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Downpour: Number 6 in series (Greywalker)
 
 

Downpour: Number 6 in series (Greywalker) [Kindle Edition]

Kat Richardson
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Sixth book in Kat Richardson's acclaimed urban fantasy GREYWALKER series

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After being shot in the back and dying - again - Harper’s recovery has been hard. She’s lost many of the powers she’d acquired since first becoming a Greywalker, and knows that if she dies one more time, she won’t be coming back. Her only respite from the chaos is her work... until she sees a ghostly car accident for which there are no records. Worse still, the victim of the fatal wreck insists he was murdered, and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes - called ‘Blood Lake’ by locals - is to blame.

The picturesque area is an unlikely a haven for conspiracy but Harper soon learns that the icy waters of the lake hide a terrible power and a host of hellish beings. And both are held under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451463986
  • Publisher: Piatkus (2 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CISKD4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kat Richardson lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, a crotchety old cat, and two ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and does not own a TV. Visit her at www.katrichardson.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sixth Title 5 Aug 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I've been a huge fan of Kat's series since it was introduced a few years ago. They always have great twists, they always manage to keep me surprised and above all else it's the principle players that really make these tale stay with the reader.

Whilst many still feel that the lead character has to be a martial arts powerhouse, Kat relies on smarts as well as backup to help the lead character muddle her way through the mystery. It's clever, it has some magical elements but above all else it's the close links between the supporting cast that always forms the extra bonds to keep the story fresh. Finally add to this great prose alongside wonderful pace and it's a title that is hard to put down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magic in the lake 26 Aug 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Harper Blaine is headed for the Twilight Zone -- and by that, I mean Forks and the Olympic Peninsula. Thankfully there are no sparkly vampires or drooling fangirls.

No, we've got a slew of Chinese demons, magically cursed lakes, voodoo zombies and dead bodies turned into soap. Awesome. Kat Richardson's "Downpour" does suffer a little from barely following up on the last Greywalker novel, but it's a strong urban fantasy with plenty of murky gothic North Pacific atmosphere.

After her third death, Harper finds that her Grey powers have been diminished. But not so diminished that she can't hear the pleas of a faint ghost named Steven Leung. So Harper heads out to the Lake Crescent area to find his body and uncover who killed the poor man -- and finds the place swarming with strange, dangerous creatures.

It turns out that the "cursed" lake and the bizarre creatures (monstrous guai, undead deer) are connected to Leung's surviving family, the domineering Jewel and the elusive wild Willow, as well as a bitter ranger, a crazy old man, Chinese demons and a a ley weaver. One of these lake people is a cold-blooded murderer, and Harper might be next if she keeps investigating.

I was a little disappointed in "Downpour" at first, because it seemed to almost avoid the fact that Harper was pretty much dead at the end of the previous book. She doesn't seem to have any physical or mental scars from it, and it's only really mentioned in passing. Fortunately that's the only big pothole in the story.

The rest of it is rich and developed. Richardon writes the story as a sort of North Pacific gothic -- dark, rainy and murky, with shimmering Grey magic and lots of twisted grudges and family struggles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars downpour 20 May 2013
Format:Paperback
Pat Richardson's greywalker series has gripped me from the first book .waiting for seawitch to arrive from Amazon to take me BACK TO THEGREY.....:-)love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 4 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brilliant fantasy Private Investigator story... ghosts, vampires, witches etc. the usual stuff. Although can be read individually are best read in order to get into the characters.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic on the lake 5 Aug 2011
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Harper Blaine is headed for the Twilight Zone -- and by that, I mean Forks and the Olympic Peninsula. Thankfully there are no sparkly vampires or drooling fangirls.

No, we've got a slew of Chinese demons, magically cursed lakes, voodoo zombies and dead bodies turned into soap. Awesome. Kat Richardson's "Downpour" does suffer a little from barely following up on the last Greywalker novel, but it's a strong urban fantasy with plenty of murky gothic Pacific Northwest atmosphere.

After her third death, Harper finds that her Grey powers have been diminished. But not so diminished that she can't hear the pleas of a faint ghost named Steven Leung. So Harper heads out to the Lake Crescent area to find his body and uncover who killed the poor man -- and finds the place swarming with strange, dangerous creatures.

It turns out that the "cursed" lake and the bizarre creatures (monstrous guai, undead deer) are connected to Leung's surviving family, the domineering Jewel and the elusive wild Willow, as well as a bitter ranger, a crazy old man, Chinese demons and a a ley weaver. One of these lake people is a cold-blooded murderer, and Harper might be next if she keeps investigating.

I was a little disappointed in "Downpour" at first, because it seemed to almost avoid the fact that Harper was pretty much dead at the end of the previous book. She doesn't seem to have any physical or mental scars from it, and it's only really mentioned in passing. Fortunately that's the only big pothole in the story.

The rest of it is rich and developed. Richardon writes the story as a sort of Pacific Northwest gothic -- dark, rainy and murky, with shimmering Grey magic and lots of twisted grudges and family struggles. Richardson's writing has become even stronger, with lots of eerie horror moments ("The hand-spider dissolved, leaving nothing but skeleton fingers clothed in tatters of rotten flesh"), as well as scintillating beauty (the ley weaver and its, um, Art).

And I love that instead of the usual faerie/vampire/werewolf mixes, Richardson includes some very non-mainstream monsters (white-faced demons with burned-branch horns) and magical systems.

And unlike many other authors, who give their heroines power-ups until they achieve God Mode Sue, Richardson gives her heroine a power-DOWN. This is a pleasant surprise, and it means Harper becomes more vulnerable, and depends more on her brains and wits than on her magical skills. And her relationship with Quinton takes a few more steps forward, linking them in a surprising new way.

"Downpour" doesn't follow up much on the previous book, but it's a solid gothic urban-fantasy. Also, it makes a nice alternative to "Twilight" -- all the Pacific Northwest scenery, none of the whining and antifeminism.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wee bit strange at that... 4 Sep 2011
By 4fabfelines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This one was a little strange with the Evil Lake and the strange creatures it dreged up but this installment was a good one.
I like the fact that Will's brother had a happy ending to his harrassment from the police.. such a haunted young man..
the beginning drags a bit and then picks up , but of course Harper is always sticking her nose where it does not belong and getting caught up in sidetracked mysteries.. this is no differant with a ghost in a burned out SUV getting her attention.
She starts poking into a cold case of this missing man, and has evil chinese demons helping and zombies following her.
It all climaxes at a lake house and Quinton helping her though the day. I love Quinton he rocks.. and has the patience of St. Peter with Harper and her messes and her undecieded mind whether she loves or not loves quinton..
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better! 31 Aug 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you have been reading this series then you have been anxiously waiting for this further evidence of Kat Richardson amazing talent.. We were not to be disappointed.. A further development of Harpers abilities despite the fact that some have "changed" when she died, again. I was constantly held in thrall of the superb writing and descriptive phrases , I kept wanting to stop and "write that phrase down" so I could savor it again at other times but could not stop reading long enough to do that. All events around me disappeared while engrossed in this book.. You cannot help but immerse yourself in the events unfolding before your very eyes.. No spoiler here but Quinton is an even more integral part of this much awaited book. Kat Richardson has further shown her amazing ability to make the unbelievable believable!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off incredibly slow 2 Sep 2011
By K. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is the sixth book in the Greywalker series. I was unable to find plans for book 7 right now, but I'll keep looking :-) This was one of the weaker books in the series; it started out very slowly and Harper was apart from all the other characters we know and love for the majority of the book. I listed to this on audiobook. The audiobook was okay, I am still not totally sold on this narrator...sometimes the guy characters sound a lot alike.

Harper Blaine is out doing some pre-trial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula when she stumbles across a ghostly burning car and its murdered occupant. This ghost wants Harper to find his murderer. In investigating the case of this burned car Harper is drawn into some wicked evil magic involving the Sunset Lakes region.

I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. In fact if I hadn't been listening to this on audiobook, while driving, I probably would have stopped reading it after the first half of the book. The mystery setup is very tedious. Harper is out in the middle of nowhere, and because of this, none of the characters or settings we know and love are part of the story. Harper kind of wanders from site to site interrogating people and trying to piece together the mystery of the Sunset Lakes...I just found this tedious and boring. In fact I started to fall asleep during my car ride a couple of times.

I know Richardson is always incredibly detailed in her description of character actions, but usually she focuses on something interesting in the story. I believe the focus of this story was supposed to be Chinese magic and voodoo; but we don't get to learn much about it because the plot is constantly changing focus.

I also missed Quentin. He is mysteriously absent for the first 3/4's of the book (this is explained later in the book) and without Quentin to banter with Harper the book was a lot less fun.

Okay done with the complaining. There were some things I liked about the book. The last quarter of the book was really awesome. Quentin is back in the story and crazy things really start happening and the storyline moves. I loved some of the stuff that happens between Quentin and Harper and am excited to see where this takes the series in the future.

I also enjoyed the inclusion of Chinese mythology and voodoo; although I wish there had been more info and detail on both (would have been way more interesting than Harper running back and forth between different locations around the Lake). The story ends well and is completed nicely.

Overall this was my least favorite book in this series. The beginning really drags; so much intricate detail is put into what Harper does that I found it incredibly boring. None of the characters I know and love are in the story. I did enjoy the inclusion of Chinese mythology and voodoo; but we didn't get to learn enough interesting facts about it. The last fourth of the book was very good and, once Quentin joined the story, I enjoyed it a lot more. At the beginning of the book I was wondering why I am even reading this series, the ending reminded me why. I will definitely read the next book in the series, but if the pacing is similar to this one I probably won't read any more after that. People who love ghost stories and investigative urban fantasy should check this series out. I will also admit that the narrator wasn't my favorite so that may have colored my impression of the book as a whole; I think I will read future installments instead of listening to them.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling ride down the urban fantasy highway 11 Sep 2011
By Heather Powers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As always, Kat draws me into the world of Harper Blaine and takes me on a journey down the supernatural highway. Harper is strongly nudged by the Guardian Beast to take on a job where rogue mages are taking control of the magic in the community of Sunset Lakes. Zombies, and other undead creatures as well as Japanese fox demons make an appearance further hampering Harper's investigation.
Non stop battles between Harper and the supernaturals ensue. She finds out about her newly acquired gifts.
The romance between her and Quinton becomes stronger in an unexpected way as you come to find out by the end of the book.
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