Thursday, May 27, 2010

Review - Underground (Greywalker, Book 3) by Kat Richardson (4/5 stars)

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.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- The 100+ Book Reading Challenge
- Thiller and Suspense Challenge
Underground (Greywalker, Book 3) 

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