Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

Posted February 16, 2017 in Review / 18 Comments

Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

The Turn

Series: The Hollows #.1
by Kim Harrison
Published by Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books on February 7th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Page-Turner Well Written

Don’t shoot me but I haven’t read the final book in The Hollows series.

I blame it on two things.  The first is I have an irrational fear of reading last books in a series for fear of being disappointed with the very last hurrah.  Second, I got a wee bit burned-out on The Hollows.  I’ve read the entire series (save the last book), some books more than once, cried my eyes out for a month after book #5, I’ve attended 7 book signings and bought many t-shirts to be in the “family” photos.  I’ve got waaaaaay too much swag, too 😉  To say I was reluctant to hop back into The Hollows world is an understatement.

I am an idiot…

As soon as I started reading The Turn I was hooked and sunk.  I quickly realized how much I missed Kim Harrison’s writing, both The Hollows world itself and Ms. Harrison’s style.

The Turn takes readers literally back to “The Turn”, to the moment in history when some of the paranormal species came out of hiding to save humanity.  Ms. Harrison shares the story of how one genetically modified tomato could almost destroy the human population on Earth.  As readers of The Hollows series, we always knew it was the T4 Angel tomato, but we never knew who made the tomato or what exactly happened.

I’m so glad I got over my stupidness because learning what I did and how it fit into the rest of the series literally BLEW MY MIND.  We were introduced to characters that were only previously referred to and supporting characters we’ve met before but we didn’t know much they played a part in the “history” nor did we know their entire backstory.  Seeing characters like Quen and Rynn Cormel early in their careers was mind blowingly exciting.  Can you tell I was excited to read this story?!?!

I think the synopsis sets up the story well enough.  I will comment and say that it is a little misleading so don’t expect the story to go exactly as the synopsis says it does 😉  There is a lot of exciting conflict and action that keeps the reader engaged throughout the entire story.  There were moments I was on the verge of tears and moments when I needed to smack a certain toe-headed elf upside his head.  By the end of the story, if you’re a Hollows fan, you’ll quickly realize that some of the “facts” you thought were true in “previous” Hollows books may not exactly be true.  ∗mind blown∗

IMHO, I suggest that this book should be read AFTER reading the other Hollows books.  Oh, you could read this one on it’s own.  But the reader would miss about 50% of the mind-blowing greatness that makes up this story and the characters that we meet along the way.  Damn it to the Turn, just do what I say!

About Kim Harrison

I'm Kim Harrison, best known for penning the Hollows series though I've tried my hand at YA, traditional fantasy, graphic novels, and a one-of-a-kind world book. I grew up reading science fiction and fairytales, which means my fairy garden has Daleks in it. Recently, I've moved back to my home state of Michigan after a ten year stint down in South Carolina, and it feels good to be home--even with the snow and cold. I've been traditionally published for almost twenty years, and a good day is still one where there is nothing to distract me from my keyboard.


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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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18 responses to “Review: The Turn by Kim Harrison

  1. Linda

    Rereading the Hollows atm just to be prepared for the Turn, and Tink’s little titties, I can´t wait!! =D
    Love your review.

    • I’m reading the final book during March TBR Challenge!!! It’s up, it’s loaded, it’s ready to GO!!!!! Woot Woot!!!!

  2. I’ve never even heard of this series before. You learn something new everyday but wow, this series sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kristin! This one is definitely going on my list. The entire series.
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    • Dude, if you want quality UF, you NEED Kim Harrison. I read this series WAAAAAAAAY back when I first started my adventures in reading. This is a sentimental favorite series of mine… 🙂

  3. Bad tomatoes? Yikes. Although genetically modified food plus a killer virus IS a cool idea. 🙂 This sounds pretty dang good, and I’m curious who the fae are that are in hiding and how that all works.

    Awesome cover!

    And she’s a Michigan author!!

    • YES!!! You MUST support a Michigan author!! If you read the Hollows series, which I HIGHLY recommend you do before you read this, you’ll be pleasantly rewarded with an entire story set in Mackinac 😉 In this here particular book, she did some nasty stuff to Detroit 🙂 READ HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I’m reading this on and off, UF isn’t in the cards for me now. And this is my intro to The Hollows, I’m hoping I’ll like it enough to catch up with the original series