Blood Work

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Blood Work

An Original Hollows Graphic Novel

Blood Work: An Original Hollows Graphic Novel by Kim Harrison is illustrated by Pedro Maia and Gemma Magno. The tale of the meeting between a tortured vampire named Ivy Tamwood and her unwanted and unrequested new partner, witch Rachel Morgan. The two women could not be more different and they strike sparks off of each other as they try to comply with all of the demands upon their new partnership within the framework of I.S. (Inderland Security). A murder of a were implicates vampires but Rachel is unwilling to be restricted to her bland runner duties and starts working on the homicide investigation despite Ivy's opposition. Ivy struggles against her personal demons including the unhealthy relationship she has with the evil and manipulative Piscary and the attraction that Rachel's blood and body has for her.

A bit disconcerting to see a graphic representation of all of the familiar characters whenever a printed work is transformed into a visual version but the artists have done an excellent job at conveying the story. A little difficult to distinguish between the appearance of Ivy & Rachel's ghoulish boss Denon and the vampire Piscary, Rachel possesses a few more capabilities than expected (jumps off of the bridge and lands in water without a problem?) and somehow I expected a troll to be much larger than depicted. A surprisingly erotic depiction of the story and one wonders if Ivy murdered the nightclub flirt but overall an intriguing introduction to the Hollows world of vampires, weres, witches and other paranormal creatures.

Book Blurb for Blood Work

When Ivy met Rachel, the result wasn’t exactly love at first sight. Sparks flew as the living vampire and the stubborn witch learned what it meant to be partners. Now Kim Harrison, the acclaimed author of Pale Demon and Black Magic Sanction, turns back the clock to tell the tale—in an original full-color graphic novel.

Hot-as-hell, tough-as-nails detective Ivy Tamwood has been demoted from homicide down to lowly street-crime detail. As if rousting trolls and policing pixies instead of catching killers wasn’t bad enough, she’s also been saddled with a newbie partner who’s an earth witch. It’s enough to make any living vampire bare her fangs. But when a coven of murderous witches begins preying on werewolves, Rachel Morgan quickly proves she’s a good witch who knows how to be a badass.

Together, Ivy and Rachel hit the mean streets to deal swift justice to the evil element among Cincinnati’s supernatural set. But there’s more to their partnership than they realize—and more blood and black magic in their future than they bargained for.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 4.00