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March 17th, 2011 |

BOOK REVIEWS
Courtesy of Beaverdale Books

 

Reviewed by Julie Goodrich

 

‘Dead Witch Walking’

By Kim Harrison

HarperTorch

5/1/2004

416 pp

$7.99

“Dead Witch Walking,” Kim Harrison’s first entry into her wildly popular Rachel Morgan series, is a dark, fantastical romp through a twisted alternate world. Instead of heading to the moon, earth scientists have focused on bioengineering. Naturally, this led to a major screw-up and a virus got out, nearly wiping-out the human race. In the meantime, the Inlanders (witches, vampires, werewolves and other magical sorts) came out into the open and filled in society.

Into this strange world we are introduced to smart-talking Rachel Morgan, witch and runner for the paranormal police department, the FIB. It is not an easy job, nor is Rachel all that fond of the place, in spite of being their best runner. One thing leads to another and she ditches the job, which results in nowhere to go, making matters worse is a price on her head.

Throw in a brooding roommate, hilarious secondary characters and a non-stop pace and this powerhouse of book will knock readers off their feet. With tons of snappy dialogue and action scenes speeding along the narrative, the back-story and surprisingly detailed alternate history that Harrison has built almost seems to sneak in, fleshing out the story without stalling it.

“Dead Witch Walking” combines the best of both worlds — solid, pitch-perfect writing and awesome thrills and chills to keep readers of all kinds interested. Part “Harry Potter” and part “Xena: Warrior Princess,” “Dead Witch Walking” is a great start to a wonderful series. CV