Turmoil, sickness, and destruction are sweeping through Europe - and its effects are being felt all the way across the world in Seattle. Harper Blaine and her lover, Quinton, suspect that Quinton’s father, James Purlis - and his terrifying Ghost Division - are involved. Following a dark trail of grotesque crimes and black magic across the Old World, the pair slowly draws closer to their quarry. But finding and dismantling the Ghost Division won’t be enough to stop the horror that Purlis has unwittingly set in motion. An ancient and forgotten cult has allied with Quinton’s mad father. And their goals are far more nightmarish than Harper and Quinton - or even Purlis - could ever imagine. The pursuit leads to Portugal, where the desecrated tomb of a sleeping king and a temple built of bones recall Harper’s very first paranormal case and hold clues to the cult’s true intentions. Harper and Quinton will need all the help they can get to avert a necromantic cataclysm that could lay waste to Europe and drag the rest of the world to the brink of war.
©2014 Kathleen Richardson (P)2014 Recorded Books
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the ninth book in the Greywalker series. I have really enjoyed this investigative urban fantasy series and how each book focuses on a new topic. This was a wonderful continuation of the series in which the vampire necromancer Carlos plays a large role.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator for this series sounds exactly like I imagine Harper would sound. She also does a great job distinguishing between character voices and adding emotion to her narration. Definitely a series I would recommend listening to on audiobook if you like audiobooks.
In this book Harper rushes over to Europe after getting an urgent request for her help from Quintin, Carlos accompanies her. Quintin has uncovered a plot initiated by his father to take out vast portions of Europe; the whole scheme involves a bone mage cult.
This was a well done continuation of the Greywalker series. A lot of major plot points are wrapped up in this book. I enjoyed that Harper and Quintin were actually both in the story together again.
Harper has grown a lot throughout this series. She’s become a very able Greywalker and makes good decisions when she is navigating the Grey. I love that her and Quintin have a loving a stable relationship and trust each other implicitly. There isn’t a ton of romance in this book, but I have enjoyed watching Harper and Quintin form a stable relationship with one another.
We spend a lot of time with Quintin’s family in this story. Quintin's fathers is causing most of the issues here, so he is in the story quite a bit. We also meet Quintin's sister and niece.
There is a lot of history on Carlos, he features in the story a ton. We learn how he ended up becoming both a vampire and a necromancer. We also learn about his family and wife. The majority of the story takes place in Portugal, so we get to learn a lot about the history of that country and about some of the traditions there.
As I have mentioned before this won’t be the type of urban fantasy everyone will love. Richardson has a very analytical and precise writing style, she gives a lot of information to the reader quickly and has a lot of detail. I really enjoy this style and I love how Richardson does research into a new place/topic every book. In this book we learn a ton about Portugal and Portuguese traditions.
Overall I continue to really enjoy this investigative urban fantasy series. All the books in this series have had excellent mysteries with a heavy dose of paranormal/ghost elements. I love that some of the major plot points were wrapped up and am curious to see what adventures the future holds for Harper and Quintin.
Having just finished listening to the entire series in preparation for Revenant I can say the growth shown by KR's characters is deeply satisfying. They have flaws, sometimes they whine, but I feel as if they are real people struggling with choices that, other than the monsters, are the same choices I or anyone else have to make in our lives. In the author's note KR wrote of not being able to go to Portugal, but her description gave me the sense of having been there and compared favorably to her previous Greywalker novels. Revenant setup the situation quickly and then took off in a roller coaster ride that was apocalyptic. As you can tell I enjoyed the entire series and Mia Barron's narration fit seamlessly and her pronunciation was never jarring.
Quenton sounded a bit whiny but the worst was Carlos. It sounded like a computer generated voice, all monotone with no inflection whatsoever. I understand that he is supposed to be a vampire without much emotion, but this went way beyond that. Ruined the book for me.
Really good ending to a great series. Just read it rather than listening to it.
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