Millions of people now have the capacity to make a short film or album, or publish their thoughts to the world-and a surprisingly large number of them do. Talent is not universal but it is widely spread: Give enough people the capacity to create, and inevitably gems will emerge.
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Author: Kat Richardson
Series: Greywalker Series, Book 7
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release: August 7, 2012
Length: 352 pages (Hardcover)
Book Rating: C- (67 / 100)
Series Rating: C+ (75 / 100)
Despite having one of the most relatable protagonist in urban fantasy, Kat Richardson’s Greywalker series continues to skew towards female sensibilities. The Greywalker series involves more emotion than mystery, more internal struggle than action, and more personal closure than climax. That doesn’t make it bad series by any measure, but male readers seeking a some light reading may want to look elsewhere. Urban fantasy is, after all, a male dominated genre.
On the other hand, this series is recommended for female readers looking for an urban fantasy series without the Laurell K. Hamilton eroticism that has recently become the norm among fantasy series with female protagonists.
Pros: Well-written protagonist. Interesting magic system. Light on romance.
Cons: Short on mystery. Pacing drags, especially during action sequences.
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