Review: A Fistful of Charms

A Fistful of Charms
A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

White witch Rachel Morgan is trying to keep a low profile when she learns that her ex-boyfriend has not only lured her partner Jenk’s son into a life of crime, but the two have run afoul of a werewolf pack after stealing a rare were artifact. Now Rachel and Jenks must travel to Michigan to rescue the pair before the wolves tear them apart.

The weakest installment in the series so far. The writing is drawn out with excessive descriptions of inconsequential settings, characters and objects. The action scenes are exciting, but these are too few and far between the boring sections.

There are some interesting insights into the conflict between the Weres and the Vampires. However, neither species is particularly appealing. The Werewolves are manipulative and dishonest, and the vampires make my skin crawl.

The character development, what little there is, also leaves much to be desired. Rachel’s relationship with Ivy is as disturbing as ever and Nick remains an untrustworthy miscreant. The only saving grace here is that Rachel has finally realized just what a self-serving and egotistical rat he really is.

In the romance department, Rachel and Ivy are hot and heavy, but it doesn’t seem to have much of a future considering the blood drinking issue as well as the fact that the true undead vampires lose what little humanity they possess.

All in all, not a success but the world building and the continuing mystery surrounding Rachel and Trent is maintaining my interest in the series.

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