GRAVE VISIONS is book #4 in the Alex Craft urban
fantasy series by Kalayna Price. This long awaited book
follows up from the last in the series, published in 2012.
I have to say with such a long wait between books, I had
forgotten much of the details of Alex Craft and her world,
but GRAVE VISIONS dumped me right back into the action
without too many confusing spots.
Alex Craft works in Nekros City as a Grave Witch for
hire. She consults for the police, raising shades that can
be questioned by the cops to help solve crime cases. Alex
is pulled into one detective's search for a fae-created
street drug called "glitter" that is associated with a
number of bizarre and truly gruesome deaths. There are all
kinds of fun red herrings provided at the crimes scenes,
which I find
greatly entertaining. Alex is then commanded
by the Winter Queen to solve a murder in Faerie. There is
a lot of action occurring here that keeps the story moving
along at a lively clip.
Alex's life is pretty complicated. She has recently
discovered she's not really human, but actually is fae, her
nature hidden from her and everyone else by her father at
birth. She would like to stay in the human realm and
continue her work as a Grave Witch. As an unaffiliated fae
away from the realm of Faerie, however, she is starting to
fade and will soon die if she doesn't form ties to Faerie.
But who to align herself with? Alex doesn't trust any of
the courts, and with good reason. Alex is forcibly living
with Falin Andrews, the Winter Queen's knight. A little
while ago, Falin tricked Alex, cut her with a blade, told
her he loved her, then warned her she could never trust him
(and you thought YOU had dating problems!). Falin is in
FIB though, the Fae Investigation Bureau, so Alex must work
with him for her job. Alex is also sleeping with Death, a
grim reaper whom she has known for years, although she
doesn't even know his name. It's not quite as heavily the
love triangle of previous Alex Craft books, but there is
definitely sexual tension persisting! I can't decide which
one of the two guys I am rooting more for, either.
The varied and often fraught interactions of Alex with
her friends and enemies provide a vibrant counterpart to
the two interweaving mysteries Alex is racing to
solve. Price has created a great paranormal urban fantasy
world with plenty of bloodthirsty fae and backstabbing
court intrigue. There is a little romance and some mild
snark and humor to keep the grim world of the fae from
becoming too dark. I devoutly hope we will not have
to wait so long for the next installment in this series,
because GRAVE VISIONS has revived my desire to read more of
Price's fantastical world of Alex Craft.
If you want to hear voices from the dead in Nekros City, you
call Alex Craft. Sheâ€™s a grave witch with reasonable rates
and extraordinary powers who specializes in revealing the
secrets of the dead. But she has her own secrets. Sheâ€™s not
humanâ€”and her newly discovered heritage is causing havoc for
her both in the human realm and in Faerie.
Fae canâ€™t survive without a tie to Faerie, and now that
Alexâ€™s true nature has awoken, sheâ€™s no exception. She must
align herself to a court and soon. To retain as much freedom
as possible, she makes a deal to track the source of a new
glamour-infused street drug which causes hallucinations that
killâ€”and not just the user. Her investigation entangles Alex
in a conflict brewing in Faerie, and she must find answers
before sheâ€™s dragged so deep that she loses not only her
freedom, but her life.