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Grave Ransom
Alex Craft Series #5
Kalayna Price

Ace Books
July 4, 2017/ ISBN 9780451416582

Reviewed by Jan Fields


Alex Craft talks to the dead. As a grave witch, she raises shades and deals with ghosts regularly. But this powerful magic is not without cost. Grave Witches go blind. And relationships are never easy either, especially considering Alex is dating Death. But in Grave Ransom she deals with toxic necromancy of a sort she's never seen before, and it's clear that dealing with this case is going to have a cost. But will Alex be able to survive paying it? This is the first book I've read in this series, but I had no difficulty in entering Alex's world, so this is a series that is easily accessible to the latecomer. I always love ghosts, so the magic of the series is fascinating and different, especially the mixing of such disparate elements as necromancy and fae magic. The author never becomes so caught up in the mechanics of the world that she loses the story. The pace is fast and the characters are engaging. Alex cares about what she does, and the author manages to make us care as well. Despite some rather imposing monsters, the story isn't particularly scary but it does have heart, so we care about what we'll see next. Though we don't spend much time getting to know the villains of the story, they do ultimately have strong, believable motivations, and I appreciated seeing that as well. Ultimately this is an enjoyable quick read that definitely makes me interested in seeing what comes next for Alex Craft. I'll be watching for her return.

Reviewer Janis Fields is the author of over two dozen books for children and adults including Threads of Deceit, Ghost Light Burning, Wellspring of Magic, and Emerald Dragon.

Reviewed 2017