Book: The Turn (Kim Harrison)

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the-turnThe Turn

Kim Harrison

Gallery Books

February 7th, 2017


Meet Trisk: an elf struggling to be a successful scientist during a time when genetics was an old boys club.

She’s trying to come up with the answer to her species’ genetic problems, and monitor human science so it doesn’t accidentally annihilate her people.

Trisk has come up with a genetically hardy species of tomato, and successfully worked with a human scientist to make sure the tactical virus weapon he’s created isn’t a threat to Inderlanders–the different species hiding within human kind (that would be witches, vampires, weres and elves).

The only problem is Kalamack. He wants to either sabotage her work or steal it for his own.

The Turn is the prequel to Harrison’s Hollows series, and it shows the genesis of the T4 Angel virus and the ‘coming out’ of Inderlanders to human society. The T4 Angel tomato that Trisk creates is genetically bridged by Kalamack to combine with the tactical virus, and it wipes out a substantial portion of humankind.

We discover that Trisk and Kalamack are Trent Kalamack’s eventual parents–Trent is the sort of mob boss that Rachel clashes with throughout the Hollows series.

One thing is super clear in this book–Trent’s dad was an epic dick.

Trent (junior, from the rest of the Hollows books) seems to be a nice balance of his dad and his mother–he’s a ruthless jerk outwardly, but has a heart where no one can see it. You end up rooting for Trisk and her friends in this book, and booing his dad throughout.

It was great to finally get the full background on how the Turn came to be. There’s a lot of characters from the Hollows books that make an appearance here and there as well. Fans of the series will be pleased with this prequel.



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JL Jamieson is a strange book nerd who writes technical documents by day, and book news, reviews, and other assorted opinions for you by night. She is working on her own fiction, and spends time making jewelry to sell at local conventions, as well as stalking the social media accounts of all your favorite writers.
JL JamiesonBook: The Turn (Kim Harrison)
  • Mary E Fast

    I just finished THE TURN. Am I foolish in hoping another book is coming?I have missed the Hollows books.I treasure everyone.I would rather read a book with its twists and turns than a movie or a tv show anytime.Kim Harrison please let there be another.

    • Jennifer Jamieson

      I hope she writes more Hollows too!

  • Rayna Jarrett

    Ok…. Trisk and Kal are to be Trents parents. This book takes place in the 60’s. Trent isn’t born until the mid to late 70’s I believe. So what happens to the healthy baby boy Trisk is pregnant with? Trent was an only child.
    It is nice to know that Quen stayed with Trent all these years because he loved Trent’s mother. It would be nice to have another book or two about the lives of Trisk and Kal together in marriage and raising Trent.

    • Jennifer Jamieson

      Good question, because we certainly know Trent wasn’t born healthy. Or is he not an only child? It would be interesting to see more of Trent’s background.

      • Kristyn Denslow Anderson

        After reading the turn I am rereading the Hollow series. I’m on dead witch walking and it says he had two siblings that didn’t make it past infancy.

        • Jennifer Jamieson

          Good catch!

          • Heather Brizendine Driggers

            I’m glad I found this . It cleared up alot for me .

    • Kristyn Denslow Anderson

      Also as far as raising Trent it says his mother died when he was 10. By suspicious magical means. Very curious now. Definitely hoping we can get more about that.

      • Jennifer Jamieson

        Would make a good book, I think.

    • Torcha

      It’s been mentioned in the main series that Trent had several brothers who either died from illness or were murdered outright by his father’s enemies. Jonathan was able to save Trent, but not the others.

  • Intrepidsoul

    Thanks for clearing that up. I was confused about how Trent had a child and why we never heard of Trisk. That he’s Trenton’s father makes more sense now. I was rooting so hard for Trisk and Orchid.

  • Rebecca

    How could they be Trent’s parents? Trent is around the same age as Rachel, so they would have both been born around the 80’s not the 60s when the turn happened. Did they have more than one kid and one died? They hated each other but stayed together after a kid died and twenty years later had Trent? It would make more sense if these were Trent’s Grandparents, but then Quen would be too old, because he was about the age of Rachel’s dad. Does Kim Harrison ever explain the time gap here?

    • Jennifer Jamieson

      It’s been mentioned that Trent had several brothers that all died by different means.