Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson

December 14, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, reviews 0

Kat Richardson is an author I haven’t read before and so it’s part of my New Authors Challenge which is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Check out their blog and also the challenge. I’m really enjoying all the new authors I’m reading this year!

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by Kat Richardson
Series: Greywalker, Book 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc Trade, 2006
E-book, Purchased
341 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit …strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.But Harper’s not crazy. Her “death” has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift (or curse) is about to drag her into that world of vampires and ghosts, magic and witches, necromancers and sinister artifacts. Whether she likes it or not.

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“You must be careful, Harper. You’re a stubborn, hardheaded, scientific practicalist, and all of this seems like a nightmare to you that you hope will simply evaporate when you wake up. But you don’t wake up from this.”

What worked for me:

  • There’s a lot we’re not told about. Ms. Richardson lets us gradually find out things about the world Harper finds herself a part of.
  • Harper is a good character. As the quote above states she’s stubborn and hardheaded and has a hard time believing the things happening to her.
  • I like many of the secondary characters–Mara, Bob, Quinton. They all have interesting personalities and contribute to the story.
  • Chaos–Harper’s pet ferret–is a very funny character. She definitely causes chaos in Harper’s life, but Harper is sometimes able to use the ferret’s characteristics–curiosity and friendliness, for example–in her investigations.
  • The Seattle setting was great. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Seattle and I recognized certain places the book mentions and that’s always fun.

What didn’t work:

  • I thought it was strange that the book was published in 2006 and yet Harper didn’t have a cell phone.

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My thoughts:

This is a solid first entry into a new urban fantasy. I look forward to reading more books in this series. Since it’s an older series there are several books which have already been published. I believe Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer blog mentioned I might like this series and she was right!

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Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

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