Rating: 4.5 stars for both volumes (I still think there is even better to come)
Marko and Alana are star-crossed lovers from either side of a huge and long-running intergalactic war. Marko is a prisoner, and Alana is his prison guard, when they fall in love, go on the run, and have a baby (who narrates several of the issues). Now both their peoples want them hunted down and killed, but at least one side wants the child alive.
I love pretty much every single character in this, and the series has pretty much anything you could possibly want – sexy main characters, witty banter, action, violence, wise cracking ghost girls, bounty hunters, evil armless spider-bodied assassin ladies, robot people, a sidekick cat that can tell (and will ruthlessly reveal) if people are lying.
SPOILER WARNING! This is book 11 in a series, and as such, not the best place to start reading Ms. Harrison’s books. This review may contain spoilers for earlier books in the series, so if you’re new to this author, skip this review, and go start at the beginning with Dead Witch Walking. You can come back and read this review once you’ve worked your way through books 1-10. It’ll still be here.
Just as Rachel Morgan thinks that she’s finally starting to get a semblance of stability in her life again, something comes along to turn everything on its head again. As various human and witch authorities stop trying to hound, trap and/or kill her due to her unique genetic abilities, Rachel finds herself on trial in the Ever After, the demon realm parallel to our own. The Ever After is rapidly shrinking, and the majority of the demons feel it’s all Rachel’s fault. She has only a few days to prove that it’s a setup by the psychotic and extremely powerful Ku’ Sox (who kills people and eats their souls for fun), who’s tampered with the rift where the realm appears to be leaking, and on top of everything, he’s kidnapped Rachel’s goddaughter Lucy and her friend Ceri. Ku’ Sox claims that the rift will close automatically once Rachel is killed, but Rachel knows that with the destruction of the Ever After, no one would have the power to control him.