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Review: Greywalker, Kat Richardson

greywalkerI’ll admit that I am not the world’s pickiest reader. I adore urban fantasy and I am often very willing to overlook faults in one of these books if one of the elements in the book – the world, character development, general plot, etc – stands up to me as worth reading. I have series in the genre that I adore, like the October Daye and Kate Daniel series, and I have some that I generally keep reading because they’re amusing and quick and keep my mind busy. I never know what to expect when I start a new series, and I’d heard some great reviews of Kat Richardson’s books.

Unfortunately, I completely failed to connect with Greywalker. I just couldn’t become invested or interested in the plot. It seemed like the heroine spent the entire book just talking to people. She’d go to the office, talk to people on the phone, go investigate in the evenings, talk to more people, and so on. It’s a shame because it starts out fantastic. She actually dies for two minutes after being attacked and, when she wakes up, discovers that she can suddenly “see” a whole other dimension of the world which is called the Grey, hence the title of the book. Unfortunately her discovery of the Grey mostly leads to her spending a lot of time talking about it, and when she does experience it, it’s mostly confusing and then needs to be explained. I still don’t really feel like I have a handle on what exactly she can do there or even what it is, probably because she spends most of the book denying that she has this new ability.

There are aspects of it that I should have liked. The setting is a good one. It feels very much like the book was set in the early 90′s. All of the characters have pagers, for one thing, which just seemed odd to me, as I’m mostly too young to have experienced the actual use of pagers in every day life. The book is set in Seattle and has a very rainy, very appropriately grey vibe pervading it. Harper also seems older than a standard urban fantasy heroine, experienced in her job and to a degree set in her ways.

But as a character, she didn’t appeal to me very much. Despite the drastic beginning of the story, she didn’t change very much, and I couldn’t understand why the main love interest was actually attracted to her, especially after a few of the events in the story took place. Not that I liked him much, either; all of the characters felt peculiarly shallow and I didn’t really care what happened to them. Harper is meant to be special, but I couldn’t really figure out why she in particular was special or what purpose she actually served that another person who could see the Grey couldn’t. Maybe my brain was just working too slowly while I was reading, but the details of the story just never fleshed out and became clear.

At this point I’m not sure I want to read the rest of the series. I’ll definitely get it out of the library if I do. Has anyone else continued reading and found it worth persevering?

I purchased this book.

4 comments to Review: Greywalker, Kat Richardson

  • Ugh. Thanks for the heads-up. I really like urban fantasy too, but I like action, not just talking. :) I had to laugh when you mentioned that you couldn’t see why the guy even liked Harper.
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  • I did continue on with this series and have enjoyed it. Things get a little less mundane and more interesting with the next installment. And a much better love interest comes into the picture. But this series is definitely not of the kickass UF variety. More noir detective from the word go.
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  • The main genre of books I read is Urban Fantasy, and I’ve pretty much read all the big series. From various reviews, I decided to give Greywalker a shot. The heroine (and the lead guy) did not gel with me either. Richardson actually uses a lot of physics to build her world, hats off for that, but I felt oddly drained after the book. Not emotionally drained, but like information-overload drain. I blame Greywalker for my sudden aversion to UF since then, which is probably not fair, but it really, really killed my interest in the genre for weeks afterward. :(

  • cgbookcat1

    I appreciate the variety of books you review here!

    Since you appreciate character-driven books, have you encountered the Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller? I just finished my second complete read-through, and am thoroughly hooked.