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Friday, November 9, 2012
Book Review: Downpour by Kat Richardson
Author: Kat Richardson
Series: Graywalker, book 6
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Source: Purchased by reviewer
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Reviewed by: Beth
P.I. Harper Blaine visits the Olympic Peninsula while investigating someone’s background for a client. While she is there she sees a ghostly car crash around the Sunset Lakes. It is soon made clear the ghost in the crash wants her help. When she returns to Seattle the Guardian Beast also wants her to solve the mystery, and fix the balance/grid at the Sunset Lakes.
Downpour is the sixth book in Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series. It’s best to start with the first book in this series Greywalker, to understand the relationships between some of the characters. Downpour could be read by itself. It is a self-contained thriller/mystery, but some of the side plot lines that run through the entire series might get confusing.
Harper soon learns that mages have infested the lake community. They are stealing their power from the lakes. The lakes have more power than they should. Something is wrong with the power, and with the denizens around the lake. Some magic users are extremely strong, while others are deathly ill. It is up the Harper to figure out why and how to fix it. The book shines when it comes to the lakes, and the areas around. Richardson richly highlights the areas where Harper visits. It’s easy to see she does a good amount of research, and how she incorporates it in the story makes it believable. New mythos blends into the magic system, and connects it all to the grey. I really enjoyed the use of Chinese myths in this one.
(Next paragraph is a minor spoiler if you haven’t read the books before this one.)
The side romantic plotline between Harper and Quinton grows, and I enjoy them as a couple. Quinton might be one of my favorite stand-by-your-woman characters in fiction. He brings a lot of nifty gadgets to the table when Harper is in the middle of figuring something out. He isn’t overbearing and he doesn’t shelter. Instead he is understanding, paranoid and there when Harper needs him. In this book their relationship evolves more than I have seen it in the past.
There is a full mix of new characters that are introduced in this book; magic users, demons and all sorts of creepy ghosts. It’s all about atmosphere here, which is pulled off in style. I finished it over Halloween, and although it is mostly mystery, it has tons of creepy. While I would never call this series, or book gory, it does have a creepy factor. Ghosts in states of ill repair, zombies, demons, man eating sofas, and even walking trees pile in the creepy. The mystery itself is detailed, and hard to piece together. This makes it so I put it together with Harper, instead of before her.
Downpour is a great addition to this series. At times it became nearly impossible to put down. At other times the detail can get a little dense. It can slow up the flow of the ever seeming expanding book, but then it picks back up just as fast.
I am excited that the next book, Seawitch, is already out and happens to be on my shelf. Richardson always surprises me with the amount of new stuff packed into the pages. This is one of the better mystery/thriller(ish) Urban Fantasy series.