Grave Importance

Grave Importance

A charmingly witty fantasy adventure in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, who must solve a dangerous medical mystery at a secret French spa for mummies. Oasis Natrun: a private, exclusive, highly secret luxury health spa for mummies, high in the hills above Marseille, equipped with the very latest in therapeutic inn A charmingly witty fantasy adventure in the world of Strange Practice, starring Dr. Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, who must...

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Title:Grave Importance
Author:Vivian Shaw
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:0316434655
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:397 pages pages

Grave Importance Reviews

  • Heatherinblack
    Sep 29, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

  • Hilary
    Aug 18, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

  • Rachel
    Oct 20, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

  • Mo
    Oct 24, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

  • Jennifer Ozawa
    Sep 29, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

  • Tammy Buchli
    Oct 15, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

  • Nuri
    Oct 27, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

    And here we have the conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series. Was I prepared to say good-bye to these characters? Yes. Or, at least I thought so. But then they had to go being all sweet and lovely and nice and saving the world and stuff?and I think I?m a little hear...

    Greta Helsing?s entourage of loving friends have been the highlight of this series. Unlike many other books with multiple viewpoints, the Strange Practice series? POV characters are equally fun to read and engage with. Varney, Grisaille, Ruthven, and Greta truly make you root f...

    Very much in line with the other Dr. Greta Helsing books from Vivian Shaw - the writing style is the same, the world is still fun and interesting. Unfortunately, I had a couple personal issues with it. First, this ran afoul of Tolstou's maxim in Anna Karenina that "Happy families ar...

    You never admit it when I?m right. What am I right about, anyway? Of the many things that come to mind just at the moment. Dr. Greta Helsing has been called in by a friend to fill in for him at his dayspa. His Mummy dayspa. When she gets there, she discovers a mystery. The mum...

    Summary: This is the third (and I believe final) book in Shaw?s Greta Helsing series, about a doctor to the supernatural, and her found-family of vampires, demons, and witches. This one begins with Greta taking a temporary position as medical director at a luxury retreat for mummies....

    Ever since the Dresden Files basically wrapped up I've been looking for a fun urban paranormal series. Just something playful to read in-between heavier fare. I liked the first book in the series and thought I found my new fun series. Wizard detective, monster doctor, you can see the a...

  • Angie
    Sep 27, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

  • Suz
    Oct 02, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

  • Marina
    Oct 06, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Sep 22, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

  • Debbie
    Oct 27, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

  • Jackie
    Aug 11, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Sep 22, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

  • Chetana
    Oct 06, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

  • David Harris
    Oct 02, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

  • Imogene
    Oct 06, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

  • K.J. Charles
    Sep 26, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

  • Lepus Domesticus
    Oct 13, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

  • Lisa
    Sep 28, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

    And here we have the conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series. Was I prepared to say good-bye to these characters? Yes. Or, at least I thought so. But then they had to go being all sweet and lovely and nice and saving the world and stuff?and I think I?m a little hear...

  • Lena
    Oct 03, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

  • Taylor Leasure (McCoy)
    Aug 25, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

    And here we have the conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series. Was I prepared to say good-bye to these characters? Yes. Or, at least I thought so. But then they had to go being all sweet and lovely and nice and saving the world and stuff?and I think I?m a little hear...

    Greta Helsing?s entourage of loving friends have been the highlight of this series. Unlike many other books with multiple viewpoints, the Strange Practice series? POV characters are equally fun to read and engage with. Varney, Grisaille, Ruthven, and Greta truly make you root f...

  • Jeffrey
    Oct 16, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

  • Ziggy Nixon
    Sep 26, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

  • Unseen Library
    Jun 19, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

  • Tattooed Bibliophile
    Oct 16, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

    And here we have the conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series. Was I prepared to say good-bye to these characters? Yes. Or, at least I thought so. But then they had to go being all sweet and lovely and nice and saving the world and stuff?and I think I?m a little hear...

    Greta Helsing?s entourage of loving friends have been the highlight of this series. Unlike many other books with multiple viewpoints, the Strange Practice series? POV characters are equally fun to read and engage with. Varney, Grisaille, Ruthven, and Greta truly make you root f...

    Very much in line with the other Dr. Greta Helsing books from Vivian Shaw - the writing style is the same, the world is still fun and interesting. Unfortunately, I had a couple personal issues with it. First, this ran afoul of Tolstou's maxim in Anna Karenina that "Happy families ar...

    You never admit it when I?m right. What am I right about, anyway? Of the many things that come to mind just at the moment. Dr. Greta Helsing has been called in by a friend to fill in for him at his dayspa. His Mummy dayspa. When she gets there, she discovers a mystery. The mum...

  • EscapistBookReviews
    Oct 06, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

    And here we have the conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series. Was I prepared to say good-bye to these characters? Yes. Or, at least I thought so. But then they had to go being all sweet and lovely and nice and saving the world and stuff?and I think I?m a little hear...

    Greta Helsing?s entourage of loving friends have been the highlight of this series. Unlike many other books with multiple viewpoints, the Strange Practice series? POV characters are equally fun to read and engage with. Varney, Grisaille, Ruthven, and Greta truly make you root f...

    Very much in line with the other Dr. Greta Helsing books from Vivian Shaw - the writing style is the same, the world is still fun and interesting. Unfortunately, I had a couple personal issues with it. First, this ran afoul of Tolstou's maxim in Anna Karenina that "Happy families ar...

    You never admit it when I?m right. What am I right about, anyway? Of the many things that come to mind just at the moment. Dr. Greta Helsing has been called in by a friend to fill in for him at his dayspa. His Mummy dayspa. When she gets there, she discovers a mystery. The mum...

    Summary: This is the third (and I believe final) book in Shaw?s Greta Helsing series, about a doctor to the supernatural, and her found-family of vampires, demons, and witches. This one begins with Greta taking a temporary position as medical director at a luxury retreat for mummies....

  • Terzah Horton
    Oct 18, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

  • Crayshack
    Sep 30, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

  • Jeff Eckert
    Oct 05, 2019

    Absolutely delightful third, and I suppose last, instalment of this series. It's a lovely read--reminiscent in with and kindness of T Kingfisher and Terry Pratchett. The fantasy is great, going to completely mad places with gleeful logic, and there are some utterly delightful romances ...

    Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaway program for this ARC! I love this series so much and Grave Importance is hands down the best installment. I just wasn't ready for the trilogy to end here. Shaw's style is brilliant and I truly became invested in Greta, Ruthven, Varney, and Fastitocal...

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/09/28/... I realize the Dr. Greta Helsing series might be a bit of an acquired taste, but if you?ve stayed with it for this long, then you?ll know the kind of strange and wonderful treat you?re in for in Grave Im...

    Well... that was messy. I have enjoyed the urban gothic monster vibe of the series but this episode was celestial and cartoonish. I had been hoping for more Alceste St. Germain and got an insufferable amount of Grisaille. Hopefully this was a hiccup and this series is not a faili...

    Greta Helsing has been invited to be an interim medical director of Oasis Natrun, an exclusive medical facility and spa for mummies, located in Marseille, France. Although her relationship with Varney is relatively new, Greta jumps at the chance, eager to work at such an advanced clini...

    Genuinely crushed that this is the end of the Greta Helsing series. Desperately hope Shaw starts another in the same world; this stellar world-building is far too great to not see more of. ...

    Vivian Shaw?s novels are of the slow-burn variety. Her language is rich, her dialogue complex, and her characters distinct, but I think the defining characteristic of her books is the slow unfolding of the plots. They start small, but you know they?ll expand, and when they do they ...

    I love this series. I'm quite sure it's Ms. Shaw's narrative voice as much as it is the characters and the world. I hope this series will continue. I will certainly read it if it does. ...

    I felt...meh about this one. For some reason, the purple prose annoyed me this time and the descriptions of Greta going about her day felt rote and tired. I waited for this book to come out because I loved the first two so much and I hate that I didn?t love it as much as I expected I...

    First, I want to say that I really enjoyed this trilogy. Being a physician, it was great to read bout the interactions between Greta and her undead patients. Several of the former patients are now main characters and I really enjoyed the interactions between Greta and Barney, Ruthven a...

    I really enjoyed the first two books, but this book seems to be a bit disconnected from those. The scope of the danger present is leaps and bounds beyond the first two and even within this book it feels like it takes a massive jump in the third act. The early part of the book focus...

    Great mystery, thread merging. The two different threads coming together were very well done. They mixed well with the overall ?plan?. The little things that caused the big thing (trying not to give anything away) seemed too little. Perhaps there were other little things that b...

    I listened to this as an audio book. I have enjoyed this whole series in audio and enjoyed the narrator a lot. The story and the mythology that the author creates are fantastic. It's a fresh take and the story is unique. I do wish there were more female characters in main roles...

    Characters I love This was fantastic, and I found myself slowing down just so I could enjoy it longer. The main characters are people I like and admire, and the story is sweeping and engaging. ...

    Two stars is perfect for this - I enjoyed the first two books in the series but found this one hard to stick with. I found at the end I was just skimming the pages to finish it. ...

    SO MANY MONSTER WARM FUZZIES ...

    Thoroughly enjoyed the third visit with Greta and her cohorts! The writing is even more clever than the two prior if that?s possible. There are a few spots that felt like a bit of an anticlimax... however the charming tale and fun wit makes up for any shortcomings. ...

    Actual rating 3.5 ...

    High marks for world building, reduced for my least favourite writing trope at the end. Sigh ...

    I read a lot of paranormal fiction and after a while, they kind of run together -- especially the less well-done ones. Vivian Shaw's world-building, though, is so perfect, and Dr. Van Helsing's world so unique, that I always know within a few paragraphs exactly where I'm at. What a gre...

    An averaged 4 star rating (parts were better than this, parts less so). While overall slightly not as strong as either of the first two 'Dr. Greta Helsing' books, "Grave Importance" does indeed thoroughly entertain and draw us into this amazing world that Vivian Shaw has created. Sh...

    I really liked the first half of this book, and really hated the end. The world was never my favorite (not the worldbuilding--Shaw is excellent at that; I just don't like the fictional world itself that much), but I love the characters, so I had loved the previous two volumes in this s...

    I'm grateful to Orbit for a free advance copy of Grave Importance to consider for review. "And there was war in heaven..." This is the third and final (though I hope "final" doesn't mean "forever") outing for Dr Greta Helsing, physician to the monsters of London, following her pr...

    For my latest Waiting on Wednesday segment, I look at a book that promises to be quite entertaining and features an incredibly eye-catching cover, Grave Importance by Vivan Shaw. For the last two years I have had the pleasure of enjoying Vivian Shaw?s debut series, the Dr. Greta H...

    And here we have the conclusion to what has become one of my favorite series. Was I prepared to say good-bye to these characters? Yes. Or, at least I thought so. But then they had to go being all sweet and lovely and nice and saving the world and stuff?and I think I?m a little hear...

    Greta Helsing?s entourage of loving friends have been the highlight of this series. Unlike many other books with multiple viewpoints, the Strange Practice series? POV characters are equally fun to read and engage with. Varney, Grisaille, Ruthven, and Greta truly make you root f...

    Very much in line with the other Dr. Greta Helsing books from Vivian Shaw - the writing style is the same, the world is still fun and interesting. Unfortunately, I had a couple personal issues with it. First, this ran afoul of Tolstou's maxim in Anna Karenina that "Happy families ar...