Monday, May 28, 2018

Audiobook Review: At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost

Series:     Night Huntress #3
Pub. Date:Nov. 11, 2010
Publisher:Blackstone Audio
Narrator::Tavia Gilbert
Length:9 hrs 28 min
Source:Hoopla


The series binge continues with the third book, At Grave's End. The focus of this book shied away from further relationship development for Cat and Bones, and instead focused on the action and drama. Secondary characters played a huge role in this installment, to the extent that this was really more their story.

That's not to say that Cat and Bones didn't have their issues. There were some very emotional aspects of this story for our favorite couple, and I remember being absolutely distraught the first time I read this book. But with a fourth re-read, I see it more as a little speed bump because I know what the outcome is. That's the only "bad" aspect of re-reads, is that you don't have as many surprises as that wonderful first read.

Mencheres is a central focus in the story. We see an alliance built between vampire lines with solidified relationships that have big repercussions on the vampire world. But with Mencheres' visions, he knows what is needed to survive into the future, and he sets out to make that happen. The conflict in this story is very personal to Mencheres, and my heart went out to him for choices that he had to make.

But this installment also saw the introduction of one of my very favorite characters - Vlad! While Bones sees Vlad as a showboat and isn't his biggest fan, we see Vlad and Cat become fast friends. These two work very well together and have a grand ol' time. I really like who Vlad is when he is around Cat, and he was there to help her through a very difficult time. 

Like the last book, we again have a central villain to focus on with this installment. While her character is more personal to Mencheres, she was a formidable enemy that had to be taken care of by Bones and Cat. We saw the addition of sorcery to our vampire abilities, which resulted in some interesting tools being used against our good guys. 

Tavia Gilbert continues to do an excellent job narrating the series, and I highly recommend listening to these books in audio just to hear her performance.

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