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Greywalker by Kat Richardson
on 2 September 2010
I had high hopes for this new series. I like the idea of a 'Greywalker', someone who moves easily between our ordinary, everyday human world, and the parallel world of supernatural beings. The concept fits in to the vampire, supernatural, magic, fantasy genre. So, I approached Kat Richardson with optimism. Unfortunately, she hasn't really delivered.
Greywalker is a coherent story that competently sets the scene for the heroine who is gradually learning about 'the Grey', what it is, and what her new role in it is to be. The plot is a bit thin but solid enough. However, I found the descriptions of 'the Grey' to be far too vague and, at times, boring. I can only imagine filmy grey menacing shapes, flickers on the edge of vision, the cold and smell of the Grey, a wavering silver projection on fog, and other such disparate images so many times before the repetition gets boring. The heroine always seemed to be falling in and out of the Grey. It pushed at her and she pushed back far too many times.Her inability to deal with this phenomenon, which was new and frightening to her, seemed to become a device for padding out the text. I think that Richardson missed out on creating a solid horror story that could have frightened the reader and left one feeling uneasy and edgy. A brave and frightened heroine who is strong and stubborn is interesting. A heroine who appears almost stubbornly stupid when she is in real danger, is not.
I may try the second novel because I suspect that Richardson may be on a learning curve and that her writing will get better. I hope so. As I said, I like the idea of a 'Greywalker'.