Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Review: Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
Grave Dance is the second book in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price and a ROC Fantasy.
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 Investigations 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.
Alex Craft is still recovering from her confrontation with the sorcerer, Coleman - and dealing with her part in his death. Now she literally has blood on her hands - at least in Faerie, where apparently Alex holds property now.
When an investigation into a serial killer grabs the attention of the Queen of the Winter Court, the FIB begin rounding up the independent Fae in the area - and Alex is part Fae.
Since the night of the Blood Moon, Alex has begun manifesting her Fae abilities - and many are interested in those Fae abilities.
Alex has to rely on her friends to help with the investigation - Death and his crew offer to help - but with that help comes a warning for Alex.
Falin also offers his help - but he is hampered by his pledge to the Queen of the Winter Court.
In the end, it takes the combined effort of several - human and Fae alike, to solve this case.
I really enjoyed Grave Dance. I think Ms. Price has established this series as a must read with this installment.
I give Grave Dance 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Roc (July 5, 2011)