Review: Grave Destiny by Kalayna Price

Reviewed by Jen

I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Alex Craft series. Even though there is what feels like an eternity between releases of these books, I am always able to jump back in so seamlessly and fall into the world. Alas, we do not see much of Death this time around. You can thank the events of the last book for that.  Instead, this centers on an adventure Alex takes with Dugan, prince of the Shadow realm, and Falin, the Winter queen’s knight.

The story begins with Dugan visiting Tongues for the Dead, in need of help from Alex to solve the mysterious death of one of his people. Falin gets involved right away, as soon as he catches word that Dugan is in the human realm. Turns out someone is dead from both Dugan’s court and Falin’s. And the bodies were found in the Winter court. Likely, it was set up as a frame job.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the story, but this is an adventure for these three as they navigate multiple rounds of Faerie, not only trying to solve the murder mystery but a much more pressing problem that impacts Alex directly.

I really enjoyed spending time in both the Winter and Summer courts. We even got to visit in the Light for a while. More developments unravel about Alex‘s planeweaving ability, which I really dug. And there is some movement in the relationship development. Obviously, it leans towards Falin, because Kalayna Price killed off the Death relationship pretty definitively in the last book. I’m still smarting over that. That doesn’t mean I hate Falin. I don’t, and the way that this story unfolded, if I hadn’t fallen so hard for Death, I could be down with it. I’m still feeling a bit salty.

That being said, the book was just so, so good. If you are in the market for an urban fantasy and you like Fae at all, I strongly urge you to give this a try. Alex is such a cool main character. I love her powers and the way we see them growing and unfurling. And that growth set up the climax here phenomenally. A great, very surprising ending that makes me want to read more. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

*ARC provided by publisher

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Grave Destiny
by Kalayna Price
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Ace

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