Monday, 11 April 2011
26. "This Side of the Grave" by Jeaniene Frost
Page count: 384 pages
Date begun: April 2nd, 2011
Date finished: April 6th, 2011
This is the fifth book in the Night Huntress series, and as a result, this review may and probably does contain spoilers for some of the previous books in the series. The book will make little sense on its own, and is not a great starting-point. If you want to pick up the series from the beginning, Halfway to the Grave would be the place to start.
Cat and Bones have solved the mystery of her nightmares, and cemented their relationship in the eyes of their friends and the vampire community. Unfortunately they can't take any time off, as Appyllon, a powerful ghoul leader, is spreading crazy rumours about Cat's supposed powers, and trying to provoke a supernatural inter-species war. Vampires are disappearing without a trace, ghouls are getting more and more paranoid. In addition, Cat discovers that her uncle is dying, and her mother has a new career choice in mind.
I must admit that, with the exception of Jeaniene Frost's loose spin-offs of the Night Huntress series, I've mainly been reading her books hoping they'd get better. My main problem has always been that Cat has annoyed the heck out of me, because she never seemed satisfied with what she had. In this book, Cat has grown more comfortable with herself and stopped acting like an idiot towards Bones and accepted several other aspects of her life, and I actually really enjoyed this one. As it's the fifth book in the series (with several supporting characters having been properly fleshed out in their own books), Frost is now writing about a number of firmly established and likable characters, and I'm very glad that the next book in the series will be published as soon as August. I hope she manages to keep it as entertaining as this one was.