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Labyrinth (Greywalker #5)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,387 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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 a...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Roc Hardcover (first published January 1st 2010)
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Rebekah (Silver Lily) James
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Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Greywalker urban-fantasy series and revolving around Harper Blaine, a private investigator who walks between worlds.

My Take
I can't help it. I just love this series. Richardson has created such a unique culture in Greywalker with its vampires such a very minor part of it.

Instead, Richardson uses the magic of a world between ours and Other to build her scenarios and torture with tension...for she's shown us that she is not averse to killing off important characters. Nor does she ho...more

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 me...more
Kater Cheek
I'd heard of this series, and when I had the chance to buy a used copy at the library (cheap books! supporting the library!) I picked it up, glad that I'd have the chance to explore more urban fantasy. Since I write Urban Fantasy, I'm very picky about others' novels. I've picked up and discarded many more books than I'd read, so the fact that I read this to the end was a point in its favor.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first in the series, and I haven't read the first ones, so I think my appreci...more
To be honest, if Richardson had ended the series here, I would have been perfectly satisfied. In fact, I wonder if it wasn't a mistake to continue it. I really enjoyed the books after this one, but I didn't like the new story arc as much as this one. It just felt kind of…unnecessary? Richardson really tied things up well with this book, is what I'm saying.
In this fifth installment of The Greywalker series we find our spunk protagonist PI Harper Blaine, returning to Seattle to find the city turned 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...more
It's a toss up between this one and the last one...Vanished I believe (without looking)...over which is the darker one. If this keeps up it's certainly going to be interesting to see where Harper ends up. I just hope Ms. Richardson is careful and doesn't make Harper out to be some incredibly powerful person/creature all at once. The appeal of these books so far has been whether or not a character was going to make it through and in what state. I applaud Ms. Richardson for being willing to push h...more
This one felt darker than previous books in the series, that's not that the others weren't dark. Harper back from London discovers that things in Seattle have got a lot worse, Edward is missing and Harper is in danger.
The plot twists and turns but Richardson has put a lot of thought into that, including adding new paranormal creatures with a glossary at the back to explain what these are.
{Previously Published on my blog: Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life"
Rating: 2 & 1/2 stars!

*Contains minor spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books.

Labyrinth starts off right where Vanished let off. Harper is back from the whole mess that happened in London to find that things haven’t been peaceful at all at home.

The Vampire Leader of the city is missing, his assistant has gone to his rival’s Wygan’s side, Harper’s dad’s ghost is in captivity and her life along with everything she love...more
Julie H.
The Greywalker series just keeps getting better and better. I've enjoyed them all so far, but this is the first time that I've truly felt that the people who know, love, and/or are loved by Harper Blaine are truly in peril. And I must say that I thoroughly appreciated this constant ache of awareness.

The image of the labyrinth for both Harper's metaphorical ongoing journey and the literal one she must successfuly find and negotiate if she is to thwart Wygan's plan, release her father's spirit, a...more
Until this fifth Greywalker novel, I have been enjoying the series via a set of audio-books held by a local library. A downside of hearing Mia Barron's excellent dramatic reading of the books was that I didn't know how to spell the names of some monsters introduced in the series. And so the upside of this book being missing from the library's set of audio books—but available in hardcover—is that I now know how those words look in print. This also happens to be the book in which the author explai...more
This is the fifth book in the Greywalker series, and in it Harper prepares to battle her arch nemesis, the worm man.[return][return]The Greywalker series is based on the interesting premise that there is a world parallel to ours; this world is called the Grey, and it is populated by ghosts and other supernatural creatures. The Grey is layered with slices of time, in which old buildings exist and ghosts act out parts of their previous lives. Most people cannot see the Grey, though some people can...more
Catherine Thompson
Maybe I shouldn't rate & review this book so soon after finishing it (I finished it less than two hours ago), but... wow.

Harper's back from London with new information about Wygan, the vampires in general, and her father. Edward Kammerling is still missing, and while Harper doesn't know where he is, she knows why he was taken. She has to make a deal with the devil she knows in order to stop a much greater evil.

I don't want to use the word "explosive" in relation to this book, but it's kind o...more
This is the fifth book is the Greywalker series by Richardson. Last I heard she was contracted for six books in this series. This book was a great addition to the series. I enjoyed how it tied up a lot of the loose threads presented in the previous novels.

In this book Harper returns to Seattle to find things a mess. Edward's been kidnapped, the serpent-like vampires are taking over the city and their leader Wygan has something horrible planned for Harper, if only she knew what. So all she has to...more
smexys_sidekick (Tori-Smexybooks)
3.5 Stars

Favorite Quote: "In the dispassionate influence of the grid, compassion-perhaps humanity-had died in me. Only the job remained:Paladin of the Dead, Hands of the Guardian."

Harper Blaine is a Greywalker. Having spent time in London, Harper has gained new powers. Before she can figure them out though,
she arrives home to find her employer is missing and the man who killed her has himself been murdered. Harper needs to find her murderer's ghost for she believes he holds the clues to finding...more
I enjoyed this, as I did the previous Greywalker novels. However, it did take me a while to read it - I just didn't seem to be getting into it the way I usually do. Possibly because the events of this book depend heavily on the events of the previous one, which I read too long ago to remember clearly. I found myself struggling to remember who some of the characters were, or why they acted in the way they did.

The plot moves along quickly, with never a moment to spare. It was even, possibly, too f...more
I was really anticipating enjoying this book. I liked the book before it and this one was supposed to be the culmination of a lot of plot threads. We were supposed to get some answers. And we sort of did. My spoiler-ific breakdown of how this broke down:

I'm really glad the author didn't invoke some tired device, like claiming her big bad was actually King Tut or Cleopatra as a vampire. Thank you for that. However, she instead created a new type of monster--a type of vampire--that just wasn't wor...more
#5 Harper Blaine paranormal mystery set in and around Seattle and magical environs. Harper is learning more about herself, her connection to the shadowy world of the Grey--that in-between place where mythical and magical and ghostly beings reside--and also about her father, his death and his role in her current state as a Greywalker.

Returning from London and barely having time to drop her suitcase, Harper is chucked into a state of high alarm with Edward, the head vampire in the city having bee...more
The 5th book in the Greywalker series. Wygan's plans are coming to a head soon. Harper is almost shaped the way he needs her to complete what was set into motions centuries before she was born. Harper wants to stop him but the Grey is pulling her more deeply into it's fold and she's no longer sure if the next time she goes in if she'll be able to get back out.

This was an incredibly intense book. It really is the culmination of the story arcs from the last 4 all pulled together and resolved. I en...more
Yvonne Boag
Harper has escaped London with her life and not much more. On her first morning in Seattle she is visited by her old friend Solis from the police force. It turns out the guy who tried to kill her so many years before was found dead. Harper has an airtight alibi but Solis still thinks she is behind a lot of the madness that has beset Seattle. With Carlos and his goon squad after her, she and Quinton (and Chaos) go on the run. Harper has to find out just what she is capable of before Carlos turns...more
Harper Blaine died for two minutes. Ever since then, she has been a Greywalker, able to move into and out of the world of magic, traversing the fine line between reality and the paranormal. Harper has discovered she is the linchpin of a plan created centuries ago by the Pharaohn-ankh-aster, an ancient serpent god, god-king to the asetem who thrive on emotion and turmoil, as vampires thrive on human blood. Wygan, now living in Seattle is the Pharaohn and he wants Harper to serve as a bridge betwe...more
One of the problems that I have with being a Reader (or, as an author referred to someone who reads as much as me recently, a "power reader") is that it can be many many books between one book and the next in a series. If I'm caught up in a series, given typical publication schedules of 1 book/series/year, it may easily be over 100 books, even with my current reduced reading rate.

Sometimes I have a little trouble remembering what happened before, particularly if a series is in a genre I'm readin...more
Ed Nemo
A fantastic finale to the vampire mystery. I am amazed at the parallels between magic and science and loved the connection between Harper and Quinton.

The story was very well paced and you could feel how overwhelmed and tired the characters had become. The limitless energy of heroes replaced by the sheer need to do what must be done to survive.

An outstanding book and I am looking forward to the next one!
***Dave Hill
The Harper Blaine tale returns to Seattle, which is a plus -- even if Harper spends most of it on the run. The various plot lines (both plots and plots) from the previous volume come to a climax here, and a variety of characters who've popped up in previous Greywalker tales take a new turn on stage.

As a big finish -- and an existential conflict for Harper -- this feels like it should have been more engaging. But too much of the story takes place in the Grey, and while Richardson does a vivid job...more
Labyrinth had me hooked from the first word. I've been very pleased with Kat Richardson's Greywalker series as the story has progressed, so has the writing as well as the characters, plot, and environment. We were given a deeper look into Harper and just who and what she is, and why she is that way. Revelations were made, loose ends tied up, but we are left with the knowledge, and insight that Harper's story has just begun. Now that she understands much more about herself, it will be very intere...more
Hali Sowle
Another solid entry in the Greywalker series. Harper is back from London and things in Seattle are exponentially worse than when she left. The head of the Seattle vampires - Edward - is missing and it seems that his unsavory security chief is the one responsible, Carlos - the one vampire who knows and maybe understands Harpers greywalking "talent" is in hiding and Harper may have to work closely with him to restore some semblance of normalcy to the city. Wygan (the Pharoen) who is behind all of...more
A side note, do not read this book unless you've started from the beginning. I love it when the writer does not get overly obsessed about rehashing everything that happened and everyone. Yeah, we readers are hooked and just want to know what next is going to happen next. With that said here is my review.

A very complex story that keeps getting deeper and weirder. A fantastical world with many layers to uncover. I love the new addition about mazes and labyrinth in the Grey. It's a fast p...more
I liked this book in general, but I didn't like the feeling that it was just a continuation of the previous book. And I REALLY didn't like how it ended with an ending that didn't reveal anything about what was happened to Harper or what she is now. I would have preferred this book to be a bit more self-contained. But yay for Quinton taking on a greater role!
Oct 21, 2013 Laurla2 added it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
"it was nice to have someone to give up to once in a while, to show your weaknesses and not fear injury. it frightened me a little: weakness and dependence are dangerous. i worried that he might be hurt by my need, by my relying on him."

"you forgive me for barfing on you?"
"you only ralph on the one you love, right?"

"if your antenna's more sensitive, you pick up more signal. but with more signal, there's also more noise."

"you can't fix everything. you try too hard to fix too much of the world as...more
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Author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Lives on a boat in Seattle with her husband and the ghosts of ferrets.
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