Tuesday, September 8, 2015

At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost Review

"It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. 

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave."

At Grave's End. This will be the third book in the Night Huntress series. Cat Crawfield's life as a vampire is complicated, and she so wishes it wasn't. (But then again, we won't read her life if it is all about washing laundry and chasing kids. Okay, maybe the second part I will read. I love seeing kids run around the house, stirring up trouble wherever they go.)

Cat is awesome as usual. A killing warrior, and she is discovering the ups and downs relationship with Bones. Oh, and that includes jealous exes from the past. Now, isn't that some great fun? (Oh, no. No, it isn't.) I really hate it whenever Cat's green eyes come out. And by green eyes, I mean... Jealousy eyes. 

Bones is hilarious, but it seems to me that his humor is dying away. There are more serious, tense moments, and the lack of humor is a little bit surprising. (But it does reflect on the book's darker tone. Doesn't it seem more and more gritter as the Night Huntress books go on? I don't know, but that seems to be the trend. I seriously hope for some more jokes and laughter. These characters suffer too much.)

The story goes by quickly, and I find myself diving into the sequel as quickly as possible. (Which is probably why the two books keep on mushing into my head. Saying that, I think my review of At Grave's End might not be as accurate I wish it to be.) 

The world building is changing a bit. Magic is apparently now the new norm, and I shouldn't be surprised by it. But yes, yes, I am. It is an unexpected piece of addition. I so wish that it doesn't exist, because it will make the story less complicated. But okay. It is there, it is there. 

Overall, At Grave's End is not exactly a remarkable Night Huntress book. Still great moments, and some deaths as usual. But okay. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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