Friday, August 13, 2010

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

This is the fifth book is the Greywalker series by Richardson.  Last I heard she was contracted for six books in this series.  This book was a great addition to the series.  I enjoyed how it tied up a lot of the loose threads presented in the previous novels.

In this book Harper returns to Seattle to find things a mess. Edward's been kidnapped, the serpent-like vampires are taking over the city and their leader Wygan has something horrible planned for Harper, if only she knew what.  So all she has to do is rescue her dad's ghost from Wygan, avoid getting killed (again), and figure out what Wygan's big plan is.  Easy right?  Luckily she has Quinton to back her up and will also get some help from the Danzigers.

To be honest I liked the last book "Vanished" a bit better than this one; that one had more action and just plain old more interesting things going on.  But, this book does an excellent job of tying up all the weird random stuff that has been going on throughout the series.  Quinton is in the story a lot more and I enjoyed that; him and Harper have such a nice normal relationship despite all the weird stuff going on around them.  Carlos also joins the story again and it was nice to learn a bit more history about him, he is a really interesting character.  Cameron also makes a reappearance and in a big way.

Not a ton more world-building is done, but we do get to see Harper learn how to do new very awesome things with the Grey, so that is a lot of fun.  As I said there isn't as much action in this book as in previous ones, there is a lot of planning.  Richardson usually focuses on an area of research for each book and that wasn't as apparent in this book.  The research that is presented deals more with the Egyptian vampires than anything else. 

Many things are wrapped up in this story and, given the somewhat cliffhanger ending, I am kind of wondering what will happen to the story after this book.  It seems like most things are resolved and given that there was only one more book on the contract for Richardson I am wondering if book six is going to just be a wrap-up book or if she has had more books added to her contract and we will see the start of another huge storyline with Harper.

Overall a great addition to the series and a must read for fans of this series.  Does a great job of tying up lots of little loose ends.  Not as much action or interesting research as in previous books, but still a fun read all the same.  I look forward to finding out what Richardson does in the next book.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- The 100+ Book Reading Challenge

Labyrinth (Greywalker, Book 5) 

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