Labyrinth (Greywalker Series #5)

Labyrinth (Greywalker Series #5)

by Kat Richardson
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Labyrinth (Greywalker Series #5) by Kat Richardson

To find the ghost of her killer-and rescue her father-Harper Blaine will have to enter into the Grey. And with her growing powers pulling her deeper into that paranormal world, she's afraid she may not be able to come back out.

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ISBN-13: 9780451463364
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Greywalker Series , #5
Pages: 355
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kat Richardson lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, a crotchety old cat, and two ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and does not own a TV.

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Labyrinth (Greywalker Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This fifth installment in the Greywalker saga is a wonderful confluence of investigative mystery, magical journey and desperate fight against an ancient evil. It features a humanized and besieged protagonist, her engaging geek boyfriend and a cast of supernatural characters that includes a centuries old vampire necromancer, a malicious blood mage, a spiteful vampire servant, a begrudged ghost and a bizarre, ancient vampire. The narrative is fast-paced, twisting, inventive and intense. The descriptions of magic and magical places are vivid and the characters and supernatural creatures are imaginative. The story is amazingly self-contained. No past knowledge of the earlier books is required to understand and enjoy the narrative. Nonetheless, it provides gratifying answers to many past questions in the series and ingeniously concludes a major story arc. The story begins with the protagonist, P.I. Harper Blaine, returning to Seattle armed with knowledge that an ancient Egyptian vampire, currently named Wygan, orchestrated a deadly assault against her, two years prior, causing her clinical death and resultant ability to traverse the 'grey', (a veiled realm of ghosts and other supernatural creatures). She's also gained insight into her father's death-by-suicide as well as the probable reason behind his missing ghost. Vowing to release her father's ghost and somehow defeat Wygan, Harper attempts to enlist the help of Seattle's vampire boss, Edward Kimmerling. But, upon arrival at Kimmerling's underground headquarters, she finds the reclusive vampire unaccountably absent. Then, she receives a call for help from her boyfriend, Quinton, who, together with her pet ferret Chaos, is under siege at her apartment. Both Harper and Quinton soon realize that Wygan has targeted her for yet another death experience. Harper, often assisted by Quinton, is forced into deadly confrontations with Wygan's not-quite-human servant, mercenary vampire hirelings and a species of serpent-like vampires (called the asetem) who revere Wygan as a god. Complicating matters, Harper's increasingly distracted by unintelligible voices emanating from the grey and begins to inexorably transform into a creature of the grey. Intermingled with the action, an intense and winding investigation ensues that begins with Harper tracking down the ghost of the man who caused her 'first' death at the behest of Wygan. The solution to finding her father's ghost, who Harper believes holds the knowledge to defeat Wygan, eventually leads to a blood mage, a curse protected maze and a backdoor labyrinth into the grey. Plus, Harper must somehow neutralize the hold Wygan has over Seattle's second most powerful vampire, a practicing necromancer steeped in death magic named Carlos Pires Ataide. The story culminates in an explosive and surprising climax and finishes on a satisfying but slightly uncertain note. The book strikes a perfect balance between fabulously detailed descriptions and focused, fast-paced narrative. I recommend this book, (and the entire series), to any fan of supernatural fantasy or paranormal mystery. If you love either magic or mystery, you will love this book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seattle, paranormal private investigator Harper Blaine seeks a way to liberate her father's ghost from the Grey maze while concerned with the street violence caused by the vampires but which the cops suspect her. She has no time for cops and undead as she seeks the person who killed her. Also unbeknownst to Harper the Greywalker is that the ancient Egyptian god-king of the asteme Pharaohn-ankh-astet leaves London to pursue her in Washington. While Harper struggles with her dad's predicament and her own homicide case, vampire chief Edward Kammerling has vanished. His rival as undead boss Carlos Pires Ataide is dying unless Harper can remove a soul sucking knife from his body. Her under siege boyfriend Quinton and Chaos the ferret have her back; perhaps good intentions is a bit more accurate as truthfully she has their backs. Harper continues her metamorphosis into a grave paranormal entity in this delightfully evolving urban fantasy. The story line is action-packed as the Greywalker gets further baptism under fire from the ancient one, being in the middle of a vampire surge and seemingly civil war, having cops watch you breathe, and her dad's predicament. She ponders when she will find time for finding her own murderer. With the apt title, this is a complicated superb entry in an evolving series growing stronger and deeper. Harriet Klausner
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Kat Richardson’s Labyrinth may not be the end of Harper Blaine’s story, but it has all the tension and urgency of an ending, together with the sense of satisfied completeness at story’s close. Threads meandering through previous books come together, and the author does a great job of reiterating the important without alienating readers. It’s been a while since I read the previous volume, Vanished, and I was concerned I might not remember enough—vital scenes from the story drifting back out of memory’s reach. It was pleasing to find I could pick this volume up without feeling lost at the start, and the recap came as an enjoyably essential part of the story when beloved characters needed to know the details just as much as I did. Kat Richardson continues to blend surreal with real in Labyrinth, combining vividly real settings from ancient orchard to deserted office, with swirling magic and the ever-present grey. Just as Blaine has learned how her own life has been manipulated, so other characters come to the fore with their pasts fitting them perfectly to the present. This novel’s danger could be earthshattering, and it grows with the pages keeping them quickly turning. Blaine learns that trust works both ways, that change is inevitable, and that sometimes you really do have to hurt before you heal—an interesting collection of lessons hidden in this tale as allies gather to save the world. A satisfying novel on its own, a great culmination to the threads of previous tales, and a story that ends with just the right sense of completion, and just the right opening left for more, this one has me convinced I’ll keep following the series. Disclosure: I got the book for Christmas and my husband read it before I did!
DomSaxum More than 1 year ago
A page turner. Not deep, and there are even typos, but Kat spins a good yarn. Not your 'teenage vamp-sex' stuff, but more like Jim Butcher's Wizard books.
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Great read....love this series
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DanatheRed More than 1 year ago
A pleaser as always
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
In this fifth installment of The Greywalker series we find our spunk protagonist PI Harper Blaine, returning to Seattle to find the city turns upside down. Edward is missing and the local police think they have a gang war on their hands. Harper, Quinton and the nightwalkers know otherwise. A powerful god wants control of the Grey and Harper is the key to his plan. Harper, her friends and sidekick Quinton must find Harper's Dads ghost, stop god-king of the asteme Pharaohn-ankh-astet and protect both the daywalkers and nightwalkers from his diabolical plan. Lots of twists and turns make this mystery fast paced and exciting. Watching Blaine unfold and understand her role is the grey is riviting. I highly recommend this series.
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pen21 More than 1 year ago
Harper Blaine is a Greywalker Private Investigator. She is a between the real and the paranormal world. Harper is searching for the ghost of her killer. But Harper really is looking for more information on her father. This is the one the best series and one I recommend to everyone. (5 out of 5)
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