November 15, 2011

Greywalker by Kat Richardson

read an excerpt
Series: Greywalker 1
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: October 3, 2006
Purchase Link: Amazon

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.
Harper Blaine is a Seattle private investigator. After being attacked and beaten to death... for two minutes... she comes back, different.

Harper finds herself being able to skim through the Grey: the in between realm where the supernatural resides. Ghosts, vampires, witches and other beings move through the Grey, and now she's part of it albeit reluctantly.

As Harper struggles to run away from this new facet of her life, it's quick to catch up with her. Her latest case leads her to a coven of vampires and nefarious spirits. Not only that, Harper realizes that she needs to learn how to control her new ability and finds herself under the tutelage of Mara and Ben. And although she's having second thoughts, mastering the Grey is equivalent to her survival. Harper has no choice but to learn how to be part and master both worlds and accept that normal is now paranormal.

I was so excited to start this series primarily due to the good reviews I've read and Charlaine Harris' endorsement. On top of that, the Greywalker Series is set in Seattle and it's always an incentive to have a clear visual of places mentioned in the book. Seattle is such a beautiful city and I was very lucky to visit that one time when I flew in to see Cimmaron. Greywalker is a pleasant reminder of that wonderful trip.

So all the hype that I made for myself turned out to be anti climactic. Greywalker started off real good, we're thrust into Harper's attack and the events that led to her two minute death. Then what followed is a series of suspenseful events that slowly explained and introduced her to the Grey realm. The mid part (Cam's discovery) and of course the end were the other exciting parts but the in-betweens weren't as entertaining.

The multitude of events that followed were a bit overwhelming. Greywalker is not a quite introduction that will ease you slowly to Harper's world. It's a whirlwind of adventure that at some point became a challenge hard to follow.

But I adore Harper Blaine, she's a strong protagonist and not as sexed up as some of her counterparts. I was able to relate to her struggle in finding some semblance of normalcy in her otherwise abnormal world. I felt her need to regroup and to just distract herself with things that are familiar to help her cope with her ever changing world, literally.

I also liked Cameron, the rich kid turned undead. He's funny and just a tinge sarcastic which is understandable considering he's now a vampire. He was cast out from the coven without anyone to guide and coach him regarding his needs and it's a daunting task to convince people that you're now a blood sucking vampire.

Harper's would be love interests were a bit bland. Quinton, the always available security guy, and William, the antique expert. There was just something off about Quinton's blase attitude and his unfailing availability for Harper. William, though the obvious choice between the two, wasn't as enigmatic nor did he come off as a melt-in-your-mouth male lead. Plus he totally bailed out on Harper when the excitement built up. William is in the wrong book.

I believe I lost my connection to the story on the part where Harper was looking for an old organ and at the same time looking for Cam and sorting out vampire affairs on his behalf. Then those two unrelated things collide and poop hit the fan. What started out as a simple story became too complicated and I found it challenging to stay focused on the story. I appreciate an action-packed, fast-paced story like the next person but if there are two or three major conflicts going on at the same time that may or may not be connected, it's a bit much for just one book.

The silver lining is reviews on the succeeding books promised that the (writing) story gets better. So I'm now reading book two of the series, Poltergeist, and I'm crossing my fingers that I'd find it hard to put this one down.


  1. This sounds really cool. I think I'll buy a copy- as soon as I can that is lol!

  2. I listened to Grey Walker as an audio book and while it held my interest I didn't think I would have finished it in paper form and I have not read the next book. I have considered it in audio form.

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  3. I haven't read anything from this author. Looks good! Another one I must get onto.... I think I am around 120yrs old at moment if I was to read everything on my TBR list, darn thing keeps growing:D

    Great choice for the girl. Isn;t she married to Jared P from Supernatural?


  4. JC Jones - I know, book was a challenge. Too much excitement I guess lol. I'm not really into audio books and I admire people who can go through it.

    Michelle - I feel you sister! Not only that overwhelming TBR pile but the to be had pile as well. The print industry is so dynamic now there are a lot of good books out there. And yes she's married to Jared Padelecki.

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