Oct 27, 2016

Mini Review--Waylaid by Kim Harrison

Worlds collide when Rachel Morgan of The Hollows meets Peri Reed of The Drafter in this exciting new short story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison.

The paranormal and the futuristic meet in this thrilling novella featuring your favorite badass heroines from two of Kim Harrison’s most beloved series: the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. The magic of the Hollows runs full force into the technological sophistication of The Drafter when a device capable of carrying a city’s data stream pulls Rachel, the bounty hunter witch of the Hollows, between realities, marooning her in a world where the supernatural holds no sway. To get Rachel and Jenks home, Peri, the dangerous renegade of 2030, must decide what will chart her future: her blind trust in those who grant her power, or her intuition telling her to believe.

After I found myself between books and not enjoying my current one, I decided to pick up Kim Harrison’s Waylaid which was an awesome little short story that was a crossover between the Hollows and the Peri Reed Chronicles. What would happen if two completely different worlds/characters collided? Well, we get that answer in this one when our beloved Rachel is somehow summoned into Peri’s world.

After stealing a device called an accelerator, Peri and Jack came home to some wine and watched one of Jack’s supernatural shows. Feeling funny, Jack acted like a goof and suddenly, there’s a strange red-headed woman in their apartment. But to us, Hollow fans, this is no strange woman, this is Rachel Morgan!!

I still felt a bit confused over how Rachel was summoned exactly, but it’s been a few years and too many books since I last visited the Hollows. But as I tend to do, I just rolled with things! And soon the story revolves around trying to get Rachel back to her world, for she only has until the end of the night to get back home.

I was most happy to see that Jenks was summoned over as well. That part got a little odd as well, in the understanding area of things. But I guess it all works! Lol. If you might recall, Peri’s world is one without magic and hence cause some confusion for me. I still plan to try out her next book soon though. Having Rachel and Jenks in her non-magical world was a trip! And it kind of helped me get reacquainted with Peri’s world as well.

The story was far shorter than I anticipated. Mostly because I would say the other half of the book is a sneak peek at The Drafter. Having read that I skipped it. But the story itself was a rather quick one! I really liked seeing Rachel and Peri interacting with one another! This definitely reads a fanfic piece, as Kim will mention in her foreword and it totally works that way for me too! It was incredibly awesome and definitely something fans of either series should read! The ending was positively perfect too!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars—wouldn’t have minded a little more story, but I guess that’s because I hate how short stories always leaving you craving for more. 



  1. Love Kim! I wish they had Wailaid on Audiobook since I've been listening to a lot of them. Great review! Can't wait to read it myself!

  2. This was such a fun short. As a huge Hollows fan, I was super excited to see Rachel, Jenx and (although briefly) Al back. Seeing how Rachel and Peri interact gives us a glimpse into both of their personalities that is enlightening. If you are a huge fan of the Hollows series you should definitely read this, then give the Peri Reed story a try!



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