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A Fistful of Charms (Rachel Morgan, Book 4)
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Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.6
EAN: 9780060788193
ISBN: 0060788194
Label: HarperTorch
Manufacturer: HarperTorch
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 544
Publication Date: 2006-07-01
Publisher: HarperTorch
Release Date: 2006-06-27
Studio: HarperTorch

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Editorial Reviews:

The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her -- not necessarily in that order.

Now a mortal lover who abandoned Rachel has returned, haunted by his secret past. And there are those who covet what Nick possesses -- savage beasts willing to destroy the Hollows and everyone in it if necessary.

Forced to keep a low profile or eternally suffer the wrath of a vengeful demon, Rachel must nevertheless act quickly. For the pack is gathering for the first time in millennia to ravage and to rule. And suddenly more than Rachel's soul is at stake.

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Summary: Someone Should Make a Movie
Comment: This one was so full of events...I think someone should make it a movie. I would certainly go see it!

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Summary: Fourth Time's the Charm
Comment: A Fistful of Charms, the 4th entry in Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series, is easily the best story in the series. (At least so far; I haven't had a chance to read books 5 or 6 yet!) The story is wonderful, and this stellar entry elevates a solid series into a great one.

Ironically, it's not the main plot that makes this book shine. (Although it is a good one.) Instead it's the sub-plot involving the personal relationships between Rachel, Ivy, and Jenks that makes this book a "page-turner." The author finally gives us some real insights into the reasons behind Ivy's emotional struggles as well as why she is so obsessed with Rachel. Seeing Rachel come to terms with these revelations and begin to open herself up to Ivy is sweet, touching, and even a bit erotic. (No spoilers! You'll have to read the book for all the juicy details.)

Jenks is back, which makes the book very fun to read. (I sorely missed him and his sense of humor in book 3.) Jenks's efforts to rescue and reform his son Jax really adds depth to his character, and you get the sense of someone who may look young but is actually very world-weary.

It's especially nice to see Rachel making better decisions about who to trust and how to run her life. It is sometimes irritating in the earlier books to see Rachel constantly resisting her friends' efforts to help her. It's was especially wearisome to see Rachel get in over her head and barely manage to survive over and over again. One of the strong points of this book is that you (and Rachel) finally get some insight into WHY she often finds herself in those situations.

That is also a strong selling point for the main plot. For once, Rachel (with Jenks's help) manages to complete a run without everything spiraling COMPLETELY out of control AND without getting beaten to a bloody pulp. (Both of which seem to happen with alarming frequency.) Seeing Rachel rescue Nick and Jax and then successfully fend off several packs of Werewolves was very interesting, and the author did an excellent job with it. It was also nice to have a break from the seemingly constant threat of Demons gunning for Rachel. Having the bulk of the story take place in Mackinac was icing on the cake for a Michigan native like me!

For the first time with this series, I can't wait to get the next book! While the fist book was excellent and the second book was decent, the third book was a bit of a chore to read. (Except for the well written love scene between Rachel and Kisten.) I was ready to relegate this series to the "nice but not worth the price" category until this fourth entry. Now I'm hooked for good!

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Summary: Witch Wonderful
Comment: The audio cds for the first five books in the Rachael Morgan series by Kim Harrison are read with great skill. They hold your attention. The different voice pitches are right on the characters, the emotions, the plot. If you have any of the first five audio books, you are going to want this one and the rest. UNFORTUNATELY, for me and for any otheres who have to listen to audio books rather than having the pleasure of reading, the sixthy book in the series The Outlaw Demon Wails is terrible. A new reader has taken over. Her voice is irritating and childish. Her characters sound ridiuclous. The demons sound more like a cartoon, Jenks sounds like a faiie..and if you'rve read the previous books, you'll know what an insult that is. Sometimes for no reason, a character YELLS. I don't know if that is the read, which I suspect, or engineering. Also, Demon Wails is horrible. As wonderful as the first five are, Demona Wails is almost impossible to listen to without a lot of head shaking and eye rolling. The Rachael Morgan books went from wonderfully dramatic, humorous, emotional readings to a sad, sad 'I wish I had not wasted my money' flop. Some of us are going to be forced to buy the poor reading to continue the exploits of Rachael. If I can possibly find someone who has read the book, I'd settle for them simply telling me what happened. "The Outlaw Demon Wails" is that bad, and the first five are that good. Oh...and in Demon Wails, the reader not only cannot pronounce the characters names, but she cannot pronounce basic vocabulary. Sad but true.

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Summary: Wonderful book!
Comment: This series is a wonderful surprise. I read this in one gulp of fresh air - it's humorous, very real and the characters are so detailed that you actually feel that you know them in your real life!
So many reviews here compare it to Anita Blake, but I read the first few books in that series - and NOTHING compares to Rachel Morgan.
First off, Rachel Morgan is a much more complex individual, and Harrison creates a world of characters that you actually care for. In Anita Blake, I didn't feel any sympany for her or anything bad that happened to her . Moreover, the story is so stupidly plain and simple that leaves no room for imagination.
I also tried to read the Dresden files (read 2 books) - AWEFUL!!!!!!
The closest I could find to the style of writing and the intricate little things that happen all around in the book is the Sookie Stackhouse series which I also am thorouly enjoying right now. Can't wait for the next book in the Rachel Morgan series!!!

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Summary: Sizzling hot and powerful, nothing can stop Rachel now,
Comment: Obviously I would not recommit this book to anyone who has not read the previous three installments, this series is so mouth wateringly good that you cannot miss a beat; it would truly be a loss for anyone to read this out of order. That aside I will keep the narration of this book short and sweet, ruining or giving anything away is the worst favor anyone can do with this series, the surprises emerge like spring flowers through the snow and action builds up with no sights set up on stopping anytime soon. This book does not disappoint, there's drama, action, love and lots of good old fashioned fighting. I was enamored with this story and where it took the characters, it promises a good story continuation from here on!

Rachel is still amongst the living even though her luck has been stretching thin and what is in store for her in this novel is a big chunk of adventure. Kim Harrison really puts her all in her books, from the moment I open each novel I feel the warm welcome of the cozy church Rachel, Ivy and Jenks live in. The big kitchen with the wooden counter, large windows overlooking the pixy garden and the pots and pans, brownies baking or pizza sauce simmering and constant foods and spells Rachel is cooking up makes he hungry, she also simmers smells and makes charms, while I can't make those, at least reading about her cozy cooking makes me feel teleported into her world. The real charm of these books is the strength of characters and their bond with each other; Rachel the bounty hunter,then there's Ivy, her slinky hot vampire roommate with her almond shaped eyes, wearing leather and always defending her territory like a lioness and Jenks, mischievous and charming pixy with a great attitude, they are all familiar to but but they have a new problem on their hands. Nick, Rachel's missing ex-boyfriend is in trouble, and it includes an island bathed in mist, occupied by wild packs of werewolves. This book made me salivate and drool; finally the vampires make some room for the real monstrums in this book and with the help of some black demon magic, something that I can just tell will bite her back later, Rachel does the unthinkable, she finds a way to transform into a werewolf. I can not saying one more thing, the tale was sizzling and intense and things that happened between Rachel and Ivy almost made me fall out of bed. Hot hot hot....Something is happening between the powers of the wolves and the vampires and Rachel finds herself in midst of a huge new conflict. Read this and you will know it all!

I was thinking that my only complaint would be how long this book was, but honestly, after I read the last page I was looking up across the room for book five and then at the clock, then decided that 2;30 am is not the best time for starting a new Harrison book, it might lead to reading till my eyes fell and having to call out of work, not fair to others, so here I am, sitting here and trying to restrain myself from devouring the next installment. It's always a battle to try and hold on, the author is not only a generous and wonderful woman but she writes with so much love and humor and passion I hope she lives to be a thousand and writes millions of these books. She's funny like Xena, you know the warrior princess with brains and brawn, well she's just like her but a whole new combination of strong and cool, something you want in a writer that will knock you socks off.

- Kasia S.

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