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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Book Review: Labyrinth by Kat Richardson
Author: Kat Richardson
Series: Greywalker, book 5
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Source: Purchased by reviewer
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P.I. Harper Blaine is back in Seattle. She is back with some new information about her family, and herself. She discovers the man who killed her, and made her a Greywalker may have the answers, but someone killed him while she was away. Now someone is pulling her magical strings, trying to use her power for themselves. The fate of the line between our world, and the grey world may be at stake.
Labyrinth is number five in the Greywalker series. This is a series that readers should start with the first book, Greywalker. In all of them they have separate mysteries, but a lot of things from past books have started to tie in together in the fourth and fifth book. Also relationships around Harper change over time. She has started to solve paranormal cases ever since she become a Greywalker, and in this book a lot of her past comes ahead. From here on out there will be some spoilers in this review from books before the fifth, but I am going to do my best to limit them as much as possible.
The book opens with a Prologue from a third person Quinton POV. We get into his head more than we have, and discover some of what was going on in the city while Harper was away. Quinton is just as sweet as he appears around Harper. He also spies the astet vampires who are much different from the normal vampires. They are often described as snake like, with glowing eyes. They are a major problem when Harper sets on the scene. The main length of her novel is set in her POV.
When Harper arrives back she finds that Edward, the vamp she went to London to help out, has been kidnapped. Around the same time Quinton calls to say someone is trying to get into her apartment. This throws the book into action, which is done well, but it is never sit on the edge of your seat action. I never got the sense that Harper was ever in danger.
Almost all the past friendly characters make appearances, even if they are brief at times. It is enjoyable to catch up with them. There is a thread of urgency through the whole novel which is what kept most of it going, even if I never felt Harper was truly in danger. It also gave you more glimpses of the vampire Carlos who she works closely with. They try to uncover where the other vampire is, and help the normal world. Since his first appearance he has been one of the more interesting paranormal people.
The book is a race towards the end, through the Labyrinth in a literal and catch-the-clues kind of way. I really enjoy this series because I never quite know how Harper is going to weave herself in or out of the problems she gets into. While it is not always edge of the seat thrilling, it is certainly a puzzle, and the right combinations are hardly what I was expecting. It is a great entry in the series, and I look forward to more Harper.