GRAVE WITCH (Alex Craft #1)
by Kalayna Price
PUBLISHER: Berkley (UK) | Roc (US)
RELEASE DATE: Dec 2011 (UK) | Dec 2010 (US)
FORMAT: Paperback, 325 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself – who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans – nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around…
To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something – though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex – but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life… and her soul.
GRAVE WITCH is an amazing first book to a series. I loved all the characters, the world-building and writing style. It was my kind of book and I really enjoyed it.
Alex Craft is a witch who uses ‘grave sight’ to speak to the dead and hover between the corporeal world and the world of the dead. She’s headstrong, sassy, interesting and very independent. She doesn’t get on well with her father, who absolutely hates that she uses magic, and a sister who looks like she’s getting into something that’s way over her head and asks Alex for help. Thus creating a fast-paced mystery aspect to the novel that combined brilliantly with Alex’s personal life.
The guys in her life (and potential love interests) are also great… and very hot! The first is Death, delicious and mysterious, who pops in and out of her life unannounced, especially when she’s in trouble, and Falin Andrews, a detective who’s working on a case she’s involved with. What I love about this relationship is its love/hate aspect – my favourite kind
Death I liked pretty much instantly, but Falin was a slow burner. But after many enjoyable head-butting sessions with Alex, Falin grew on me, and I was very happy when their frustration with each other moved to the bedroom!
The plot is fairly intricate Alex dealing with dark magic and murder, but Price’s writing flows effortlessly. This is the kind of writing style I love. It’s descriptive, full of depth and warmth, easy to visualise and very easy to read.
Although GRAVE WITCH doesn’t end on much of a cliffhanger, there are a few little twists, and certainly leaves you with the need to grab a copy of Grave Dance immediately.
A fantastic start to a new urban fantasy series – great writing, great characters, great world-building. What more could you possibly want?
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
1. Grave Witch
2. Grave Dance
3. Grave Memory
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