Possession (Greywalker Novels (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 6 Aug 2013
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Praise for Kat Richardson's Greywalker Novels:
"Standing head and shoulders above the plethora of urban fantasies, Richardson's latest tale should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Tanya Huff's Victoria Nelson series."--"Library Journal"
"Richardson's once-playful Harper is clearly evolving into a supernatural force to be reckoned with."--"Publishers Weekly"
"Harper is one of my favorite paranormal detectives....This series is one of the best examples of true urban fantasy."--Night Owl Reviews
"Richardson has such a natural knack for storytelling...completely captivating."--"CrimeSpree Magazine "
Praise for Kat Richardson s Greywalker Novels:
Standing head and shoulders above the plethora of urban fantasies, Richardson s latest tale should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher s Dresden Files and Tanya Huff s Victoria Nelson series. "Library Journal"
Richardson s once-playful Harper is clearly evolving into a supernatural force to be reckoned with. "Publishers Weekly"
Harper is one of my favorite paranormal detectives....This series is one of the best examples of true urban fantasy. Night Owl Reviews
Richardson has such a natural knack for storytelling...completely captivating. "CrimeSpree Magazine""
About the Author
Kat Richardson lives aboard a boat in Seattle with her husband and a small pit bull who is not the world s largest ferret, no matter how she pretends. Kat rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and has been known to swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym."
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I was happy to see the vampires Carlos and Cameron show back up in Possession. For those who haven't read this series, the vampires aren't the romantic kind. They are powerful forces in the Grey and lethal in the normal world. The King of the Seattle vampires is indebted to Harper, which I am not sure she sees as a good thing. In the last book, Seawitch, we found out Quinton's father has discovered the Grey and what it holds. The secret world of the Grey is now in danger of being exploited by people who have no idea what they are messing with. I hope we will see more of the vampires in future books. I love the dynamic between Harper and Carlos. For someone who has trust issues to begin with Harper will be pushed to her limits with him. I really enjoyed how the origin of the "big bad" unfolds in this book. Richardson created a clever plot twist.
One of the best things about this series is the visual richness of Kat Richardson's prose. You experience the Grey with all your senses and there isn't another world quite like this one. Richardson also researched a lot of Seattle's ghost history and incorporated into her story. There is an author's note at the end of the book where she explains what parts are real and where she embellished a bit. The amount of research the author must invest into the Greywalker series in general is impressive and evident in her writing.
I suggest starting this series with book one. Harper's knowledge, and therefore the reader's, of the Grey has evolved over the course of the series and things might not make sense if you jump in this late in the game. You must also love Chaos. (people who have read any book in the series will get this reference <G>)
-She grinned, but it faded quickly and she peered at me. "You do that. But just one thing, Miss Pokes-Things-with-Sticks--can you tell me what I'm doing here? I haven't been around in such a long time and yet... here I am again."
"I'm afraid I don't know. Where have you been until now?"
"Dead, honey. I'm plumb sure of it." She said, turning away, cackling and fading from my sight.
-"This had become so ordinary to me over time that explaining it was hard. Getting my understanding of the what and why of the Grey, ghosts and monsters into the air on a stream of words was like trying to sculpt smoke."
5 "hungry" Sheep
Review: Kat Richardson's Greywalker series is unique because of it's heavy of use of science to explain the supernatural and the low drama quotient. And the books keep getting better and better.
Although one of the strengths of the series is that science can explain magic, sometimes it becomes cumbersome. However in this book, it was lightened in favor of plot, and it was a smart decision. This book heavily focused on Harper's detective skills and her, expert navigation of the Grey. Harper's had a lot to deduce from the minimal information she had, and Richardson presented Harper's detective skills well. Also, action packed fight sequences occurred in this book, particularly the confrontation Carlos and Quinton had with Quinton's father, where my heart raced in anticipation.
Since there were not much new magic involved, the magic we saw was an expansion of the already established world. Carlos and Cameron returned, and Carlos used his powers efficiently. Carlos is my favorite character in the whole series. A complex vampire, he embodies both the evilness of dead and the kindness of humanity. Carlos and Harper make a good team, their magic complement to each other.
Speaking of relationships, Harper and Quinton's relationship was challenged. Quinton's dad is in town, and he created havoc. Quinton is sensitive when it comes to his father, and Harper has to balance the costs to the grey to the costs to her relationship. I think they are sweet together, but I wish they would let down their walls a bit more around each other.
Not only do I have no complaints for this installment, I am itching to go back and read it again. I am very much looking forward to the next book, where I think major confrontation is going to happen between the good guys (Harper and Quinton) and the bad guys (evil government spies).
Sex: References to sex, kissing
Violence: Fighting, both physical and magical
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Series Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Quote: "He doesn't seem to know what I am. Yet. Once he figures it out, though, we'll be in some deep kimchee. Well, I will. Your kimchee remains about the same."
Next Book: No name or date yet, but apparently it's going to have dragons?? Who doesn't love dragons?
Harper Blaine--P.I., advocate for the downtrodden, and Greywalker--is called upon to help those in need and as a Greywalker, Blaine can travel between two worlds, ours and the realm of the paranormal. Blaine excels in cases that any normal P.I. would run from screaming, if they could get away, that is.
Blaine's life becomes complicated when she takes on a case of what seems to be a simple possession. But nothing is ever straightforward in Blaine's life and this case is no exception. A comatose woman is sitting up, painting like a madman, and speaking gibberish. Medically, there is no explanation. From a paranormal standpoint, it's a different story and this frail, sheath of a woman is surrounded by spirits.
If this were just one case of possession, it might not be so dire, but when Blaine finds two additional patients experiencing persistent vegetative state who are also acting extraordinarily, she begins to work on the thread that links them. Blaine can see there's a link, one she just has to ferret out, and finds that areas of Seattle, specifically the Pike Place Market, are where she's being led. Bizarre happenings are occurring and Blaine is fighting against father time in a race for the lives of the victims--those three innocent souls trapped in the deadly grasp of ghosts. She learns that the history of the Market leads back to real life horrors including a woman who, many years dead, is still searching for victims.
However, as I stated before, Blaine's life is complicated. Her husband-in-spirit, Quinton, is busy trying to undermine his father's work and she's trying to be a supportive loved one. But, when Quinton's father sets his sights on Blaine, she doesn't know how long she'll be able to hide her links to the paranormal.
"Possession" has it all: crisp writing, engaging storylines, and a champion and cast of characters you can root for. Always recommended.
Reviewed by Shannon Raab for Suspense Magazine ■