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-->''"Hello. You've reached Morgan, Tamwood, and Jenks of Vampiric Charms, independent runners."''

-->''Our history is that of humanity's. We didn't just drop out of the sky in '66; we emigrated in through Ellis Island. We fought in the Civil War, World War One, and World War Two--some of us in all three. We suffered in the Depression, and we waited like everyone else to find out who shot J.R..

-->But dangerous differences exist...''

-->''"We're all pulling for you. The odds are running two hundred to one you make it through the week. Personally, I give you a hundred to one."''

''The Hollows'' is an ongoing {{urban fantasy}} series by Kim Harrison detailing the professional and personal adventures of Rachel Morgan, bounty hunter and witch, along with her partners: living vampire Ivy Tamwood, and Jenks, a pixie.

The books are set in an {{alternate universe}} where various supernatural beings known collectively as "Inderlanders" have lived alongside mundane humans since ancient times, but kept their identities secret from the masses until the 1960s, when a virus from a genetically modified tomato wiped out a quarter of the human population in an event known as "The Turn". Since the Inderlanders were mostly unaffected by the virus and found their combined numbers were now close to that of humanity's, they decided to reveal themselves to the world, a move that further changed the already altered post-pandemic society.

'''Works in the series include:'''

'''Novels:'''
* ''Dead Witch Walking''
* ''The Good, The Bad, And The Undead''
* ''Every Which Way But Dead''
* ''A Fistful of Charms''
* ''For a Few Demons More''
* ''The Outlaw Demon Wails''
* ''White Witch, Black Curse''
* ''Black Magic Sanction''
* ''Pale Demon''
* ''A Perfect Blood''
* ''Ever After'' (January, 2013)
* ''The Undead Pool'' (February 25th, 2014)

'''Short stories:'''
* "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil"
* "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel"
* "Dirty Magic"
* "The Bridges of Eden Park"
* "The Bespelled"
* "Ley Line Drifter"
* "Million Dollar Baby"

'''Graphic novels:'''
* ''Blood Work''
* ''Blood Crime''

Warning: Due to the author's extensive use of TheReveal in the series spoilers abound.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: It's been mentioned a few times in the series that witches age slowly once they reach adulthood, which presumably leads to a lot of this. Case in point: Rachel's mother is past retirement age for a human, but can pass for Rachel's sister with the right clothes.
* ActionGirl: Rachel, Ivy
* AffablyEvil: A favorite trope of the series with examples including Lee, Minias, Rynn and Trent. Even Al has risen to the occasion at times.
* AllGirlsLikePonies: Rachel was one such as a little girl, and Trent is bringing a bit of it back in her during the present day.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Rachel... over and over
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Rachel's relationship with most other Inderlanders.
* AllWitchesHaveCats: Rachel lives with a cat, though the cat technically belongs to Jenks.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: [[spoiler:Piscary]] owned the church Rachel, Ivy and Jenks live in. He even tried to get them evicted before his untimely end. Now played for laughs as [[spoiler:Jenks]] owns the church and pretends to be a strict landlord.
* AllThereInTheManual: Several characters and plot threads that appeared for the first time in ''White Witch, Black Curse'' were originally drawn from several short stories written by the author for another series.
** The author's website also has two essays supposedly written by Rachel herself detailing some supernatural races for the FIB, David pack's tattoo and the recipe for Trent's waffles among other things [[http://www.kimharrison.net/BitsAndBobs.html here]].
** The website also offers a monthly newsletter called the Hollow Gazette that includes articles written from the perspective of reporters in Hollows. These give additional details about the setting and certain events in the novel.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent
* AlternateHistory: The history of the world the Hollows is marginally different even before the public revelation of the Inderlanders. For example genetic engineering became the focus of scientific research instead of space exploration or nuclear energy only to be banned after the 'Angel' virus epidemic. The timeline of those changes can be found [[http://www.kimharrison.net/BitsAndBobs.html#TimeLine here]].
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: A specialty of the many of the series {{Manipulative Bastard}}s including Rachel on occasion.
* AnimalEyes
* AnotherDimension: The Ever-After
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Rachel is turned into a mink, which is repeatedly described as a rodent and being fed carrots and so on. Minks are carnivorous mustelids. {{Retcon}}ned/lampshaded in ''Black Magic Sanction'', as an in-universe error on Trent's part.
* BackStory: Several of the short stories of the series provide this. May provide mild forms of RetCon.
* BadAssBookWorm: David, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation possibly Nick]].
* BadAssDecay: Kisten
* BadBoss: Art, Denon and [[spoiler:Piscary]].
* BadCopIncompetentCop: The I.S. and FIB, respectively.
* BalefulPolymorph: Rachel is transformed into a mink in ''Dead Witch Walking''.
* BatmanGambit: Some characters try to plan their way to victory, and more often than not they e lost and fail.
* BeastlyBloodsports: In ''Dead Witch Walking'', Rachel is transformed into a mink and placed into bloodsport matches against other animals.
* BetaCouple: Jenks and Matalina
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ceri. [[spoiler:Until she ambushes Quen and Trent and even makes the reader terrified of crossing her.]]
* BiTheWay: Ivy, possibly Kisten at least with Piscary.
* BigBadFriend: [[spoiler:Ivy was originally TheMole for Piscary until he [[RapeAsDrama raped]] ''her''. This resulted in her [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal turning against him]]]].
* [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]]: Ceri is a female mentor for Rachel.
* BikerBabe: Ivy owns a motorcycle and often wears leather.
* BlackMagic: Each type of magic has a more powerful black side to it except for demon magic which is all black. Subverted in that black magic is [[DarkIsNotEvil not inherently evil]] but does create what is termed "smut" on a person's aura. Despite that many people still use the presence of smut as a negative KarmaMeter. Use of black magic is illegal. [[spoiler:Later on it is revealed some witches are legally sanctioned to use it.]]
* BlackMagicianGirl: Ceri and [[spoiler: Rachel later on]].
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Ceri, Ivy and Rachel.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Trent Kalamack, though becoming father to two daughters has shifted him some along the SlidingScaleOfGoodVsEvil.
* BloodMagic: Charms and rituals for witch and demon magic requires blood of their species's blood to activate. This is due to the enzymes in the blood rather than a more metaphysical explanation.
* BoisterousBruiser: Jenks
* BookDumb: Rachel, underscored by her fiery personality and aversion to authority figures.[[spoiler: Her father intended to prevent her being taught ley line magic because it would start her down the path to becoming a fully-fledged demon.]]
* BrokenBird: Ivy, Ceri and arguably, Rachel.
* ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt: Rachel and Kisten in the elevator. Later Rachel and [[spoiler:Pierce]] in a cave.
* ByTheBookCop: Eddens, Glen and by extension the FIB. This usually bites them in the ass.
* CatchPhrase: Jenks's Tinkerbell-themed expletives. Rachel also uses the word swell in narrative form.
** She's also fond of sarcastically describing herself as feeling "all warm and fuzzy" during lousy situations
** "Don't touch the baby."
** And who could forget the CatchPhrase RunningGag in the first three books: "You look like a hooker."
* CharacterDevelopment: Arguably the primary focus of the series as opposed to a more traditional plot driven one. Rachel in particular.
* ChekhovsGun: Subverted completely in "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel". Pierce demonstrates some very cool magical amulets to Rachel but they are never used or referred to again- even when they would have been very useful in confronting the story's BigBad.
** A ''long'' version of this is [[spoiler:Ivy's wish]]. Introduced in the first book it doesn't become relevant for another seven years. The results? [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Not so good]].
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Art]]
* ChessMaster: Most characters have tried their hand at this role with varying degrees of success most notably Al, Minias, Trent, [[spoiler: Nick, Piscary]], Rynn and even Rachel. Subverted in that none of their plans have ever been highly successful and killed at least one of them.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler:Nick]]
* ClearMyName: One of Rachel's motivations, accomplished as of the end of ''Black Magic Sanction''.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Ivy around Rachel, Rachel around Ivy and [[spoiler:Skimmer around Ivy, especially regarding Rachel.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: [[spoiler:Newt]]
* ContractOnTheHitman: Rachel was originally a runner for the I.S. When she quits they put a death mark on her head to make an example of her.
* CoolOldGuy: Keasley
* CuteWitch: Rachel, sometimes. And though not technically a witch, magic using [[spoiler:elf]] Ceri can be awfully adorable.
* DaChief: Edens, and now the as yet name unrevealed leader of the [=MWDNB=].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Rachel, Ivy and Kisten.
* DarkIsNotEvil: BlackMagic is considered by most to be evil and produces smut on the aura. As the series progresses [[spoiler:and Rachel begins using it]] it seems that that it is not evil but merely harmful to the person who uses it. Even so, many people consider black witches to be evil.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Trent again.
* DarkWorld: Arguably the Ever After, although it closely resembles [[spoiler:the normal world]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Arguably the direction of the series since ''Fistful of Charms''.
* DeaderThanDead: The soul of living vampire is destroyed when they become undead. When they die again they cease to exist entirely rather than go to an afterlife [[spoiler:maybe.]]
* DealWithTheDevil: A specialty of the demons, naturally.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Jenks]] briefly after [[spoiler:Matalina's]] death.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Rachel and Quen. Inverted in that it was Rachel who was defeated.
* DemonicPossession: Demons can possess people though it seems diificult for them to do so without consent. Mild subversion in that the ability is in not inherent but simply a very powerful spell. Newt attempts this on Rachel and [[spoiler:Lee allows Al to possess him as part of a scheme for revenge on Rachel]].
* DevilButNoGod: Consecrated ground and the effect crucifixes have on vampires are created by magic rather than the effect of divine influence. Demons on the other hand are very much real and very evil.
** Played with as Demons are just another race of supernatural beings who live an alternate dimension. Likewise, as we later learn, [[spoiler: the Ever-After is far from Hell. It has cafes!]]
* DisappearedDad: Rachel's died when she was younger. Trent also lost his.
** [[spoiler:Subverted in Rachel's case in that she learns that it was her adoptive father that died. Her real father is still alive.]]
* DoomMagnet: Rachel
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Minias]]. WordOfGod say that he was likely abruptly killed by [[spoiler:Newt]] between two of the books.
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:Rachel is part demon or all demon as a result of the genetic cure for Rosewood syndrome when she was a child.]] The same is true for one other person.
* EmotionEater: Banshees
* TheEmpath: Ford
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Ivy's mother.
* EvilGloating: Al, Minias, Trent and [[spoiler:Piscary]] are big on this.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Summoning and dealing with demons is a very, very bad idea. Several people in the series including Rachel learn this the hard way.
* EvilMatriarch: Ivy's unnamed mother.
* EvilMentor: [[spoiler:Piscary for Ivy and Kisten. Later Al for Rachel.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Kisten's choice when Piscary orders his death. Slightly subverted in that he returned as an undead vampire, only to perform a HeroicSacrifice and end up DeaderThanDead.]]
* FairyCompanion: Jenks for Rachel and Jax for Nick. Subverted in that they are pixies, and fairies are their sworn enemies.
* {{Familiar}}: Many witches make use of animal familiars. [[spoiler:Demons on the other hand use humans, witches, elves or even other demons as familiars.]]
* FantasticArousal: Vampire have a number of unusual triggers. See IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn below.
* FantasticRacism: Inverted to some degree in that the greatest racists are the Inderlanders themselves. [[FurAgainstFang Vampires hate werewolves and vice versa]] but there are other mutual racial hatreds: fairies and pixies, elves and demons, banshees and everyone else. Ironically while humans are understandably wary of the prenatural abilities of the Inderlanders there has been little actual overt racism on their part.
** Until you get to ''A Perfect Blood'', [[spoiler:when it's revealed that the racist humans are ''extremely'' nasty and shown to dance merrily across the MoralEventHorizon line when they start mutilating innocent Inderlanders to create demons.]]
* FatalFlaw: Humans, even the FIB, tend to fear being around and Inderlanders due to their association with tomatoes, which initially were the transportation vehicle for the fatal T4 or 'Angel' virus. [[spoiler:Glenn is instantly wary of Rachel and Ivy when it's revealed they use tomatoes for cooking.]]
* AFatherToHisMen: Literally with Edden and Glenn.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Al
* FemaleGaze: Rachel is always noticing and describing in detail the attractive men that she meets.
* FieryRedhead: Rachel, of course.
* FindingJudas: [[spoiler:Nick uses his relationship with Rachel to get favors from Al- by selling him detailed information about her.]]
* AFriendInNeed: A common plot point.
* FriendToAllChildren: Ivy reads to hospitalized, terminally ill children every week. Also, this is an oddly common trait in vampires, who instinctively protect the weak, helpless, and children. It is said to be a way of preserving their food source and/or shadows.
* FriendlyEnemy: Trent[[spoiler:, later Al, Newt and Minias. Arguably the demon race in general toward Rachel when it is revealed she is part demon.]]
** Also Quen, who is probably the best example in the series.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires: Ivy, then Kisten. Other vampires, not so much.
* FullNameBasis: How demons typically address people.
** Demons address people based on how many of their names the demon possesses. And if the demon comes into a position of superiority, it may address a person however it wishes.
* FunctionalMagic: Mostly of the Rule, Force and Device type. A little Inherent Gift magic exists in that some demon and witch magic require enzymes from their blood to activate.
* FurAgainstFang:
* GameFace: Vampires' eyes go pure black and their fangs extend when overcome with bloodlust.
* GenkiGirl: Ivy's younger sister, Erica.
* GeometricMagic: Many magicians in the series make use of magic circles.
* GirlOfTheWeek: [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] with Marshall's brief relationship with Rachel
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Despite being {{Shape Shifter}}s all demons have glowing red eyes in any form. They often use sunglasses to disguise this.
** However, demons can change the eyes if it is important: [[spoiler: In ''Black Magic Sanction'', Al takes Rachel's form complete with green eyes, when the coven summons Rachel under Al's name and expect to get her. Rachel and Al had traded names back earlier to prevent this.]]
* GoKartingWithBowser: Despite the fact that he occasionally tries to kill her and that she occasionally attempts to put him in jail, Trent and Rachel have a rather active social life together.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Arguably, the demons' attitude toward Newt.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The novels' two law enforcement agencies, Inderlander Security (I.S.) which covers Inderlander crime and and its human counterpart the Federal Inderlander Bureau (FIB). Rachel once worked for the first and now works with the other from time to time.
** The witch Coven of Moral and Ethical Standards also qualifies.
* HappinessInSlavery: Arguably, Ceri during her time with Al.
* HauntedHeadquarters: [[spoiler:A ghost named Pierce revealed himself through Ford as to be living in the church for at least a year.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Rachel repeatedly mentions not being "wired that way" regarding Ivy.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Lee]]
* HellBentForLeather: Ivy most often, although Rachel often feels and acts more badass upon wearing leather.
* HemoErotic
* HermeticMagic
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Rachel, more so in the latter novels to the point [[spoiler:she gets shunned]]
** [[spoiler:She has arranged the shunning to be removed.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Kisten]]
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: In book 10, Rachel says exactly this [[spoiler:about ''[[BelligerentSexualTension Trent]]'']].
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "You look like the vamp who drained the cat" amongst others.
* HolyGround: Rachel and her pixie and vampire roommates live in a church that is on holy ground. It has twice been blasphemed by the presence of an extremely powerful demon and needed a priest to come re-consecrate it.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Rachel in regards to [[spoiler:Nick]].
* IAmWhatIAm: Rachel accepting that she is a [[spoiler:black witch and then later, part demon. And later still, an honest-to-god legally recognized demon.]]
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Vampires can lose control of themselves if given certain 'intimate' signals by others. This was a early problem between Ivy and Rachel. There is actually a guide on how to turn on - or more importantly how ''not'' to turn on - a vampire.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Al toward Rachel [[spoiler:until she became his student]].
** [[spoiler:In a serious [[{{Squick}} squick]] inducing way, Piscary toward Ivy.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: With the exception of ''Dead Witch Walking'', all the novels and stories are named after Creator/ClintEastwood movies
* ImmortalitySeeker: The motivation of the demon race. Justified in that [[spoiler:an elven curse prevents them siring pureblood demon children and they don't want to go extinct]].
** [[spoiler:It has also been pointed out the Rachel that as she has demon DNA she could also gain immortality. She hasn't decided if that what's what she wants yet.]]
** [[spoiler:Although it has been hinted she will live forever already by Al and I think Newt, not that they're reliable.]]
** [[spoiler:Rachel herself has theorized that she and other demons gain immortality through the use of vanity curses such as her were and size changing curses as they appear to reset the biological clock back to vitality upon deactivation.]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: Ivy is bisexual whereas Rachel is straight. Rachel herself in the earlier books constantly mentions "not being wired that way" in terms of sexual orientation and as a means that she and Ivy can't be together.
** Though with Rachel's vamp scars, any vamp regardless of gender can play upon them, inducing orgasmic feelings without physical sexual stimulation. This does muddy the waters a bit in regards to Rachel and Ivy's relationship and how far it could go, but it would work better if Ivy were able to separate blood and sex.
* InHarmsWay: Rachel is an adrenaline junkie and often seeks danger to feel alive. [[spoiler:Less so now after almost getting Ivy, Jenks and even Trent killed as a result.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Rachel rarely dates other witches. To date she has a relationship with a human and a living vampire. This seems to be a theme. David used to date humans exclusively [[spoiler:until he accidentally turned them into werewolves]] and Ivy briefly dated the human Glenn. Ivy also briefly appeared to have an unrequited crush on David.
** Rachel did briefly switch to witches, [[spoiler: but now seems to be starting a relationship with Trent the elf]].
** [[spoiler: Jenks and Belle the Fairy]] seem to be starting one up.
* JerkAss: Trent, Al.
* JurisdictionFriction: The IS and FIB have competing jurisdiction for crimes relating to Inderlanders. Partially subverted in that the corrupt IS often doesn't care about solving some crimes and dumps them into the FIB's lap.
* KarmaHoudini: Al, Trent, Lee and Newt are examples of this trope. Al is the king of them having [[MoralEventHorizon raped the dog]] publicly and loudly so often its not just [[CrossingTheLineTwice crossing the line twice]], he's taken atrocity [[UpToEleven up to eleven]] and has no intent of stopping. Mildly subverted in that he suffered a minor reversal of fortunes in demon society. This however was due to letting Rachel live [[spoiler:with knowledge of demon magic]] as opposed to any ill deed he did.
** [[spoiler:Nick]] could count as well, considering he's clever enough to avoid [[spoiler: Trent ''and'' Rachel, after trying to steal Trent's priceless elf porn statue, conspiring against both of them, and disappearing from a cell in Trent's grounds, [[WildMassGuessing possibly all]] ForTheLulz. Not to mention the faking his own death as an escape and then giving Rachel the focus.]]
* KillItWithFire: Rachel burns [[spoiler:Kisten's]] murderer and accomplice into ash. [[spoiler:Subverted in that they were already dead.]]
** First played straight and then averted in ''Black Magic Sanction'': [[spoiler: Rachel, Pierce, and Ceri almost burn Rachel's garden in order to kill the fairy assassins who had invaded; Rachel breaks the spell because she doesn't want to be a killer, but by then the spell burned off the fairies' wings. When she realizes that the fairies killed Matalina, she regrets not killing them, but then she and their leader Sidereal talk, and come to an agreement in which no one has to die, and both sides have earned the other's grudging respect.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Piscary, Kisten, Matalina, Ceri, Pierce (again), and Nick.]]
* KissOfTheVampire: Neurotoxins in vampire saliva can provide a blissful experience for those bitten.
* LadykillerInLove: Literally with Kisten and Rachel.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: The series has "forget charms" that can remove specific memories. [[spoiler: Rachel has had these used on her ''twice'' so far. That she knows of.]]
** Subverted in that there are also Pandora charms that can restore the lost memories.
** In ''A Perfect Blood'', [[spoiler:the new, unnamed human organization try to erase Trent and Rachel's memories with a forget-chemical created by Trent's labs. They both come out unscathed; Trent because he has the antidote, and Rachel because she used a demon curse designed to prevent any and all induced memory loss.]]
* {{Leprechaun}} Rachel's trying to tag one in the opening of the first book. [[spoiler: The same one comes back in ''Black Magic Sanction''.]]
* LesbianVampire: Ivy and [[spoiler:Skimmer.]]
* LeyLine
* LightIsNotGood: Rachel discovers to her chagrin that experienced witches are quite capable of using lethal WhiteMagic.
* LittlestCancerPatient: Matalina. Several literal versions of these also appear in ''White Witch, Black Curse'' to deliver a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for Rachel and Ivy.
** Rachel herself was one as a child [[spoiler:with the fatal Rosewood Syndrome]] until cured [[spoiler:with illegal genetic treatments by Trent's father.]]
* LivingLieDetector: Ford
* LoveRedeems: Arguably, Kisten and Ivy with Rachel.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Takata is revealed to be Rachel's biological father.]]
* {{Lust}} The motivation for most of the villains. Trent and Lee lust for power while [[spoiler:Piscary]] and [[spoiler:Skimmer]] seem motivated by lust for Ivy. Rachel is often motivated by good-old-fashioned lust for sex.
* MagicMirror: Demons and demon summoners can use enchanted mirrors to communicate with each other.
* MagicMisfire: Due to Rachel being BookDumb in regard to magic this happens quite a bit.
* MagicWand: Played straight by various witches. Surprisingly, Rachel doesn't use one.
** She would if she could afford it.
** In ''The Outlaw Demon Wails'' it is mentioned that wands are ''one-spell wonders'' making using wands an expensive practice for someone like Rachel who values versatility.
* MamaBear: Mia is a rare villainous version of this. Her mate Remus is a villainous PapaWolf to boot. And whatever you do, "don't touch the baby"...
* ManipulativeBastard: The series has a number of these including Trent[[spoiler:, Piscary, Minias, Nick, and even Rachel's had her moments.]]
* {{Masquerade}}: Upheld by most Inderlanders before The Turn.
* MillionairePlayboy: Trent.
* MindControl: Living vampire pheromones create a low level of this. This is stronger in those already infected with the vampire virus. Undead vampires can use a more powerful version of this termed 'pulling an aura'.
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Piscary does this several times to Ivy.]]
* MindScrew: A favorite ploy of the villains especially Al, Trent and [[spoiler:Piscary.]]
* MistakenForGay: Rachel whenever Ivy introduces her as a friend. People assume she's with Ivy in that way.
* MonsterMash: To date the novels have included witches, vampires, pixies, fairies, werewolves, werefoxes, trolls, leprechauns, demons, [[spoiler:elves]], banshees, and ghosts living alongside humans.
* MotiveDecay: Trent. Though he claims that the motivations for his crimes is to finance his illegal genetic experiments [[spoiler:and to save the elven race]] he often commits entirely unnecessary crimes such as breaking the will of and murdering subordinates, keeping Rachel trapped in the form of a mink and entering her into illegal rat fights, [[spoiler:murdering several innocent werewolves to try to get the demon focus]] and various other acts unrelated to that goal.
** In ''Black Magic Sanction'' [[spoiler:Nick]] also suffers this with his changing sides several times for no obvious reason or profit.
*** [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance Nick is a thief.]] His motivation for things is as much for adrenaline and [[ForTheLulz lulz]] as it would be for profit.]]
* MustHaveCaffeine: Rachel, so much so that she gets headaches. To a lesser extent, Al -- who likes her coffee better than the coffee in his realm.
* MustMakeHerLaugh: Jenks with Rachel and Ivy.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler:Skimmer's plan for Rachel.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Living vampires will rise as more powerful undead vampires when slain.
* NakedOnArrival: Pierce. Twice.
** ''Black Magic Sanction'': [[spoiler: Rachel, after untwisting the curse that made her small, presents the priceless elf porn statue to Trent on stage. In front of a crowd. And news cameras.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: In Christian Demonology, Algaliarept is ''the'' highest ranking general of the armies of Hell.
* NewOldFlame: Skimmer for Ivy and Pierce for Rachel.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Ivy's well intended gift of [[spoiler:a wish]] to Mia has unforeseen and horrible consequences...
* NotSoExtinct: It's widely believed that elves were wiped out in [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Turn]], but a few survived, including [[spoiler:Trent, Jonathan, and Quen]].
* OddCouple: Rachel and Ivy.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* OurElvesAreDifferent
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Rynn Cormel who not only is a MagnificentBastard President, he's also a '''vampire'''. Slightly subverted in that he is an ''ex-''president.]]
* OurSoulsAreDifferent
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* OverlyLongName: Piscary's full name. [[spoiler: Ptah Ammon Fineas Horton Madison Parker Piscary.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Ivy.
** Nick fits this trope better, especially concerning hollow eyes and a near-starved frame. Ivy is more AloofDarkHairedGirl, complete with aloofness.
* PenName: Kim Harrison is an alternate persona of Dawn Cook.
* PerkyGoth: Ivy's younger sister Erica.
* PlotLineCrossover: Happens with remarkable frequency. Some notable examples are [[spoiler:the elven childhood cure for Rosewood making Rachel a part demon, Ivy's long ago disgraced boss Art killing Kisten and the demon focus being key to several parallel plot lines]] among many others.
* PoliceAreUseless: It seems Rachel tends to solve more Inderlander crimes for the FIB than their actual employees. The IS on the other hand simply covers up Inderlander crime as opposed to enforcing the laws.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Type AB.
* PowerOfLove: When trapped in the Ever After, Rachel uses her feelings for Ivy as an anchor to return to the real world.
* PowerOfTrust: Rachel initially worked alone but has gradually learned to rely on Jenks and Ivy to help her out in tough situations. This has also begun to include Ceri.
* PowerNullifier: Special restraints prevent witches from being able to access ley-line energies for their magic.
* PsychoLesbian: [[spoiler:Skimmer.]]
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler:Nick, in ''A Fistful of Charms''. He comes back in ''Black Magic Sanction''.]]
** Keasley [[spoiler:aka Leon Bairnes]] as of ''Black Magic Sanction''.
* RapeAsBackStory: [[spoiler:Ivy and possibly Kisten at the hands of Piscary.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Or heroine, in Rachel's case.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Kisten.]]
* RedemptionQuest: Ivy trying to escape her life as a vampire through Rachel.
* TheRenfield: Shadows are people bound to vampires by their bite.
** Vampires can also create a similar bond to create a "scion" which still binds a person but leaves them much more free will. Scions can also draw on some of the energy of the vampire they are bonded to. Conversely the vampire can freely MindRape the scion, so it is not always an ideal relationship.
* [[RelationshipCeiling Relationship Ceiling]]/[[BuryYourGays Bury Your Gays]]/ShipSinking: As of ''A Perfect Blood'', Rachel and Ivy have stopped trying to make their relationship work. There are still many ways of working out their problems but Rachel seems less interested in this as the books go on. [[spoiler:Now the books seem to be pushing Rachel toward Trent.]]
** [[WildMassGuessing It is speculated]] that the publisher or even Harrison herself is uncomfortable with Rachel having a same-sex relationship, since the readership is comprised mostly of women. Perhaps they believe such a relationship would drive them away.
* TheReveal: Usually at least one major one and several minor ones a book. These have included but are not limited to [[spoiler:Ivy setting up the church as a trap for Rachel under Piscary's orders, Piscary revealed to have molested Ivy for most of her life, Rachel received illegal genetic treatment for a fatal disorder as a child, Keasley being the legendary long-thought-dead runner Leon Bairnes, Trent being an elf and the elves not being extinct, Piscary being behind the assassination attempts against Trent and Rachel, Trent's and Rachel's fathers being partners and both being killed by Piscary, revealing Nick to be thief, Rachel's father being Takata, Rachel's adoptive father dying trying to reverse the transformation into a vampire, Pierce haunting the church for over a year, Ceri's pregnancy and the father's true identity, Rachel's mother being nowhere near as senile as she lets on, witches being the genetically damaged descendants of demons, Rachel being given the cure to Rosewood syndrome as a child which now makes her a demon]] and many, many more.
** Kim's biggest reveal to date is that "Kim Harrison" is a pen name for Dawn Cook. This has surprisingly created a degree of InternetBackdraft.
* ResurrectedRomance
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Arguably Rachel and Ivy have an adult version of this. Played more straight in back story with Ivy and [[spoiler:Skimmer]].
* RunningGag: is what Jenks is th-best at. Guess what he's best at?
* ScarpiaUltimatum: [[spoiler: At one point, Piscary promised to let Rachel live if Ivy returns to him. Of course he twists this to mean making Rachel his [[TheRenfield shadow.]]]]
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Rachel's attitude to Trent's periodic attempts to bribe her.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Trent Kalamack, [[spoiler:Piscary]].
* SexyMentor: Pierce for Rachel.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Ivy and Rachel.
* ShootTheDog: Rachel tricks Al into taking [[spoiler:Lee]] as a familiar instead of her, dooming him instead of her to a FateWorseThanDeath.
** Later in order to fake the death of [[spoiler:Nick]] Rachel agrees to a plan to kill a willing terminally ill living vampire disguised as [[spoiler:Nick]] despite it violating her TechnicalPacifist stance. Double angst points in that [[spoiler:Nick]] intentionally blows the operation and then immediately fakes his own death ''again'' in an attempt to double cross everyone making it a SenselessSacrifice.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Inverted here with the taller Ivy being the smart planned out one and the shorter Rachel the impatient riskier one.
* ShoutOut: Al once references 'burning bunnies' in a memorable quote. This is a CatchPhrase of the author and members of her fan club often wear burning bunny pins to her book signings to identify themselves. You can find an example of the pin a little further down [[http://www.kimharrison.net/maildrop_freebies.htm this page]].
** Perhaps the most obvious shout out is the titles of the books. All except the first are derived from Clint Eastwood films due to the author's love of the actor's work. As a result, fans enjoy speculating on what the titles of upcoming books will be.
* SiblingYinYang: Rachel and Robby, Ivy and Erica.
* SignedUpForTheDental: David tries to recruit Rachel as his on-paper partner using this tack.
* SingleTargetSexuality: [[spoiler:Skimmer's attitude towards Ivy.]]
* SmugSnake: Second string villains tend to be this including Art, Denon and [[spoiler: Nick]].
* SpellBook: Rachel has several.
* SpellConstruction: The series uses all elements of this trope in one way or another.
* StartMyOwn: The series begins with Rachel, Ivy and Jenks quitting the I.S. to start their own independent runner agency.
* SummonMagic: Demons must be summoned by a magician to enter the real world. The exception is the demon matriarch Newt in an example of ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem.
** Ghosts can be also summoned and given temporary solid form by magic [[spoiler:and given permanent physical form by demon magic and killing a live member of their race]].
*** [[spoiler:Since Rachel bears demon blood she can be summoned if someone knows her summoning name. This becomes a major plot point in ''Black Magic Sanction'']].
* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: Jenks tends to reveal "traditional pixy skills" as the plot requires. To date these include but are not limited to being a computer hacker, knowing how to disable security systems and creating explosives from pixy dust and common household chemicals. [[FridgeLogic How a short lived generally-illiterate species managed to acquire such technically advanced skills is never addressed]].
** Considering that Jax learned to read or at least learned his ABCs in under a week by watching Sesame Street, we're probably supposed to assume that pixies are ''really'' fast learners.
* SurvivorGuilt: [[spoiler:Rachel and Ivy, to a lesser extent, when Kisten dies.]]
* SweetTooth: Jenks around honey, to the point it gets him drunk.
* TechnicalPacifist: Rachel.
* ThemeNaming: Jenks' family. All given J names after him (rather than M names after his wife Matalina).
* ThereAreNoGoodExecutives: Played straight, even with Trent... Until you get to ''Pale Demon'', and [[spoiler:suddenly Trent is being less and less of a jerk. Comes to a head in ''A Perfect Blood'' when Rachel spends most of the book actively working with Trent because he's the only one she can trust to watch her back.]]
* ThreeWishes What the leprechaun bribes Rachel, Ivy and Jenks with. Each of them gets one wish. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Just don't ask about Ivy's.]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Rachel when she realized she was part demon.]]
* TomeOfEldritchLore: Rachel has several tomes of demon magic with some rather disturbing spells. However being that she is a bit BookDumb they tend to collect dust more than see use.
* TooDumbToLive: Arguably, Rachel at times. Justified in that she is a adrenaline junkie.
* TookALevelInBadass: Rachel does this periodically. She starts as a simple earth witch and every other book or so learns a new type of magic to add to her arsenal. First she learns ley-line magic, [[spoiler:then black magic, then demon magic secondhand from Ceri and now is learning it first hand from Al.]]
** David is another example. First he starts off as a bookish werewolf insurance investigator who wanted to form his own pack to avoid werewolf politics. Later he ends up beating several werewolves at once from his old pack who challenge him. [[spoiler:He takes another level in badass when he absorbs a demonic curse that can create werewolves from human beings which makes the equivalent of a super-alpha wolf.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Nick. Oh, dear Lord, ''Nick''.
* TroubledButCute: Kisten.
* TwoFirstNames: Rachel Morgan.
* TheStoic: Quen.
* TheUnmasquedWorld
* TheUnpronounceable: Demon summoning names.
* UrbanFantasy
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Rachel/Ivy[[spoiler:, Rachel/Trent.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Turn" is regularly used where one would expect ClusterFBomb or something similar.
* UnwittingPawn: Rachel more often than she'd like.
* TheVirus: The vampire virus is a rather multifaceted version. Non-vampires bitten have their DNA rewired to become addicted to the "rush" of a bite and highly vulnerable to vampire MindControl pheromones. A vampire can also bind a non-vampire to their will with a bite to become their {{Renfield}} or make them a more free-willed version known as a scion. Humans but not other races infected with enough of the virus become low-blood vampire or "ghouls".
** The worst aspect of the virus is that when a living vampire dies, the virus will ''consume their soul'' and cause them to rise as a soulless undead version of themselves. [[spoiler:Kisten may have avoided this fate. WordOfGod hasn't decided yet.]]
** Another virus appears in the form of a demonic focus that can transform a human into a werewolf. [[spoiler:David accidentally transforms a number of his girlfriends this way.]]
* VampireBitesSuck: Normally neurotransmitters make vampire bites pleasant but the vampire can make it painful or even paralyze a person with their bite.
* VampiresAreSexGods: Kisten and Ivy, especially since she can't separate blood from sex.
* VampireDetectiveSeries: Or more accurately a witch, vampire and pixy detective series.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Rachel sticks her cell phone here for a wedding, since her dress lacks pockets. It rings loudly and rudely. Takata finds it amusing when she says she "had it on vibrate. Really."
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Trent and to a lesser degree Lee and [[spoiler:Piscary]].
* VillainsOutShopping: Played straight and literal once with Trent.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Skimmer several times, most notably when Rachel and Ivy visit her in jail.]]
* WalkingDisasterArea: Arguably, Rachel.
* WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere: Vampires, especially Ivy, can have self-control issues with regards to other races.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Trent [[spoiler: Everything he does is to resurrect his species and lift the genetic curse that affects and kills their infants.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Ivy doesn't want to become an undead vampire but instead wants to keep her soul even if it means dying. Also, Ceri after 1000 years as a demonic familiar is now content to age and die naturally.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Rachel and Ivy. [[spoiler:Less so later in the series.]]
** Rachel and Trent. [[spoiler: As of ''The Undead Pool'', they did.]]
* WillfullyWeak: At the start of the series Rachel is doing this, by doing only [[WhiteMagic white]] earth magic spells. White spells are less powerful than [[BlackMagic black spells]], and the line is clearer with earth magic than ley line magic. However, circumstances keep forcing her to use black magic [[spoiler: and demon curses]].
** Later in ''Black Magic Sanction'' it is shown white magic can be as strong as black magic, but requires greater skill to do so. [[BookDumb Rachel isn't much for studying though]] and thus chooses to use [[BlackMagic black]] [[spoiler:and demon]] magic as a short cut when she needs power. This is beginning to have some [[HeroicRROD rather]] [[EquivalentExchange negative]] [[PowerDegeneration long term implications]].
** And then there is ''A Perfect Blood'': [[spoiler:For about half of the book Rachel cuts off her access to ley lines with a charmed silver bracelet courtesy of Trent. She goes through a lot of anguish trying to decide what the best course of action is: take it off and be hunted and persecuted by the general populace, or leave it on and be magically castrated for life. Eventually, she realizes that [[IAmWhatIAm she is a demon, and she can't change that]], so she removes it.]]
* WhiteMagic: What Rachel practices.[[spoiler: Mostly. Originally.]]
* WitchSpecies: In the series, witches are separate species originating in the Ever-After. Though they look just like humans, their genetics are completely different and the two species cannot interbreed.
** [[spoiler:Later it is revealed that the witch species arose from stunted demon children suffering from a elven curse.]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Newt
* WordOfGod: Kim Harrison maintains a [[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the_hollows/ Yahoo group]] and a [[http://www.kimharrison.net/index.html website]] where she often answers questions or clarifies details of the stories
** The author reserves the right to answer any question with her CatchPhrase [=KSR1=] or "Kim's Standard Reply 1" which is "I'm not telling".
*** Update: Kim has removed herself from her Yahoo group due to InternetBackdraft after her revelation that "Kim Harrison" is a pen name. She still maintains a presence on her website "Drama Box".
* WorkingTheSameCase: Played with a twist in that more than once one of Rachel's antagonists is investigating the case she is as well but for different motives.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Especially evident with Al.
* YouCantMissIt: Rachel is given directions like this in ''A Fistful of Charms''.
* YouHaveFailedMe: Trent's policy for firing employees.
* YouKilledMyFather: Slightly inverted in that [[spoiler: [[JerkAss Trent]] blames the death of his father on Rachel, whose adoptive father also died]].

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