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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In this latest offering in Kat's Greywalker series and one that really brings a lot of events to a head. Its engaging, it brings back past characters and it definitely will keep the reader hopping (and hoping) right to the very end. Whilst it isn't the end of the series it does close a significant chapter in the principle characters life. Add to the mix emotional angst, some pretty scary truths and topped off with a none stop plot and its definitely a real joy to read. For me, whilst not the authors best, its not far off. This title really will please the reader and give them something a bit new to play with, as well as generating a tale that you won't put down once you've started.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The previous books of the Greywalker series were pretty much standalones -- with a little backstory, you could pop in and read anywhere. Not so with "Labyrinth." Kat Richardson gathers together all the hanging plot threads from previous novels and knots them tightly together, in a prose that glitters with dark frost. The only downside: it moves rather slowly.

Upon her return from London, Harper discovers that some nasty stuff has been happening while she was gone -- Edward has mysteriously vanished (courtesy of Wygan), Grey creatures are trying to get into her apartment, and the man who temporarily killed her has been murdered. And Harper soon finds that her sensitivity to the Grey is becoming more acute, meaning she's closer to whatever Wygan wants her to be.

The key to defeating Wygan may lie with Harper's dead father, but he's trapped in a magical prison. To reach him, Harper has to unlock a magical riddle and find a pair of antique puzzle balls -- and when she discovers what Wygan's plan is, she must discover a way to stop the ancient vampire-god before he unleashes the ultimate nightmare on the world.

"Labyrinth" is all about the subplots -- Richardson snatches up dozens of plot threats and knits them together, mostly about trapped ghosts, the asetem-ankh-astet, vampire politics, and Wygan's evil plan. And Harper spends the book drifting through a grey, bleak world filled with dangerous stuff, struggling not to lose herself to the Grey.

The downside of all those subplots: the writing is kind of patchy here, with long stretches where nothing really happens, and the characters do a LOT of talking. But on the other hand, her prose ("frost flowers" and "silver mist") and her dialogue ("Once he was worshipped as a god... but as the world changed and he was forgotten as a god, he chose to take the form of a man") are soaked with poetry. And she conjures up some truly chilling scenes both inside and outside the Grey.

I don't know if this book is intended to be the ending of the series, since many major plot threads are wrapped up. But there are some truly shocking twists, and it should be interesting to see what is next.

Harper has changed a lot through the Greywalker series, but she goes through some nasty growing pangs in this book. In particular, she has to face up to the harm that her powers have done to others, especially when she sees the mad broken creature that Will has become. But at the same time, her determination makes her grow stronger even as her life spirals out of control.

"Labyrinth" suffers from some boring stretches, but the poetic descriptions of the Grey and the the strong central story almost make up for them. It takes a little patience, but it's worth the ride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
Harper learns a lot more about herself in this sequel to the first 4 books, if you haven't read them I recommend you read them all first as the story builds up with each one.
Will she survive the challenge that only she can perform, will she have changed?
In this novel her friends are all endangered, nobody who knows her is safe.
It seemed a longer book than the previous 4, took me a long time to read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the Greywalker series, I'm just hoping there will be another installment as it wasn't tied up satisfactorily enough for me, I really enjoy Urban fantasy and this rates alongside C.E Murphys The Walker Papers another really enjoyable series.
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on 25 March 2013
Bought this as i thought it was the first in a series but it isn't and the first ones are not available in e-book format, this appears to be a big oversight in trying to sell them, so after reading a single page it sits on my Kindle unread until they get their damned act together and bring the previous books to the format... one wonders if they have even thought about this problem at all.
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on 4 June 2012
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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