Enter the woods...if you dare.
For centuries, the woods have been a pivotal part of the wonder and danger of fairy tales, for once you enter anything can happen. Elves, druids, fairies - who knows what you will find once you dare step into the forest?
And now, New York Times best-selling author Kim Harrison ventures into these mysterious, hidden lands of magic and mystery in her first short-story collection. Into the Woods brings together an enchanting mix of brand-new, never-before-published stories and tales from Harrison's beloved, best-selling Hollows series.
The tales here include an original Hollows novella, "Million-Dollar Baby", about Trent Kalamack's secret elven quest in Pale Demon; two original short stories, "Pet Shop Boys" and "Temson Woods," that explore just what happens when humanity and the supernatural collide; and two novelettes, "Spider Silk" and "Grace," set in new worlds of imagination and adventure. Into the Woods also contains all of the previously published Hollows short stories - together in one volume for the very first time.
Step into the woods and discover the magic for yourself.
©2012 Kim Harrison (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
I was totally taken by surprise by this collection. In my experience, anthologies in this genre are usually short, overpriced, and poorly narrated with someone other than the main series books use.
Into The Woods is rich and long, a huge collection of detailed stories about different Hollows characters, and is all narrated by Marguerite Gavin, who is simply the voice of all the Hollows characters to anyone who's been listening to them for a while.
The stories are often from different points of view; I found it particularly fun to read from the POV of Al, and Trent, among the others.
They contain insights, more world building, fantastic characterisation and glimpses into the relationships from a perspective other than Rachel's.
If you're a fan of the Hollows books, this is absolutely worthwhile. It's a fantastic collection and wonderful to see it being given such attention so it really fits into the series.
If you like Hollows series you will probably like this book too. It was interesting to read how Trent rescued his dotter and how Al got Ceri to ever after.
I even enjoyed the stories, most of them, that aren’t linked to Hollows.
I love the Hollows books and I really enjoyed these back stories, although they did make me want to revisit some of the books to fix the timeline. If you are new to the books, not one to start with, but if like me you have read them all and wait with baited breath for the next installment, then you will enjoy it.
"A Must Have, for The Hollows Fans!"
WARNING! This a Companion Book. Although a lot of these stories are original for this book, A few of these stories have been already published in other Anthology books, like "Pet Shop Boys", "Holidays Are Hell" and "Dates from Hell". Which if you read a lot of these collection of stories you may want to research to see what stories you've already read. This Anthology is only Kim Harrison, Hollows stories Some relating to Rachel Morgan, like how Al came to capture Suri. How Rachel first met Pierce. Ivys history in the I.S.and how she finally came to partner up with Rachel and a great story about Trents quest along with Jenks to retreve his baby. And more Rachel Morgan related stories. Some are original stories with never heard of Hollows characters. Either way, This is a book for any fan of the Hollows. Something to quench your thirst before the next Rachel Morgan Book comes out ...... "EVER AFTER". JANUARY 22, 2013
"Pleasantly surprised, a must for Hollows fans"
I typically dislike short story compilations (at least short stories about characters encountered in series, as opposed to stand-alone short stories, like Flannery O'Connor classics, etc) and so, despite being a Hollows fan, haven't read any of these previously. I usually feel cheated with a short story compilation, but not with this volume. If you are a fan of the Hollows series, you shouldn't miss this book. I loved getting the extra background on the secondary characters and the chance to hear new stories about characters who have "passed beyond the veil" in the series. Especially loved the caper with Jenks and Trent (Million Dollar Baby.) That story alone is worth the purchase price.
Gavin, as always, delivers as narrator. She is becoming one of my favorites, along with Kate Reading, Grover Gardner, George Guidall, Simon Prebble, Stephen Pacey, Bernadette Dunne -- well, I go on for awhile with this list. I will just say I think Gavin is on par with some of the better narrators.
"You get to know so much here!!!!"
This book is only for those are reading the series.
This book is a collection of short stories from the Hollows. You get to know so much here and have a better understanding of the past of all the characters in this series.
Its really good and you will love it.
"5 Star Bonus, questions answered! & More Kisten"
This one really is for the fans of the Hollows. It was fun getting all the juicy insiders about Rachel, Ivy, Trent, Al and the rest. But for me it was so nice to get more of Kisten. This collection of short stories has great stories with Kisten. Yes that sexy Kisten and you get to see how close he really was with Ivy and even a deeper love for Rachel. If you are hungry for more of Kisten, Rachel, Ivy, Trent and yes Jenks. This little morsel might just help tide be over until the release of the next Hollow’s book. Another great surprise is length of the anthology. It is so work the credit. I was thoroughly entertained for 20 and 6 minutes with Marguerite Gavin as the narrator, she is a terriffic narrator!. Thanks audible for offering this at such a great price. Wow what a deal! Kim Harrison really know how to say thank you to her fans, this collection of short stories is all for the Fans. I loved it!
"Just what we needed!"
I usually don't go in for the short stories. I love these stories that fill in holes in the past. Exactly how Cerri was trapped by Al, Rachel sumoning Pierce the first time as a teenager, and the effect it had on her. A must read if you follow this series.
"Out of series but important"
This book explains who Daryl is. You really shouldn't continue the series unless you have read this one in order.
"A MUST HAVE FOR HOLLOWS FANS!"
This is a great backstory on all the favorite characters in this series.
**READ THE SERIES FIRST**
one of the top ten. many short stories that put pieces together.
as always Rachel.
Very clear. each character easy to distinguish.
life in the hollows. never a boring moment.
For Fans a good listen. For others a nice introduction to the the Hoolows.
"Keeps getting better"
Yes, its a fun book and books
Yes and still one of the best!!!!!!!!!!!
Read this series.
I was sort of bummed when I read that most of these had been published in various anthologies but I wanted the Trent and Jenks short story so I purchased this anyway. I'm not sure if it was that this was the first time that I had listened to these stories or if it's been so long since I had read them, because they were almost brand new. I had an inkling on how the already published ones ended but it didn't matter, they were great. Plus, the others that I hadn't read before were very entertaining. Between the content and the awesome narration, I would highly recommend!
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