Dead Witch Walking by Kim HarrisonDead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking

byKim Harrison

Mass Market Paperback | April 27, 2004

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All the creatures of the night gather in "the Hollows" of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party . . . and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining—and it's Rachel Morgan's job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she'll bring 'em back alive, dead . . . or undead.

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 ...
Title:Dead Witch WalkingFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.08 inPublished:April 27, 2004Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060572965

ISBN - 13:9780060572969

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! After catching up on the Anita Blake series I was hooked on the Urban Fantasy genre and needed more. Enter The Hollows series featuring a bada** witch named Rachel Morgan. In the first novel we're introduced to a rich fantasy world full of a number of creatures and an alternate history which caused the near extinction of the human race leaving a number of witches, vampires, pixies and more to make up the majority of the population. A strong start to an interesting series.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! This book might look like a cheesy paperback, but believe me it's not. It is an entertaining novel, with interesting characters. A virus got out and like a plague it started wiping out humans. The non humans were immune, except for the Elves (they went completely extinct). By the time it was under control the human populations was roughly the same as the non human population. No longer being a minority they came out of hiding and started to live openly with the humans. The main character here is Rachel, a witch who works for the security organization (police for the magical population). She goes after witches, werewolves, vampires and other non humans who break the law. The book was action packed, pretty fasted paced and it kept me guessing. I found myself getting invested in the characters.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun urban fantasy I love that a friendship is one of the central relationships in the series. This isn't YA, but it isn't overly "grimdark" either. Just a fun urban fantasy with action and sass and love and a mystery.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead Witch Walking I bought first 4 books in the series on recommendation but couldn't bring myself to reading it. I didn't know what to expect from it, but I ended up loving the series. I highly recommend it to fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead Witch Walking I did not have very high exceptions going in and ended up loving it. I highly recommend this series.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was fun This is a fun, fast book - good characters, neat premise, action, humor - I liked it, but can't quite figure how you can put this book on par with the likes of Orson Scott Card, Connie Willis and other such authors on the NPR Top 100 Sci Fi /Fantasy list. This book is pure fluff. My favorite part was when Jenks and Nick were comparing scars - I found it rather funny :) I have one 'pet' peeve though - to set the record straight minks are NOT rodents. Mink are carnivores, they have canine teeth, they eat meat - they are NOT rodents!!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little talked about gem A great book, a little rough around the edges but somehow that adds to the appeal. I have found a strong connection with the characters and I have started following this authors works.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series Great book, the start of one of my favourite series.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bit of a Rough Start For Me It took me a little while to get into this book, I found certain parts of it a little too goofy, however, I'm addicted to the world that was built. It's complex and interesting and I would love to know more about it. Rachel is also a great character I would love to keep reading about. I nit-picked a little bit, but enjoyed it enough to keep reading.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book For me, this book was little hard to get into. The first half was a bit boring, I stop reading the book after a bit. I almost give it away to someone else but decided to give it another chance. I was so happy that I did. The other half of the book was much more entertaining. Now it's one of my favorite series!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of the Best Urban Fantasy series This is the first book in one of the best urban fantasy series. This book is exciting and filled with likable characters and sets the stage for a fantastic thirteen book series. The series has left me with a severe book hang over that I have to keep returning to the world that Harrison has built.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome world love the world and explanations for how things happen
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Absolutely, a must read. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2014-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Beginning of the Hollows series Harrisons Hollows series makes for a wonderful and fun read!
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book The book that started it all. Great read.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witch Hunt This is the 1st offering in ‘The Hollows’ series from Kim Harrison & WOW she sets a complex scene for a supernatural alternative world. A mishap of genetic engineering has all but wiped out the human population. Those immune to the killer virus were members of the supernatural community who declared their existence to the remaining humans & now coexist under a wary truce. The supernatural beings are called Inderlanders, the ISB was set up as a body to police the activities of their own. Enter Rachel Morgan a witch & disgruntled ISB employee who has quit her job as a runner / bounty hunter. Not being able to afford to buy out her contract her former boss puts out a contract on her life but with the help of friends she spends much of the book fending off attacks from the various creatures that go bump in the night. Rachel’s business partner & roommate Ivy is a non-practicing living vampire which essentially means that she retains much of her humanity being able to walk in daylight & not suffer ill effects of religious symbols. Though, she has some of the vampiric perks such as super speed & strength there is the also the underlying instinct to feed that she must battle especially difficult living with Rachel. This book has a great mix of the supernatural, it is based on magic but there are story lines that include vampires, pixies & to a lesser extent weres. Much of the book is dedicated to setting the scene / characters which made for a bit of a slow start for my taste but I expect this will resolve in the next offering.
Date published: 2010-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is going to be a great series! Rachel Morgan is a witch that has just let the I.S. Not that her bossed cared he was trying to get ride of her anyway. When she left with Ivy (I.S.’s best agent), that her boss cared about and has put a price on Rachel’s head. To try and get the price off her head Rachel decides to bring down Trent. He is the biggest drug dealer (Brimstone) in town, and no one has been able to get anything on him. With that evidence she can bargain to get the price on her head lifted. With the help of Jenks and Ivy Rachel might be able to get out of this alive. Plan A: break into Trent’s office and get evidence on him and not get killed on the way there. Rachel and Jenks get caught in the act. Plan B: break into Trent’s office to get the evidence, not get caught and not to get killed on the way there. Rachel uses her gifts to change into a mink to get in side with the help of Ivy and Jenks. Rachel gets caught again, but can’t change back. Trent keeps her in a cage trying to convince her to work with him. When that doesn’t work he puts her in a rat pit fight. Whichever animal survives wins. Rachel is put up against a very mean rat, only to discover he is a human in animal form. They manage to escape with their lives and change back. With Nicks (the rat) help Rachel tries to track down some dark and powerful magic books that Rachel can use to save her butt. Once they are in the library Rachel is attacked by a demon that uses your worse fear to kill you. Rachel’s biggest fear is Ivy, her friend and vampire, killing her. Nick makes a deal with the demon to save Rachel’s life. Now Rachel owe’s the demon a favour. Rachel knows that owing a demon will not lead to good things. The group decide to turn to the FIB, the human police, for help in bringing Trent down. Only when Rachel agrees to become a secret liaison for the FIB, will they listen to her. Once Rachel has told them everything she over heard during her time as a mink in Trent’s office, the FIB set up a sting to catch Trent’s people bringing in the Brimstone. Only it is not Brimstone that Trent is trafficking, its biodrugs, drugs that killed off a big part of the human’s years before. Rachel is in way over her head. I enjoyed this first book in the series. Harrison creates such a different world that I really like. I think that this series will turn out to be really good. Rachel is a nice strong, and not an overly organised character. She makes you laugh, but you really want her to succeed. There is so much to the storey that I have not even mentioned in this review. It is fast paced and fun!
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get into the book Dead Witch Walking is the first novel in the Hollows series. The book is set in a world where the world was almost wiped out from genetically altered tomatoes, creating a virus that almost killed all of mankind. The paranormal races were immune and their existence was made known. Rachel Morgan is a witch. She works for Interlander Security; it’s like the FBI for paranormal people. She is tired of her job and lousy runs. She gets an offer from Ivy a living vamp to start a firm together. When Rachel quits the I.S. a hit goes out to kill her. No one leaves the I.S. without paying out a contract. Rachel and Ivy also take Jenks as a partner. He is a very humorous pixy. They are an odd combo even though they live in the hollows. Rachel is not used to living with others and finds a hard time living with a vamp without playing up to their instincts. With a hit out for her, Rachel goes after a city bigwig who is corrupt. She hopes his arrest will buy out her contract and stop the hit. The book has a good premise. I like the idea of living and dead vampires. The book has all the paranormal races, vamps, witches, weres, pixies and demons. The story is believable and so are the characters. I’m giving this book 2 star not because I didn’t like the book but because I found it very hard to keep me interested. Although the characters were good, I found it very hard to finish and I wanted to stop reading the book, but my friends insisted that book 2 is where you get hooked (and actually she was right). It took me about 3 weeks to finish this book, which is not normal for me.
Date published: 2009-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good series I liked the first book, but it picks up in the second book and I find each book gets better and better. Human population has declined because of a virus. The non humans like the witches, vampires, faeries, etc decide to come out of hiding and live among the humans since the humans don't out number them anymore. The main character is a bounty hunter who hunts the non humans that break the law. Her partners are a Vampire and a Pixy. It's very different from usual story line about vampires and witches.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but turns out to be a pretty good read I was warned that this would be a bit slow to start, but I am glad I stuck with it. I like that Rachel is tough but I found it annoying that she continues to put herself in the same situations with the same outcome. The good thing though is it leaves a lot open for more adventures, which I will ge to read. I hope for more development of the IVY character and her reasons for pairing up with Rachel.
Date published: 2009-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great first book. I love this book and the whole series. Rachel is a strong character who makes a really great lead. She is smart and witty, without being an irritating....witch?!? The secondary characters of Ivy and Jenks really round out the central cast. Rachel is a runner in cincinati after the turn. The turn being when a huge perentage of the human population dies and the "interlanders" (supernaturals) numbers now equal that of the humans. A runner is basically a person who brings in the people who break the law, so like a cop, only way totally cooler!! When Rachel descides to leave the IS, touble insues and she tries to evade assasination while trying to nab a great mark who is a large political figure and who Rachel thinks is a biodrug producer. Anyways...great characters that are introduced are Trent, Nick, Al, Glenn, Piscary, and Kisten. (Some of these may not be until the next book, i forget) One thing that i really love about Kim's books is that she will mention a character in one book and then they will not have a significant role until a later book. I also really love the way that Ivy and Rachel's releationship pans out. Well all in all i think that this is a great series and these coments are based on a reread of this book after i have read all the ones up to and including ODW!!! Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2009-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read This series is a great start reading and next thing you know your half way through the book! The characters are interesting, and just when you think everything is going to be good, something happens in the story and it just keeps getting better!
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter for adults with the perfect touch of humour! If you have any interest in the supernatural at all you will love this book. Harrison creates a world that many authors have attempted before but blows all the rest right out of the water. Like James Clemens she takes typical fantasy characters and changes them just enough that, though still familiar, you feel like you are being introduced to something new. Perhaps part of that is the interaction of these characters with our reality which is why I call it the Harry Potter for adults. Not that Harry Potter is juvenile but it lacks certain plots that many adults seek in their books. Sex being the major one. Nothing gratuitous but generously implied which, I think, is even more intriguing. Over all a fantastic book and well worth a read. Can't wait to read the next: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead.
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Story, slow start This book was recommended to me by a friend of mine in the States, so I thought that I would give it a shot. I found that it took me over 100 pages to finally get into the story. I found that the beginning hovered over Rachel and Ivy's uncomfortable relationship and really didn't go anywhere. Once Rachel started venturing out, things got interesting. I may read the next book in the series after I finish a few others on my list. Not a bad book but not the best that I have read.
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect series starter Dead Witch Walking is a great debut novel for Kim Harrison. It has everything a supernatural lover could wish for; vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, pixies, fairies and of course humans as well, who are afraid of tomatoes. Harrison writes a sometimes serious novel, with just the right amount of laugh-out-loud humour to keep it light. Although nothing huge happens in this novel, it is great for setting up the major characters for the rest of the series. The events in Kim's book allow you to see how each character's personality is, and what they will be like in certain situations. Rachel is the main character, who narrates the entire series. She is a good, earth witch who doesn't want to even try any spells that might leave a black mark on her aura. All that changes though when she quits her job at the I.S. and is under a death threat from her former boss. She now lives with a living, non-practicing vampe, and a pixie family. She's not thrilled with the situation she's in, to say the least. Once you start reading this novel, you will not want to put it down, just so you can find out what happens next, or what Rachel is going to herself into. A fantastic read!
Date published: 2009-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Loose ends made me so mad! When I started this book, I thought it was great; a really original premise about supernatural creatures (witches, pixies, vampires, and much more) who suddenly don't have to hide from the masses but express their identities openly and become part of the mainstream society. I really enjoyed the characters of Rachel, her partners Ivy and Jenks, and the action was non-stop. I can understand the praise other reviewers here have given to this book. But when I closed the book, I was mad. The author had raised a plethora of tantalizing mysteries. What kind of a relationship was Ivy looking for with Rachel? What kind of a supernatural was Trent Kalamack, the evil bad guy of this book? Why did Nick seem so very comfortable with magic, even though he was human? How did Rachel's father die? These and many more questions were sprinkled liberally throughout the book, and the author reminds us of them repeatedly. *Not one* was resolved by the end of the book. In fact, the final sentence ("I'd figure everything else out later") served only to rub that in. I stopped reading mainstream fantasy and science fiction about 20 years ago, when it seemed like every book that I enjoyed ended with a major cliffhanger to force you to buy the next book in the series. Series like Kelley Armstrong's fine _Women of the Otherworld_ made me think this trend was finally over. But Kim Harrison and/or her editor have clearly embraced a return to the bad old days, and I do not like it at all. I really feel manipulated. In short, it has been a long time since a book has cheesed me off quite this much.
Date published: 2009-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a witchocracy not a democracy A witch named Rachel who quits her job as a runner is looking for a permanent way out of her contract. While believing she would do better off working for her own agency, she is befriended by a lusty non-practicing vampire named Ivy whose intentions seem questionable at times but keeps Rachel on her toes. Another character is a pixie named Jenks who begins to almost feel like a side-kick in this story. There is also Nick, a rather powerful addition who is human and knows the ways of magic. Of course, there are also the enemies such as Trent, a wicked councilman man who has had enough playing games and wants Rachel out of the picture for good. The book was great, really entertaining and I loved the mix of sarcastic and cheesy humour throughout especially with Ivy and Rachel. There's a bit of subtle eroticism too between them which Kim writes about delicately. Jenks is a good character if not a little annoying at times but brings a loyalty to the story as he wants to keep Rachel alive. I also like how Kim Harrison has a strong grasp of blending in reality with the supernatural world. Looking forward to reading more from this collection, as well as a few of the anthologies that include author Kelley Armstrong.
Date published: 2009-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really exciting once I got my head around the whole inderlander world...I love was creative and action packed and I really fell in love with the characters.
Date published: 2008-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rachael Morgan Sassy, smart, beautiful, and dangerously flawed, Kim Harrison's character Rachael Morgan is wonderfully rounded and at time amusingly absent minded. Living in a church with a vampire for a roomate, a violent and territorial pixy clan in her backyard overlooking the graveyard, an Alpha to her own werewolf pack, demon deals, black charms, and a vampire lover, Rachael Morgan is one interesting witch. Set in modern times where a mutated genetics virus almost wiped out the human population, Racheal lives in a world still struggling to accept at times that witches, vamps, weres and the like actually exist while her and her crew go about their day to day business where curses, black magic, demons and death threats have become routine. The Rachael Morgan saga, beginning with Dead Witch Walking, is an excellent choice for a new series that will keep you interested but wont bog you down. I really enjoy this series and plan to keep up with it as long as Rachael and Kim are willing.
Date published: 2008-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 'Unputdownable!' Excellent! I loved it! Rachel, without wanting to be, is one hell of a heroine, even if it's just her trying to keep herself from being killed. When she sets her sights on something, she doesn't back down; like a pitt bull that chomps down and won't let go. Tenacious and unrelenting, she does whatever she needs to do. I loved her attitude and personality, and I like the way she thinks. A nice mix of characters, good guys and bad guys. Jenks, Ivy, I like how they seem to fit with Rachel, although I still wonder what she's hiding from Rachel. And with Nick as well. He hasn't told her everything either. I can't wait to find out what's going on! I liked the plot, how it played out. The action was superb. I had a hard time putting it down. Just when you think, "okay, I'll finish this chapter and hit the sack," nope. Something happens and then you think, "okay, one more chapter." I'm actually glad that I didn't have to go to work today, LOL. I think the book would have kept me distracted, LOL! An excellent read. I found it a cross between Stephanie Plum and Anita Blake. If you like those series, this one's definitely up your alley.
Date published: 2008-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pixies! Harrison's built an interesting world here, and I've been finding it a treat to discover it in her first Rachel Morgan novel. Must say, I'm a big fan of Jenks and love the whole concept.
Date published: 2008-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witches, vampires, and werewolves. Oh my! A fantastic world populated by all manner of supernatural creatures. I love the characters that Kim Harrison has created in this series. Each one of them is different, and yet very human. A definate MUST READ for any fans of the genre.
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series So witty and fun to read. This is a breath of fresh air and you should look forward to reading the sequal "The Good, The Bad, and The Undead". I find that the best book out of the entire series so far. I've never felt so satisfied about a book from beginning to end. I really enjoyed every single book from Kim Harrison, she is top of my author list.
Date published: 2007-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Witty & Suspenseful! If you're a fan of Laurell K Hamilton (but find her too raunchy lately), Kelley Armstrong, and Rachel Caine will LOVE Kim Harrison. This is the fist book in a series, and it's fantastic, but they only get better! Rachel is a fast-talking, witty heroine, and Harrison is an EXCELLENT writer. Lots of humour and a little romance make this supernatural world great fun to read. Very highly reccomended!!!
Date published: 2006-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I just happened to be browsing my bookstore looking for the latest Laurell K. Hamilton book when Dead witch walking caught my eye. I have to admit i'm quite anxious for the next one to come out. Kim's writting is very original. Her characters are funny and have attitude. The plot is interesting. And best of all...lots of supernaturals to keep you hooked. If you love Vampires, werewolves, pixies etc.. you'll love Kim Harrison. She's definatly on my top ten list. You won't be able to put it down....I wasn't!
Date published: 2005-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this book down! I'm not much for writing reviews, so I have to really like a book to put fingers to keys. This is Kim Harrison's first novel and won't be her last as her next book The Good the Bad and the Undead is due out in January. Kim Harrison writes in a genre with authors like Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and Jim Butcher. Dead Witch Walking had me from page one. Rachel Morgan brings in those who break the law...well laws that cover, other witches, vampires, and a wish granting leprechaun. The book starts with a small group breaking away from the established agency to try to make a go on their own in a world nearly destroyed by a virus, now trying to reconcile itself to the fact that alongside them all along through history there have been Witches, Vampires, Werewolfs, and pixies. This is no simple creature feature, the characters are well written and we get some great villains. The greatest compliment I can give any author is that if I had to I'd spend the money on a hard cover just to get to read more about Rachel Morgan, Ivy, Jenks, and a certain nasty called Trent.
Date published: 2004-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from if you like'll like this DWW is an excellent first novel. Grabs your interest right away. I couldn'y put it down. Anxiously awaiting the second book in the trilogy. Keep an eye on Kim Harrison, she'll just get better. This is a must read !
Date published: 2004-07-16

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world, a spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination.”