The Turn by Kim Harrison

imageCan science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

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 takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable 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.

Kal surreptitiously works against her as 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. 


I have read a few of the Hollow books ages ago and thought that this would be a base to start with reading the series at the beginning .  Not knowing what to expect going in was a bit daunting.  I was lost at the start of the book with the contracts and so on but it picked up and got going with Kal hell bent on destroying Trisk after she cost him his dream job.

Trick worked with a human genetics lab to keep an eye on developments on human genetic advances and tweet them to suit other Interlanders (were’s, vampires, elves and pixies) or just to stop the new genetic material from hurting or killing them. When Trisk develops a new tomato crop that will help end hunger Kal is sent in to confirm her work. Still angry from what  she did to him, Kal decided to change the gene sequence enough to cause illness and to discredit her work, but what he unleashes spells death for millions.

While I found the story interesting and well thought out it did drag out way too long at 450 pages.  Most of the time Trisk, Daniel and Orchid were on the run, endlessly running and running and running.  It was way to drawn out and it took me ages to slog through the middle half of the story.  I skimmed trying to get to the more interesting bits.  I hated Kal, I really did.  He was vile, vain and pure worm like when it came to trying to save his own ass.  Trisk was selfless in her efforts to not only save herself and her research but also to keep Daniel alive and blameless no matter the cost.

A good and well written story but brought down by unnecessary excess plot line of their escape and evading Kal is what brought this book down from a 4 to a 3 star.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

3/5 stars


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2 thoughts on “The Turn by Kim Harrison

  1. That’s my problem with those long books.. I think most books would benefit from being up to 300-350 pages. If it’s more than that, there’s a big chance it’s going to either drag or have too many confusing details (as sometimes happen in PNR novels). There ARE some longer books that need the length to get the whole story but they are really few.. I have “The Wall of Winipeg and Me” on my list for next month I think. GOD I’m SO worried about the length..

    • The length of a book doesn’t intimidate me so long as the story is well written and there is enough action thrown in with the parts that set the storyline up. Too much talking wears me down unless there is something else to keep me interested. I haven’t heard of The Wall of Winipeg and Me, I’ll have to check that one out.

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