When the dead need to talk, Alex Craft is always ready to listen...
As a Grave Witch, Alex solves murders by raising the dead--an ability that comes at a cost, and after her last few cases, that cost is compounding. But her magic isn't the only thing causing havoc in her life. While she's always been on friendly terms with Death himself, things have recently become a whole lot more close and personal. Then there's her sometime partner, agent Falin Andrews, who is under the glamour of the Winter Queen. To top everything off, her best friend has been forever changed by her time spent captive in Faerie.
But the personal takes a backseat to the professional when a string of suicides occur in Nekros City and Alex is hired to investigate. The shades have no memory of the days leading up to their brutal endings, so despite the very public apparent suicides, this is murder. But what kind of magic can overcome the human will to survive? And why do the shades lack the memory of their deaths? Searching for the answer might mean Alex won't have a life to remember at all...
The USA Today bestselling author of Grave Memory and Grave Dance returns with her bewitching heroine Alex Craft in a new novel of twisting urban fantasy where the secrets of the dead can wreak havoc on the living.
If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you call Alex Craft. She's a grave witch with reasonable rates and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. She's not human—and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for her both in the human realm and in Faerie.
Fae can't survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that Alex's true nature has awoken, she's no exception. She must align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that kill—and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers before she's dragged so deep that she loses not only her freedom, but her life.
Absolutely loved reading these books! I wish I hadn't had to stop last week, but I had to read the short story in Kicking It, which pushed these two books to this week. But I'm so glad that I did it this way, because yeah, Briar was in Grave Memory!
I always preferred Death to Falin, because she knew him longer, and that relationship had been tested, and was still there, and she was just getting to know Falin, and there was that newness there. So yeah, I'm happy the way her love life went in these books! Complicated, but liked the direction!
We learned more about her dad and his plans. Like that she's his only child, that her brother and sister (whose names start with B and C, after Alex's A) were her mom's genetic material, not related to him. And that just might be why her sister is still with him, because she doesn't need the protection of being away from him or something!
Loved the mysteries in these books! That this creature would take over bodies, and take in the indulgences of life, and then kill the host body before it became a zombie-like creature. Yeah. And then Fae politics and a drug that lets humans use Fae glamour-at the cost of their life and life force? Yeah! So great to read!
These books were just so fantastic, and now the wait for the 5th book!
Author: Kalayna Price
Series: Alex Craft #3, 4
Read: July 2nd, 3rd, 2016
Reason Why: Love this series and this author, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2016 Books!
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), Penguin Publishing Group
Published: July 3rd 2012, February 2nd 2016