Black Magic Sanction

Two women, three men, varying ages. They were dressed professionally in pastels and dark colors — all solid, with no patterns that could disguise a written charm or symbol of power. The tallest had a laptop open on the high stool next to her. Their manner was subdued and confident, not excited, as I'd imagined, seeing as they were summoning a demon. All were looking expectantly at me. And outside the formal circle, standing submissively, like a dog, behind the woman with a laptop, was Nick.


This is book eight in a series, and reading further on this page without having read the previous books might spoil some of your fun.

The story:

As if being shunned wasn't enough, now Rachel has the coven after her as well. They think she is a demon, and want to ensure she won't be a threat.

The men in her life are not making things easier either. Of course, having a demon and a former ghost interfering in ones life does not help.

About the book:

We have gone through seven books, and there has been very little about witch politics. We've heard about the vampire politics, and the weres, but little about the witches. In this book, we learn more about how the witches police themselves and how they're governed.

I really like what Kim Harrison is doing here, especially how the relationships between Rachel and Al, and Rachel and Trent evolve. The entire series is like this; Rachel's relationship to people change as she gets to know them better. And Al and Trent are two very interesting characters.

The characters are the strongest part of the books. They are people (calling them human would not be entirely correct, after all), not stereotypes that you can stick a label to and predict their actions.

Don't get me wrong, I really like the story too, but though the stories in this series are original and fun, it is the characters that truly bring the story to life. The plot would not have been the same with a stereotype demon or business mogul elf.

And I have to say, I love the ending of this book. It has been a long time coming.


About the author Kim Harrison

Book 1: Dead Witch Walking (2004)
Book 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Undead (2005)
Book 3: Every Which Way But Dead (2005)
Book 4: A Fistful of Charms (2006)
Book 5: For a Few Demons More (2007)
Book 6: The Outlaw Demon Wails (2008)
Book 7: White Witch, Black Curse (2009)
Book 8: Black Magic Sanction (2010)
Book 9: Pale Demon (2011)
Book 10: A Perfect Blood (2012)
Book 11: Ever After (2013)
Book 12: The Undead Pool (2014)
Book 13: The Witch With No Name (2014)

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