Book Review: Black Magic Sanction by: Kim Harrison



Publish Date:
February 23, 2010



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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 forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief. It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

Review: Rachel Morgan is a bounty hunter and a witch living in Cincinnati, but she isn't just a ‘regular’ witch. She can do almost no one else can - spindle demon magic. Now everyone is after her and all she wants is a normal life. In this book, Rachel is forced to confront and accept the truth about her life and powers. Rachel discovers that the coven of witches who ordered her shunned is trying to capture her for their own purposes – and that’s not all.

I love Kim Harrison’s writing and the world she’s created. As the book progress, hard truths and ugly lies come to light and we discover that nothing is black and white. I loved how Rachel really seemed to come into her own and grow up more - even if it causes heartache. She realizes who she can trust and who her true friends are – which is something she’s going to need in the times ahead. This was a well-written novel, with a great plot which tied up a number of loose ends, but doesn’t signal the end of the series (thankfully!!). This is one of my favorite series and I highly recommend this book as a great addition to it!

The Hollows Series: Dead Witch Walking (1), The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (2), Every Which Way but Dead (3), A Fistful of Charms (4), For a Few Demons More (5), The Outlaw Demon Wails (6), White Witch, Black Curse (7), Black Magic Sanction (8), Pale Demon (9), A Perfect Blood (10)


  1. Great review!!!
    This series is just amazing, isn't it? It's one of my favorites ever. Kim Harrison is a genius.
    I also reviewed this, if your interested:

    Now I want more Jenks!!

  2. I'm agreeing with Natasha: great review. I absolutely love Kim Harrison. I'm an avid YA and MG girl, but Kim does it for me. She's awesome. And...I don't have this one yet. Poo...

  3. I (stupidly) started reading this series with White Witch, Black Curse, and made myself stop because I could tell it was really quite good. I've not long got hold of the first book in the series, which I'm looking forward to falling in love with.

    BTW, if you're into awards, I've got one for you here.

    I won't be offended if you're not into awards.

  4. I am going to have to read Kim Harrison one of these days! I have heard she is fantastic :)


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