One Grave at a Time
HarperCollins, August 30, 2011, $7.99
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.
One Grave at a Time is book six in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, one of my favorites. What I love is that the series presents a hero and heroine with a very strong relationship since the first book. Okay, maybe they had some time apart between book one and book two (four years, but who is counting?), but for the most part these two have been a couple.
And Frost has made their relationship fresh and engaging in each book. She is proof that six books into a series, you can still be rooting for a couple and it doesn’t get old. Of course, they are extremely hot together, and as individuals really fun characters.
Cat’s good ghost buddy, Fabian, has learned some disturbing news: Fabian’s ghost crush Elisabeth tells them that centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter, now turned ghost. And every October 31st, he is able to manifest a solid, physical form, where he rapes and tortures three women before burning them at the stake. Elisabeth, having known Heinrich all those years ago, has been pursuing him ever since. But trying to kill a ghost when you are a ghost yourself is not an easy thing to do. So Elisabeth pleads to Bones and Cat for their help.
Cat still has some residual magic that lets her call to ghosts after drinking the voodoo queen of New Orleans’s blood recently. This power lure ghosts to her and she also can strip their free will—something she will gladly do to Kramer. But once they meet Kramer, they realize they are up against an extremely violent threat. Kramer can throw physical objects at them with extreme force, yet he can’t be grasped because he isn’t quite in a physical form.
Bones and Cat are now in a point in their relationship where they will only move forward. They are past the trust issues and all the messy stuff. The the previous book, they both really started to appreciate what they have, and even though they are immortal, there are still ways one of them could die. They lead very dangerous lives. They recognize the fact that what they have is so, so good, and they want to live each day remembering this.
Even in this book, Bones reminds Cat that although he would love to track Kramer down and give him his due, they might fail. They might never catch up with him or out maneuver him. And that is okay. Living an immortal existence, Bones doesn’t want to spend the next 100 years chasing this hard to catch ghost. You don’t hear the big Alpha in urban fantasy books talk about failure much and I really like that Bones is going into this dilemma with that on his mind.
While we miss Vlad and Mencheres in this one (and only get a tiny bit of Tate, who is a favorite of mine!) we do get a good bit from Ian. We also meet a new character, Tyler, a medium who helps out Cat and Bones. Tyler might not be my favorite character, but he has a few cute lines.
We also meet Jason Madigan, who is now in control at the secret Homeland Security that keeps the public safe from supernatural threats. While Cat’s uncle Don used to run that operation, he is now a ghost and Tate was suppose to have taken over. Let’s just say tensions run very high with Jason. He doesn’t like Cat, Bones, or Tate. And Don (who is still with us in ghost form) seems to be keeping secrets. Very interested to see how this all plays out in future books.
One Grave At A Time is a solid addition to this very fun and sexy world.
Mandi Schreiner from Smexy Books.