BOOK REVIEW: Grave Ransom, by Kalayna Price
Grave Ransom is the fifth book in the Alex Craft urban fantasy series and I just can’t get enough of Kalayna Price’s work.
Alex Craft is a private investigator and consultant for the police with a twist: she can speak to the dead. Not in the usual psychic sense, Alex is a grave witch operating in a world where the supernatural aim to work in tandem with humans. Nekros City appeared out of thin air one day, bringing with it enlightenment and forcing the supernaturals into the light.
Alex is no stranger to seeing the dead; she raises shades, works with ghosts, and is dating Death himself. But walking corpses committing crimes? That’s not something she was prepared to deal with. When Alex’s other cases begin to merge, Alex is forced to strike up another agreement with Briar Darque of the Magical Crimes Investigation Bureau in a race to find the source of the walking deadmen wreaking havoc on the living.
This book was fast-paced and high in action. No matter how Alex tries, she always finds herself at the centre of the next disaster without even trying and Grave Ransom was no different.
Alex seems to have grown as a character in this book and I think that direction is good because it’s shaping Alex into a stronger, no-nonsense badass who will eventually be ready to take on the Fae courts. I hope.
Bringing Briar back into the series was a stroke of genius in this sense of growth because if there’s one person we can count on to push Alex to her limits, it’s Briar and her exploding arsenal of magic. I think it’s safe to say that Briar will most likely be a regular feature in future books and will get Alex into even more trouble.
I was pleased to note the absence of the Winter Queen in this book as it allowed some breathing room but I’m not sure it’s breathing room we should have gotten. This could have perhaps have been an opportunity to investigate more of Alex’s father’s secrets or delve deeper into the Shadow Court.
Alex’s continued “give no cares” attitude was enjoyed but I do wonder if she’s burning a little quickly through the people who want to help her but shouldn’t. It doesn’t bode well for Alex’s future at this rate.
Tiny mention to the world building. When Grave Visions ended with Alex being granted independent Fae status and the castle appeared in their back garden, I did wonder how they would explain it’s sudden appearance to the neighbours. Kalayna Price thought of a way around that and it was a genius edition that I can see causing Alex all kinds of problems in the future.
There are still lots of questions to be answered but I can’t wait for the next book in this series which hopefully will be out Winter 2018.
Grave Ransom, by Kalayna Price
Series: Alex Craft #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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