Possession by Kat Richardson

September 6th, 2013 Kimberly Review 52 Comments

6th Sep
Possession by Kat Richardson
by Kat Richardson
Series: Greywalker #8
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading 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” cases. When a comatose woman suddenly wakes up and starts painting scenes she’s never witnessed, with a skill she’s never had, medical science has no explanation. As more bizarre phenomena manifest, including mysterious writing appearing on the patient’s skin and strange voices issuing from her mouth, even her doctors start to wonder whether the woman may be possessed. Frustrated, frightened, and at the end of her rope, the patient’s sister reluctantly turns to Harper Blaine to discover who—or what—is occupying her sister’s body. As Harper digs into this case of apparent possession, she discovers other patients struck with the same mystifying afflictions and a disturbing connection to one of the most gruesome episodes in Washington’s history...

The Greywalker series by Kat Richardson is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I love the kick-ass protagonist Harper Blaine, the Seattle setting and Richardson’s unique storytelling. Possession, the eighth book in this series, was one of my most highly anticipated releases this year and I am delighted to share it with you. Three word review: mystery, mediums and possession. Oh my!

Harper accepts a case regarding a comatose patient that sits up and begins painting pictures and muttering words. There are no medical explanation for this behavior.  When Harper observes the patient in the grey she can see ghosts swarming around her and a dark form she cannot make out. As Harper explores she finds other cases. This is an anomaly that should not be occurring and somehow they are all tied to horrific events from Seattle’s history. The tale that unfolds was suspenseful and had Harper relying on vampires, mediums and ghosts.

Harper Blaine is a kick-ass private investigator,  she has died twice and has this unique ability to walk the thin line between the paranormal world and the living. She is known as a Greywalker, and keeps the peace between both worlds. We once again see growth in Harper and her abilities with the help of Carlos the vampire and a medium. I love how relentless she is, and how she protects those around her. The woman does not whine and is such a fighter! She is driven and fearless but thinks before acting which is refreshing as most women in this genre tend to leap first and ask questions later. She has solid, if not unusual relationship with Quinton, and we see some growth from her on this. Quinton is mostly absent from this episode as he works to stop his father but their cases cross paths, placing them both in danger. Carlos has a big presence in this novel and I cannot help but both fear, and swoon over this smexy vampire. The malevolent spirit involved was downright creepy in the afterlife and terrifying in life. *shivers*

Possession was high on mystery and low on action, although when it occurred it was intense and kept me flipping the pages at a maddening pace. Most of the case occurs in and around Pike’s Market. Having visited,  the scenes came to life for me and Richardson nailed the details. She wove in actual historical events giving the tale an eerily realistic feel that gave me the shivers and kept me enthralled. The use of a medium, the demonic possessions and the grey all enhanced the story. Fans of paranormal activity and possessions will delight in Richardson’s interpretations of them. Richardson continues to advance the overall ARC, and to flesh-out her characters. She allows me to become swept up in the tale and lose myself. I consumed this much too quickly and enjoyed the change of pace.

Fans of mystery and urban fantasy with flesh-out, kick-ass characters will enjoy Possession and the Greywalker series. This author/series is an auto-buy for me and once again I find myself drooling for the next installment.

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52 Responses to “Possession by Kat Richardson”

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’ve always admired Harper, she is strong, and yet restrained and there is so much to like about her. I’ve also always appreciated her relationship with Quinton. I’m behind on this series but I should really catch up since I know it’s awesome. Great review.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I hope you catch up, Seawitch was one of my favorites in the series, and this one with it’s historical ties, was pretty dang good. I like Quinton too.

  2. pabkins

    High on mystery and low on action and still ended up that good. I better start this series sometime soon!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love, love, love this series, each book gets better and better!

  3. aurian

    I really have to continue reading the first book, but well, I have some trouble with it.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      the first book is the roughest in my opinion and each book just gets better and better till your heart explodes 🙂

  4. Berls

    I need to start this series – it’s been on my TBR for a while and this one just sounds so good! I skimmed your review (just in case there were spoilers from earlier books) and I’m thinking I need to bump the series up a few slots on my TBR.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I try very hard to make all my reviews spoiler free, since I want the reader to experience it. I hope you start it soon, it is one of my all time favs.

  5. Kimberly

    I love Urban Fantasy! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this one before (I’ve been living under a rock this summer). I know you recommended the first one in the series to me ages back but I can believe there’s already this many books in the series. Guess I better get a move on and get my read on!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The first book Greywalker published in 2006 and each year I wait and drool for the next book..LOL

      • Kimberly

        I love/hate that feeling of waiting for a book! I was so lucky to find that my library has the entire series in the system so guess who has the first one on it’s way to her branch. I can’t wait to read it 🙂

  6. Candace

    I read the first book in this series when it came out and haven’t read any since. Now I have a LOT of books to catch up on! I love the Seattle setting too. For me a lot of it is because it’s familiar though.

  7. Lauren

    I have the first few books in this series and now I’m kicking myself for not having started them! This sounds like an awesome book and a kickass heroine. I love Seattle too, so I’m excited to hear that the setting comes alive for you. Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The first book is the roughest in my opinion but if you enjoy it, you will totally fall in love with this series like me! This is one that I count down the days between releases!

  8. Braine

    I skimmed because I haven’t read this yet and I agree that Harper is one badass heroine and P.I.

    I love this series and the fact that KRichardson uses different types of myth and lore with every book.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I knew there was a reason I liked you! Agree with everything you said!

  9. Carmel

    Your review reminded me that you’ve already recommended this series to me and I have yet to read it. I met Kat Richardson at RT this year too so I really should get on that…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really like her, and yes this is one series I count down between release dates..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo you need to play catch up, I count the months between release dates..LOL

  10. Kim { Book Swoon }

    I love a kick-ass heroine, and Harper Blaine sounds like a great one. She kind of reminds me of Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. Thanks for sharing another great book Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I haven’t read a Andrews book in forever..hmm might need to fix that

  11. Heidi

    I am on the hunt for some great new UF series next year and this looks like a series I need to check out, especially if it is still going strong on book eight! I am adding it to my list! Have a terrific weekend!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She is grounded, and fearless, and I think you would like her. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed, and I thank Paul Goat Allen every time I read one of her books, he recommended her to me 🙂

  12. Michelle

    Wow, 8 books in the series already. This looks good and I like a series that I can read a bunch of books at once. I may have to see if my library has this series.

    Thanks for the great review Kimba!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

  13. Andrea

    I clearly don’t read enough Urban Fantasy. I’m not familiar with this author or series, but after 8 books, it still sounds great.
    Glad you enjoyed!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah this has been around since 2009 and she puts out one a year..the wait is always killer!

  14. kindlemom1

    Can you believe that I haven’t tried this series yet? *Sigh* it looks like I am going to have to rectify that. I had no idea you loved this series so much Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      The books release once a year, so I’ve only done three posts regarding the series, book 6, 7 and a post talking about my love for the series..LOL

  15. Jenea

    I love a good mystery and this one sounds really good. Great review. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oooh you need to pick them back up, book one was in my opinion the roughest, and each book has just gotten better 🙂

  16. Tanja

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this series before. I really started enjoying UF lately and I must give this series a try. I’m so glad that the eight book in the series didn’t disappoint. Great review 🙂
    PS. Is this the last book in series?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this series, each book involves a case and moves the overall ARC.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This one was different, but the case was so interesting, I couldn’t put it down.

  17. Judy-Ree

    I love this series and have from the first book. It is currently sitting on my e-reader waiting for me to get a break to read it without interruptions or other distractions (like deadlines). Glad to see that the series is still going strong.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Woot..another Richardson fan 🙂 Enjoy Judy-Ree this was a good one 🙂