The Grave Ends Here.
Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…
A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives–and those of everyone they hold dear– will be hovering on the edge of the grave.
“I would never hurt you that way save for one reason: to keep you safe. I can live with your anger, your retribution-bloody hell, despise me if you must, but don’t expect me to behave as though you aren’t the most important thing in my life. You are, and I will let no one, yourself included, bring you to harm. “
“Shame on you, Crispin. Married how long, and you haven’t spanked your wife with a metal spatula yet?”
For fans of all kinds, hardcore and merely interested, release of the final Night Huntress novel was a blow. I haven’t met a Jeaniene Frost book I haven’t loved and Cat and Bones snuck into all our hearts with those first snide comments to one another.
Frost created a duo that stood the test of a series better than many I have read. That didn’t change in this action packed finale.
Frost has never scrimped on the blood, gore, fighting and sex. “Up From the Grave” had a bit of each. Surprisingly, there was less intimacy in this last novel, by way of sex, though it didn’t feel like it diminished the story line in the least. We readers have stood by this relationship as it matured, and there were more important things to worry about than getting some. I get it.
I enjoyed the novel, but like every series that ends, it leaves one feeling a bit sad and longing for just a little more. There was a twist in the novel that I felt was a bit sudden, and I’m not sure felt fully developed. It made sense, and it worked, and yet…I felt a bit cheated by the whole thing. I won’t go into it more for fear of spoilers. Read it and see for yourself.
Overall, I adored this book as much as the rest. As the finale in a series, it was brilliantly done. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to close out a series with so many different characters that that had the potential for their own books, not to mention that the fan base for Night Huntress is still huge. By giving cameos to various characters we have come across, hated, loved or envisioned naked consistently, Frost let us down gently.
I, for one, am going to be on the look out to see what she comes up with next.