April 5, 2013
REVIEW: At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3)
Published January 1, 2009
Format: paperback - I own
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Adult Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 STARS
(From Goodreads) It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.
I know, I know - another Jeaniene Frost book. What can I say? I'm slightly addicted. Seriously - the Night Huntress series is just so darn entertaining! The chemistry between Cat and Bones is constant and real, and I love every minute of it. You would expect some of that chemistry to diminish with each passing book in the series, but so far, with three under my belt, I haven't found that to be the case.
At Grave's End brought a lot more attention to the supporting characters around Cat and Bones. For the first two books, it was largely the two of them against the world. Now, Cat's special forces team is in the forefront of the action since Bones is now also an unofficial member. In addition, Bones' friends seem to be playing more of a role. We see a lot more of Vlad, Spade, and of course, Mencheres.
Although there seems to be less sexy scenes between Bones and Cat, there is more action to make up for it. I love reading about Cat wielding her silver blades and striking fear into the hearts of undead creatures everywhere as The Red Reaper. She never loses her edge. And, I love that, while she's flawless on the battlefield, she always manages to stick her foot in her mouth and say or do the wrong thing. In At Grave's End, Cat makes some very mature moves and acts a little out of character (which is a good thing, in this instance), which was so nice to see. It's good to see that she's got it in her.
Bones is one of my favorite characters of all time. In my eyes, he can do no wrong. I love all his new cool powers, thanks to Mencheres. I love his snarky attitude toward Tate and Vlad. Doesn't he just seem like the kind of guy that would be so fun to hang out with?
No doubt about it - the Night Huntress series is going down as one of the best I've ever read. Three books in, and it shows no signs of slowing down. So, neither am I.