Jeaniene Frost's Halfway to the Grave was my first introduction to Cat and Bones and their world, and not only were they the first paranormal romance couple I'd met, they remain my favorite.
There are six Night Huntress novels focusing solely on Cat and Bones. But surrounding them are many complex, hot, fascinating, infuriating and hysterical secondary characters. Many of these secondary characters have gone on to have their own books:
- Bones’ best friend, Spade, was featured in First Drop of Crimson. He was paired up with Cat’s best friend Denise.
- Mencheres, Bones’ grandsire, was the second book in the Night Huntress world. Eternal Kiss of Darkness had Mencheres finding love with Kira.
- Vlad Tepesh is currently the star in his own trilogy, The Night Prince series. He remains quite the antihero, but is paired with a great heroine in Leila.
So who does that leave us with? Which character should get his or her own story?
Speaking of antiheroes, Ian would be the first one to come to mind. Ian was brought into the picture as Liam Flannery. Don assigned Cat to capture Liam knowing that he was Cat’s father’s sire, the same person who's also Don’s brother. Cat pins Ian, but in their conversation she finds out he is Bones’ sire and is unable to kill him.
Where does Ian stand? His loyalties can come and go and we never have forgotten that he initially wanted Cat as a trophy. Slowly but surely he has wormed his way under our skin.
In a recent Q&A, Frost she answered the question about Ian getting a book. I am fairly certain she is asked this question at least 17 times a week, but she graciously threw her fans a bone (heh) and answered again.
Q: Will Ian get a book?
A: Maybe. After the events in Home for the Holidays (my novella in The Bite Before Christmas anthology), Ian is starting to move in a direction where he could grow into hero material—or anti-hero, anyway. However, he’s not there yet, so nothing definite about a book unless/until he is.
She did say that she has someone in mind for Ian and that it is not Justina. Let’s all just take a moment to thank Ms. Frost for not making us suffer through a pairing of Justina and Ian. Ian is way too epic and Justina too much of a toad for the two to be a match. There aren’t too many spare characters in this series, but I can think of two that I wouldn’t mind paired with Ian.
Veritas, the law guardian, appears in This Side of the Grave, Destined for an Early Grave, and Eternal Kiss of Darkness. She is said to be among the oldest 'living' vampires. She is very powerful, likes the power and has been known to be in trouble with dark magic. “...a vampire didn't become an Enforcer before turning five hundred years of age and completing a rigorous training process. They weren't the soldiers behind the powerful ruling body of all vampires because they were unexceptional.” In the Eternal Kiss of Darkness virtual interview, Ms. Frost said, “It’s mentioned in Eternal Kiss of Darkness that the process for becoming an Enforcer takes hundreds of years, and that’s a lesser position than a Guardian. So imagine how long it takes to get on the Guardian Council!”
Ian expressed some interest in her after watching her fight when he said,
“Am I the only one who has wood over that little vixen?"
In another recent interview Frost was asked:
Will we be seeing more of Veritas? Maybe a power?
Yes, you should see more of Veritas. As for her powers, that would come up later.
The other option would be Annette, the first vampire Bones sired. She was much hated, at first, and was the one person Bones slipped up with during his and Cat’s four-year separation. Once Bones set her straight on his feelings for Cat I think she eventually turned herself around and is now semi-likable. I struggle with this pick, though, because she has been all about Bones for 200 hundred years.
Another popular, secondary character who could have a story is Tate. Tate is a very polarizing character; you either love him or hate him. I am of the hate variety. He crossed a line in At Grave’s End when he tried to “comfort” Cat after Bones had died. I was happy to see him go and sad to see him come back.
Here is what Frost said when asked about Tate:
Q: Is Tate going to get his own HEA? Obviously Cat only has eyes for Bones, but I really want Tate to find happiness!
I want Tate to find happiness, too. But he can also be his own worst enemy. If Tate can let go of his hang-ups and move on, I have hope for him in the future. If not, well…
In Destined for an Early Grave, Tate returns and asks to be on the team. And then in This Side of the Grave he is put in charge of the whole thing. Honestly, Tate has never been a favorite. Being in charge of the team will mean that he and Justina work closely together and I know there has been speculation on them as a couple. How would you feel about that? Personally, I don’t want to read a book about either of them unless they end up skewered afterwards, but maybe I am alone in that opinion. Justina and Tate? Would it work for you?
Annette could also be in the picture when it comes to Tate. Tate and Annette had a brief hook-up in One Foot in the Grave bringing up the ”Once you go dead, no one's better in bed” quote. Unfortunately, I am not feeling anyone for Tate.
Ian and Tate are the big question marks with maybe Juan, Cooper and Maximus in the running as well. Do you have any opinion on these HEAs? Anyone else you would like to see get a story?