Nov 18, 2020

ARC Review--Grave War by Kalayna Price

Grave witch Alex Craft is getting pulled back into deadly fae politics in the thrilling new novel in the USA Today bestselling series.

Grave witch Alex Craft has forged an uneasy truce with the world of Faerie, but she’s still been trying to maintain at least some semblance of a normal life in the human world. So it’s safe to say that stepping up as the lead investigator for the Fae Investigation Bureau was not a career path she ever anticipated taking.

When an explosion at the Eternal Bloom threatens to upend the fae who make their home in our world, Alex finds herself in charge of the most far reaching investigation she’s ever tackled. And it’s only her first week on the job. With the threats mounting and cut off from half her allies, Alex can’t wait on the sidelines and hope the fae’s conflicts stay contained within their borders.




I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. 

Grave War brings an end to Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series and it was absolutely amazing! This series spanned 10 years for us readers and yet it was less than a year for Alex herself and oh wow, has a lot happened. I mean seriously. She's been through so much and since this is the final book, you know a HEA is just at her fingertips...if only she can survive this book first!

Since Falin is the winter king now, things have finally been somewhat tame, somewhat normal. She still has to be on her guard though since Falin has received many challenges to his position, her life could be at risk too in order to get to him. She has a new job thanks to his role too as the lead investigator for the Fae Investigation Bureau and just as she is trying to figure out what's what in this new job with a lot of weight to it, the Bloom, the fae club and the main Nekros' door to faerie is destroyed...then another door is destroyed, followed by another. Someone is destroying the doors to faerie and the mortal world, trapping fae on either side to remain wherever they were at. 

To add to Alex's troubles, she seems to have developed a very serious and scary stalker. She has an inkling of who it could be, but it would impossible for her instincts to be right...but that usually means they are. What it boils down to is needing to find a way to bring the doors back so that she can rescue the fae trapped on the mortal side who need the faery side in order to survive and since she has quite a few friends who are in need of faery's elements to live as well, she's more determined than ever to save the world for everyone.

This book was wow! Yes, it's been an age since I read the last Alex Craft book, but luckily, this is one of those series you can just dive back into with relative ease. Yes, there was the occasional "who are you?" followed by "what was THAT event?" but that can be pretty typical with me regardless, even when I take notes! Lol. But luckily needing the details I want to know about those events are never important to the story of the NOW. 

I was very happy that Alex and Falin could be a couple again. I mean, I think I was rooting for Death, Alex's longtime friend and companion, work buddy and once upon a time boyfriend...but Alex and Falin just seemed to click way back in the beginning. Death was a fun guy though and I was glad he popped back up again, but I feel like in these later books that all he ever did, pop in, hang out for a few pages and then disappear for the rest of the novel. While a fun and intriguing character, he's not around much. But the sparks between Alex and Falin continue to run strong in this one, which I was all for!

There was quite the mystery at hand too. Though it became obvious as to the whodunit but that doesn't mean there weren't any surprises along the way, because there were a ton of them! You could kind of see where things were headed towards the finale, but it's not really bad in a sense. You know things will work out in some fashion as well. If that hasn't confused you, yay! Lol. I was quite content with the way things ended and will reiterate that it ended in the way I love best of all in my series finales. You know that even though the story is over, the adventures are far from over.

The Alex Craft series is one not to be missed by fans of the Urban Fantasy genre! It's a great edgy series with lovable and relatable characters. There's magic, ghosts, witches, and's got everything one could want. Even if the vampires are missing...but thankfully, Kaylana has another series for that!

Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars

Grave War releases November 24, 2020

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