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Downpour: A Greywalker Novel Mass Market Paperback – July 3, 2012
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No, we've got a slew of Chinese demons, magically cursed lakes, voodoo zombies and dead bodies turned into soap. Awesome. Kat Richardson's "Downpour" does suffer a little from barely following up on the last Greywalker novel, but it's a strong urban fantasy with plenty of murky gothic Pacific Northwest atmosphere.
After her third death, Harper finds that her Grey powers have been diminished. But not so diminished that she can't hear the pleas of a faint ghost named Steven Leung. So Harper heads out to the Lake Crescent area to find his body and uncover who killed the poor man -- and finds the place swarming with strange, dangerous creatures.
It turns out that the "cursed" lake and the bizarre creatures (monstrous guai, undead deer) are connected to Leung's surviving family, the domineering Jewel and the elusive wild Willow, as well as a bitter ranger, a crazy old man, Chinese demons and a a ley weaver. One of these lake people is a cold-blooded murderer, and Harper might be next if she keeps investigating.
I was a little disappointed in "Downpour" at first, because it seemed to almost avoid the fact that Harper was pretty much dead at the end of the previous book. She doesn't seem to have any physical or mental scars from it, and it's only really mentioned in passing. Fortunately that's the only big pothole in the story.
The rest of it is rich and developed. Richardon writes the story as a sort of Pacific Northwest gothic -- dark, rainy and murky, with shimmering Grey magic and lots of twisted grudges and family struggles.Read more ›
Harper Blaine is out doing some pre-trial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula when she stumbles across a ghostly burning car and its murdered occupant. This ghost wants Harper to find his murderer. In investigating the case of this burned car Harper is drawn into some wicked evil magic involving the Sunset Lakes region.
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. In fact if I hadn't been listening to this on audiobook, while driving, I probably would have stopped reading it after the first half of the book. The mystery setup is very tedious. Harper is out in the middle of nowhere, and because of this, none of the characters or settings we know and love are part of the story. Harper kind of wanders from site to site interrogating people and trying to piece together the mystery of the Sunset Lakes...I just found this tedious and boring. In fact I started to fall asleep during my car ride a couple of times.
I know Richardson is always incredibly detailed in her description of character actions, but usually she focuses on something interesting in the story. I believe the focus of this story was supposed to be Chinese magic and voodoo; but we don't get to learn much about it because the plot is constantly changing focus.
I also missed Quentin.Read more ›
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Downpour: Book 5 in the Paranormal Noir Greywalker series by Kat Richardson
This book is a hard one to not spoiler in the review. Read more
Another great installment in the Greywalker story. The only downside is that every book bring me closer to an end.Published 11 months ago by Johny5ol
Great series to read. Some books are better then others. However, the series as a whole is awesome and I got swept right in!Published 13 months ago by C Porterfield
Really enjoy this series. Harper solves another case. She is out of Seattle and on an Island this time.Published 14 months ago by Rebecca Francis
I have to say, Richardson can really creep a reader out. I was a little disappointed that this book didn't start right where the last one left off, but I understood what was going... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Victoria Cameron
This book is so boring!!! It took me forever to finish it. And I'm a fast reader. In the last 5 months I've read 128 books. So I read a lot. Read morePublished on September 10, 2014 by CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER
I have to admit, I love reading about new creatures in stories I follow. In this book we are introduced to Chinese demons and beings that want to create beauty along with some... Read morePublished on August 29, 2014 by Nemo
All of the Greywalker books are wonderful, can't hardly wait for the next one! Lead character is a reluctant heroine, to put it mildly, but is a really great character. Read morePublished on July 14, 2014 by jeri