Revenant 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
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.
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.