Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: Grave Destiny (Grave Witch #6)

Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, and that makes her a dangerous enemy for anyone with something to hide.

Grave Destiny, by Kaylana Price, is the sixth novel in the Grave Witch series. From the back cover:
Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup.

But as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realizes that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the center of centuries-old arcane unrest, and if Alex isn’t careful she may follow the twisting path ahead of her right into her grave end.

Kalyana Price has done it again with her superb storytelling skills. This was one of the most amazing novels i have read in the Grave Witch series. Alex has matured a lot from her simple days as a grave witch and small business owner. She is now an independent fae who also happens to have planeweaving abilities! Over time, I have grown to adore Alex's witty and honest humor -- even if she had to adjust her language as she grows into her fae powers. Alex's life becomes more complex as she learns the truth about her fae origins, and being pulled into dangerous cases that go beyond simply raising shades of the dead. In this novel, this new case is nothing like she has dealt with before. As she is pulled deeper into Faerie politics, she learns more about her fae ancestry, the other seasonal kingdoms in Faerie, and hidden secrets about Alex's past--including a debt that must be paid. There is a lot of world-building that Price includes an overview of the structure and function of Faerie realm, but she does it in a seamless way that doesn't overwhelm her readers. Her tenuous romantic relationship with Falin, the Winter Queen's Knight, is tested when their feelings for each reveal themselves. Although this book feels like the conclusion of Alex's adventures, I am happy to report that there will be a seventh - and final -- book in the series. It is expected to be released in late 2020 or early 2021.

Stay tuned for the next novel in the Grave Witch series!

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