#1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison returns to her beloved Hollows series with The Turn—the official prequel to the series that will introduce you to a whole new side of Rachel Morgan’s world, featuring Harrison’s signature “spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination” (Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author).
Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.
But 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 rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save the human race.
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. Not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, though, and Trisk must fight the prejudices of two societies to prove not only that humanity does have something to offer but also that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst, the best show their true strength; and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
In this somewhat clunky prequel to her bestselling Hollows urban fantasy series, Harrison (The Operator) goes back to the 1960s to depict the drastic event known as the Turn. Elf Trisk Cambri yearns for success and glory as a geneticist but is overlooked due to her gender; when given a chance to work on a human-led project as an industrial spy, she accepts it, taking the opportunity to help perfect a tomato that could change the world. When her rival, fellow elf Trent "Kal" Kala mack, sabotages the project, he inadvertently unleashes a plague that wipes out a billion humans (to which the survivors' reaction is weirdly understated) and threatens the rest, only sparing the supernatural races hiding in plain sight. Now Trisk and her fellow Inderlanders must somehow stop the plague and save the world without revealing their true natures. While chronicling the collapse of civilization and the rise of the supernatural races, Harrison focuses on industrial espionage and science, in contrast to the romance-heavy books that follow; this one does have a forced romance plot between Trisk and Kal, but it's hard to view an unintentional mass killer as a romantic hero. It's a fantasy that feels more like a thriller, set in a 1960s that doesn't entirely ring true, and crammed full of appearances and cameos by numerous familiar characters. It works well as fan service but relies heavily on the rest of the series to give its events meaning.
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I absolutely love Kim Harrison! I’ve read the whole Hallows series with main character Rachel Morgan and so when I heard this book was coming out I could hardly wait! I definitely was not disappointed! Her writing style is one of my favorites and I absolutely can not wait to see what she puts down on paper next! If you’re into paranormal fantasy then I highly suggest you get your hands on all of her books!
Excellent book! You will learn about the blight of the tomatoes which killed many humans. A lot of questions are answered concerning the background of the main characters and the other Hallow books. Trisk is never mentioned in the Hallows series books nor is the child of Trent. In this book Trent is not the same character as in the other Hallows books. Yes, he can be somewhat ruthless but not the heartless , insensitive jackass that he is in "The Turn" . I enjoyed it but there is something missing/ hanging.
How It Began
4 stars. The Turn is the prequel to The Hollows series. If you have read The Hollows series it helps you understand the setting and the main characters. But this book can be read as a standalone and lead in to that series. I loved The Hollows series and was glad to finally get a chance to read this prequel. There is violence and sex so 18+.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that info here. Kim Harrison does a good job of describing the characters and setting and I was reminded of why I liked the series so much. You easily get caught up in the emotions of the characters and story. And while there are some new characters, many of the old favorites show up as well. There is plenty of action as well as twists and turns in the book. I really enjoyed this book. Now I want to re-read the entire series again.