New Release Interview: The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison


harrison-undeadpoolThe Undead Pool by Kim Harrison is in fine bookstores now!

It is the continuation of her wildly popular urban fantasy series The Hollows, featuring one of the most dynamic and intriguing characters in Rachel Morgan. Rachel always has her hands full—in life, in love, in magic—and it is no different with The Undead Pool!

Here is more about the new book:

Supernatural superhero Rachel Morgan must counter a strange magic that could spell civil war for the Hollows in this sexy and bewitching urban fantasy adventure in acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison’s Hollows series.

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.

Rachel knows of only weapon to ensure the peace: ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils. And no one know better than Rachel that no good deed goes unpunished . . .

To celebrate the release of The Undead Pool, here is an interview with Kim Harrison!



Shawn Speakman: THE UNDEAD POOL is now published! It is your new Rachel Morgan novel. Tell Unbound Worlds readers about this newest installment of The Hollows?

Kim Harrison: For me, The Undead Pool is more than Rachel figuring out why magic is misfiring and putting the master vampires asleep, it’s about Rachel coming to terms that she is willing to fight for something she’s always felt was not hers to pursue. Readers familiar with the Hollows know about the slow dance of attraction between Rachel and Trent, and it’s here that we finally see them not only act on it, but decide to fight for it. I’ve taken the last two books to try to explain the actual source of magic, and it somehow tangles up with the animosity between the demons and elves, making things even more impossible for Rachel and Trent. Running through these last two is Rachel trying to save Ivy’s soul, as well. This was the original ending I had planned almost six books back, and though a lot has happened in the meantime, seeing Ivy happy is still one of my goals.

Shawn Speakman: You consistently put Rachel through the proverbial ringer. After all, books need conflict and that conflict affects story characters. Do you ever imagine a scenario that would be too much for Rachel to handle? Or is she capable of handling everything thrown her way?

Kim Harrison: I have put Rachel in a no-win scenario on more than one occasion–and then promptly lost sleep as to how to get her out. She’s in no way infallible, even as she has an almost god-like ability at her fingertips. She is trying to fit in, find her place, make a place for her kin–and that means playing by societies rules even when those same rules ultimately curb her abilities. For all her inherent abilities, she is still learning, and there are some things that she just won’t do. I kind of respect her more for that, because it always gets her in more trouble, not less. Being good is not easy. If it was, everyone would do it.

Shawn Speakman: THE UNDEAD POOL features “ancient elven wild magic.” Elves have long been a staple of fantasy literature. How do you go about putting your own spin on “elven?”

Kim Harrison: I’ve loved elves ever since reading Tolkien, and he influenced my brand of elves to a large degree. I went on to expand and explain their magic, tying it to a religion that not all elves believe anymore. I also decided to make them on the verge of extinction due to genetic warfare, which gives them the feel of a desperate, proud, powerful dying race. Ruthless, perhaps. Trent, though, still has a thing for shoes and cookies, my nod to the fairytale The Elves and the Shoemaker, and, ah, Keebler cookies. (I’m so embarrassed . . .)

Shawn Speakman: I see that Charlaine Harris is beginning a new series with MIDNIGHT CROSSROAD. I seem to remember The Hollows winding down to a final book? If so, got a new series in mind? Genre?

Kim Harrison: We have one more book to go after The Undead Pool. I do have a new series in mind, but because I’ve got the reputation of being a tease, I’m not saying too much about it right now other than it will hopefully have enough mysticism and character development to satisfy my current readers, and maybe enough flash and bang to attract a new one. Think Borne Identity meets Inception. I’m terribly excited about it.

Shawn Speakman: What are you working on now? And when will we be reading it?

Kim Harrison: I’ve only got the page proofs for the last Hollows book to go, so the Hollows is basically done for me now except the promotion, (which I love) I’ll be tweaking the manuscript of what comes next for a while, maybe outlining a few more books or two. As for when it will reach the shelves? I like being on a book-a-year schedule, but things can and often do change!

I still cannot believe that The Hollows is getting near to wrapping up! For those of you looking for a great urban fantasy series, give Kim Harrison’s series a read. For those of you who already read The Hollows, The Undead Pool is in fine bookstores now!

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One book to go…

speakman-shawnShawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”

He is also editor and contributor of Unfettered, a fantasy anthology featuring some of the best writers in the genre. When Shawn isn’t lying for a living, he runs The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press.