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Release Day Review: Revenant by Kat Richardson

Author:  Kat Richardson
Series:  Greywalker 9
Publisher:  Roc, August 5, 2014
Format:  Hardcover and eBook, 464 pages
List Price:  $25.96 (print)
ISBN:  9780451465283 (print)
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Release Day Review: Revenant by Kat Richardson
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 these abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases....

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.

Doreen’s View

Kat Richardson has created one of the most unique worlds about which I have ever read – the Grey, the thin line between the normal and paranormal worlds. Harper Blaine is a private investigator who specializes in “strange” cases, and her mission is to keep the peace between the realms. Some of her investigations have included vampires, ghosts, mermaids, and other seemingly mythical creatures that needed someone to act on their behalf in the real world. After becoming friends through a number of adventures, Harper and Quinton are now lovers, but their relationship has been anything but normal.

For the last several months, Quinton has been traveling incognito throughout Europe, dedicated to tracking and stopping his father’s efforts to control the world by using paranormal means. When he finally contacts Harper to join him, she includes Carlos, a necromancer/vampire who is another among her allies in stopping James Purlis. The three of them come to Lisbon because Purlis has kidnapped his granddaughter from there for some nefarious use by bone mages.

The descriptions of Lisbon and its buildings and history are detailed and intriguing. Especially of interest in this story are the ossuaries, chapels and buildings made of skeletal remains. Portugal apparently has one of the highest numbers of these constructions, although they can be found throughout Europe. Richardson has woven these structures intricately into her tale of bone magic and necromancy.

I enjoyed meeting Quinton’s sister and his niece and nephew. Quinton has been such a solitary creature in most of the novels that having a father, let alone a family, seemed unlikely. The family interaction nicely rooted the story. I particularly loved learning more about Carlos, who was born, died, and reborn in Lisbon but self-exiled from there for hundreds of years.

All in all, Revenant enthralled me. Enough background was provided that someone who had never read any of the prior books would be able to read and follow along without any problem. I was amazed in reading the Author’s Word after the novel, that Richardson had never visited Portugal but had done such detailed research and writing that I felt I had been there. However, I was disappointed to read that Revenant is probably the last Greywalker novel. The ending was neatly done, leaving room for me to imagine a happily-ever-after for Harper and Quinton or more adventures if Richardson decides to return to this fantastical world.

Cover Revealed - Seawitch (Greywalker 7) by Kat Richardson

Earlier this week Kat Richardson revealed the cover for Seawitch (Greywalker 7). Art is by Chris McGrath and design is by Ray Lundgren. Greywalker is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. It's one of the only series that I will buy in hardcover! Seawitch is presently slated for publication in August 2012.

Cover Revealed - Seawitch (Greywalker 7) by Kat Richardson

The covers for Greywalker 1 thru 6:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kat this past August. You may read the interview by clicking HERE.

Winners - August 21, 2011

And the winners are....

Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil 1) ebook by Patricia Eimer

Winners - August 21, 2011

Lisa Richards/alterlisa who said...

I always go to the family reunions. We definitely have our share of crazies in our family but they are OUR crazies.


No Hero by Jonathan Wood (2 copies)

Winners - August 21, 2011

Spaz who said...

My favorite movie hero. That's a tough one. It's hard to argue with such characters as Indiana Jones or James Bond. But I think I'm going to have to agree with Barbara E. and pick Captain Malcolm Reynolds. He's a flawed man who tries very much to do the right thing. Even when including the TV series, he never really got the girl. He was unable to express his feelings to Inara and so lost her. At the same time, he was a great leader, often getting his crew out of trouble. What's not to love?


Krystal who said...

My favorite movie hero is Ryan to watch him on the big screen O.O


Downpour (Greywalker 6) by Kat Richardson 

Winners - August 21, 2011

Blissfulrains who said...

My favorite animal is the kangaroo!~ I find them amazingly adorable!


The Whitefire Crossing (The Shattered Sigil 1) by Courtney Schafer

Winners - August 21, 2011

Snip who said...

My ultimate adventure would involve exploring ancient ruins or an archeological dig.


Across the Veil (ebook short story) by Lisa Kessler and Night Walker romance trading cards 

Winners - August 21, 2011

loves to dive who said...

automatic, never learned to drive a straight shift and honey gave up trying to teach me after one day.

Winners have been notified and have until 11:59PM US Eastern Time on August 28, 2011 to respond or The Qwillery very randomly choose a new winner or winner.

Thank you to all participants.

Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011

Please welcome Kat Richardson to The Qwillery. Downpour, the 6th book in Kat's Greywalker series, was published on August 2, 2011.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kat:  Interesting quirk...? I sing to myself? I used to be a vocal music major in college and I've always had the habit of singing. I try not to do it in public--I'm easily overwhelmed by public attention though it might not seem that way--but I have occasionally been coaxed into ill-advised karaoke moments....

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Kat:  A bit of both, so... a Plotser I guess. I used to plot out every point, clue, scene, and reversal in detail and then write to that outline. Now I tend to wing it more with a looser outline of "oh, this happens and this sort of thing, and some peril from a monster, and then an interesting complication, a reversal... big battle with Nasty Monster/Villain and... Good Guys win! Yay! Now... how am I going to work this...?" So I guess you could say I'm a broad detail pantser.

TQ:  Are there any other genres in which you would like to write in addition to Urban Fantasy?

Kat:  Many. I'd like to do some Science Fiction and some Mystery, I'd also like to do a mix of those two as well as more whimsical fantasy--If I get the chance. About the only thing I no longer have any yen to do is Historical or Romance--I tried those when I was much younger and you really don't want to be too near the box they're stored in.... Let's just say, you can smell them in Florida... and I live in Seattle!

TQ:  Describe Downpour in 140 characters or less.

Kat:  Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest with Chinese Demons! Bad mages want to control a magic lake; Harper must destroy them all. It rains. A lot.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Downpour?

Kat:  I had to research monsters both Chinese and not, including some more local legends. And I went up to the Lake Crescent area to get an idea of what the place is really like at that time of year--cold and wet and kind of creepy. I also read a lot about the history of the area and talked to a lot of really cool ladies at the Kitsap County Historical Society--they're fantastic!

TQ:  In Downpour, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kat:  Quinton. He has some problems he needs to resolve and so he needed to act very unlike his usual self. It's hard to take a well-established character and make him strange again.

Jin the Chinese Demon was a little tricky, because he's motivated by a lot of human emotions, but he's not human, so I had to remember that and make him act like a demon, not a human in a demon suit.

Harper was actually the easiest for once, since she's not in the middle of some very personal crisis for once. I didn't have to delve into all her quirky, difficult personal psychology.

TQ:  Do you and Harper Blaine have anything in common?

Kat:  We have impossible mothers we actually like more than we want to admit. And we're female and wear jeans and sweaters a lot. Other than that, not a lot. I'm sooooo not the athletic, slim, clever person she is and she's... well she's not as nice as I am. Actually, sometimes she's a bitch. But... wait... that we do have in common.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Greywalker series?

Kat:  At the moment, Nine. I plan to take a break after book nine to try a few new things and let the tank of weirdness that helps me create the Grey refill a bit. I don't want the series to become a bunch of formula, monster-of-the-week books. I want them to remain fresh and challenging and that will require a bit of a pause to step away. But I may well come back to them. I'm just not sure when or for how long.

TQ:  What's next?

Kat:  Immediately, finishing up Book 7--tentatively called Seawitch, and getting through some tough family medical stuff. But on the writing front, making time for new, non-Harper projects.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kat:  Thank you for having me--it's always a pleasure to chat with you and your fans!

About the Greywalker Novels

Greywalker 6
(Roc, August 2, 2011)
Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
Harper Blaine is on the mend, but evil never rests-in the latest novel from the national bestselling author of Labyrinth.

After being shot in the back and dying-again- Greywalker Harper Blaine's only respite from the chaos is her work. But while conducting a pre-trial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, she sees a ghostly car accident whose victim insists that he was murdered and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes is to blame.

Harper soon learns that the icy waters of the lake hide a terrible power, and a host of hellish beings under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends...

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Greywalker 5
(Roc, August 3, 2010)
Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
The toughest case yet for Greywalker Harper Blaine, "a great heroine" (#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris).

Harper Blaine was your average small-time P. I. until she died-for two minutes. Now she's a Greywalker, walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. There are others who know about her new powers-others with powerful tools and evil intentions, and now that the man who "killed" her has been murdered, the police are also paying close attention. That means Harper has to watch her step while searching for the ghost of her "killer"-who could be a valuable clue in the puzzle of Harper's past and her father's death, as well as a key to figuring out who's trying to manipulate her new powers and why. But with her growing powers pulling her into the Grey, Harper might not be able to come back out...

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Greywalker 4
(Roc, August 4, 2009)
Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
The toughest case yet for Greywalker Harper Blaine...

Why did Seattle investigator Harper Blaine-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father's early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present trouble sin England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle-and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Greywalker 3
(Roc, August 5, 2008)
Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
In the cold of winter, Pioneer Square's homeless are being butchered, and zombies have been seen roaming the streets of the underground city buried beneath modern Seattle. Greywalker Harper Blaine is asked to investigate by her friend Quinton, who fears he may be implicated in the deaths. They soon discover that someone has unleashed a monster of ancient legend- and Harper must deal with both the living and the dead to find the creature and put a stop to it...unless it stops her first.

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Greywalker 2
(Roc, August 7, 2007)
Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
Harper Blaine is a Greywalker-walking the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. She's been hired by a university research group that's attempting to create an artificial poltergeist. But when one of the group's members is found killed, Harper must determine whether the killer is the ghost itself, or someone all too human...

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository

Greywalker 1
(Roc, October 3, 2006)
Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead for two minutes. When she comes to in the hospital, she sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.

But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker- able to move between the human world and the mysterious cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift is about to drag her into that strange new realm-whether she likes it or not.

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About Kat

Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011
Kat Richardson is the bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. A keen fan of hardboiled fiction since an early age, Kat models her stories on the work of such iconic detective writers as Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a dash of whimsy, horror, and an occasional ferret. A former theater brat and technical editor, Kat has worked in a variety of fields from theater and music to magazine and course writing, from games and film to training jewelers and gemologists and writing technical manuals, IT support materials and stuff like that to pay the bills. She lives on a classic boat in the Seattle area with her husband, a goofy pit-bull, and the ghosts of ferrets. She rides a motorcycle and shoots target pistol as well, just for fun. You can visit her and her Minions on the Greywalker forum ( or drop into her website ( for more information. She’s also easy to find on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Kat's Links


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Downpour from Kat Richardson. US, Canada and United Kingdom only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

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Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address in the USA, Canada, or United Kingdom. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

The View From Monday - August 8, 2011

Once again it is Monday. It's a light week for new releases. This is not necessarily a bad thing. There were so many releases last week, I need a week to catch up. While there might not be many books being released it's still a busy week at The Qwillery.

There are 4 interviews this week Patricia Eimer (August 9th), Kat Richardson (August 10th), Courtney Schafer (August 11th), and Lisa Kessler (August 12th). Patricia (Luck of the Devil), Courtney (The Whitefire Crossing), and Lisa (Night Walker) are debut authors!  Kat Richardson is the author of the Greywalker series, one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Downpour (Greywalker 5) was published on August 2, 2011.

A book shopping list in PDF format may be found by clicking here. Click "File" on the left and then "Print (PDF)." Remember to set your printer to Landscape mode. Book trailers are below.

August 8, 2011

Shadow Bound (ri)Kellison, ErinPNR - Shadow 1
Gryphon Unleashed (ri)Nance, KathleenPNR - Earth Magic 3

August 9, 2011

The Magician KingGrossman, LevF - Magician 2
The LanternLawrenson, DeborahFR

August 10, 2011

A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel (e)Lee, Yoon HaSF

e - ebook
ri - reissue

F - Fantasy
FR - Fantasy Romance
PNR - Paranormal Romance
SF - Science Fiction

Book Trailers

Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison

Deborah Lawrenson discusses The Lantern

What I'm Reading Wednesday - August 25, 2010

I'm presently reading Vanished, the 4th book in the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson. I'm enjoying this series tremendously. The books are about Harper Blaine. She's a PI in Seattle, Washington. Life takes a sudden, creepy turn for Harper after she dies for a couple of minutes. She's a Greywalker.

Ms. Richardson does a bang up job in this series. Each story is centered around a mystery, which makes sense since Harper is a PI. Some mysteries are more personal than others. The secondary cast of characters is wonderful. Attention is paid to detail. These books are well researched.

Harper is no shrinking violet. She's tough. She does not give up. In Vanished, which I've just started, I know that I'm going to find out a lot more about her.

What I'm Reading Wednesday - August 25, 2010
Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until she died-for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker-walking the line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she's discovering that her new abilities are landing her in all sorts of "strange cases."

But for Harper, her own case may prove the most difficult to solve. Why did she-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father's early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present troubles in England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle-and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.

After this book, I may delve into some anthologies. What are you reading?
Release Day Review: Revenant by Kat RichardsonCover Revealed - Seawitch (Greywalker 7) by Kat RichardsonWinners - August 21, 2011Interview with Kat Richardson and Giveaway - August 10, 2011The View From Monday - August 8, 2011What I'm Reading Wednesday - August 25, 2010

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