panting for the next installment in the Hollows series." (Publishers Weekly)