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The Undead Pool [Format Kindle]

Kim Harrison
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“A great ride in and of itself, rather than simply a buildup to the finale, which is sure to be whiz-bang.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Harrison delivers some amazing major payoffs and throws new wrenches into the life of day-walking demon Rachel Morgan....Huge kudos, as Harrison really nails this one!” (RT Book Reviews (top pick))

“Readers who have followed this series will be overjoyed to have Trent and Rachel finally deal with their complicated history and chemistry.” (Library Journal)

“There’s a general sensation of closure and imminent climax as Harrison maneuvers toward the end, and patient readers are promised a substantial payoff.” (Publishers Weekly)

“The world-building is complex and solid....and the cast of characters is immensely engaging. The Undead Pool doesn’t disappoint.” (Tor.com)

“Fast-paced and entertaining.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Longtime fans will find their emotions running the gamut, as events for many of Harrison’s familiar characters take new and sometimes tragic turns this time around. Rachel’s journey of self-discovery is hard, frightening and definitely life-threatening; it also makes for fantastic entertainment!” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)

“Tense and thrilling.” (Miami Herald)

“The world-building is incomparable” (Fresh Fiction)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows in this sexy and bewitching urban fantasy adventure in acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's Hollows series.

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.

Rachel knows of only weapon to ensure the peace: ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils. And no one know better than Rachel that no good deed goes unpunished . . . 


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 749 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 437 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0061957933
  • Editeur : Harper Voyager (25 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DB3DBGI
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.3 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (3 commentaires client)
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De son propre aveu, Kim Harrison fut longtemps un garçon manqué. Elle joue (mal) au billard et (beaucoup mieux) aux dés, et aime regarder des films d'action en mangeant du popcorn et joue de son tambour Ashiko quand personne n'est là pour l'entendre. Plus sérieusement, elle est depuis 2004 l'un des best-sellers de cette nouvelle tendance héritée d'Anne Rice et de Buffy, mélange détonnant de Fantasy, de thriller et d'humour qui cartonne aux Etats-Unis et en Angleterre.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tant attendu, trop attendu peut-être? 1 mars 2014
Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Ce avant-dernier épisode de la série Rachel Morgan (dernier tome prévu en février 2015) apporte une première conclusion à un des axes narratifs qui nous tenaient en haleine: Rachel et Trent sont ensemble (sans doute un peu plus fauchés que d'habitude, mais plus libres et plus heureux). Kim Harrison a très bien géré le basculement de leur relation, entre hésitations et bravades, le tout dans un cadre réaliste qui n'exclut pas les situations humoristiques.

Le second axe narratif développé ici concerne la Déesse vénérée par les elfes, et qui semble trouver Rachel un peu trop à son goût, quitté à semer la pagaille en ville. C'est intéressant, rythmé et tout à fait complémentaire à la trame concernant les relations elfs-démons développées dans les tomes précédents.

Jencks est la valeur sûre de la série avec son punch et son humour. Une dose de gravité se profile, Jenks se fait très vieux (même si ses amis ne semblent pas s'en rendre compte). Le démon Al demeure fidèle à lui-même (une mentalité de petit garçon capricieux et exclusif, malgré ses 5000 ans). Ivy reste Ivy, elle ne me semble pas avoir évolué depuis le premier tome de la série, c'est clairement pour moi un des personnages secondaires devenu le plus fade. Ellabeth et les bébés restent aussi des personnages stables. Par contre j'ai été très agréablement surprise par Newt, qui sort un peu de son personnage de douce folle dingue.
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Par Kaoam TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Tome fidèle aux précédents, beaucoup beaucoup d'actions, et de sentiments egalement. les relations entre les personnages évoluent beaucoup! Il y a des retrouvailles et également des séparations, peut être pour mieux définir les "camps" de chacun pour le tome finale? mais... Peut être que je me suis un peu lassée, mais l'explication finale sur les "mystics" m'a laissé un peu de marbre, pour un univers où tout à une base magique et une explication en général limpide et logique, là je n'accroche pas! Difficile d'en dire plus sans spoiler, du coup, je ne dis rien! J'attends quand même avec impatience le tome suivant, et quel dommage que cela soit le dernier! Que va t'il se passer?
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Kim Harrison ne m'a jamais séduit par la qualité de son écriture, manifestement très travaillée pour un rendu juste correct, mais par ses qualités de soin, justement : très consciencieuse, cette auteur soigne habituellement ses personnages, le fil de son histoire, ses mises en scène, et le résultat a toujours été très agréable à défaut de vraiment fluide.

Ce tome 12 m'a paru bâclé, mal relu. Certaines phrases n'ont ni queue ni tête, des répétitions malvenues interpellent (comme nous expliquer deux fois de suite à quelques chapitres d'écart, quasiment dans les mêmes termes, que Newt est folle : sachant que personne ne va lire ce tome sans avoir lu la dizaine qui le précèdent, la première explication était déjà superflue). Les mises en scènes, surtout de la première moitié, sont de très mauvaise qualité : les registres dramatique, romantique et pragmatique sont utilisés dans la même foulée pour un effet complètement à côté de la plaque. Des détails scéniques sont introduits au petit bonheur, sans rien apporter et nuisant au rythme.

Voilà pour la forme.
*Attention mini-spoilers-romance en vue*
Le fond ne vaut guère mieux ; la première moitié est barbante à souhait, il ne se passe rien d'autre que la "crise", détaillée selon ses points névralgiques, pendant que l'auteur passe mollement en revue ses personnages, les exposant en deux dimensions, tout plats, tout ternes, ennuyeux.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is E.P.I.C! 25 février 2014
Par VampireNovelFan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Let's kick this off with a few of my favorite quotes!

"And the kiss...A tingle raced through me. Slowly my smile faded. Ellasbeth didn't know what she had."

"You've had that elf as your familiar for over a year, and he's not put the sparkle in your scrying mirror even once?"

"Trent leaned back, eyeing us over his scribbled legal pad. ' You have amazing friends.'
'I need them to stay alive through my amazing life,' I said, and Ivy became almost sultry as she pulled herself together in her chair and smiled at Trent."

So this is the book! It's the moment of truth for quite a few readers. Do I really need to explain why at this point? Okay, I'll tell you a story about a witch and an elf...

With pressure building for literally a decade now, that's a LOT for a series to live up to. With 11 books under its belt, Rachel Morgan has gone through quite a bit. Her ties to the Ever After and its never-ending problems in her life continue. In Ever After she had to save the parallel universe from shrinking due to her faulty ley line. Now her home town has to deal with dangerous magic causing routine spells to backfire, leading to countless accidents, injuries, and pure chaos all over the city. With magic in shambles, the race relations among all species--human and Inderlander alike--soon follow.

Undead vampires are down but not quite out, so Rachel has to figure out what's wrong with the magic in order for them to restore balance before this madness leads to a point of no return. To do this will require her to tap into wild elven magic. It's as unpredictable as it is ancient, so I think it's safe to say our favorite itchy witch has her work cut out for her (the story of her life). Thankfully she has her friends and her favorite elf, Trent Kalamack, who will do all they can to help her.

As the title states, this book isn't just epic, it really is E.P.I.C.

EMOTIONAL
I'm sure readers will finish this book with a lot of feels. I pretty much went through the emotional wringer with this one, but I found myself satisfied with the outcome of the book even though things aren't perfect. That's the beauty of The Hollows. Rachel and her friends have to earn everything and it's a constant fight to keep it together. We'd be in for a truly boring journey if things were too easy. Trent is not featured on the cover of this book for the hell of it. If you like him you can look forward to seeing a lot of him and his life. If you don't...you'll still see a lot of him and his life. Either way, we get a sense of how Rachel can and can't quite fit into it and he into hers. Since they are both adrenaline junkies in their own right the results are fairly interesting, but any long-term prospects will lead to a few roadblocks.

Obstacle #1: Ellasbeth, ooh Ellasbeth. Talk about baby mama drama! Kim Harrison knows how to make this character grate on a reader's nerves, THIS reader in particular.

Her cute little nickname from Trent doesn't help matters. Though even I will admit that reading about Ellasbeth isn't all bad. For someone with so much dignity (supposedly), even she gets pretty desperate and her subtle attempts to one-up Rachel expose her own glaring insecurities. At the heart of it, all I could think to myself is that Trent's been there, done that and bought the t-shirt, so why does she still try so hard? There are times when you really want to try to like her for the sake of the children, but she does not make it easy. She is here until the end of the series, so be ready.

Obstacles #2 and #3: The demons and the elves. Elves and demons don't have the best history and our favorite demon, Big Al, loves to remind Rachel of this. On the other side of the lines, Trent's elven community is less than thrilled as well. I honestly feel for Al quite a bit here. He is not featured as heavily in this book as he was in Ever After (sorry Al fans, I love him too), but his scenes were really profound and important, further driving home the suffering demons have endured partly due to their past with the elves. I have a feeling this is necessary to help tie up loose ends in the big picture.

But even with those obstacles and that star-crossed lovers element, the chemistry between Rachel and Trent is as strong as ever and it's high time for a definitive move one way or the other. Rachel still tries to fight it with good reason, but she's not the only one. Trent understands his responsibilities too, which should be elsewhere. But fate might have others plans.

PROGRESSIVE
There's real movement here in the overall plot and the potential future of The Hollows and Inderlanders in general. Elves are starting to make their move, for better or worse. Vampires seem to be taking a stand against their undead masters, the I.S. and the F.I.B. both have to get their heads out of their rear ends to work together, and even the werewolves get some time to shine. Fans of David will enjoy his involvement with the storyline, though I found it somewhat bittersweet. Either way, change is on the horizon for the Inderlander community and it all goes back to Rachel in one way or another. I love how it all ties in together.

INTRIGUING
If you thought we learned enough about the world of The Hollows, think again. The use of the magic here was really interesting and the results turn everything on its head. Wild magic is its own beast and it's a little refreshing to see Rachel try to manage something other than earth and ley line magic. It's less tangible making the possibilities feel endless. In this book the state of The Hollows in reality is not far removed from the Ever After with the fabric of civilization crumbling. It's quite a good character study to see how people react in desperate times.

More layers of characters we thought we knew very well are pulled back, proving once again that Harrison is a master at what she does. You don't come to the Hollows for cookie-cutter one-note people. The world and its characters are complicated and ever-evolving. It's one of the reasons I can't quite get enough.

COMEDIC
Jenks is in top form here. I don't think he's been this quotable since the earlier books before Matalina's passing. Clearly time heals all wounds even for pixies because he provides some of the best laugh-out-loud dialogue that I've read in a quite while from him. Of course he's not only a source of comic relief. He lives up to the pixy name by being a good judge of character and the all around voice of reason, especially when it comes to Trent and Rachel's beating around the bush with each other. He says what we're all thinking. There's more of the Trent/Jenks bromance that readers of Million Dollar Baby will enjoy too.

All in all, the book lives up to the hype! I continue to be impressed with its high quality going into the home stretch. There are some truly amazing moments and chapters in this book that will be talked about for a long long time ESPECIALLY a certain chapter that I'm not going to mention here...chapter 22. Anyway, practically every new book is my favorite since Pale Demon and this one is the BEST yet for sure! Normally I like to dog-ear certain parts to re-read again, but I literally wanted to do that for the whole book. I am grateful for my kindle and its lovely highlighting and bookmarking features. My tree version of this book would be a mess otherwise!

With just one book to go before The Hollows closes up shop I cannot WAIT to see how it all ends!! I just know that I am so so happy that this is my favorite series. Kim Harrison hasn't let me down at all and though I'm going to miss this dearly when it's done, I am 100% confident she will give this series the ending it deserves.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Team Trent...who'da thunk it?! 1 mars 2014
Par The Bookie Monster - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Rachel Morgan, day-walking demon witch, is at it again. Charms are misfiring all over Cincinnati and all roads lead back to Rachel. Trent Kalamack, Cinci's very own elven hottie is betrothed to Ellasbeth, and Rachel fights the urge to rip his clothes off and claim him for herself. All the master vampires in the city are snoozing and a rebel of free vamps are running rampant. Felix still has his fangs deep into Nina, and Ivy struggles to break his hold. And Jenks, with his larger than life personality, continues to woo readers with his colorful vocabulary.

I was sad going into this read, having the misconception that this would be Kim Harrison's final installment of the Hollows series. BUT...I am ecstatic to say that is not the case. The Hollows series will come to a close in 2015 when Book 13 is published. In a Q&A session with Harper Voyager, Harrison states:

"I've long told readers that my goal is a happy ending for everyone. I probably should have said my goal is a happy ending for everyone who survives."

So of course that bodes the question...who will NOT survive? I hate to even think it, because he is my favorite character, but it seems a natural progression that Jenks may be slated for a one way trip into the light. The latter books are riddled with hints that Jenks doesn't have much more pixie dust to sprinkle. As the oldest living pixie, he has been around the block; loved and lost his soul mate, and watched many of his fifty four children leave the nest. I realize his lifespan reset when he was transformed into a human, but that was way back in A Fistful of Charms, book 4 of the series. I'm bracing myself for this possible outcome, but suspect it'll still force me to whip out the tissues if it comes to fruition.

The Undead Pool is a steamy, exciting adventure. Harrison succeeds in giving readers the perfect blend of action, suspense, and emotion with zero lag. Sixteen hours of audio kept my interest piqued and my attention firmly held. Her characters show amazing personal growth and development, and the tone has a distinct feel of wrap-up. Old and lost friends are reminisced upon, and conceptions are eluded to about the state of Kisten's soul.

Who would have thought I'd end up being team Trent?! Certainly not me. But somewhere along the way the little cookie maker won me over and I rooted for him to end up with Rachel. Harrison says, in the same Q&A, that Rachel will get her happy ending, but it may not be the one fans expect. At this point, I don't mind her with Trent, it works for me. But, if there is a chance she could end up with Kisten-yes I realize he is dead-he's got my vote.

The Undead Pool easily deserves my five stars. Having it narrated by Marguerite Gavin just puts the cherry on top. Her gritty voice is full of inflection and she is excellent at building tension and providing listeners an intense experience. She has narrated over 300 titles, including another favorite series of mine, The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn (worth the read if you haven't read them yet).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done Tying Things Up 25 février 2014
Par Dianne E. Socci-Tetro - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison

Although much of this book centers on what is happening to Cincinnati's various Vampire populations, the rest of it is about the long anticipated story of Rachel and Trent. There is so much happening to the humans as well as the Vamp, Demon and Elvin population that at times it can be a little stressful. That stress can hit hard especially when Ms Harrison tries to `teach' us too much stuff at one time.

This book can be a bit confusing at times, because there is so much action of the `hurry up and wait' variety. However once you get to the 50% point things take off on a full gallop. Once I got to that point, I could not for the life of me put this book down.

The character growth is amazing in this novel. The emotions are raw and honest between all of the characters that you just want to weep at times. Old friends (?) or enemies depending on how you want to look at it will seem to be permanently taken out of the last book, but I have my doubts.

I cannot say too much more for fear that I will be giving away the best part of this book...I will just say that this was what I consider to be the best book yet. I am deeply troubled that we only have one book left to this series and I am eagerly looking forward as to how Ms Harrison is going to tie everything up and keep her readers happy!*ARC supplied by publisher for reviewing purposes*
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 I loved all her other books but can't quite find myself finishing this one. 27 mars 2014
Par sandrabeck - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book doesn't have her usual verve. It was missing something that all her other stories had. I got in the middle of the story and lost interest. I have had a difficult time picking it back up.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Something's Missing (SPOILERS) 28 février 2014
Par Deanna - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of the series for about a decade now, and this book (along with the last two) seem a little rushed. How? Sloppy, awkward sentence structures and repetitive descriptions are sprinkled liberally throughout. The analytical and semi-philosophical slant to Rachel's musings have slowly trickled away, leaving most of her inner dialogue as wooden observations.

The plot of this story is very interesting, although the enemy is very obvious--frustratingly so, really. Mysterious waves of wild magic are messing up Cincinnati in a big way, and the undead vampires are all falling into a sleep that they can't wake up from. Along with investigating this, Rachel is getting a crash course in elven religion.

I was excited to read about all of this, but there is little that the reader gets told about the elves secretive culture, though we are told that it is surprisingly well maintained considering they've all been hiding from the public for two thousand years. It still feels like we're being teased about it, though with one book left in the series, I'm feeling doubtful.

A couple of characters are unexpectedly flat; Jonathan hangs around Rachel several times in the story, but he makes as much of an impression as ugly wallpaper. I don't think they ever speak, yet they spend several hours on several different days together. Quen has three or four sentences, but is little more than the voice in someone else's phone call or a raised eyebrow in the background--he doesn't play much even in scenes with his kids.

Another thing (SPOILERS!!):

When Trent and Rachel finally decide to date, it's a very emotional point--which is exactly what didn't sit well with me. I think I imagined their relationship for so long that when it didn't happen like I pictured, I was disappointed. They go from reserved and careful ... to all-out professions of love and bold sex, with almost a thumbing of the nose at everyone. It's like they lowered their maturity level when they got together and became one hundred percent dedicated to their feelings. This disappointed me, as one of the things I loved about Rachel is that she was one of the few modern literary heroines that didn't lose her personality and life in a man.

And the relationship definitely takes a front seat in this story. It's hard to focus on anything else with Rachel's mind wandering to Trent every few paragraphs.

Altogether, I felt like Harrison was bored with her characters, or perhaps she didn't really believe in the direction of her story anymore. I give it three stars.
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