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New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . . The Hollows InsiderIn the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.To sur New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . . The Hollows InsiderIn the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.


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New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . . The Hollows InsiderIn the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.To sur New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison has won legions of fans with her sexy supernatural novels featuring bounty-hunting witch Rachel Morgan. And now comes a unique look inside her beloved Hollows series that no fan should miss. . . . The Hollows InsiderIn the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else.To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.

30 review for The Hollows Insider: New Fiction, Facts, Maps, Murders, and More in the World of Rachel Morgan

  1. 4 out of 5

    VampireNovelFan

    Ms. Harrison has outdone herself! I had no idea of what to expect when it came to a world book. I’d surely never read one before, so I was anticipating something fairly close to a textbook, which generally = boring. This was certainly information rich, but boring is was not. In fact, it’s fantastic. The theme is genius. It kicks off with the Hollows humor we all know and love, instantly drawing you in. It’s basically told from the POV of an innocent bystander of one of Rachel’s spells gone hi Ms. Harrison has outdone herself! I had no idea of what to expect when it came to a world book. I’d surely never read one before, so I was anticipating something fairly close to a textbook, which generally = boring. This was certainly information rich, but boring is was not. In fact, it’s fantastic. The theme is genius. It kicks off with the Hollows humor we all know and love, instantly drawing you in. It’s basically told from the POV of an innocent bystander of one of Rachel’s spells gone hilariously wrong in her early days as an I.S. Intern. He takes his grudge to the next level and spends time spying and collecting information on our favorite itchy witch and the supporting Hollows characters. He works for the local Inderlander paper and his goal is to expose Rachel. He’s not having an easy time of it which makes things all the more entertaining, so in turn this is how we learn about everything from species facts, character profiles, maps, magic spells, demon curses, recipes, music lyrics and more. Normally when I crack open a Hollows book I want a new story, but reading about the Hollows world is quite fascinating and surprisingly enough while I already knew some of the facts, I did learn a couple of new things when it came to character insights and spells. It repeats some lines a couple of times depending on the sections, but I didn’t find it annoying. You can tell Harrison really did her homework. She references the smallest things from the previous novels, even Rachel and Ivy’s mistakenly suggestive Yellow Page ad from Book 3. I also liked the clarification of the different magic types between ley line, earth, and demon magic. I wish there was a little more explanation about “wild” magic that the elves typically use, but that didn’t stop my enjoyment one bit. You can skim or skip sections if you want, or you can take your time and truly absorb the information. It’s definitely an adjustment to have that option for The Hollows. You pick it up and you really don’t want to put it down. The layout and graphics are very nice to look at which helps a lot. Reluctantly, I couldn’t read it in one sitting being the busy bee that I am, but it was on my mind until I could get back to finishing it. Heck, I want to read it TWICE and you will NEVER hear me say that about a text book! If you’re an ebook reader, don’t despair. It’s not available in ebook format due to numerous graphics and font variations. I cannot imagine this looking remotely appealing on my kindle, or even on a color e-reader. It’s a reference text and I always find reading those on an ereader to be an awful experience because I often flip back and forth between pages; ebooks just don’t hold up to that for me. So yes, I found this to be a satisfying read and it no doubt sets the bar extremely high for any other world books I come across. This is highly recommended if you’re a fan of The Hollows, though you will want to be caught up through Pale Demon because there are major spoilers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Armina

    This should be read after Pale Demon to avoid spoilers. The ending of this book is just after the time frame of Pale Demon. I skipped and skimmed some parts because of complex reasons but I do intend to take my time and truly absorb all the information sometime in the future. It would be a perfect adjustment in a re-read of The Hollows series. For a series guide, The Hollows Insider is pretty good. Kim Harrison gives us not only a bunch of dry facts but an actual story. Told from the POV of an in This should be read after Pale Demon to avoid spoilers. The ending of this book is just after the time frame of Pale Demon. I skipped and skimmed some parts because of complex reasons but I do intend to take my time and truly absorb all the information sometime in the future. It would be a perfect adjustment in a re-read of The Hollows series. For a series guide, The Hollows Insider is pretty good. Kim Harrison gives us not only a bunch of dry facts but an actual story. Told from the POV of an investigative journalist named Devin Crossman, the book is a collection of notes from his personal journal, his newspaper column in, memos from Kalamack Industries from/to Trent, Quen and Johnathan, excerpts from various magic textbooks, recipes and journals, profiles from the Were Register, graphics, maps, song lyrics from Takata and more. Devin works for the local Inderlander paper and his goal is to expose Rachel but he's not having an easy time of it. It's particularly funny because while Devin gets some of his facts right, he's quite obviously way off on many things, particularly regarding Rachel's character and goals and her relationship with Trent. I was impressed just how much work Trent has put out to keep Rachel's ass out of danger. The man was running around cleaning up her messes and we never knew it! The Hollows Insider is extremely in-depth, informative and fun read. I recommend it to anyone who considers himself a fan of the series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    4.5 stars This is the first guidebook I've actively sought out for purchase. But, as a massive Hollows fan, when I heard this was to be released last October, I was excited for months and has this one pre-ordered. My rating fluctuates between four and five stars for various reasons, which will be explained below. First, the book is told mainly through the investigative research and slander of a Hollows Gazette writer who was on the bus when Rachel's spell to catch a were backfired, causing everyon 4.5 stars This is the first guidebook I've actively sought out for purchase. But, as a massive Hollows fan, when I heard this was to be released last October, I was excited for months and has this one pre-ordered. My rating fluctuates between four and five stars for various reasons, which will be explained below. First, the book is told mainly through the investigative research and slander of a Hollows Gazette writer who was on the bus when Rachel's spell to catch a were backfired, causing everyone on the bus to lose their hair. This is explained after the fact in the first chapter of the first book, Dead Witch Walking. It's later found out that Devon as her superior has been causing her spells to backfire, eager to get rid of her from her position at the I.S., which is why the spell really went wrong. First the reporter, Devin Crossman, is concerned about them not dealing with her potential danger properly, but then intrigued by her connections and ties with Kalamack, Piscary, and starts investigating Ivy, Jenks, her church, and her spell books. He digs out some Interlander Species guides from the I.S. and FIB, which are presented in the book. The other bulk of the book are inter-office memos from Trent to Quen, to Jon, and to Maria, the editor of the Hollows Gazette. These letters are extremely short and to the point. While it's a cool method to draw it altogether, I found these sections less interesting than the other goodies. My favorites of the extras (NOT IN ORDER) are: A few pages from 'Betty Bob's Everyday Recipes for the Stovetop Idiot' - shows Kim's recipe for Maple Candy, Trent's Waffles, and Brimstone Cookies. Some of these are already available on her website. Spells - With faux book covers for each, 'Noncontact Extensions Using Ley Lines' explains how to make certain spells such as Allergy Relief, Summoning a Demon, and Calling a Familiar; '101 Earth Charms for Home and Office' are mainly white Earth magic spells such as charms to straighten hair; 'EARTH CHARMS: Practical Applications', a cool bonus being explaining with drawings the different pentagrams referenced in the book - Summoning dead from purgatory, etc; 'HERITAGE LOST' - which is one spell to find unmarked graves, as used in the second Hollows book; 'LYRICS BY TAKATA' - Presented like it's the cover of a notebook, here are the covers for his celebrated song Footprints of the Ghost, The Long Breath, Shattered Spirit, and Pierce's Lullaby (which isn't by Takata so weird it's here, but I always liked the lyrics); and Demon Spells, my favorite part because the papers look old and have notes made by Al, such as the scrying mirror. There's also a mini Witch Weekly with a cute cover, and three pages, of which my favorite section was '10 Signs your roommate is into the black arts.' I was interested too in the mini interview with Ryn Cormel on why he wrote the Vampire dating guide. And of course delighted with the two drinks provided "Dead Man's Float" served on Saladin's boat and Demon Coffee/Tea submitted by our favorite coffee barista Mark. Honestly the recipe isn't quite right from when they were in the coffee shop with Minias and later with Al, so confused about that unless Mark got it wrong? :) I also liked Rachel's short sheet that Devin took a picture of listing all the Latin incantations and what they mean, and also his observation of some of Jenk's common "Tink curses." Why not a full five stars then? All these goodies made this book invaluable, but I feel Devin's notebook and articles, along with the Kalamack Inner Office Memos, make up too much of the book. I would have liked to see something a bit more personal and in-depth on some of the other characters. There are guide sheets on all the species - which is in-depth and intriguing, Rachel's articles submitted to the FIB about Undead Vampires and the differences between Pixies and Fairies. I wish we could have had a breakdown list of Jenk's wings too and all the colors from it. I also think the ending with what happens with Devin is a bit unrealistic and trying to steer the reader's sympathies a little unrealistically toward Trent. Overall this book is incredible, and what's also amazing is the cover. IT GLOWS IN THE DARK! The moon glows in the dark well. I'm a big moon person and the large moon which dominates the color sheds off it's own light when the switched is turned off. How cool is that?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    It was kind of fun. In general this kind of thing doesn't add much to the series, but it's fun for the fans. This one was certainly done with good intentions: the book is very high quality paper (and heavy!), the images really look like I imagined the characters would look (unlike the graphic novel, that's the difference when the author is fully in control), the cover has a nifty glow-in-the dark moon and some city lights, and it's just overall slick and nicely produced. There isn't much new inf It was kind of fun. In general this kind of thing doesn't add much to the series, but it's fun for the fans. This one was certainly done with good intentions: the book is very high quality paper (and heavy!), the images really look like I imagined the characters would look (unlike the graphic novel, that's the difference when the author is fully in control), the cover has a nifty glow-in-the dark moon and some city lights, and it's just overall slick and nicely produced. There isn't much new information, there aren't any new stories, but it was done from a cute perspective of a local human blogger, Devin, who had gotten accidently caught in one of Rachel's spells when she was a runner and had all of his hair fall out. He got obsessed and spent the next few years researching her, everyone she knows, and Interlanders in general. So there are a lot of fact sheets about the characters and different species, Devin's journal entries, newspaper articles, communications between Trent and Quen about the situation, plus spells, Takata lyrics and more. it's definitely one of those books that will only have any meaning to fans of the series though. But it would be a fun gift, and I did see it today at B&N marked 50% off (sorry for the timely reference, I may edit that our later). It might be one of those things that you wouldn't rationalize buying for yourself but that the fan in your life would enjoy seeing on her shelf. If only to see the little sketches of the characters and be able to say, "I told you so!" when they look pretty much like she thought they would.

  5. 5 out of 5

    T.J. Day

    I honestly have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it was a really cool idea to bring all the facts and fun stuff about the Hollows series into one guide book for readers. It even has a nice story behind its creation. The good - I really love the recipes, spells, and cute tidbits. The 12 Days of Christmas song lyrics were my favorite touch. But there's a lot of things I didn't like - It was a drag to get through some stuff. I assume a lot of people reading this skimmed a lot. I never sk I honestly have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it was a really cool idea to bring all the facts and fun stuff about the Hollows series into one guide book for readers. It even has a nice story behind its creation. The good - I really love the recipes, spells, and cute tidbits. The 12 Days of Christmas song lyrics were my favorite touch. But there's a lot of things I didn't like - It was a drag to get through some stuff. I assume a lot of people reading this skimmed a lot. I never skim....but I did with this. A lot. I read all the overarching story pages though, only so I wouldn't lose track of Crossman's story. Also, I have a thing about the plot line - Crossman says that he's been outside watching and that the pixies always caught him or pixed him, or that he somehow managed to sneak in and get pictures and stuff from the church where Rachel lives. Yet we never heard about this in the actual series? I also think that him guessing all the things correctly (how he knew Rachel was DNA'd to be a demon, how he knew Ivy liked Rachel, things like that you can't get simply from watching people and not interacting with them). Even if he did so some research, a lot of things he assumed were waaaaaay too informed. But it's a nice book for casual reading, which is why I read it as a side project while I'm doing my read along. If you're looking for a simple guidebook full of silly goodies, I'd suggest this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    Just not what I was hoping for. I wanted it so bad.. it was tedious, filled with detailed spells and how to do them supernatural guides, IS files, Newspaper articles, song verses, maps, all stuffed in a reporter journal. Really I got nothing out of it that I did not already know. There was so correspondences from/to Trent that I expected to be interesting but they really did not give anymore away. The books had mush more exciting details. I am just not interested in how to do the spells or the d Just not what I was hoping for. I wanted it so bad.. it was tedious, filled with detailed spells and how to do them supernatural guides, IS files, Newspaper articles, song verses, maps, all stuffed in a reporter journal. Really I got nothing out of it that I did not already know. There was so correspondences from/to Trent that I expected to be interesting but they really did not give anymore away. The books had mush more exciting details. I am just not interested in how to do the spells or the detailed write ups on the paranormal crowd. This would be a great book for those people who love the little details.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Wow! The graphics are awesome. The Insider is a fun look into the background of the Hollows. I enjoyed peering into Trent's thoughts and gained a better insight of his personality through the Kalamack Industries interoffice memos. I hope Quen's quote, "It is not always what we do, Sa'han, but who we love that makes us who we are," in the last memo to Trent is a clue for the future of the series. In comparison to other authors' series information guides, Kim Harrison out did herself on this proje Wow! The graphics are awesome. The Insider is a fun look into the background of the Hollows. I enjoyed peering into Trent's thoughts and gained a better insight of his personality through the Kalamack Industries interoffice memos. I hope Quen's quote, "It is not always what we do, Sa'han, but who we love that makes us who we are," in the last memo to Trent is a clue for the future of the series. In comparison to other authors' series information guides, Kim Harrison out did herself on this project.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    LOVED IT!!! ❤❤❤ Devin Crossman is a reporter/blogger for The Hollows Gazette who's got an axe to grind with one Rachel Morgan. After one of her spells goes awry on the bus while trying to catch an escaping Were, Mr. Crossman ends up losing all his hair! Hey, it eventually grows back so no harm, no foul, right? But he won't let it die and is determined to bring Rachel down, using all the resources at his disposal to dig up all the dirt he can find on Rachel, Trent, and anyone else in her life! The LOVED IT!!! ❤❤❤ Devin Crossman is a reporter/blogger for The Hollows Gazette who's got an axe to grind with one Rachel Morgan. After one of her spells goes awry on the bus while trying to catch an escaping Were, Mr. Crossman ends up losing all his hair! Hey, it eventually grows back so no harm, no foul, right? But he won't let it die and is determined to bring Rachel down, using all the resources at his disposal to dig up all the dirt he can find on Rachel, Trent, and anyone else in her life! The book is laid out in a dossier format—with file folders, post-its, and taped in cards and pages—really fun to read! And while it isn't really a story in the true sense of the word, a story is indeed being told through its pages. We discover some little known facts about Rachel and the gang, get some reminders about some of the important points in her life, and even get a map of the Hollows and downtown Cincinnati. We've also got several interoffice notes and memos between Trent and Quen, and Trent and Jonathan, obviously dug up somehow by the reporter, and through this, we also come to understand how or why certain events that took place in the book happened. I'm really glad I grabbed the print version of this book—hardcover actually—as I'm not sure it would be readable on the Kindle... maybe on a Fire where you could read it in full color and have full-size pages, but don't even think of trying to read it on an e-ink device like the Paperwhite or Voyage... the latter being what I own. But I totally loved it and plan to hang onto it as a keepsake for one of my favorite series of all time!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tori

    Originally posted at http://www.smexybooks.com/2011/11/rev... In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else. To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, se Originally posted at http://www.smexybooks.com/2011/11/rev... In the Hollows, the supernatural Inderlanders rule, and humanity must abide by their conventions, or else. To survive among vampires, witches, Weres, gargoyles, trolls, fairies, and banshees—to say nothing of demons—humanity needs a guide. And now, written by Kim Harrison herself, here is an insider’s look at the supernatural world of the Hollows, from an overarching new story to character profiles, maps, spell guides, charm recipes, secret correspondence from the elusive Trent Kalamack, and much more.(Goodreads) I’ve never been a fan of companion or insider books. They are usually nothing more then an encyclopedia of recycled facts about the characters. You may learn something new but not enough to justify the often outrageous price. The Hollows Insider was a pleasant surprise. Set up more as a behind the scenes story, it sheds light on the characters and main arc. The Hollows series is told in the first person; from the protagonist’s (Rachael Morgan) point of view. Everything we see and hear is through her. In here we are able to see and hear what Rachael couldn’t. In Dead Witch Walking, we were told that Rachael lets loose a spell on a bus while trying to apprehend a suspect. The spell goes a little haywire and hits some passengers. One passenger is Devin Crossman. Devin is a blogger/journalist who is not content to let sleeping dogs lie. After all, the spell made his hair fall out. When he tries to get more information on Rachael he is blocked at every angle, so he uses his connections at The Hollow Gazette to launch an investigation on Rachael and everything and everyone connected to her. This book is a scrapbook of his investigation. Set up like a journal, Ms. Harrison starts from the beginning and includes everything Devin finds. IS and FBI species identification specs, ‘published’ articles about demons and lay line magic, old Hollow Gazette copies, personal ruminations about Rachael and her friends, and more are included in here as Devin struggles to figure out just what Rachael is. We are also privie to personal memos to and from Trent Kalamack when it becomes apparent that Devin has made the connection between him and Rachael and is pursuing it. The memos were my favorite as they are a look at Trent’s point of view that isn’t available in the series. The investigation starts at Dead Witch Walking and follows through to Pale Demon. We are given some interesting tidbits that help understand the arc better. Devin’s personal views on the various people in Rachael’s life enable you to get a deeper look at her friends and enemies and I learned a couple of new things I didn’t know before. We even get copies of Rachael’s demon spells from her book of magic with margin notes from Al. Tres cool. Devin’s copies of his work expense reports is hilarious as he is firmly and repeatedly admonished to, “Stop pissing off the pixies!” There were some aspects that slowed the book down for me. The collage textbook articles were on the dry side and I basically skipped over them. The cook book also threw me a little; I would have rather just stayed with Devin’s notes and revelations. All in all, The Hollows Insider is a nice addition to the series over all and a must have for those who want to explore more of The Hollows and those that inhabit it. Overall Rating: B-

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I purchased this book as a reference, and it is quality construction as a reference book should be. The jacket cover illustration is repeated on the hard cover. It is about the size of a textbook. As you may know, the Hollows is a series fantasy in an alternate reality. It is one of my favorite series. The back story and the rules under which this world operates are complex. The length of time between books makes points, spells, species particulars and events hard to remember. The OUTLANDER COMPA I purchased this book as a reference, and it is quality construction as a reference book should be. The jacket cover illustration is repeated on the hard cover. It is about the size of a textbook. As you may know, the Hollows is a series fantasy in an alternate reality. It is one of my favorite series. The back story and the rules under which this world operates are complex. The length of time between books makes points, spells, species particulars and events hard to remember. The OUTLANDER COMPANION by Diana Gabaldon, is a reference work for her series. It has synopses of the books written up to its printing and an index. It is organized as reference tool. I was expecting that, which is my own fault. I could have looked more closely at the particulars. Quite readable, THE HOLLOWS INSIDER is written in a series of purloined files, letters, clipping and journal entries of a blogger turned newspaper reporter named Devin Crossman. In DEAD WITCH WALKING, the time period but not necessarily the book, Devin was hit by a misdirected spell Rachel threw as an Inderland Security runner. Unable to file a complaint with I.S. due to stonewalling, he gets a bug up his you know what and makes stalking her a priority. He gets hold of a bunch of Federal Inderland Bureau files scheduled for shredding and he is off. Eventually everyone and everything catches his eye, including Trent Kallamack. It's a mistake to tick him off. Eventually, he writes dossiers on Rachel, Ivy et al., and, while the information is good I did not like the illustrations used to depict the characters. I don't know if they are intended to be amateurish to demonstrate Devin's sub rosa behavior in stalking Rachel and his unlikeable nature, I just didn't like the pictures. The Table of Contents is detailed, but every reference work needs an index and this doesn't have one. And, it's less of a reference than it is a fictional background in the form of a epistolary narrative. For example, I was reading A PERFECT BLOOD and wanted to see precisely what had been meant when Trent says he is Rachel's Sa'han. The only others I had seen use this term were Jonathan (Trent's former HR director) and Quen (his Security Director). I took it to be an honorific placing them in his sphere of protection and under obligation to him, like a servant would use master in 19th century England or how the doggens in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood address the vampires and humans who they serve as sire . It is not explained in THE HOLLOWS INSIDER at all and could easily have gone in the species description of elf, or under Trent's dossier as part of some weird linguistic foible. The upshot: An entertaining read that accompanies the series but which does not give us all the back story or a glossary. If you are looking for a encyclopedic reference to The Hollows world, this is probably not it. If you want to learn about the Hollows in a story-ish format it may be a great choice. It's not that I didn't enjoy the book, I did, it is just not what I was expecting. Original post: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspo...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    I don't usually seek out Insider's Guides... even for the series that I like. Most of the time, they are just a rehash of information we already know. But I think I would read a book about Rachel Morgan doing her laundry. And like it. So when I was presented the opportunity to get my hands on this book, there was no question that I had to read it. I'm happy to say that was much better than watching Rachel wash her whites. Granted, we're not exactly breaking a lot of new ground in the Hollows wor I don't usually seek out Insider's Guides... even for the series that I like. Most of the time, they are just a rehash of information we already know. But I think I would read a book about Rachel Morgan doing her laundry. And like it. So when I was presented the opportunity to get my hands on this book, there was no question that I had to read it. I'm happy to say that was much better than watching Rachel wash her whites. Granted, we're not exactly breaking a lot of new ground in the Hollows world, but it was entertaining for me as a fan. You may remember back in Dead Witch Walking, Rachel mentioned an incident on a city bus where she threw a potion at a Were she was chasing, and accidentally hit a couple of passengers, causing them to lose their hair. After that, she knew the bus drivers were wary about picking her up. What she didn't know was that one of those passengers was a blogger, not content to be a victim. His name was Devin Crossman. He gets a job as columnist for The Hollows Gazette and decides to learn everything he can about the witch who hit him with the potion. This Insider's Guide is, essentially, the culmination of his research. That research includes information about all Inlanders. Crossman breaks down the various races. He journals about Rachel's life... from the events of Dead Witch Walking through Black Magic Sanction. Interspersed with his notes are illustrations, files from the IS and FBI, memorandums from his boss, and even copies of the Gazette that were published. The book has the feel of an overstuffed binder or scrap book. It's visually awesome. My favorite parts included correspondence among Trent, Quen & Jonathan, monitoring Crossman's investigation. And I LOVED the pictures. We got renditions of almost everyone: from our friends at Vampiric Charms to the big names at Kalamak enterprises... from the Weres to the IS staff and then some. Harrison's approach was creative and fun. There were a couple of places that dragged. We had an excerpt from a cookbook that didn't do much for me. And all the spells... I found myself just skimming over them. (The notable exception to that was with Al's notes in the demon text. Very funny, as Al's observations usually are.) There were no great revelations, though I did pick up new details here and there that I'd never heard before, including a little backstory on Trent's dad... as well as some particulars about the different species. I really liked hearing Trent's voice in those memos. It's as close as we've ever come to something in his POV. And the last line was fantastic. "It is not always what we do, Sa'han, but who we love that makes us who we are." You tell him, Quen. I can't wait for A Perfect Blood. A little more than 4 stars. P.S. The formatting on my nook did not do this book justice. It really made a mess of the whole thing. But it displayed beautifully in Digital Editions. *ARC Provided by NetGalley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Premise: It's set up as a series of journal entries from blogger-turned-reporter Devin Cross, who is investigating/obsessing over Rachel and trying to destroy her reputation publicly. What do you do when you've read all of the Hollows books and all of the Hollows stories published in obscure urban fantasy anthologies, and you have no clue when the next Hollows book is coming? Read this. Will it completely satisfy the Hollows craving? No... But it does provide some interesting insight into Basic Premise: It's set up as a series of journal entries from blogger-turned-reporter Devin Cross, who is investigating/obsessing over Rachel and trying to destroy her reputation publicly. What do you do when you've read all of the Hollows books and all of the Hollows stories published in obscure urban fantasy anthologies, and you have no clue when the next Hollows book is coming? Read this. Will it completely satisfy the Hollows craving? No... But it does provide some interesting insight into the world Kim Harrison created. The book's setup is pretty unique from page one. This isn't just an encyclopedia of characters and locations. Cross is also trying to publicly connect Rachel to Trent Kalamack. This all ties in with the novels, as Rachel is constantly complaining about the way she is portrayed in the media. Interspersed with Cross's journal entries and research are interoffice memos between Trent Kalamack, Jonathan, Quen, and notes to the editor of the Hollows Gazette. This makes the whole book actually tell its own epistolary story of some of the behind-the-scenes events from almost the whole span of the Hollows series (up through the events of Pale Demon but before the start of A Perfect Blood). The book is in full color, and includes IS documents on different species, internal newspaper documents, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, journal articles, photographs, drawings, copies of pages from spellbooks, and a host of other things I'm forgetting right now. All of the photographs in the book were submitted to Harrison by fans, which is pretty neat in and of itself. The whole thing was so novel in its approach that it actually kept me turning pages and reading even the academic journal articles. There are also a few recipes in there and a more complete, coherent description of the events of the Turn than any of the books gives (in the books, it's delivered in dribs and drabs, leaving the reader never fully sure of what happened). Pretty nifty all told. The only thing that I didn't like in the book were some of the drawings of the characters. I grant, that's more a personal taste thing from moment one, so it's really a minor gripe for me to say I don't think the picture of Kisten looks anything like how I pictured him... Anyway, it's well worth a read for any Hollows fan. I don't know that a non-Hollows fan would completely "get" all of the references to the books and events therein, but the reference documents may help to keep track of different species, etc. within the books. This is definitely more a book for people who've read the whole series and will pick up on the inside jokes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I haven't ever really read a "world book" before, but once I heard Kim Harrison was working on one for her Hollows series, I knew I had to have it! Since she was one of the first authors I read when I crossed over from the YA section (and before going back!)! The Hollows Insider was truly a must-read for all Kim Harrison fans!! There's no plot or storyline really, but that doesn't detract from the marvelous writing Kim did! There are tons of things to read, emails, journal entries, textbook excer I haven't ever really read a "world book" before, but once I heard Kim Harrison was working on one for her Hollows series, I knew I had to have it! Since she was one of the first authors I read when I crossed over from the YA section (and before going back!)! The Hollows Insider was truly a must-read for all Kim Harrison fans!! There's no plot or storyline really, but that doesn't detract from the marvelous writing Kim did! There are tons of things to read, emails, journal entries, textbook excerpts, and other little mish-mash of things. All of it feeling and reading like the actual thing; email, journal entry, textbooks, etc. You could say that this book was written by Devin Crossman, the journalist who made living hard for Rachel, and in a way it's true. We have here all things Devin collected in order to put shame to Rachel's good name. It was interesting reading some of his journal entries, since he was "the enemy" in some ways. But it basically gave the reader a magnificent back-story to things. And a good history lesson in some of the other things mentioned in the Hollows books! The recipe for Brimstone cookies is even in it! Along with spells Rachel has cast and even some of the demon spells! Overall a fabulous read! I highly recommend this to any and all Holllows fans! You will not want to miss out on this one! A word of warning to newbie fans though, you might not want to read this until you've read all the books because there are some spoiler hints dropped. You won't get the full story naturally, but there are spoilers if you aren't up to date. Overall rating 5/5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    For a series guide, The Hollows Insider is really pretty cool. Rather than a bunch of dry facts, Harrison gives us a bunch of dry facts AND a story AND some hilariously subjective observations. Told from the perspective of a reporter who's investigating Rachel, The Hollows Insider documents his research, with journal entries, selections from the newspaper's files and archives, FIB and IS documents, and various other papers he's stolen or stumbled across. It's particularly funny because while Dev For a series guide, The Hollows Insider is really pretty cool. Rather than a bunch of dry facts, Harrison gives us a bunch of dry facts AND a story AND some hilariously subjective observations. Told from the perspective of a reporter who's investigating Rachel, The Hollows Insider documents his research, with journal entries, selections from the newspaper's files and archives, FIB and IS documents, and various other papers he's stolen or stumbled across. It's particularly funny because while Devin (the reporter) gets some of his facts right, he's quite obviously way off on many things, particularly regarding Rachel's character and goals. I'll admit I skimmed through a lot of the fact sheets, but I did enjoy seeing Takata's lyrics and Al's comments in the demon spell books. Most of it wasn't anything particularly startling, just more detail on information that was in the books, but there were at least a couple of "holy crap, really?" revelations. I think my favorite part, though, was the list Devin compiled of Jenks's best curses, which included such gems as "damn it all to Disneyland" and "worthless as a pixy condom." (Since the facing page is a list of the names of Jenks's 54 children, the latter is apparently quite a strong one.) This is definitely not a book you want to get as an introduction to the series. It contains spoilers for everything up to Pale Demon. But if you're already a fan, definitely check this book out - it has cool graphics, funny stories, and interesting facts that may just tide you over until A Perfect Blood comes out in March. Originally published on my blog at http://neverbakeinblack.blogspot.com/...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I'm about halfway through this companion book and more than a little disappointed. If you have read up through the latest novel, Pale Demon, then all of the factual content included about the world of the Hollows is going to sound like an uninspired rehash of information gleaned from the novel series. I wanted to read new, unrevealed tidbits about the world and its inhabitants that only Harrison has known until now, and sadly, none of that has been forthcoming. Despite the mildly interesting nar I'm about halfway through this companion book and more than a little disappointed. If you have read up through the latest novel, Pale Demon, then all of the factual content included about the world of the Hollows is going to sound like an uninspired rehash of information gleaned from the novel series. I wanted to read new, unrevealed tidbits about the world and its inhabitants that only Harrison has known until now, and sadly, none of that has been forthcoming. Despite the mildly interesting narrative the book is told through-all of the information is presented as a series of documents collected by/ about the investigation of the reporter Devon Crossman- the sincere dearth of new revelations makes the hard cover price of this book, a whopping 25.99 usd, an exorbitant charge. The only reason I'm giving this book two stars is because I can see that it is a much quicker review of facts for the series than trying to reread all of the novels before the next one comes out early in 2012 (but then again, if rereading books is a chore for you, maybe this is not the right series to get into?) and because the presentation of the information is truly fantastic. Some of the in-book illustrations for characters leave a lot to be desired in my opinion ( the characters look quite stiff and just somehow awkward) but overall the graphics and layout for the book and its myriad of fonts really make this book look and feel amazing. However, despite the handsome presentation, I'm glad that I got this book as a Christmas present and that the person who purchased it for me only paid half the cover price, because overall, it's not worth the full price, even for the most avid of fans.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    To say I was disappointed in this addition to the Hollows series is a gross understatement. Ms. Harrison is quite forthcoming when it comes to giving her followers glimpses into her characters' inner thoughts and struggles. Her personal blog provides a forum where you can ask her questions about her upcoming books anddiscuss character motivation in depth, and Ms. Harrison will often give glimpses of what the future may hold in the Hollows. I expected this book to provide more of Ms.Harrison's wor To say I was disappointed in this addition to the Hollows series is a gross understatement. Ms. Harrison is quite forthcoming when it comes to giving her followers glimpses into her characters' inner thoughts and struggles. Her personal blog provides a forum where you can ask her questions about her upcoming books anddiscuss character motivation in depth, and Ms. Harrison will often give glimpses of what the future may hold in the Hollows. I expected this book to provide more of Ms.Harrison's world building background and insights. Instead, all I received was a recap of obvious factual information with a few pages hinting of hidden depths and a high degree of caring in Trent Kalamack. For those who read Pale Demon, this is old news. All of the information in this book can easily be gleaned from reading the books and Ms. Harrison's blog. I think Ms. Harrison should have instead focused on side stories involving the main characters. Her world is alreadry richly detailed in her many books, and characters undergo complex development and growth through their actions, experiences and reflection. I didn't think I could regret buying a Kim Harrison book....until now. Nevertheless, I look forward to her upcoming Hollows novel in 2012.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    I thought this book was good. A good companion book to the Hollows series so far. The book was positioned as a collection of journals and research summaries written by a reporter named Devin Crossman. He basically “followed” Rachel throughout the entire series and documented his observations and findings. The book was nicely laid out, with lots of details, and the book and its paper were of very good quality. My favourite part was the summary about Jenks, and some of his curses logged as Devin’s I thought this book was good. A good companion book to the Hollows series so far. The book was positioned as a collection of journals and research summaries written by a reporter named Devin Crossman. He basically “followed” Rachel throughout the entire series and documented his observations and findings. The book was nicely laid out, with lots of details, and the book and its paper were of very good quality. My favourite part was the summary about Jenks, and some of his curses logged as Devin’s list of favourites: - Sweet mother of Tink - Tink’s titties - Son of a Disney whore - Worthless as a pixy condom - Etc... It was so funny that I was laughing. Seriously, if Walt Disney was alive, I think he might be offended!!! And then there was the entire list of names of Jenks’ kids – the inventive names were quite funny also, and noteworthy!! Other than this, I supposed it was a fairly good summary of all the major events and characters in the series, with additional tidbits about the characters and descriptions of the supernatural races in Hollows-verse. In general, it was a good quick read. I give it 3 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    The best "World Book" or Insider Guide I've seen so far!! If you're a fan of the Hollows series, you'll definitely want this for your collection. If you're one of those readers that can wait for the paperbacks to come out because you're cheap, meh, you can skip this one. But I must stress, this IS the guidebook that all others will be judged against from now on. It highlights the entire series by following a human blogger/journalist as he tries to uncover the "conspiracy" behind Rachel Morgan. I The best "World Book" or Insider Guide I've seen so far!! If you're a fan of the Hollows series, you'll definitely want this for your collection. If you're one of those readers that can wait for the paperbacks to come out because you're cheap, meh, you can skip this one. But I must stress, this IS the guidebook that all others will be judged against from now on. It highlights the entire series by following a human blogger/journalist as he tries to uncover the "conspiracy" behind Rachel Morgan. Included are dossiers on all the characters, recipes, spells, and memos from Trent to Jon and Quen (which is nice because you get their POVs). The graphics are incredible. The concept is original. Add in the story woven through that has an ending that came out of nowhere (didn't see that one coming!!), and this book is a definite must have. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because I would have liked to have seen a more stand alone short story with Rachel's voice in there. Just my personal opinion....

  19. 4 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

    Just realized I've been trying to read this for over a month. Not a particularly good sign. Love the Hollows novels, but the format of this makes it hard to get into the "story". It's chopped up into small article length pieces. Too short to curl up like you're reading a novel, too long for coffee table like browsing. If you've kept up with the books, there really isn't any additional information passed on with the book. Or an additional "story". Basically, the book reads as if there is a blogger Just realized I've been trying to read this for over a month. Not a particularly good sign. Love the Hollows novels, but the format of this makes it hard to get into the "story". It's chopped up into small article length pieces. Too short to curl up like you're reading a novel, too long for coffee table like browsing. If you've kept up with the books, there really isn't any additional information passed on with the book. Or an additional "story". Basically, the book reads as if there is a blogger who writes a column in the local paper. Most of the book is him gathering info on Rachel and company. Some if it is interesting, but a lot of it comes across as "too much information" ... by that I mean data overload. Beautiful book visually. Glossy pages. Lots of pics. Love the cover - the moon glows in the dark. But it's more flash than content. Not a keeper for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Great addition to The Hollows and very fun read. I loved reading about past events from other perspectives, it provided a better understanding of certian characters and their motives. This is a must have for any fan of the series. It also seems to hint about a developing relationship between a certain elf and witch.....

  21. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Johnson

    The best "companion" book ever. Seriously. If you love Kim Harrison's Hollows series and don't get this, you're nuts. No retreads here, no dull summaries or histories, no filler. And the first printings even have glow-in-the-dark dust jackets. How cool is that? The best "companion" book ever. Seriously. If you love Kim Harrison's Hollows series and don't get this, you're nuts. No retreads here, no dull summaries or histories, no filler. And the first printings even have glow-in-the-dark dust jackets. How cool is that?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Seitenhain

    Okay, this is a tough one. I have been a Hollows fan since the first book appeared in German (about book 5 in English) and this world has grown on me ever since (and unwillingly also on my family and friends who have to hear me babbling about it every chance I get, just last week I lent DWW to someone!). When Kim announced that she was writing on a world book, I thought it would become something like Jeaniene Frost and others are doing, by writing a novel from the perspective of one of the side Okay, this is a tough one. I have been a Hollows fan since the first book appeared in German (about book 5 in English) and this world has grown on me ever since (and unwillingly also on my family and friends who have to hear me babbling about it every chance I get, just last week I lent DWW to someone!). When Kim announced that she was writing on a world book, I thought it would become something like Jeaniene Frost and others are doing, by writing a novel from the perspective of one of the side characters (Ivy, Kisten, Jenks?). But instead, we got a big, shiny, glowing- in- the- dark almanach of the Hollows.This is not a Hollows World Book, but a Hollows' World Book! This guide contains maps, paper articles from the Hollows Gazette (for which readers could enter pictures, so they would appear in a book by their favorite author - how freaking cool is that?!), background information on all the species roaming the world since the Turn, background information on almost all characters, and so much more. But it wouldn't be Kim if she just served us a boring encyclopedia. No, she wrapped a story around the whole thing! Does everyone remember that time when Rachel was forbidden to go by bus because she had accidentally dropped a charm that made every passenger's hair fall off? One of those people was Devin Crossman, blogger and columnist at the Gazette. He now wants justice and spies on Rachel, finds out everything about her friends, family and history. But he gets into trouble when his editor is unhappy with his findings and Quen has to stop him from harming Rachel. There is actually not that much new information concerning storyline but getting the details and all the new background information is just stunning. It is fascinating to realize just how much Trent is doing to protect Rachel from any possible harm and getting to know all of Jenks' curses (and kids) is a *squee* moment for every fan. Someone like me, who has been stalking her page (and her blog) on a daily basis, will recognize all the extra bits and bobs Kim put up there years ago that now have a new home where everyone can get to know them (some of them I also put up here). Kim also included many questions fans always ask her, like how an "After Hour Runner's Pass" or a MPL looks like or how the Maple Candy recipe works. Not to forget lots of Rachel's spells, Ivy's recipe for Brimstone cookies (!), Al's demon curses and Takata's lyrics (I think "Footprints of a Ghost" would work fantastic with Amy Lee as vampire vocals). And, as I already mentioned, the cover of the first edition GLOWS IN THE DARK!!! How awesome is that! Now go and get it, what are you doing here? PS: Burning Bunny coffee, he? ;)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Literary Mama

    There's something about an advance reader copy of a book that excites me more than anything, and I'm pleased that I had the chance to read one of Jess Montgomery's The Hollows. The novel, second in The Kinship Historical Mystery series (and just recently published), is a sequel to Montgomery's highly acclaimed The Widows, and once again, the reader is fully immersed in the lives of Sheriff Lily Ross, Marvena Whitcomb, and Hildy Cooper. Set in 1926, the story begins with an accident on the rail l There's something about an advance reader copy of a book that excites me more than anything, and I'm pleased that I had the chance to read one of Jess Montgomery's The Hollows. The novel, second in The Kinship Historical Mystery series (and just recently published), is a sequel to Montgomery's highly acclaimed The Widows, and once again, the reader is fully immersed in the lives of Sheriff Lily Ross, Marvena Whitcomb, and Hildy Cooper. Set in 1926, the story begins with an accident on the rail line in Moonhale Hollow Village, an event that, of course, brings the sheriff to the scene. A elderly woman is dead, but as Ross investigates, it quickly becomes clear that the case holds many unknowns, and soon, she must ask: Was the woman's death an accident? A suicide? Or was it murder? The investigation leads Ross to uncover some surprising parts of Bronwyn County, a women's Ku Klux Klan meeting place and the Hollows Asylum for the Insane among them. Montgomery, a seasoned author, piles on the imagery with her descriptive prose and brings to life three strong, self-assured women who lead by example. The Hollows is a book about family, relationships, dreams, desires, loss, greed, and more. Hallie Ephron wrote of the book that it's 'a gripping, beautifully written novel,' and I couldn't agree more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I loved this book! I first read it between August 4th and 10th (but not at all on August 6th-8th) of 2019. By far the majority of this story was read on the 9th and 10th. And it was so great that I'm really kicking myself for not reading it as book 9.5 in the Hollows series when I was doing my series read from Fall 2018 through Winter 2019! As it was, though, I was really grateful for this chance to meet up again with my favorite witch, vampire, elf, and pixy! ❤ That Devin Crossman who put togethe I loved this book! I first read it between August 4th and 10th (but not at all on August 6th-8th) of 2019. By far the majority of this story was read on the 9th and 10th. And it was so great that I'm really kicking myself for not reading it as book 9.5 in the Hollows series when I was doing my series read from Fall 2018 through Winter 2019! As it was, though, I was really grateful for this chance to meet up again with my favorite witch, vampire, elf, and pixy! ❤ That Devin Crossman who put together so many articles about (and against! 😱) Rachel was really not a nice guy. I was glad that Trent was aware and foiled Devin's plans to drag Rachel through the mud so many times. But I was shocked to learn that it was (view spoiler)[Sara Jane who killed him in the end! 😱 (hide spoiler)] Absolutely shocked, I tell you! 😱😱😱 Again, I love this book. Even though it didn't make me cry, and I don't think I laughed at anything, either (although I might have snickered a bit when reading Jenks' favorite curses!). This was still a fabulous story with a shocking ending. ❤

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niall Teasdale

    An interesting and informative guide to the world of the Rachel Morgan/Hollows books. I bought it when it came out and then decided to wait to finish it since there are spoilers included here for the books up to and including Pale Demon. So, if you pick this up somewhere while reading the series, you have been warned.

  26. 5 out of 5

    S.L.

    Oh this was so much fun! I loved getting the details of spells, recipes and character bios, the maps and diagram of the church were great too. Devin's story played out as a true stalker level obsession founded on a small spell error that temporarily removed his hair, the end result of his attempts to bring down Rachel were not entirely surprising... Oh this was so much fun! I loved getting the details of spells, recipes and character bios, the maps and diagram of the church were great too. Devin's story played out as a true stalker level obsession founded on a small spell error that temporarily removed his hair, the end result of his attempts to bring down Rachel were not entirely surprising...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Selene Tepesh

    If you love the Hollows series this is a must have. This book is so beautifully made. So very creative. It’s just so so good. It’s like a treasure box. Such amazing quality and imagination. Kim outdid herself on this one. I’m geeking out. Blown away by how cool this was.

  28. 4 out of 5

    D

    A fun format to get a lot of information about the series out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather Romanowski Book Realm Revisions, LLC

    An interesting collection of snippets from Devin Crossman's point of view An interesting collection of snippets from Devin Crossman's point of view

  30. 4 out of 5

    Paul Roof

    This is a great read if you are a fan of the Hollows series it takes you more into the lives of the characters and it also as maps

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