After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil, thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking "L" word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge.
The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end - her own.
Investigate another paranormal case with Alex Craft.
©2011 Kalayna Price (P)2011 Tantor
After a very good start in the first book Grave Witch I was expecting a lot. I have to say it did not quite measure up do that. That is not to say this is a boring book. It's not.
It was just not as fun as the first book.
Feet with missing bodies as well as ghosts, the plethora of interesting fay characters and politics should make this book more exciting and fun, however I found they muddy the story progress and made me loose focus. I also don't like the heroes(men in Alex's life) and that also distracts me. Haven't we have too much of "I am a special woman with mysterious/unique/strong powers and all the gorgeous men/fay/vampire/were love me" At least we have death as in grim leaper in the mix, which I haven't read in a while since Wizard in the Grove series
Anyway, I hope the story picks up more in the 3rd book!
You know you have issues when your back up is a six pound dog and Death's minions.
High off her 15 minutes of fame after raising a shade on tv, business is booming at Tongues for the Dead. Unfortunately for Alexis Craft it seems like everyone wants a piece of her. The Nekros PD and independent fey want Alex to find a killer, the Winter Queen and Shadow King are trying to recruit her, mortal magical skimmers want to use her, while Death and Falin are trying to woo her.
Alexis Craft is up to her neck in.... Feet? Well, no one said her job was uninteresting. Alex is on the case of a serial murderer with a serious right foot fetish. Because only finding feet wasn't weird enough, they all had to be left feet. Unfortunately Craft can't raise a shade from foot alone, and any attempt Alex and her buddies at the NPD have made to find the bodies has yielded nothing. Literally. Like the feet only ever existed without an entire body. Of course this is only one of Alex's on going problems. It seems the Blood Moon ritual has awoken her Fey Soul. Craft is now finding it increasingly more difficult to lie, she is also developing a very annoying intolerance to iron, and her powers as well seem to be growing. Alex can now see across multiple plans of reality at once. This new ability not only makes her a hot commodity, it also puts her life in danger. But it's not like homicidal attempts are anything new for Alex. Especially when an abnormally high number of imaginary magical creatures keep trying to kill her. If the bad guys don't succeed her would be lovers might. Falin Andrews reappears after being MIA for a month, and the love triangle heats up with a little deathly drama as Mr. Muerte shows his interest and tries to keep the Queen's Bloodied Hands off Alexis.
Alex is going to have put her dancing shoes on to tango with the fey as she journeys into Fairy. To save her friends and herself she'll have to be quick witted and clever, while solving a few murder mysteries in the process, and finding the killers along the way.
Wow. Kalayna Price has really raised the bar in Grave Dance. The second installment of the gritty urban fantasy was packed with intricate storylines that keep you guessing until the end. Just when I thought Price had established her heroine she added layers to Alex's abilities and identity to create an even richer character. I really like how everything came together, as well as hints to future complications. Price planted a few plot points involving family, and lovers that I am looking forward to reading about. Grave Dance wasn't as fast paced as Grave Witch but there were a lot of action scenes. Alex's love life is still slow building and light compared to everything else, but what little of it there was, definitely leaves you wanting more.
Fans of the Fey genre will love this installment, since Grave Dance shifts the witchcraft focus to a predominantly more fairy one. But don't despair if your like me and like the witchy aspect, there's still plenty witch in Alex Craft. Overall this is a great sequel, another page turning edition that will leave you pining for the next edition.
It was okay....but was missing something. I am all about death though (the character not the act of), he sounds hot! However, I am not exactly jumping to read the next book in the series if you know what I mean.....I guess if I have time I will try to take a look, but there are no guarentees.
I like to read books but I enjoy the audio books so much more. I can work on the computer, drive, and work around the house while still enjoying a book. The biggest plus is having different characters come alive for you.
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I love the character of Alex Craft and her relationships with both Falin and Death.
She did a good job differentiating between the characters but I wasn't a fan of the voices she used for the two male lead characters (Falin amd Death). She did a decent job narrating overall but nothing outstanding.
I read the first of this series, and listened to this one. Have to say, I like this series either way. Although, with listening to it, I found my ears hurting, as I didn't want to give up til the book was done.
I like Alex, she's not a perfect heroine with all the answers, but seems to be making the right moves, until the book unfolds and you see where one good deed causes a whole lot of trouble in this world and faerie.
I like the men in her life too, but where it will go with either of them, is a mystery, but you can see a door slightly ajar, that can swing either way, or remain as is, which is the best for now. At any rate, the stories are interesting, with the right amount of mystery, action, romance, and supernatural happenings.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
Respectable 2nd book for this series. I like lots of action & on a scale of 1 to 10 this rated a 4 on the action scale. That said it has an okay storyline. The main character has grave magic which allows her to raise shades & to see death. The plot drags a little in a few scenes but overall it was worth a credit. I'll listen to the next book in the series at some point after I get through several others on my list. The narrator is okay. Not distracting but doesn't really add anything to the listen. Others have rated this series as 4/5 but I just don't get that.
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