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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sheep Book Review: Possession by Kat Richardson

Possession (Greywalker #8)
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 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

Get ready for another creepy and thrilling trip through the Grey with Harper Blaine. The Greywalker series by Kat Richardson is for those who love dark edged mysteries and fantasy. Possession brings the story back around to the ghost world we learned about in the beginning of the series. Not only does Harper have to protect the normal world from the inhabitants of the Grey; she now has to protect the Grey from an outside threat. 

I was happy to see the vampires Carlos and Cameron show back up in Possession. For those who haven’t read this series, the vampires aren’t the romantic kind. They are powerful forces in the Grey and lethal in the normal world. The King of the Seattle vampires is indebted to Harper, which I am not sure she sees as a good thing. In the last book, Seawitch, we found out Quinton’s father has discovered the Grey and what it holds. The secret world of the Grey is now in danger of being exploited by people who have no idea what they are messing with. I hope we will see more of the vampires in future books. I love the dynamic between Harper and Carlos. For someone who has trust issues to begin with Harper will be pushed to her limits with him. I really enjoyed how the origin of the "big bad" unfolds in this book. Richardson created a clever plot twist.

One of the best things about this series is the visual richness of Kat Richardson’s prose. You experience the Grey with all your senses and there isn’t another world quite like this one. Richardson also researched a lot of Seattle’s ghost history and incorporated into her story. There is an author’s note at the end of the book where she explains what parts are real and where she embellished a bit. The amount of research the author must invest into the Greywalker series in general is impressive and evident in her writing.

I suggest starting this series with book one. Harper’s knowledge, and therefore the reader’s, of the Grey has evolved over the course of the series and things might not make sense if you jump in this late in the game. You must also love Chaos. (people who have read any book in the series will get this reference <G>)

-She grinned, but it faded quickly and she peered at me. “You do that. But just one thing, Miss Pokes-Things-with-Sticks—can you tell me what I’m doing here? I haven’t been around in such a long time and yet… here I am again.”

“I’m afraid I don’t know. Where have you been until now?”
“Dead, honey. I’m plumb sure of it.” She said, turning away, cackling and fading from my sight.

-"This had become so ordinary to me over time that explaining it was hard. Getting my understanding of the what and why of the Grey, ghosts and monsters into the air on a stream of words was like trying to sculpt smoke."

5 "hungry" Sheep

about the author:
Kat Richardson is the national bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Prior to success in the fiction world, Kat worked as a writer and editor in the computer industry and as a course writer for the Gemological Institute of America. She has tried her hand at a bit of almost everything in genre fiction and has dabbled in other text forms and media including: RPGs, Film, and Computer Games. Before going into writing, Kat pursued a degree in vocal music and she used to read the “Sunday Funnies” for the Evergreen Radio Reading Service in Seattle–part of theWashington Talking Book and Braille Library. A former theater brat, she worked the technical side as well as singing and acting in community and school theater from the age of eight–putting in almost a year as an orphan and doing a short stint as a singing nun–and put in thirteen years as a renaissance faire actor, dancer, and costumer at RPF in Agoura CA.

Kat is a California native with a degree in Magazine Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and a pit bull named Bella. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and has been known to swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym. She finally got her first TV in 2011–yes, she missed Buffy but not Firefly! And, although she no longer lives there, she is an advocate for California Ferret Legalization.


  1. I just placed an order for this at a library one county over. Thanks for posting this notice

  2. I didn't realize she had another book out. I have her intire series and will have to order her new book. I love her books even though she has disappointed me at times. I am glad the vamps are back.I was curious about Carlos. He is one of the characters that always kept me intrigued. P.S. great review!

    1. this one is more like the first books in the series. You will like Carlos in this one. I do hope he shows up more!

    2. Exciting, thanks for the info.

  3. Oh this looks really good. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. this is a classic urban fantasy series with a strong mystery element.

  4. O I am so bad, I have had the first book on my shelves for years now, and still have not found the time to read it. I really want to, thanks for this reminder Sharon!