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Grave Witch (Alex Craft) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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"[A] captivating series debut." ---Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Kalayna Price is the author of two dark/urban fantasy series: the Haven novels, which include Once Bitten and Twice Dead, and the Alex Craft series. Kalayna draws her ideas from the world around her, ancient mythology, and classic folklore. Visit her at kalayna.com.
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Alex raises shades, which are sort of like ghosts but not aware. Best of all, they can't lie, but one has never taken the stand in a murder trial. Until now. And it's bringing Alex no end of trouble. First, there's the army of news reporters who won't leave her alone. Then there's this weird ghost who seems to be stalking her. Death, a soul collector, is constantly flirting with her and then disappearing... Oh, and then there's the body changing ritual murders that have left a handful of women dead.
She's certainly got lots to do, especially if she wants to make the rent on time.
I found the book fun and engaging, a great new take on urban fantasy. Alex was a welcome relief from the constant parade of snarky katana-wielding heroines in urban fantasy these days, and her powers were neat and different. There's romance, which I surprisingly liked (and I'm a very tough customer when it comes to romance). I didn't even mind the love triangle because this was a fresh take on it. The plot itself isn't new, but then what is? Still, the way it was handled was different. The adventure lots of fun. The mystery kept me guessing almost to the end, even if I did figure out parts of it.
I bought the second book before even finishing the first.
Another effect is that there's an anti-Fae, anti-witches political party, the Humans First party. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Nekros are members of the Humans First party.
Lt. Governor Kane is Alex's father, a deeply buried secret neither of them wants revealed. It all gets very awkward when Governor Coleman turns up dead, and Alex notices something very, very peculiar about his body.
She's about to experience the worst week or so of her life, while she struggles to unravel a dark plot that endangers everyone she cares about, and even her estranged father and sister.
One of her friends is Death. Along the way she meets a ghost named Roy, who has his own reasons for wanting to stop the plot. Her landlord and friend, Caleb, is Fae, She also has human friends--Tamara, the coroner; Holly, a prosecutor; John, a police detective.
And then there's Falin Andrews, a police detective who just transferred into the department from some unspecified someplace else, who has been handed the case of investigating the Governor's death, and who may be friend or foe.
Alex has a lot of secrets to dig through. The obvious ones are who is behind the plot, and what the purpose of the plot is. Where did Falin Andrews come from and what are his real intentions?
There are Alex's own secrets.
There are also the family secrets that Alex doesn't even suspect yet.
It's a nicely intricate story, and Price put some real thought into the background without letting background overwhelm the story. The magic in this world has rules, and a price for using it. Also, to many fantasies that postulate such a big change in the world, treat it as something that would leave the rest of the world unchanged, no political or practical repercussions. Ms. Price hasn't done that; she's given some thought to how it would change the world.
This is a good, solid story, with interesting characters and an interesting world. Recommended.
I bought this book.
Where Grave Witch falls over is that there is simply too much crammed into this novel: death personified - which was a decent start and obviously fits with the whole 'Grave' thing - but then there is fairy-land, Wryd Witches, a supernatural backstory witch was just too similar to many others (esp Hollows series) and final an attempt at some level of normalcy (which by that point all this is introduced normal is long gone)
While there was some good action, and a few strong scenes particularly towards the end, the majority of the plot seems driven by an even mix of Intense Magical experiences, and a series of faceless law enforcement characters either co-operating or hindering our protagonist.
Our main lady Alex Craft (well thought up name at least) is pretty likable and possesses a good mix of sass and sense. Of course as mentioned earlier is a sexy supernatural lady getting mixed up in supernatural politics anything new these days?
Maybe I'm a bit jaded on the genre, I was quite surprised to see this book rated very highly, without a few dud star ratings. I guess most who read this one love the format, and those who read it and don't might be a bit daft to read a genre they are overly familiar with the formula of (whoops)
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I really enjoyed it. I loved the Fae aspect of it in this book and read some things about them that I haven't read in any other books dealing with the Fae.Read more
Holly Cow, Grave Witch was more then I expected it to be.Read more
And that is all I have to say about that.