Review: One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6) by Jeaniene Frost

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Review: One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6) by Jeaniene FrostOne Grave at a Time (Night Huntress #6, Night Huntress Universe #8) by Jeaniene Frost
Published by Avon on August 30, 2011
Genres: Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback (358 pages)
Source: Library
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How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?

Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving—leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity—forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.

four-stars

Proceed With Caution:

This book contains death, blood, murder, mind control, attempted rape, and mentions of burning to death.

The Basics:

One Grave at a Time picks up exactly where This Side of the Grave ends. Exactly. So I’d definitely recommend reading that one at the very least. But honestly you really should start at the beginning of the series to get the full picture, since this book really is a turning point in the overarching plot of the series. Cat faces two villains this time. One human in the form of the new lead of her old job, and one supernatural in the form of an extremely powerful ghost out to eradicate witches (or really, just women in general).

My Thoughts:

When I read One Grave at a Time six years ago, I gave it three stars. I didn’t review it, so I have no idea why I had rated it lower than I am now. I feel like I must have been carrying over some residual annoyance from the previous book, because I really enjoyed it this time around it. I read it nearly straight through, because I did not remember a single event and had to know what was going to come next! Like, how in the world did I forget about Denise’s epic transformation?!

One Grave at a Time is the Halloween special of the Night Huntress series, and I mean that both literally and figuratively. The ghost that Cat is after can become fully flesh on Halloween, which is when he burns his victims at the stake. Obviously, this adds a sense of urgency as the holiday is fast approaching. On the more figurative side, this is an adventure that happens to give Cat and Company something to do that is exciting and entertaining, but is ultimately forgotten as the series deals with more important events to come. Like the change in management at the supernatural branch of the Homeland Security office and all of the repercussion from that. Thankfully, Halloween is my soul’s holiday.

Kramer is definitely my favorite villain of the series though. He is the embodiment of evil. Sure, Gregor was creepy as heck since he could snatch you right out of your dreams! But he also felt random. Kramer feels like a real part of this world. He’s a 500 year old ghost who can walk among people for one night of the year where he carries out the most evil of evil deeds. He was a literal witch hunter and madman in life, and that has carried over into his afterlife. I hated him so much! I needed Cat to take him down! And it shows that Cat isn’t the only anomaly in this world. There’s just so much we don’t know!

One Grave at a Time was just a fun time despite the extremely dark subject matter. It was creepy and wrong in the best possibly way, and I feel like it expanded the world while still keeping the plot moving. I do wish there had been a bit more about Madigan toward the end to really pull everything together, but his introduction is huge to the grand finale of the series.

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4 responses to “Review: One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress, #6) by Jeaniene Frost

  1. I agree with you 100% about Kramer. He’s the PERFECT villain and really made this book. I feel like he’s the kind of villain you’d see in Buffy (which we all know I adore lol). And yeah, I also forgot that transformation… and was apparently not phased by it in the slightest, despite not having read Denise’s book. What was wrong with us?! LOL! Great review!

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