- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (June 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451461320
- ISBN-13: 978-0451461322
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 2, 2009
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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." Fast-paced fun, this first novel will captivate fans of Charmed, Buffy and Charlaine Harris (Definitely Dead). (Oct.)
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Greywalker is detective story that uses paranormal aspects to solve the cases. I adored the book as it started out and was fascinated by Harper's transition into a Greywalker. What turned me off about the book was the number of things happening all at the same time - too many villians, too many agendas, too many different species, too many unexplained events. The second half of the book became more and more complicated, with Harper constantly being sucked dry. In fact, the second half of the book I actually got tired of Harper constantly, constantly stating how tired she was, how wrung out, how nauseated, how sick, how weak, how cold - you get the picture. At one point, I wished she would just kill herself. I probably will buy a second book to see if Harper gains some equilibrium with the Grey and actually becomes useful, because the series does show some real promise.
There is plenty of action, but little in-depth characterization, which seems odd. As is the current trend, this book is written in the first person, so we should know every emotional feeling our heroine has, but we don't. She seems extremely disconnected with the other players. Even the one sexual relationship was a literal "wham-bam" that lacked substance, and came from out of nowhere. She comes home after being nearly killed (again), the next chapter immediately starts with her getting out of bed with a virtual stranger we had met a chapter or two before. Whoa! Hello? It was so completely out of the blue, I actually flipped back a few pages to see where I missed the setup.
Back to the action, which seems to be the only area that has substance. Too much substance. The author definitely doesn't disconnect from the ugly side of things. From the beginning we are thrown into the brutal beating that causes her to (apparently) die for a couple of minutes. You felt every bruise. From this point she gets pummeled and slashed on a pretty regular basis, meets a couple who supposedly understands "The Grey", takes on vampires, evil entities that will destroy the world, gets nauseous (a lot, and describes it constantly), barters her soul, puts her friends in danger... you can't stop reading, it's like watching a train wreck. You know it's bad form to keep ogling and watching the pain of the scene, but you can't seem to walk away.
Three stars because I couldn't put this book down, but to be honest, I'm a little ashamed that I didn't.
The lack of description just continued over into the characters, none of which you'll be pining for at the end. The main character never gave a reason why you should really be rooting for her and care what happens to her personnally.Plus I was just past the middle of the book and thinking, when is the actual plot going to start.
Sorry this wasn't a book for me and I'll pretty much read anything in the fantasy/romance genre.