Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, and that makes her a dangerous enemy for anyone with something to hide. . . .
Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup.
But as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realizes that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the center of centuries-old arcane unrest, and if Alex isn’t careful she may follow the twisting path ahead of her right into her grave end.
“Grave Destiny” has several great elements that make it an extremely engaging and fun read. First, Kalayna Price has woven in past information about the character and the world without slowing down the pace of the story or the action. If you haven’t read any of the previous novels, she does a fantastic job of letting you as the reader know what’s been going on organically within the context of the current plot and never making it an info dump.
The world is intricate and detailed with a great deal of intrigue and a clever spin on Fairy. The different courts, especially Winter, are well thought out and still include elements from folklore. Kalayna Price’s attention to detail follows through in the powers and abilities of each character and in the investigation surrounding the death of the two fey in the story as well as the mystery over the disease plaguing the main character, Alex Craft.
I instantly liked the main character, Alex Craft. She’s smart, she has special abilities and she is dynamic, interesting enough to maintain the plot. Her abilities are different from the standard fare from other urban fantasy novels. from perfect, Even better, Alex makes mistakes along the way but learns and grows in her understanding of Fairy and also her abilities. I also love that she solves problems with her mind and logic rather than with fighting.
Beyond the main character, the secondary characters are also engaging and help the story flow. In the story, she is accompanied by the WInter Knight, Falin Andrews and the Prince of the Shadow Court, Dugan. Both assist Alex as she attempts to solve the intrigues and plots surrounding the murder. The plot is captivating and full of surprises, especially the ending which leads to a creative solution to the story but also surprises surrounding the characters and their place in Fairy.
If there is anything that I was less than happy with is that once the solution is found the story is completed quickly and I just wanted a touch more interactions between Alex and the main antagonist but the actual conflict instead is delayed for another book. While that is realistic and I like that the characters don’t solve everything with fighting, it did feel a touch anticlimactic. It is interesting that there are several threads that can be woven into another novel but it did feel cut short.
Overall, the novel was entertaining, well paced, and the characters were smart and different from the normal urban fantasy novel. I especially love the romantic overtones in the story. If you like romantic urban fantasy or have read the other Alex Craft novels, you will love this book and will want to read it immediately.
Grave Destiny releases today, April 2nd.
If you want to know more, check out Kalayna Price’s website.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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