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Published by Avon on December 20, 2008
Genres: Adult Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (342 pages)
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Some Things Won’t Stay Buried … At Grave’s End
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself – and Bones – from a fate worse than the grave.
Proceed With Caution:
This book contains blood, gore, violence, death, dismemberment, and rape threats.
At Grave’s End is the third book of the Night Huntress series, and yes I’d recommend reading the previous two before diving into this one. It picks up soon after One Foot in the Grave with Bones now on Cat’s team officially. They have their regular missions to take out bad vampires, but then things get personal.
What can I say about this series that hasn’t been said before? It’s completely entertaining, and I just love it! At Grave’s End brings more death threats to our favorite couple, but unlike the previous two books, the perpetrator comes close to finishing the job. The story is exciting and filled with even more action. I was a little disappointed that Cat and Bones don’t have as many alone scenes, but the ones they do have are still smokin’ hot!
Probably my favorite part of At Grave’s End was the continued world building. I love learning more about vampire politics, social structure, and their powers. The plot requires us to learn a lot more, and I enjoyed every bit of it. We get to witness some important vampire events, someone being changed, and the extent of vampire abilities. It’s very interesting stuff. New characters are also introduced along the way, most notably, Vlad. I forgot he was introduced this early, but I was super excited to see him!
The one thing I hate in At Grave’s End, which brought my rating down, was the whole “OMG so-and-so is dead but we don’t have the body or a witness.” Seriously, deaths that happen off the page never really happen. In a genre where death isn’t final to begin with, there is no way I’m going to fall for a death that takes place off of the page. There’s just no way. Have them be held hostage and in mortal danger! That would have me at the edge of my seat. “Killing” a character and not showing it just has me rolling my eyes. Nice try, but didn’t happen! Sorry if that seems like a spoiler, but that whole situation gets resolved in no time anyway. Otherwise, this would have easily been my favorite book of the entire series.
However, everything after the fake death is awesome! It’s essentially nonstop action (plus a sex scene or two!), but a lot of it is much different than previous action scenes. The final battle of At Grave’s End is super tense! I honestly didn’t know if everyone would come out of that one alive, or still undead. Cat, Bones, and their allies are up against something that none of them have faced before. A something that cannot be killed and is controlled by magic. I really enjoyed that part.
While I didn’t love At Grave’s End as much as the previous two because of that fake-out death, it’s still a more than worthy addition to the series. And the narration is quite a bit better here, as the narrator seems to be pulling back on her Bones accent. I absolutely cannot get enough of Cat and Bones, even when they’re both being stubborn as heck! Will those two ever get a break? Will other vampires ever realize that Cat and Bones always triumph, so they should all give up on trying to kill them? I guess I’ll just have to keep reading and find out!