|Cat doesn't wear pants.|
Pants are for wusses.
Author: Jeaniene Frost (author website)
Release Date: January 1st 2009
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
What's The Deal?The Night Huntress books, by fabulous evil-author, Jeaniene Frost, are, one of most favourite my UF/PNR series. So, because I can, every Saturday for the next few weeks, I'm going to dig up reviews of the first five books, and the two Night Huntress World books. I would love to hear your thoughts on these books. Love them? Hate them? Can't wait for a double dose of Vlad with the Night Prince books next year?
This is edition #3: At Grave's End, the third book in the series.
Competition?Guys, I'd love your feedback: would you be interested in a competition to win a copy of the first book or most recent book in the series, or the Bite Before Christmas short story collection? Is it worth it? Or do you all already have it? Let me know. If there's interest, I'd love to evangelise folks to this series, and give away a copy or two of the book when I'm done.
BEWARE: This review could contain spoilers for the first and second books in the series.
Some things won't stay buried . . . at grave's end
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.
Review:The third installment in the Night Huntress series is breathtaking: with At Grave's End, Jeaniene Frost ramps it up once more. No, these books aren't intellectual, and don't require a lot of thought. What they are, is incredibly well plotted and paced, and have a cast of very strong, utterly unforgettable characters.
Cat and Bones have finally settled into a relationship. Cat's told her mother, Justina, to like it or leave it, and, after coming to an agreement with the special department of Homeland Security Cat works for, Bones now works by her side. But Cat's become infamous, and it's making her job harder and more dangerous, and someone from Bone's past is emerging with a vendetta.
Once again, the book is non-stop action, but we a see a lot less of that action between Cat and Bones in the bedroom. I'd read a few people lamenting the loss of this, but I can't say I did. Don't get me wrong--these are one of the things I really do like about the series (I feel like a pervert!), but we see a deeper connection between Cat and Bones here, which I appreciated even more than just watching them get it on. The energy between the two is still crackling, and I enjoy it just as much, but we're seeing a deeper emotional side to all the characters here.
Without spoilering, about two thirds of the way through this book, 'something' heartbreaking happens, and the fallout left me in tears. The grief is palpable, and this is as well written as anything else I've encountered in the genre. There is a scene between Cat, and a new--but famous--addition to the Night Huntress cast, which I thought was perfect. It made my heart ache.
We see a new side to many of our favourite characters, and the humour inheritant in these books that I love so much is there, absolutely sparkling. There are two notable scenes that had me laughing out loud involving Bones and Justina, and another with Cat and a new addition to the cast: Vlad. Vlad is a LOT of fun.
The showdown in the end of this book had me holding my breath. It actually reminded me of the finale of one of my favourite vampire slayin' shows, now long-gone from TV (not the first time in this series have made me recall a show involving a certain slayer, and certain sexy british vampire). This final showdown, with everyone choosing to stand their ground, and 'choosing their death' (a reference to one of Bone's long-dead friends from the first book) had me on the edge of my seat.
If you've read the first 2 books in the series, this installment is an absolute must-read. I don't know how she's done it, but Frost is getting better and better.
Books in This Series:
- Halfway To The Grave
- One Foot In The Grave
- At Grave's End
- Destined For An Early Grave
- First Drop Of Crimson (Night Huntress World #1)
- Eternal Kiss Of Darkness (Night Huntress World #2)
- This Side Of The Grave
- One Grave At A Time (September 2011)
- As yet untitled book 7, expected 2012.
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