Review: Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Posted December 8, 2012 by Annie in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
lack Magic Sanction
by Kim Harrison

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 23, 2010
Series: The Hollows #8
Published by Eos
Pages: 487
Format: Audiobook
 

BLACK MAGIC SANCTION is a non-stop ride that that soars to great heights and at other times, makes your heart feel lower than dirt. ~ Under the Covers

I write this review with a frown on my heart. Kim Harrison keels me!

BLACK MAGIC SANCTION is a non-stop ride that that soars to great heights and at other times, makes your heart feel lower than dirt. Rachel Morgan cannot seem to catch a break. It seems as if she’s got the worse luck in the worse. Even as she attempts to do the good or right thing, it always seems to backfire on her.

In this book, bonds are tested and it’s interesting to see how the events of the plot affect the relationships that Rachel has. What I think is interesting about this series in particular is the fact that as events change, so do the people in the Hollows. At a given time, you think you know how one is going to react, yet Harrison likes to throw you for a loop. It seems that the author has the ultimate control, and as a reader, that sometimes scares me because Harrison isn’t afraid to push her characters and put them in difficult circumstances. Not knowing what’s going to happen next terrifies me, but it’s also part of the appeal of this series. The unexpected is welcomed.

Since I listened to the audio of this book, I want to briefly mention about its narration. Marguerite Gavin is the narrator and it was my first time jumping into the audios after having read the others. I liked her take on the books, but sometimes had a difficult time telling voices apart. Ivy and Rachel have very distinct voices and can be distinguished from one another, but when other female voices are introduced, that’s where I get a little lost.

Also, because this book is so action-packed, if my attention slips just for a nanosecond, I feel as if I missed the large moving parts of the story. I found myself going back a bit to listen to certain scenes again. Overall, I enjoyed the narration but maybe for the next book, I will try reading it again. I don’t want to miss anything integral simply because I have the attention span of a kid with ADD.

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About Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking, The Good, The Bad, and The Undead, Every Which Way But Dead, A Fistful of Charms, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails, White Witch, Black Curse, Black Magic Sanction, Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, plus the short story collection Into the Woods and The Hollows Insider. She also writes the bestselling Madison Avery YA series.

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When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

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I’m soooo excited for this book! Thanks for the review!

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Aly P

I have the same problems with audiobooks, I don’t know how other people do it…
very compelling review you have here. 🙂

Lori Meehan
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Lori Meehan

I’ve not read any of Kim’s books. Thanks for the review.

Annette C.
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Annette C.

Haven’t read this series you, may have to take a look.

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Ann,
that’s the one bad thing I have noticed with audio books–you really have to concentrate. There have only been a few audios that just were fan-freakin-tastic. Others, well…let’s just say, I had to turn them off in the car, before I wrecked–cause I was falling asleep, lol.
I keep meaning to start this series…are you reading them in order, or have you been jumping around?
I loved your review!

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I’ve been jumping around, listening to some while reading others.

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Thanks for the review. I haven’t read any of Kim’s books yet. I’ll have to check them out.

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Another author and series to add to my wishlist…thanks Ann!

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