Tucking my hair back, I squinted at the parchment, trying to form the strange angular letters as smoothly as I could. The ink glistened wetly, but it wasn’t red ink, it was bloodÑmy bloodÑwhich might account for the slight tremble as I copied the awkward-looking name scripted in characters that weren’t English. Beside me was a pile of rejects. If I didn’t get it perfect this time, I’d be bleeding yet again. God help me, I was doing a black curse. In a demon’s kitchen. On the weekend. How in hell had I gotten here?
Algaliarept stood poised between the slate table and the smaller hearth, his white-gloved hands behind his back. He looked like a stuffy Brit in a murder mystery, and when he shifted impatiently, my tension spiked. “That isn’t helping,” I said dryly, and his red, goat-slitted eyes widened in mocking surprise, peering at me over his smoked spectacles. He didn’t need them to for reading. From his crushed green velvet frock to his lace cuffs and proper English accent, the demon was all about show.
“It has to be exact, Rachel, or it won’t capture the aura,” he said, his attention sliding to the small green bottle on the table. “Trust me, you don’t want that floating around unbound.”
I sat up and felt my back crack. Touching the quill tip to my throbbing finger, my unease grew. I was a white witch, damn it, not black. But I wasn’t going to write off demon magic just because of a label. I’d read the recipe; I’d interpreted the invocation. Nothing died to provide the ingredients, and the only person who’d suffer would be me. I’d come away from this with a new layer of demon smut on my soul, but I’d also have protection against banshees. After one had nearly killed me last New Year’s Eve, I’d willingly entertain a little smut to be safe. Besides, this might lead to a way to save Ivy’s soul when she died her first death. For that, I’d risk a lot.
Something, though, felt wrong. Al’s squint at the aura bottle was worrisome, and his accent was too precise tonight. He was concerned and trying to hide it. It couldn’t be the curse. It was just manipulating an aura, captured energy from a soul. At least . . . that’s what he said.
Frowning, I glanced at Al’s cramped handwritten instructions. I wanted to go over them again, but his peeved expression and his soft growl convinced me it could wait until the scripting was done. My “ink” was running thin, and I dabbed more blood from my finger to finish some poor slob’s name, someone who trusted a demon . . . someone like me. Not that I really trust Al, I thought, glancing at the instructions once more.
From the book BLACK MAGIC SANTION by Kim Harrison. Copyright © 2010 Kim Harrison.
From Dead Witch Walking through White Witch, Black Curse, we can’t get enough of Kim Harrison’s beleaguered earth witch, Rachel Morgan. Seductive, thrilling and unrelenting in pace, her adventures cast such a spell, readers can't resist the call when this bewitching bountry hunter gets into trouble. Now, in the 8th Hollows novel, Rachel is up to her bitable neck in hot water, and it’ll take all her allies—living vampire Ivy, pixy Jenks, demon Al—and a ton of luck to get her out!
Over the last year or so, Rachel has battled preternatural powers, tangled with unearthly criminals, run with weres and risked her life to save her friends. As if losing her boyfriend wasn’t hard enough, she has also been shunned by the coven. Broke from the loss of her bounty hunting business, Rachel is tired and dispirited.
But in Black Magic Sanction, trouble isn’t done with her yet. The coven now knows Rachel’s secret—she’s a magical anomaly whose very existence threatens the entire witch community. And they won’t stop till they’ve got her right where they want her...permanently locked up in an impregnable fortress.
Luckily, Rachel has a powerful ally—a witch who would follow her into Hell itself....
Hardcover Book : 496 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins ( March 01, 2010 )
Item #: 12-852712
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Product Weight: 20.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
When will Rachel take responsibilty for her actions? She whines about being a white witch and about not killing but she stands back and let EVERYONE around her, including Jenk's youngest kids, kill for her! She needs to take a lesson from Mercy Thompson; accept who you are,kill when you need to and move on!
Great Book!!! I was not disappointed in the least...
I am so glad I took a chance on Kim Harrison's Hollows Series!!!
The series has become my favorite, I read them all in a month because I could not put them down.
It was definitely worth the money...
THIS ENTIRE SERIES ROCKS! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT....DO IT NOW!
YOU WILL LOVE THE ENTIRE SERIES! THE SERIES ENDS AT 12 OR 13 BOOKS, SO HURRY AND CATCH-UP.
KIM HARRISON HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE, YOU CAN ASK HER QUESTIONS TOO.
I like all the Rachel Morgan series, and this book was no exception.