Kalayna Price continues to impress with this second trip to the world of Alex Craft. If you haven’t read Grave Magic, you should go back and start there. You don’t want to get on the ride when it’s already in motion.
This book picks up about a month after events of the last one, but essentially, few things have changed. Alex is still working as a Grave Witch, raising shades, though business has picked up a bit. Her ghost-pal Roy is sticking around. Her love interest, Falin, did not. He disappeared right after the big showdown, leaving Alex feeling quite the fool. After all, we now know he’s the Fae Queen’s lover and assassin. Kind of hard to make that work. So Alex is trying to get on with her life.
Her latest case working with her police detective friend throws her right back in the line of fire. Someone has been killing people and dumping their left feet in the swamp. Alex uses her growing Fae mojo to recognize a Fae hand in the case. That brings her under even more scrutiny from the Winter Court. Not only that, but it makes her a target for the killer. The book follows her efforts in solving the case, while avoiding the death traps that keep coming her way.
This book is even more Fae-focused than the last, which I enjoyed. Price really drills down in her world building, bringing us deeper and deeper into the intricacies of Fae politics and intrigue. It’s more complex, though I did not find it strenuously so. The plot moves quickly with solid action sequences mixed in with emotion and character development.
Alex is a likeable and well drawn heroine. She is evolving. And she is smack dab in the middle of a pretty engaging love triangle. To be honest, I’m not even sure who I want her to end up with. She has a real connection to both Falin and “Death.” Falin was definitely the front runner in the last book, but his ties to the Queen and his disappearances do not endear him to me. He has his moments, though. I can’t quite write him off when Price gives such sweet glimpses into his feelings for Alex. As for Death, their moments together are fewer, but when they are both on the page, the pull between them is undeniable. There is just so much we don’t know –about both men! I need more.
Overall, these books are dark, but to just the right degree. There is still hope there. I love that there is so much promise to the story. I love that the plot is unpredictable and that the characters resonate with me. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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by Kalayna Price
Release Date: July 5, 2011