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Review: Grave Dance by Kalayna Price

Title: Grave Dance

Author: Kalayna Price

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Alex Craft (Book #2)

Publication DateJuly 5, 2011

Format: Paperback, 371 Pages

ISBN-10: 0451464095 (ACE/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0451464095 (ACE/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne


Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.

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.

Quick & Dirty: A new case full of mysteries sets Alex down an new path with more revelations.

Opening Sentence: When I first straddled the chasm between the land of the dead and the world of the living, I accidentally raised the shade of our recently deceased Pekinese.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Alex is back and working with John, now that he is out of a coma. She is still adjusting to her awakening (she found out she was feykin in the first book) and the changes in her powers. Ever since the Blood Moon, when she accesses her magic she can see the the other plane as well. This new case has her stumped, the police have found three left feet and nothing else, John wants her to use her powers to find the bodies. When she opens her sight she finds that there are more feet and they are hidden by a glamour.

Shortly after a fae threatens her, and later when she is having dessert with Tamara and Holly, she sees that fae again. Before, she can call the police a disturbance down the street  draws her attention. Soon a giant cu sith is attacking her and Holly, and when Alex opens her senses she realizes that it is a glamour and so she disbelieves it. But she is shocked when she sees Death take a soul from the magic construct.

Alex knows that things are happening that she can’t control, for instance when she meets Rhianna and finds out that she literally has blood on her hands and has also inherited a castle in Faerie, as well as a Brownie. Plus, her father is showing up and giving her advice, and Falin pops back in after disappearing for a month. When she sees a reaper stealing souls, she begins to suspect it may have to do with the constructs/glamours that keep showing up to attack her.

There was so much going on in this book, it hit the ground running and kept on going throughout it. The love triangle is still intense and I have to say that I really can’t pick one, other than they are both impossible for her to love. However, her abilities as a grave witch give her an edge with Death, but it doesn’t quite change the fact that he is a soul collector. I also love Fred and her cryptic warnings to Alex! I loved getting to know Caleb and Holly better in this book as well.

I admit that I just love this series and all the characters. I love the mysteries that are always interesting and yet tie back in with everything. I usually hate love triangles, but I am not mad at this one. I get them and love them both for different reasons, and I love that she doesn’t even pretend to be torn between them, I think that is what makes it work so well. If you haven’t read this series go start with Grave Witch and sit back and enjoy the series!

Notable Scene:

As I carved, the charm began to buzz with magic, the spell taking hold. By the time I cut the last stroke of the final rune, warning, the charm all but vibrated with poser. I released the rest of the raw magic I held, allowing it to dissipate harmlessly. Then I clipped the disk to my charm bracelet,. The wood looked out of place with all the silver  but it felt like the strongest charm I’d ever personally cast.

Alex Craft Series:

1. Grave Witch

2. Grave Dance

3. Grave Memory

4. Grave Visions

5. Grave Ransom

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FTC Advisory: ACE/Penguin provided me with a copy of Grave Dance. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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