Title: The Turn

Author: Kim Harrison

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: The Hollows (Book #0.1)

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 1501108719 (Gallery Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1501108716 (Gallery Books)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn, the official prequel to the series that will introduce fans and readers to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan’s world as they’ve never seen it before!

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government’s new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

Quick & Dirty: Prequel novel that satisfied my curiosity about the T-4 Angel virus and how the paranormal was outed to the human community but I had a hard time really connecting too and liking the main characters.

Opening Sentence: Trisk ran a hand down her Jackie Kennedy dress, not liking how it hampered her motions even if it showed off her curves.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Hollows series by Kim Harrison is one of my favorite all-time series reads. I have always thought that the basis for the series was very simplistic yet ingenious. How history as we know it changed in the 1960s when a tomato basically wiped out human existence revealing the supernatural living amongst us. I was super excited when I heard Kim was writing The Turn. The novel that would explain in detail how it all happened. This novel wasn’t exactly what I was expecting and I do think it would have been better if I had re-read the entire Hollows series since Kim did drop little hints along the way about the disease and how it relates to Trent’s family. (I still feel like I need to go back and re-read because I don’t remember everything and now I even have some questions that I need answered.)

As I stated earlier, The Turn is set in the 1960s. The story encompasses several years. At the beginning of the story, Trisk and Kal are graduating college and looking for prospective jobs. Just like Rachel and Trent, Trisk and Kal HATE each other. They loathe each other and have pulled nasty tricks on each other since grade school. The job fair ends in another of their nasty spats causing Kal to lose a lucrative job offer, but in effect giving Trisk an opportunity to prove her worth as a geneticist, as a spy at a human run genetic facility.

Trisk and Kal are both elves and the elven race has slowly been dying off hence their need to be geneticists in order to help find a cure to bring back the elven race to what they once were. Trisk has a solution but she can’t work on it until she gets better funding and a better place to work. She hopes to prove herself with her Angel tomato which will help hopefully end world hunger. Trisk is also keeping an eye on the human Daniel whom is working on a military grade bioweapon that will take out your enemies by making them so sick they can’t fight. The supernatural community is worried about his weapon but Trisk made it so that it can’t affect anybody who doesn’t have human blood running through their veins.

The heart of my problem with this novel is that I had a hard time liking either Trisk and Kal. I wasn’t even sure if I was supposed to like either one of them. Although Kim did make it hard with some sympathetic moments. I really waffled with Trisk, I wouldn’t like her and then I would like her but then she’d do something utterly stupid or say something. I ended up feeling sorry for her in the end because her actions led her to her unfortunate situation. But Kal, I couldn’t stand. He is petty and vindictive and has no problem ruining someone else’s life especially if their name is Trisk.

The Turn is a bit slow off the start even with the huge fight between Trisk and Kal. It takes some time to get to that moment when the disease starts impacting the human race. It wasn’t until they were in a race against time that I really was more invested with everything in the story. Orchid and Daniel were the best characters in this story. Orchid the pixie found a friend in the wrong person while trying to find a mate. She was funny and when she finally saw reason she had no problem helping to try to save the world. Daniel is the poor, unfortunate human who gets wrapped up in the paranormal world he shouldn’t know anything about. Trisk realizes through Daniel that humans may actually be able to accept that the paranormal is real without freaking out and declaring war. If you at all familiar with this series, you know how it basically ends. There are some awesome cameos from characters that we met in The Hollows series. This book is written in the third person which is different from the Hollows series. It follows multiple different people throughout the story.

Overall, I did end up enjoying the book more towards the second half then the first half. I also fell for the momentary confusion of Kal being called Trenton and thinking he was Trent for a bit. There was also something much bigger that I needed clarified but I was able to look that one up, I won’t say it because it is a spoiler. As a fan of this series, I’m still glad I was able to read this prequel.

Notable Scene:

“Daniel, why don’t you sit there,” she said, pointing to a bale of straw, and Daniel’s jaw tightened. He was still wearing his scowl when Trisk turned to him, and he let it linger, angry something was going on, something he’d been kept out of—had been for a long time. He didn’t think she was a spy anymore, but she was up to something. He wasn’t sure if she was courageous or a whore. Maybe men were the bastards for making women have to choose between the two in order to get credit for their own work.

“I wish I could explain,” Trisk said, but her evident guilt only made Daniel angrier.

“What’s to explain?” he said flippantly. “You can do magic and you have to kill me to keep it a secret.”

Beside him, Quen smaked a thick support post in agreement. “See?” he exclaimed. “Even he gets it.”

“You are not going to kill Daniel!” Trisk shouted, then slumped. “I’m so sorry. We’re going to make you forget. You’ll be okay.”

Okay? Trisk had been lying to him since he met her. How was that okay? “I’m not going to forget this,” he said sullenly.

“You do, or I kill you,” Quen said, his cool cracking as he looked at Trisk. “This isn’t going to work,” he said. “I promise I’ll make it painless.”

The Hollows Series:

0.1 The Turn

1. Dead Witch Walking

2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

3. Every Which Way But Dead

4. A Fistful of Charms

5. For a Few Demons More

6. The Outlaw Demon Wails

7. White Witch, Black Curse

8. Black Magic Sanction

9. Pale Demon

10. A Perfect Blood

11. Ever After

12. The Undead Pool

13. The Witch with No Name

13.1 Sudden Backtrack

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FTC Advisory: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of The Turn. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.