I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review."Sudden Backtrack" by Kim Harrison
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Harper Voyager Impulse on October 28, 2014
Source: my own shelves
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Also by this author: The Drafter, The Operator, The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death
While this is 13.1 in the publication order, it’s more like .00001 chronologically in The Hollows paranormal fantasy series.
It’s a brief peek-in at two demons who appear prominently in The Hollows with Harrison using third person protagonist point-of-view from Gally’s perspective.
The best I can say for it is that we finally discover how Newt becomes so deranged. It also shows the elves in a very black, soured, and rotting light.
The rest I can say is that Harrison has made the most confusing collection of words that really doesn’t say anything that makes much sense. I think I’ve read this story four times trying to make sense of it…and parts of it even more!
It appears that the demons need to have contact with the ley lines to have any power. And I’m wondering if Harrison saying that the demons traveled the lines means they actually used them as a type of transport or it’s a metaphorical way to say the demons used the power of the lines.
I’m also thinking…maybe…that the Everafter is beginning to transform. Who knows???
It could be a deal, if Kalla accepted Newt’s offer…to let the demons walk away from their chains.
Newt is a demon on the run with her son, Gally. Dali is another demon.
Celfnnah is someone whom Gally loves and who loves Gally, but who was taken.
Kalla is the elves’ best slaver and a hunter tracking down escaped demons.
The Goddess is worshipped by the elves. Someone whom the demons believe as well. Much to the dismay of the elves! Sa’han is a title indicating respect.
The Cover and Title
The cover is split between the flaming red sky above a black ground with its silhouette of trees — the Everafter. With a pink mottled moon to the upper right of a flaming circle of yellow. At the very top is an info blurb in white with the author’s name immediately below it, in white. The title is below the fire circle with a gradated orange-yellow-black fill. Below this is series info in white.
The title is what Harrison does, a “Sudden Backtrack” to show us how awful the elves are and how/when/why Newt goes nuts.