Review: The Turn


#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 as they’ve never seen it before!

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.

Warning! Mild spoilers below.

I’m sure fans of The Hollows series have been curious to know how plague known as The Turn occurred in the 1960s. Who was responsible for the accidental release of the genetically modified tomato that killed a quarter of the human population.

Well, Kim Harrison has decided to reveal what happened in The Turn, the prequel The Hollows series.

In The Turn, the main characters are Trent Kalamack’s parents, two individuals who we have never met but have heard of in The Hollows series. Trisk despite being the smartest of her class is overshadowed by her hated rival all because she is a “dark elf” and a woman. Upon finishing school, Trisk, is given an opportunity to work in a human lab in order to keep an eye on the humans and their discoveries. Despite not getting her dream job, Trisk has enjoyed her time in the human lab. Not only has she managed to create a tomato which would feed the hungry but she has also improved a human coworker’s virus so it could not harm any supernatural species. Trent Kalamack who prefers to be known as Kal has bullied on Trisk since they have known each other. In fact, it was a heated argument between them that caused Kal to ruin his opportunity at getting a well known job at NSA. After time has gone by, Kal is assigned on inspecting Trisk’s work and making sure that it is exactly as she’s claimed it to be. If there were mistakes then Kal would be allowed to take over her work and take the credit when he perfected it. As you can see, this just spells disaster which is exactly what happens.

If you are a fan of The Hollows series then you will definitely enjoy it. If you haven’t started the series then The Turn is a great installment to start. Personally, I was glad to finally learn in detail what caused the tomato virus and why did it lead to supernaturals deciding to come out of hiding. I was also happy to see certain familiar faces  The Hollows series in The Turn. Regarding the main characters, Trisk and Kal were not what I expected. Okay, Kal was what I expected and I’ll be honest, he was very hard to like. Trisk’s character on the other hand was unexpected. She reminded me a lot of Rachel but I can also see some of Trent in her. At least we know where the good in Trent came from.

Overall, it was a great installment and I know people will love reading it as I did.



*I received The Turn from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*


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