Waylaid by Kim Harrison

(The Hollows/The Drafter Crossover)

Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of “the amazingly gifted” (RT Book Reviews) Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or her intuition telling her to believe.

I've been a fan of the Hollows for years, but haven't' gotten into the Drafter yet. The story doesn't synch with me as well, although I do intend to give it further chance later. This short story by Kim Harrison was a good way to garner interest for the new series as she creatively melded old and familiar faces with new ones.

It's a joy to see Rachel again but since I wasn't in her head, something just felt different. Jenks was his fun self, and I felt a small touch of sadness when he did - poor, aged pixie that no one can do without, even if he's stretched beyond his natural lifespan. Seeing Al again, although very very briefly, was a delight too. It was told through the point of view of Peri, who is obviously in the middle of vipers she trusts. I didn't latch on to her much because there were so many misunderstandings at play - and that's a pet peeve of mine - but the power she possess is certainly different in an intriguing way.

It's short and easy to fly through, there are several tense moments that made me hold my breath, two beloved characters to revisit (Al doesn't count because the glimpse was way too short), and a new heroine to meet. It made me miss The Hollows, but it also made me curious about a new world woven by the talented Kim Harrison, which was the point of the short story in the first place.

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