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Grave Dance by Kalayna Price REVIEW

Grave Dance by Kalayna Price (Alex Craft #2)

copy thanks to Berkley UK

Synopsis from Goodreads
Whoever said dead men tell no tales obviously never met Alex Craft.

After a month spent recovering from a vicious fight with a sorcerer, grave witch Alex Craft is ready to get back to solving murders by raising the dead. With her love life in turmoil thanks to the disappearance of Fae Investigation Bureau agent Falin Andrews and a shocking “L” word confession from Death himself, Alex is eager for the distractions of work. But her new case turns out to be a deadly challenge.

The police hire Alex to consult on a particularly strange investigation in the nature preserve south of Nekros City. The strange part: There are no corpses, only fragments of them. A serial killer is potentially on the loose, and Alex has no way to raise a shade without a body, so she’ll have to rely on the magic of others to find leads. But as she begins investigating, a creature born of the darkest magic comes after her. Someone very powerful wants to make sure the only thing she finds is a dead end—her own.

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Alex Craft turned out to be pretty fascinating series. Fans of Seanan McGuire certainly will gobble it up in between October Daye books. *wink*

This is pure urban fantasy, and Alex's life is a mess. In book #1 she found out that she is part-fae on top of being a grave witch. Not only that, she seems to be inheriting all the property of the Fae she killed which leads to an unwanted and dangerous attention of Winter Court and the rest of the Fae world.

What we get out of this mess is an irresistible talented witch who is chased by: her pal, Death, a soul collector and a very hot dude; a lanky Winter Queen's assassin, blondie Falin Andrews, with whom she had a passionate but brief affair previously; a mad rich mortal addicted to magic; a Fae client, police detectives and agents of Fae Investigation Bureau...

Yes, she is definitely on Most Wanted list, and sh*t only gets weirder and more complicated the more Alex gets drawn into Fae politics and intrigues.

I've really enjoyed this book! It's not overly dark or oppressive, there is plenty of easy banter and likable characters. Overall, It's an easy and very entertaining read. Recommended to all fans of Seanan McGuire and Fae themed urban fantasy in general.

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Легко читается, занимательные персонажи, диалоги да и сам сюжет. Я рекомендую серию Алекс Крафт всем поклонниками Октобер Дэй, да и эльфийской городской фантастики в общем.

После первой книги, когда Алекс узнаёт, что она  - наполовину эльф, убийство ею могущественного эльфа и открытие новых (или хорошо забытых старых) возможностей фэ привлекают к ней опасное внимание  Зимней Королевы, да и всех остальных эльфийских Дворов.

Помимо этого пока она пытается помочь полиции в расследовании серийных убийств, кто-то задался целью зачаровать её и её друзей, наследство убитого ею эльфа в мире фэ по закону переходит к ней, за Алекс гоняются агенты ЭБР (Эльфийского Бюро Расследований) а также сумасшедший богатый экцентрик, испытывающий наркотическую зависимость к магии и пытающийся заставить Алекс открыть ему к ней доступ...

Её приятель, Смерть, коллектор душ и симпатичный молодой человек всё также с ней флиртует и переодически её спасает, а на горизонте опять появляется сногшибательный эльф Фалин Эндрюс, ассассин Зимней Королевы и агент ЭБР, с которым Алекс замутила короткую интрижку в прошлой книге.

В общем, как обычно, тучи сгущаются, Алекс всё больше втягивают в эльфийские интриги и сам сюжет всё закручивается и закручивается.

Читать определенно стоит. Занимательно, и время отнюдь не будет потрачено зря!

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