Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost
(Night Huntress #0.5)
Avon Books (Nov 2011)
Ebook, 100 Pages
Reckoning takes place before Halfway To The Grave, the first book in the Night Huntress series, before Bones and Cat have even met. It’s a novella set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The book sits firmly in the urban fantasy/horror genre, with Bones on the trail of two gruesome ghoul serial killers.
The book focuses mainly on Bones, I enjoyed learning more about Bones before he met Cat. But at the same time it was a little strange seeing him not only without Cat, but dating someone else. The writing did not quite have the spark of the Night Huntress books and I think this is merely because I simple missed the romance and spark of Cat and Bones’ relationship. I actually think if you haven’t read the books you’re better off picking up the first in the series initially and then reading this novella retrospectively as it was written.
Also with the Night Huntress books there is always a slight air of mystery around Bones, you don’t always know what he’s thinking and what clever plan he’s going to come up with, and that wasn’t there in this book. And because of this, I hate to say it, but he came across a bit less cool. Although of course he’s still Bones, so he is still awesome, but perhaps not quite as awesome as normal.
We meet a new character Ralmiel, whom I loved despite the fact he was trying to kill Bones! Several times throughout the story he just made me grin. I do hope he makes an appearance at some point in the series books.
The ending is equal parts sad and gruesome, if you don’t like a little gore you might want to skip some pages!
A nice novella if you like Bones, not as good as the Night Huntress books, but a quick read for fans of the series.
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
- o.5. Reckoning
- 1. Halfway to the Grave
- 1.5. Happily Never After
- 2. One Foot in the Grave
- 3. At Grave’s End
- 4. Destined for an Early Grave
- 5. This Side of the Grave
- 6. One Grave at a Time
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