Reviewed by: Amanda
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
It’s been a few years since we’ve taken a trip through Nekros City, but Alex Craft is finally back—and she’s got a brand new baffling case. A deadly drug is popping up on the streets of Nekros, and its strong ties to Faerie make Alex the perfect person to investigate. She’d rather not, but if she can use it as leverage to be declared an independent fae, she’ll take it.
Complicating matters is her less-than-certain relationship status with Death, and her new roommate, Falin. Yes, that Falin. Thrown together on the investigation, Alex has to put her muddled love life on the back burner before she winds up dead.
Grave Visions gets a slow start, but at about a third of the way through the story really hits its stride. The first clues in the case were so blatantly obvious I wanted to shake Alex and point her at them. And in some respects, the mystery element was the most disappointing part of the whole book. But Kalayna Price manages to build tension even after Alex figures out who two of the perpetrators are, partly because she keeps us guessing as to the mastermind, and partly because of the way she intertwines the other threads of the story.
The love triangle between Alex, Death, and Falin straightens out, somewhat, and grows more twisted at the same time. Alex is finally ready to come to terms with her feelings for both men, which made me happy (though I wasn’t all that happy with her choice). What I really liked seeing was how her relationship with Falin grew. The knight has hurt her time and again, and he does it a few times throughout the course of the story. But Alex begins to see things she couldn’t—or didn’t want to—see about his relationship with the Winter Queen, and Alex has to acknowledge that maybe she hasn’t given Falin a fair shake. They have the foundation for something solid, going forward, and I’m really looking forward to it, in whatever shape it takes.
The best part of Grave Visions, though, was the set up for the continuing storyline. There have been hints along the way about what Alex’s abilities and fae heritage mean for Faerie and the courts, but this is the first time we get to see just what sort of impact she’ll really have.
I’m so glad this series is back, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Alex. Something’s brewing in Faerie, and Alex will probably find herself caught in the middle.
Sexual content: kissing, references to sex