I had to resort to asking my husband which book to select this week. He looked over each copy, read the cover, the back cover blurb then handed both books back to me.
His response? She looks hotter. lol
Author: Kalayna Price
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release date: July 2011
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.
To tell you the truth, I had a little trouble getting into the book. Maybe because it had been so long since I’d read the first book, but everything was a little jumbled. Even when I reached the last page, a few things remained confusing. But I’ll have to admit there is a certain charm to Alex, not to mention Falin and Death that kept me reading.
After a few chapters, I remembered what I liked so much about book one, and what made me purchase book two. The world building. I adored the mythology, and loved all the little details that made the world feel whole and real. There were some glitches in the rules of the world, and though they were woven into the book that way, it pulled me out of the story a little. Will I purchase book three? Yes, I do love the magic, but it might be a while before I read it.
Previous books in the series:
(I’m a little partial to these covers. They really match the tone of the story.)