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September 15, 2012

Review: Seawitch by Kat Richardson

Series: Greywalker 7
Format: Hardcover
Excerpt here
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository
Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.

A quarter century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now, the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened. But Harper is not the only one investigating. Seattle Police Detective Rey Solis is a good cop, albeit one who isn’t comfortable with the creepy cases that always seem to end up in Harper’s lap. As they explore the abandoned vessel, Harper and Solis discover a cabin containing symbols drawn in human blood, revealing the ghost ship’s grave history. As Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger’s wife, Harper’s investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be responsible for the disappearance of the Seawitch’s passengers and crew. And while their searches lead Harper and Solis in different directions, they will need to put aside their differences to solve a deadly mystery twenty-five years in the making.
because this is not a job you quit---it's one you die from.
This has got to be my favorite Greywalker novel so far. SEAWITCH by Kat Richardson was exciting, mysterious and as mythical as the previous novels. Harper's storyline is continuously evolving not just in terms of her supernatural powers but with regards to her personal life and relationships as well, she had heard some hard truths since Labyrinth about her dad and her friendship with the Danzigers but for some reason Harper remains stubborn and I am eager to know what's going to happen next. As always Quinton remains loyal but even he is starting to call out Harper on her user-friendly ways. OUCH!
Dobhar-chú--the water hounds. bad-luck beasts. You see one by a river, you run away fast or they'll catch you and drown you. You seen one hanging round your boat, you can be sure something bad's going to happen on board.
SEAWITCH's blurb is true to the story and to add more to the synopsis, the book has a fairy tale feel to it sharing similarities with The Little Mermaid. A little grotesque and several shades darker than the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, SEAWITCH is essentially a story about control, revenge and witchcraft gone awry that claimed the lives of several people. Aside from the criminal investigation, Harper's involvement has a lot to do with the underlying supernatural causes that will convert any non-believer. And like previous Greywalker novels, KRichardson meshed together several folklores mixing stories of the mer-people, sirens and  the Irish dobhar-chú making it another fantastical ghost story that I very much enjoyed.
But you said it yourself: You have to stop taking your friends for granted. I know you can manage to get through this stuff without treating people like resources. [Quinton]
I guess I'm a hard friend to have, or maybe... I just don't know how to be a friend. [Harper]
Detective Solis shared a heart wrenching story with Harper about his childhood in Columbia and I have to say I now feel differently about him. I used to be wary of the guy but as he spends more time with Harper, he's showing a little vulnerability and like the other characters, he's slowly starting to flesh out. The Danzigers are still MIA as well as Harper's Mom, Veronica Geary and I wish that Harper's mom makes another appearance in the coming books because I find her very entertaining. As for Ben and Mara Danziger, Mara sent Harper a letter that eased me a bit. I love this couple, they're like Harper's very own Giles (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer). Unfortunately things didn't end really well between these friends in Labyrinth and I'm hoping that they'll eventually work out their friendship. Harper needs some good people to get her grounded aside from Quinton.

I can't wait for Greywalker 8, the series is far from drying out and I'm excited to know what Possession (August 6, 2013) is about and the myth KRichardson is going to adapt next.




6 comments:

  1. Yay! Glad you liked this book. I so need to find it soon. This is one of my favorite series and haven't missed a book yet. Nice review.

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    1. Thanks Shelley! I really liked this one, I'm wary of fairy-tale adaptations but Kat didn't disappoint! I hope you get to read this soon!

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  2. Wow, sounds like a really great series. I have seen the cover before on blogs, but never a review! Love the sound of it. ;)

    New follower!
    J'adore Happy Endings

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    1. To be honest, it was a slow start but it builds up as you move forward with the books.

      Thanks for following and checking out your blog now.

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  3. I love that cover and the book sounds just a good. Something I would enjoy reading. Adding it to my Goodreads to read list. Awesome interview as always Braine ;)

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    1. Thanks sexy momma! It's Urban Fantasy through and through so don't expect sexy time LOL.

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