4 Stars Underground by Kat Richardson is a fantastic continuation of our heroine Harper This is a fast and somewhat short story that works by never being boring I loved the further development of our heorine and her interactions with the Grey Underground is a story that centers on a native American urban legend creature.I really like this series. Third in the series The mystery plot seems to move along a little faster in this and we finally get to learnof Quinton, but there s still that blandness holding it back.There s a rich patina of history and in the unlikely event I find myself in Seattle I d love to take that ghost tour underground The concept of raising the street level was fascinating to me, and having the hidden level below Meeting the undergrounders aka tramps held huge potential for characterisation.Unfortunately the characters still don t have any depth or spark It s all strangely passionless, there s no emotion regardless of events, so what should be the most dramatic of scenes is dull The best example of this is near the end Mid dramatic chase we re told Harper parks her car on the grass by some museum specified that s on the corner that leads to. and.., I don t want to hear that, I want to feel she s in danger whereas the fear and urgency get completely diluted.There s always the history lesson We don t know how busy the street is, only that that hotel s been there since the year dot, that there used to be a statue in the square I respect the research and some is interesting but for to me it s too heavily woven in.In this we find out hold old Harper is, she s still skinny to a point where I started to feel fat There s a scene early on in the book where she asks Quinton a question and after the answer we re toldI dismissed the trivalitiesthat made me flinch and the impression stuck with me Harper investigates, when she s not she sits with her ferret, re charges like a machine then continues working Life is full of trivialities, we re supposed to believe these two have become friends so where s the casual chatter the curiosity If you removed the names it would be impossible to guess whose speaking In this we re spared too much of the quirky side kicks so no Irish blarney The witch and her hubby still strike me as obnoxious teenagers in this book, playing on the edge of something dangerous because it s cool view spoiler When Ben is hurt near the end there s no concern, a footnote comment about checking on him and comment later to say he s alive hide spoiler Harper Blaine Was Your Average Small Time PI Until She Died For Two Minutes Now Harper Is A Greywalker Walking The Thin Line Between The Living World And The Paranormal Realm And She S Discovering That Her New Abilities Are Landing Her All Sorts Of Strange CasesPioneer Square S Homeless Are Turning Up Dead And Mutilated, And Zombies Have Been Seen Roaming The Underground The City Buried Beneath Modern Seattle When Harper S Friend Quinton Believes He May Be Implicated In The Deaths, He Persuades Her To Investigate But The Killer Is No Mere Murderer It Is A Creature Of Ancient Legend And Harper Must Deal With Both The Living And The Dead To Stop The Monster And Its Master Unless They Stop Her First I just finished Underground This is Kat Richardson s third novel of her Greywalker series and I love it Her heroine reminds me a bit of Laurell K Hamilton s Anita Blakewithout the sexcapadesor the guiltor the constant killing Ok, maybe not Anita Blake Richardson s heroine is a strong character who wrestles with her choices while always trying to do the right thingeven when it s not the most comfortable thing.Harper diedfor about two minutes When she came back , she came back with the ability to see what she calls the Grey, that realm between the worlds where time and space aren t quite the same She also has the ability to slide into the Greywhere she can see ghosts and the past overlaid on the present, and magic and energies have color and weightvery hard to describe, but very well done In the first book Greywalker , Harper tries to find out why the world is now so different to her, and how she can come to grips with what s happened to her The second book Poltergeist had Harper learning a bitabout her abilities and the rules of the Grey and it s also where Harper finds out there arecreatures living in both worlds than she ever knew Each book has a mystery and Harper earns her living as a private investigator, so by now we know that when a case gets dropped in Harper s lap, there s going to be something a big, or a lot, strange about it.This time something is killing the homeless in Seattle s Underground When her friend Quinn worries that he may be connected to the case, he asks Harper for her help What these two find out while investigating isn t pretty, but it IS pretty darn dangerous Harper also has to deal with a few vampires, a witch or two, some necromancers, ghosts galore, creatures from Native American folklore, and her boyfriend who knows nothing about Harper s other lifeand doesn t want to.This series has sucked me in but good As soon as I pick up the new book I m out of touch with this world until I finish Harper is someone I d like to have a beer withas long as she assured me there weren t any unseen things hanging about If you like fantasy, give Harper a shot The first two books are in paperback, but this one is only available in hardcover I have all three on my keeper shelf 3 I think I liked this one better than the previous two I wish I could put my finger on why I m not finding it compelling enough to keep returning in the back to back way that I usually attack completed series, but there it is I like it well enough to continue, but I m perfectly happy to slide other things in between books in the series. Best yet Good mystery, nice character development, as well as her relationship with Quinton. This is the third book in the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson The 4th book, Vanished, had already been released and the 5th book, Labyrinth, is due out August 2010 There are six books under contract for this series last that I heard I enjoyed this book and thought it was a good addition to the series I listened to this on audio book The audio book was fairly well done, sometimes the narrator has trouble distinguishing the different male voices, but other than that it was easy to listen to.In this book Quentin contacts Harper about some weirdness happening in Seattle s Underground Homeless people are going missing and are found dead Even creepier, body parts have been found in the Underground and the occasional zombie has been seen wandering around The weather has been strangely cold and wintery Harper needs to figure out how this is all connected and find out if it is a threat to Seattle This time the vampires bow out of helping but luckily Harper has the very resourceful Quentin at her side.As mentioned in previous reviews for this series, these books are mysteries with a paranormal bent to them There isn t much romance, there is some action, but most of the book is focused on solving the case through investigative work I again enjoyed Harper s analytical mind and practicality in getting the case solved It was wonderful to learn some of Quentin s secrets too He is a great character and I enjoyed having him play such a big role in this story.As with previous books Richardson really does her research and gives us extensive detail on both the Underground of Seattle and the history of the Native Americans of that area I enjoy this detail, but I could understand how some people might find it cumbersome So again, if you have read previous books you are familiar with this, Richardson goes into great detail on things and I really enjoyed learning about them.Harper does a great job incorporating the skills she has learned as a Greywalker in previous books to help solve her current case It was nice to see Harper making use of all that she had learned Additionally she again learns some new things about her power as a Greywalker The overall story is nicely summed up, as it has been with each book in this series I am really enjoying this series The books aren t incredibly exceptional but they are very well done and make for enjoyable reads I love trying to race Harper to the conclusion of the mystery Richardson does an excellent job summing things up and at the end of this book there is a little teaser to what the next book is going to be about.Overall this has been an excellent series and this book was no exception to that I look forward to reading the 4th book, Vanished, in this series. It s official Underground, Book 3 of Kat Richardson s Greywalker series, is ten pounds of fun in a five pound jar And I say that not just because the ship I was hoping for in this series sets sail as of this installment, either.Now, zombies are the up and coming thing in urban fantasy these days, it seems So I m seeingandestablished series spend at least a little time doing a zombie plot, and this book is the Greywalker series turn That said, it s less of a zombie plot than you might expect, since what you get is a lotsupernatural of origin than it is viral or chemical, which seems to be where most zombie plots get started Plus, as the plot really gets its feet under it, there s a lot involving Native American mythos of the Pacific Northwest and this in particular helps anchor the story well and firmly in this locale I ve read my share of urban fantasy where the setting isn t terribly vivid, books you could set in any American city and have them still work as plots this one, not so much And I love it.And like I said above, the ship I was hoping to see launch does indeed launch in this book, which fills my little heart with glee It s not without a bittersweet note to it, since it s in the wake of Harper having to go through the deeply unpleasant experience of someone else she cares about being unable to deal with the life she s chosen to lead Yet it s all for the good Look for the tasty, tasty background revelations that come out about a certain mysterious hacker type of Harper s acquaintance, which was for me by far the best part of the book Four stars. Okay, this series continues to entertain me muchthan I initially expected it to I was so pleased to get a copy of Underground for my birthday and I immediately dived right in It picks up shortly after the events of Poltergeist and Harper is still dealing both physically and emotionally with the fallout from her ghost busting stint Things with tall, blond, and lanky Will are less than stellar and distraction comes in the form of Harper s mysterious friend Quinton who shows up on her doorstep demanding she investigate a rather gruesomely dead body he ran across on the train tracks It s not the first dead body to be found in a similar state in recent weeks and Harper and Quinton discover up close and personally that it won t be the last either Together they traipse through the uncanny city underneath Seattle s streets in search of a mythical monster who may or may not be eating the city s homeless and may or may not be controlled by an ancient Native American god.Once again, I simply love the way Kat Richardson describes Harper s Seattle And this time around she s added Quinton s Seattle a very different city altogether, populated by the homeless and the dissident, and located entirely underground I ve been wantingon this particular character and storyline and Underground provides a satisfying amount of info while still saving a few secrets for future installments Just like Harper, I was sucked into the mysteries behind each underground inhabitant, particularly Quinton and just who he s hiding from and why This book had a slightly grander feel than its predecessors by nature of the monster they re fighting and I loved the inclusion of Seattle sunusual history as well as the Native American legend and language Harper remains a likable, scrappy character who I look forward to following If you enjoyed Greywalker, make sure you pick this one up Definitely my favorite Greywalker book thus far. I always expectand want these books to be better than they are I forgot, in the elapsed time between the last one I read and this one exactly why I hadn t picked it up sooner.I like good urban fantasy, and like many I try most new series hoping for good reads These don t stink I read the first 2 and then set the series asidebecause they just aren t that good They are a good idea, and they at times begin to draw me in, but then always lose me.This one started out slowly but finally picked up once Harper sort of got her private life a little sorted outin a way, a little, maybe, we hope Well, maybe almost sorted out , or something, sigh Some of you likeromance in your books than I do Some doesn t bother me if it s handled right, but please deliver me from soap opera I will say nolest I include a spoilerbut suffice it to say we needed to get the romance angle handled so we could move on with the story.Here we follow Harper Blaine intoGrey trouble I m not sure why it s not Gray trouble since Ms Richardson is American, but I suppose it s not that importantjust makes one wonder as homeless people vanishor have become zombies.A note here, some writers can do social commentary in there books and not have it get in the way of the story, others.not so much Nuff said.The story rambles about a bit and then picks up It drew in my interest, and lost it again several times I ll give the writer this that after positing a fairly far out answer to her plot even for a supernatural novel she stayed with it and didn t flinch awayeven when it did get a little silly.With a mixture of strengths and weaknesses the book didn t completely drive me away, and I may get the audio of the next one I had already listed it as to read as I can listen as I do other things but so far these are still far from reads I d search out.
Bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels Former theater brat, singer, dancer, gemology and jewelry course writer, liveaboard boater, and editor Currently lives in the wilds of far western Washington with her husband and dogs.
- 352 pages
- Underground (Greywalker, #3)
- Kat Richardson
- 28 April 2018 Kat Richardson