Grave Dance by Kalayna Price is the second book in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series featuring a heroine who just wants to get paid to settle inheritance disputes and solve the occasional murder by raising shades of the dead, but finds herself in another horrible murder investigation with a whole lot more going on. I like that I’ve finally found an urban fantasy series where the main character has friends that she can call on to save the day, plus an adorable dog.
Note: I received a copy of Grave Dance from the publisher.
Grave Dance by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #2)
Published by Roc on July 5th, 2011
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 371 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.
- There is something extra creepy about finding a whole bunch of the same body part, isn’t there? Not just a bunch of feet, but a bunch of left feet. Obviously there are a lot of victims and what happened to the rest of them?? Especially since there are no marks on the end of the ankle to suggest a tool was used to remove the foot…. Creepy murder mysteries hook me right from the start!
- I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Chinese Crested dogs, i.e. hairless. They just look kind of like goofy rats to me, ya know? However, Alex’s dog PC has officially won me over. I think he is my favorite secondary character at this point, sorry everyone else! He is around a lot more in this book of the series and I’m in love.
- Besides her faithful canine companion, Alex does also have a number of human(ish) friends. We get to know her friends a lot more in this book also, since she relies on them for help and just gets a cup of coffee once in a while. Loner bad-ass heroines are certainly fun to read about, but it’s nice for our girl to have friends around for once.
- Grave Dance really starts to build the world of this series by showing us a lot of Faerie and revealing a lot about the soul collectors. I enjoyed seeing a number of different realms in Faerie and getting a better feel for what everything looks like. I’m still of course dying to know even more about the soul collectors. It seems like every time we get a bit more information, it just raises more questions!
- I had been nervous at the end of the previous book about a love triangle coming into being and Grave Dance solidifies that that will be a thing going forward. Alex is completely torn between the two hot dudes in her life and can’t really have either of them, oh the angst.
- One of the things I particularly liked about the last book is that Alex had a specific skill set that was sometimes useful, but not all powerful and had a serious weakness in that it made her go temporarily blind when she used her magic too much. She’s getting some special über powers without weaknesses a bit too quickly in my opinion this time around. I hope that that doesn’t continue.
Grave Dance is a solid sequel in an urban fantasy series that I’m quickly becoming a fan of. The fourth book just came out and the fifth is scheduled, so now is a great time to jump in :D. If you are a fan of Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels, this is definitely another series to add to your life.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
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