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Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Bk. 8)
Black Magic Sanction - Rachel Morgan, Bk. 8
Author: Kim Harrison
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--at worst, a fo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061138034
ISBN-10: 0061138037
Publication Date: 3/1/2010
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 184 ratings
Publisher: Eos
Book Type: Hardcover
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ophelia99 avatar reviewed Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Bk. 8) on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This is the eighth book in The Hollows series by Harrison. Last I head she was contracted for twelve books in this series. This book was better than the last book in the series but still a bit scattered, with Rachel making a lot of questionable decisions.

In this book Rachel finds out that the Coven has not only shunned her but is out to incapacitate her for good. Now Rachel has to try and dodge the Coven, while saving her butt she gets increasingly drawn into Black Magic. She has a lot of help; her old flame Nick is back in the picture and the former ghost Pierce is a constant presence. Of course she will have Ivy and Jenks to back her up too. But, the biggest places where she gets help may be the places she least expects it, as her problems become tightly intertwined with two of her biggest enemies, Al (her demon teacher) and Trent (the business-tycoon elf).

This book was better than the last book in the series; I was pretty disappointed in the last book (White Witch, Black Curse). This book is better. Rachel is finally getting herself back together, she doesn't whine as much, she is accepting what she is, and she doesn't make as many really stupid decisions. That being said, she still does quite a few stupid things and she is still a little bit confused about what she wants to do. This is a long book, and if Rachel had had it more together and been more decisive about certain actions it wouldn't have been as long. It also seemed like every single character from the previous books had to at least make a cameo appearance, and I think this was the other thing that drew the book out.

The action scenes were excellent, but the plot was kind of all over the place again. Rachel wasn't really on a mission or trying to solve a mystery in this book. The whole book is dedicated to Rachel trying to escape the Coven. Along the way Rachel does begin to accept that she is not quite a witch and not quite a demon. Mostly to me this felt like another transitional novel; it ties up some loose ends that needed tying (Harrison had too many loose ends to make a coherent story in book 7). I am hoping that Rachel making some decent decisions and some decent life changes will continue in the next book. After White Witch, Black Curse I was seriously considering dropping this series, and while this book is an still wasn't a joy to read, things were just too muddled and there is just too much going on.

By far the most interesting characters in this book are Trent, Pierce, and Al. You learn a lot more about all of them and a lot more about what made Rachel's world the way it is. Jenks, Ivy, and Rachel aren't as tired and irritating as in the last book, but they still aren't all that interesting to read about in this book either. I am really hoping book 9 will have a more cohesive plot and show Ivy and Rachel *finally* settling their relationship. Yep, Ivy and Rachel still don't figure anything out in this book and, even though their blood-balance isn't visited as much in this book as it was in book 7, the issue still rears its head more than once.

Overall, the book is okay. It is better than book 7, but the plot is still fragmented and nothing much is addressed outside of Rachel's issues with the Coven. It feels a bit like another transitional novel. Hopefully book 9 will get us back to the wonderful writing I am used to from Harrison. I have to say though this book didn't make me super excited to read the next one in the series.
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reviewed Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Bk. 8) on + 116 more book reviews
A great series! A mix between Laurell K Hamilton and Rachel Marie Moning that makes you want to read them over agin! I still own all of these books and am re-reading them now.
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I think this qualifies as my favorite Hallows book so far. Rachels whining and woe is me attitude was beginning to get on my nerves. I just wanted her to grow up and accept that though she didnt choose to be in her situation, some of her crazy choices put her there. Well she eventually got it together and when she started to accept herself things started popping! I absolutely love Pierce and what he forces Rachel to see about herself. The ups and downs of Ivy, Rachel and Jenks throughout the whole series has made their bond with one another extremely tight and it has never been more apparent than in this book. I think I might have even liked Trent in this one!