Blood Work by Kim Harrison
Released: July 12, 2011
Publisher: Random House
Series: The Hollows (prequel)
When Ivy met Rachel, the result wasn’t exactly love at first sight. Sparks flew as the living vampire and the stubborn witch learned what it meant to be partners. Now Kim Harrison, the acclaimed author of Pale Demon and Black Magic Sanction, turns back the clock to tell the tale—in an original full-color graphic novel.
Hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails detective Ivy Tamwood has been demoted from homicide down to lowly street-crime detail. As if rousting trolls and policing pixies instead of catching killers wasn’t bad enough, she’s also been saddled with a newbie partner who’s an earth witch. It’s enough to make any living vampire bare her fangs. But when a coven of murderous witches begins preying …
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As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’m out to conquer Paul Goat Allen’s best paranormal books of 2011. It’s a big endeavour but what’s life without goals? Part of this mission: to catch up on Kim Harrison‘s adult books, including this graphic novel. I thought this would be a great place to start since it would let me ease my way back into The Hollows.
Did it ever.
I love graphic novels, though I don’t often write about them on the blog. It’s a whole different kind of storytelling, just as challenging as writing a novel (or maybe more challenging?) because of the limitations you have on word count and the collaborative effort involved in putting together a well-crafted comic. This ain’t for the weak. And in her graphic novel debut, Kim Harrison has done a commendable job.
Told from Ivy’s point of view, Blood Work is a chance to see how Ivy and Rachel first met, and how much they’ve both grown and changed. It’s a great storyline that shows us things that have been hinted at or mentioned in the novels. I was particularly taken by the way that Ivy’s vampiric desires and the different magics are portrayed. The use of a silvery ghost-like form to show Ivy’s desires really captured how much Ivy fights her impulses. And it’s pretty. 🙂
Reading Blood Work has definitely whetted my appetite for more Rachel and Ivy. I think I’m going to start at the beginning of the series and work my way forward since it’s been quite some time since I’ve picked up something by this author.