At Grave’s End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost – My favorite part actually WAS the end!
The saga continues with Cat, Bones and friends. Her usual methods of baiting vampy big bads are becoming increasingly ineffective as the community becomes privy to her many disguises. In addition, one of Bones’s many former conquests of the feminine persuasion happens to be up to no good, with vengeance and dangerous magic on her mind that are too much for even the most powerful vampire to take on alone. Loyalties are truly tested this time around and teamwork is the only way for everyone to make it out alive…or undead.
I didn’t enjoy the prior installment quite as much on a whole, but this one was a hit for me. New side characters are introduced and others fleshed out a bit more. I’m really looking forward to what Vlad can lend to the series in future novels. The others are sort of bland to me, but I think he has potential to be a real standout.
And while we’re on the subject of supporting characters, I am going to get on my soapbox for a little bit and rant about Cat’s comrade, Tate. He’s had it bad for her since she joined the team years ago. Cat does try and makes it very clear where she stands on the matter, but he just won’t give it up. I find this worse than a love triangle because it really is a dead end that we have to see play out in painful detail, making me wish I were somewhere else…ANYWHERE ELSE! Does he REALLY think he’s got a chance against Bones? I mean, REALLY?! It’s Bones! Forget it! Personality-wise, Cat isn’t that great anyway, so I don’t get his hang up. Bones is the only reason I invest at all in the Cat/Bones ship to be honest. But at least she actually gives him play. And when Cat describes Tate, it’s like…dude should be knee deep in poon. Sure, Bones may have slept with half the population by now, ruining them for all successors; I say this because practically ANY woman that’s come onto the scene, he’s been there and they want more. But I’m sure Tate is capable of wrangling up some for himself. It’s a big world! *Jumps off soapbox*
So anyway, I enjoyed the book minus a couple of hangups. The end was particularly strong with non-stop action and suspense. I’d say at this point that it’s my favorite of the series.