The Turn: The Hollows Begins With Death by Kim Harrison
The Turn is the prequel to the Hollows/Rachel Morgan series. It is the story of how the world got to where it was when we meet Rachel years later in what’s left of Cincinnati. As a fan of the Hollows books, I was very excited to see how it all started.
The book focuses on the story of Trent Kalamack’s (see Hollows books) parents, Trent senior & Trisk. Trisk is a female scientist trying to break into the “old boys club” of genetics, and Trent is driven to succeed and raised with every privilege. The rich detail of the hidden world of the paranormal species diving into their governance and politics does not disappoint. Along the way you’ll see some familiar faces from the Hollows series, and enjoy some early introductions to how these beloved characters are all connected.
While magic use is present in the book, I rate this a 3 of 5 on magic of the characters. While I knew how the had to end (having read the Hollows books), I wasn’t prepared for the constant selfishness from both lead characters. This wasn’t a grade-school rivalry, this was a need to outdo each other at all cost, no matter how destructive (self or otherwise) the actions. While in a way I was thankful not to be super invested in either character’s well being, it definitely made for a tricky read. Who to root for?
Definitely worth a read if you enjoyed the Hollows, but I wouldn’t recommend starting with this book as there are spoilers to the flow of the Hollows series. Additionally don’t expect a Rachel Morgan, these characters (for various reasons) are much more lost, and their strengths are more driven by what’s needed of them in the moment as opposed Rachel Morgan’s constant bad-assness.