Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy | Supernatural


Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law–breakers throughout Cincinnati. She’s also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50% of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves–the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they? stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

On the run with a contract on her head, Rachel reluctantly teams up with Ivy, Inderland’s best runner and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight–to–the–death not to mention her own roommate!


Dead Witch Walking is one of the best reads I’ve had in a long while, with regard to anything seeping out from the Supernatural & Horror genres these last few years. Which, quite frankly, has failed, as far as I’m concerned, to come up with anything with any bite for far too long.

Now it seems Kim Harrison has stepped out of the Ever-After (like Jim Butcher came out of the Never-Never) to bring us a thoroughly likeable and equally flawed character in the guise of Rachel Morgan, aided and abetted by her assorted cohorts, Ivy and Jenks, to take on the not-quite stereo-typical bad-guy(s). And, I have to say, who wouldn’t instantly fall for the mischievous pixie Jenks, or want to take him home?

Harrison’s creative style of writing is not only easy to read, but she also sets her scenes with a deft touch, while throwing plenty of action and humour into the mix. Setting a fairly easy pace with the twisting threads of the storyline, Harrison takes us on a kick-ass journey, and into the depths of a world not too far removed from our own. It’s almost as if we can reach out and touch it.

All-in-all, this is an enjoyable first outing and, as someone not overly fond of the genre, will be reading more of. 

Rock-on Rachel!

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