The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death

Kim Harrison
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death
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Release Date
February 2017
Fantasy Romance

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 them.

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, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

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Feb 09, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Reviewed by snoopydoo77 from Reading Alley:

I'm a huge fan of Kim Harrison's Hollow series so I really looking forward to this book when she announced it. And now finally got to read it.

I have to say I was a little worried because I read her Peri Reed Chronicles after the Hollows series and sadly was not a fan, so I really was hoping I would like this one.

And I was not disappointed. Fans of the Hollows series finally get to see what actually went down with THE TURN. We meet people we only ever heard of and of course some really familiar faces.

I should say that even if you have not read the Hollows series, you can still read and enjoy this book. You don't have to have read the Hollows books and it would actually be a great book to start the series.

While fans of the Hollows are familiar with the world, it was still a bit different since a major part of the book, humans have no idea about the interlander community.

I really liked the flow of the story line. It started out a little slow but picked up pretty fast. It was really interesting, suspenseful and funny at times. It made me not want to put the book down.

I really liked Trisk; she is smart, strong and can stand her own against people and demons alike. I think Rachel would have loved her and could have maybe learned a thing or two. Kal ….. Ugh I really disliked him, he is such a manipulative little elf. I really would have liked to hit him once or twice. He made Trent look like a unicorn or steroids, but we can defiantly see where Trent got his mean streak.

Of course we also get to see Quen, which I must say I like much better in this book. There is Al... Well, Al is Al, and he and some other faces familiar or not, or even some people just mentioned make me miss the Hollows and really made me want to re-read the entire series. I think it would be interesting to read it now after this book.

Overall, THE TURN is a really great book, and if you are a fan of the Hollows, this book is a must have.
I rate it 4 ★
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Feb 22, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
174 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed by elfthereadingaddict at Reading Alley:

4.5 stars

THE TURN: THE HOLLOWS BEGINS WITH DEATH by Kim Harrison relays the story of events that led up to the shift in power between humans and the Inderlanders. The longstanding competition between dark elf Felecia Eloytrisk (Trisk) Cambri and last of his line, elf Trenton Lee Kalamack (Kal) escalates when she is part of a major scientific breakthrough that will change the world.

This urban fantasy is a delightful introduction to the world of the Hollows, delineating the events that are alluded to throughout the fantastic Hollows series. There are intriguing introductions to beings who figure prominently in subsequent stories and finally, a detailed explanation for the significance of tomatoes in this version of the world (although I am still a bit disconcerted by the mechanism of conferring drought resistance, lol). I think that it is possible to read this story without being familiar with the series, but one would certainly appreciate many of the elements in this tale much more.

The gradual unfolding of the vicious struggle between Trisk and Kal and the slippery slope that leads to becoming indebted to that cunning demon Aligarept is skillfully intertwined with scientific and paranormal elements. The eerie balance between vampires, weres, elves, and other Inderlanders is gradually depicted, with mysterious elements of their respective lives being tantalizingly eked out. I loved meeting Orchid, the lonely pixie, and watching her various relationships unfold.

As usual, this author has penned compelling characters engaged in a world that COULD exist, with twists that make one almost want to know these folks but fearful of the consequences. There is some resolution by the end of the story but plenty of dangling threads to make me anxious to read the next installment, which is even more remarkable when one remembers this is a prequel to an already very nicely detailed series.
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Feb 24, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
Reviewed by catloverggma at Reading Alley:

In a world that doesn't know about the supernatural beings that live among them, the paranormals must keep themselves hidden, under the human radar. Some species, such as trolls, fairies and pixies, are on the brink of extinction because they must live quietly, even isolating themselves from others of their kind in order to not be discovered.

Felecia Eloytrisk Cambri, or Trisk as she prefers to be called, graduated from college with a Masters in Genetics, even though dark elves like herself are expected to go into Security. She had two strikes against her. One, being a female dark elf, and Two, going against the elf establishment by not going into the security field, but becoming a geneticist instead. After an unsuccessful job fair, one of the Enclave dignitaries, Sa'han Ulbrine, offered Trisk a job spying for the elves in a human genetics lab, Global Genetics, where she hopes to develop the tomato into a superfood, helping to ease starvation around the World.

Trenton Kalamack, or Kal, graduated with Trisk and seems to be the perfect elf, with blonde, almost white, hair and green eyes. He has it all, the looks, the light coloring, the wealth and family name that will get him what he wants. That's where the perfection ends. He and Trisk are working on the same thing, but going along different routes.

Orchid is a delightful little pixie, found in the trash by Kal, starving. A fierce warrior in her own right, she would do almost anything for Kal. When Kal decides to drive across country to his new job, taking his precious orchids with him, Orchid goes with him, on a quest to find a mate.

Quen, Trisk's best friend, graduated with both Trisk and Kal, but gets his Masters in Security as is expected of him. He accepts a job with Kalamacks, Kal's parents. With wavy black hair and dark green eyes, he's a handsome dark elf.

Sa'han Ulbrine offered Trisk the job as spy. However, three years later, he sends Kal to check her work and verify that her tomato and Dr. Plank's virus aren't harmful to humans and/or the Inderlanders, as the paranormal community calls itself.

Dr. Daniel Plank, one of the human geneticists at Global Genetics, has created a virus for the military. One that allows the military to go into a a town/village/city safely, not to kill, but to incapacitate. He also has a crush on Trisk.

Of course, Ali makes his usual entrance...still the snarky rascal.

Love THE TURN and highly recommend it, especially to those who have wondered how the lowly tomato becomes Public Enemy Number One. You will see a few old friends and meet some new ones...both good and bad. This story will make you want to revisit the Hollows, starting with book number one, not stopping until the end. Kudos to Kim Harrison for giving us the beginning the Hollows series needed.

If you are new to the Hollows, you do not need to have read any other books in the series first. This is a stand-alone story...The Hollows begins here.
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