In preparation for the supposed February 2nd release date of the very, very long awaited book 4, Grave Visions, in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, I took the time to reread the first three books in the series. I say supposed because the last book in the series to date was released in 2012. 4 years is a really long time to wait for a book and I’m kind of half expecting this to be yanked before it actually releases. Not for any real reason but that I’m just so excited about his release and can’t believe it is actually finally happening.
|Grave Witch – Book 1||Grave Dance – Book 2||Grave Memory – Book 3||Grave Visions- Book 4|
If I had to rate the series as a whole, based on the first three books, I’d say this squeaks in around a 4.5. I don’t use a ½ point rating, but I’m using it here more to indicate that it is just missing a 5 star rating from me. Honestly, I love this series. The world and the characters are all pretty vivid and amazing. But there are just a couple of aspects to the overall story line that I’m just not a huge fan of and that is just enough to keep me from giving these my highest rating.
The world this series is set in is based on a modern society where magic and Fae are real. The main character, Alex, is a grave witch who deals mostly with shades and ghosts and can see and interact with them on a level that other grave witches normally can’t because she can interact with and see different planes of existence. There are lots of Fae, other witches with different specialties and soul collectors as some of the other more important characters. How that is all built and written is done in a really excellent way and are the best parts of this series.
The parts that I’m just not a huge fan of are the romantic parts. That is because that entire thread in this series has Alex bouncing back and forth between a soul collector that she calls Death and a Fae in the control of the Winter Queen, Falin. Neither are relationships that she should be in or is even really allowed to have. I’m not a huge fan of impossible relationships that are really pretty hopeless, but I’m even less of a fan of the triangle theme. It makes the character in the middle seem really flaky and fickle. Considering I really love most everything else about Alex’s character, that is frustrating.
Outside of the relationship issues, though, there are tons of great things going on with Alex fighting soul sucking Fae, a crazy witch and soul collector that are in love and a body jumping monster from the depths of the land of the dead. All that while learning more about her history and becoming more than she ever thought she was, and doing her best not to piss of the Fae royalty. It make for some awesome storytelling.
Each book does have a single large story arc that is resolved by the end of the book as well as larger ones that spread across the series, never really leaving the reader hanging. Well, with the exception of book 3. That one left something of a cliffhanger on the larger relationship story arc. So not a good place to end a book when there is a 4 year gap between releases.
I do really love this series, even with the not so great relationship story issues. I’m hoping like crazy that book 4 clears some of that up as it will make it even more frustrating if this is a never ending kind of a back and forth. That kind of thing can kill a series. I’m also hoping that whatever happened to force the gap in releases isn’t something that is a regular occurrence.