Monday, 24 May 2010

Greywalker - Book Review

Greywalker by Kat Richardson

What is it about:
PI Harper Blaine sees a strange shift in clientele in Richardson's dizzy urban fantasy debut. After being dead for two minutes as a result of a clobbering by an angry perp, Harper discovers icky side effects complicate her Seattle life in unexpected ways—she sees ghosts and attracts otherworldly business as she pops in and out of a shadowy overlapping world. Harper seeks the assistance of Ben Danziger, self-proclaimed "ghost guy" and linguistics professor, and his wife, Mara, a witty Irish witch. They educate Harper on the Grey, "a place between our world and the next." Harper tries to maintain a normal life, dating a sexy antiques expert while battling wits with Seattle's vampire king, but being a Greywalker means she can only "pass for human."

What did I think of it:
This book had lots of potential, but didn't deliver. The writing was good, the story idea was good, but the characters were a bit one dimensional and the story fell flat. There were a couple of storylines that didn't seem to be connected and the story felt kind of 'wobbly' because of that. And when the storylines finally did meet it didn't feel natural, but more like a convenient solution to wrap things up. Besides that this book had a romantic storyline that was both unnecessary and bland. Harper had more connection with one of the other characters than with her love interest in my opinion.

And one advice to all the Urban Fantasy writers out there:
If you do not like Goths and/or Roleplayers, please do not write about them if you can't leave your dislike out of it. Goths and Roleplayers are part of your reader group and believe me: Nothing is as off putting as an author doing a bit of Goth or Roleplayer bashing.

Why should you read it:
The idea of the Grey is really cool I must say.


Larissa said...

I have ti agree that is definitely leaves something to be desired, but I love this series and the next books do get much, much better! =)))

Alice Audrey said...

I'm not generally a character oriented reader, but the plot over all doesn't sound very strong.

Sullivan McPig said...

@Larissa: Hmmm, I might give the other books a try in that case.

@Alice: if the plot had been a bit better than it is I'd have looked past the flat characters