I absolutely love Harper Blaine as a heroine and have done since the first book in the Greywalker series. Now she has learnt what and who she is, has accepted her responsibilities and knows that she plays an essential role in the world.
In Downpour, Harper is still a great character but something happened in the middle of the book that didn’t quite meet Richardson’s usual standards. I’m not even sure what it was, but I found myself putting the book down to do other things or having to go back and re-read a page because it didn’t quite flow enough to make sense. The first and last thirds were great and engaging but something just floundered in the middle. There is a mystery over Quinton’s behaviour which seemed to come out of nowhere, and for a short while it felt like we were seeing a different character entirely. Perhaps that was intended but it didn’t quite work for me.
The plot itself was interesting, with a good mystery to solve and I liked that Harper had to resort to more mundane things during the investigation after her last death had reduced her abilities in the Grey. One of the risks when a powerful character keeps gaining strength is that the setting also has to become more powerful or it would be too easy for things to be resolved. I’ve seen this happen before in books and I’m glad the author not only chose to bring Harper back to her more human roots, but also created a believable reason for doing so.
The relationship between Harper and Quinton has been one I’ve enjoyed since they got together but in Downpour, Kat Richardson did have me worried at first. I think again, it wasn’t until the last third of the book before the relationship began to feel natural again. However, the events that finally unfolded were very sweet and made me happy.
I also liked the resolution on previous plot threads from earlier books and I’m glad they were pretty much a footnote (but a well handled one) rather than tangled in with the main plot.
All in all I enjoyed Downpour and was glad I struggled through, but it is not a book up to Kat Richardson’s usual standards. It has not put me off though and I will definitely be reading the next book.