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Grave witch Alex Craft is getting pulled back into deadly fae politics in the thrilling new novel in the USA Today bestselling series. Grave witch Alex Craft has forged an uneasy truce with the world of Faerie, but she’s still been trying to maintain at least some semblance of a normal life in the human world. So it’s safe to say that stepping up as the lead investigator f Grave witch Alex Craft is getting pulled back into deadly fae politics in the thrilling new novel in the USA Today bestselling series. Grave witch Alex Craft has forged an uneasy truce with the world of Faerie, but she’s still been trying to maintain at least some semblance of a normal life in the human world. So it’s safe to say that stepping up as the lead investigator for the Fae Investigation Bureau was not a career path she ever anticipated taking. When an explosion at the Eternal Bloom threatens to upend the fae who make their home in our world, Alex finds herself in charge of the most far reaching investigation she’s ever tackled. And it’s only her first week on the job. With the threats mounting and cut off from half her allies, Alex can’t wait on the sidelines and hope the fae’s conflicts stay contained within their borders.


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Grave witch Alex Craft is getting pulled back into deadly fae politics in the thrilling new novel in the USA Today bestselling series. Grave witch Alex Craft has forged an uneasy truce with the world of Faerie, but she’s still been trying to maintain at least some semblance of a normal life in the human world. So it’s safe to say that stepping up as the lead investigator f Grave witch Alex Craft is getting pulled back into deadly fae politics in the thrilling new novel in the USA Today bestselling series. Grave witch Alex Craft has forged an uneasy truce with the world of Faerie, but she’s still been trying to maintain at least some semblance of a normal life in the human world. So it’s safe to say that stepping up as the lead investigator for the Fae Investigation Bureau was not a career path she ever anticipated taking. When an explosion at the Eternal Bloom threatens to upend the fae who make their home in our world, Alex finds herself in charge of the most far reaching investigation she’s ever tackled. And it’s only her first week on the job. With the threats mounting and cut off from half her allies, Alex can’t wait on the sidelines and hope the fae’s conflicts stay contained within their borders.

30 review for Grave War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Just Call Me Alexa

    NOOOO! I DON'T WANT THIS SERIES TO END !! NOOOO! I DON'T WANT THIS SERIES TO END !!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I have been a fan of this series from the very beginning and have come to love these characters and all they have been through. So it is with a little sadness that I opened this one up knowing this was it. I would never see these characters again and I was hoping like heck, it would end well for them all. I never should have doubted how Price would handle this series. She loves these characters just as much as I do after all. There was so much packed into this book. So much happens, so much is ex I have been a fan of this series from the very beginning and have come to love these characters and all they have been through. So it is with a little sadness that I opened this one up knowing this was it. I would never see these characters again and I was hoping like heck, it would end well for them all. I never should have doubted how Price would handle this series. She loves these characters just as much as I do after all. There was so much packed into this book. So much happens, so much is explained, so much is revealed. It was just so. Much. In the best possible ways. I could not be happier how this ended for Alex and her misfit gang. It was so much fun, so heart warming and most of all, stayed true to the rest of the series. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Well, the series is done. And while I just picked up the series a few weeks ago to binge to get to this ARC, I'm sad. I've had this series on my to-read for a while and was really excited to go through it. I fell in love with Death and Falin and Dugan. I became friends with Rianna, Holly, and Tamara. I started to think in terms of Fae politics. And I was jealous of Alex's cool abilities. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Well, the series is done. And while I just picked up the series a few weeks ago to binge to get to this ARC, I'm sad. I've had this series on my to-read for a while and was really excited to go through it. I fell in love with Death and Falin and Dugan. I became friends with Rianna, Holly, and Tamara. I started to think in terms of Fae politics. And I was jealous of Alex's cool abilities. So yeah, I'm sad she's done. I'm glad she's said she wants to write more in this world, but I'm disappointed she's said Alex's story is done. While I really liked this book - I gave it 4.5 stars rounded up! - I do feel like there were so many little threads that need some closure and would have been great stories to tell in this world. Because of this, I'll keep on hoping for more from this world, for more shadows and secrets, for more shades, for more winter frost, for more spinning hazel eyes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Blendy

    You know, I think I would have liked this book a whole lot more if I hadn't of had to wait 10 million years between each book. I remember when I read the first few books, I was so into the series. I loved the characters and the story line. As the wait between books began to span YEARS, I just kind of stopped caring. I know that things happen in people's lives, and I'm not saying anything bad about the author. I am saying that I lost interest in the book because of the long wait. When I got this o You know, I think I would have liked this book a whole lot more if I hadn't of had to wait 10 million years between each book. I remember when I read the first few books, I was so into the series. I loved the characters and the story line. As the wait between books began to span YEARS, I just kind of stopped caring. I know that things happen in people's lives, and I'm not saying anything bad about the author. I am saying that I lost interest in the book because of the long wait. When I got this one, I wasn't too sure if I was going to read it, but I had to have closure. I'm a masochist like that. I'm glad that I read it, but it took me so long to remember past plots and to get back into the feel of the story and characters, that I kind of found it boring? Confusing? Exasperating? I don't know, I just didn't LOVE it is all. Don't get me wrong, the book falls inline with the other books as far as writing and content is concerned, but I guess that I just lacked the enthusiasm needed to really enjoy a book. I'm happy that we have a resolution and that the guy I have loved since book 1 is the one standing with Alex at the end, but I'm not sorry that this is the last book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Grave War is the seventh and final installment in author Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series. The story opens with Falin Andrews now the Winter King. He is being pushed by his council to choose a Consort from one of the other courts as well as dealing with challengers to his crown and worrying that if Falin were to fall, Alex would be left unprotected. Alex and her plane weaving ability makes her a primary target for every court, most es *Source* Publisher *Genre* Urban Fantasy *Rating* 4.0 *Thoughts* Grave War is the seventh and final installment in author Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series. The story opens with Falin Andrews now the Winter King. He is being pushed by his council to choose a Consort from one of the other courts as well as dealing with challengers to his crown and worrying that if Falin were to fall, Alex would be left unprotected. Alex and her plane weaving ability makes her a primary target for every court, most especially the Summer Court. What's even more disturbing is that someone is leaving blood roses for Lexi everywhere she goes. There are only (2) people who call her by that name, and one of them is now dead. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    As series endings go, it was...fine? I mean, there's a happy ending slapped on to the end of a storyline. But Alex spent most of the time making really dumb decisions, and failing to think things through, and you don't get to spend much time with any of the rest of the series characters, and there are a few Big Reveals that don't end up meaning much of anything and some hanging questions that never get explored or resolved. It reminded me a bit of the ostensible final book in Kim Harrison's "Hol As series endings go, it was...fine? I mean, there's a happy ending slapped on to the end of a storyline. But Alex spent most of the time making really dumb decisions, and failing to think things through, and you don't get to spend much time with any of the rest of the series characters, and there are a few Big Reveals that don't end up meaning much of anything and some hanging questions that never get explored or resolved. It reminded me a bit of the ostensible final book in Kim Harrison's "Hollows" series (before the recent reboot).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    If you have been a fan of the Alex Craft series then get yourself ready for Grave War because not only is it action-packed and amazing but it is also the last book of the series. Acccck, I know! I wasn’t ready either!! This realization, of course, makes me a little sad because truthfully, I did not realize going in that this was to be the last book. Okay, I know that truth is tough to acknowledge at times but also consider that this means that the Author will hopefully be starting something new If you have been a fan of the Alex Craft series then get yourself ready for Grave War because not only is it action-packed and amazing but it is also the last book of the series. Acccck, I know! I wasn’t ready either!! This realization, of course, makes me a little sad because truthfully, I did not realize going in that this was to be the last book. Okay, I know that truth is tough to acknowledge at times but also consider that this means that the Author will hopefully be starting something new :D. Did I just make everything better?? What clued me in to the ending being nigh was that as I was reading this entertaining story, I started to realize that several reveals taking place were actually tying up overarching plot points. Ooh, everyone loves to see long-standing questions and theories being brought to fruition and explained. Much was cleared up, brought to a head, and there were even some, “gasp,” moments with shocking reveals! I enjoyed every minute but at the same time I didn’t want the story to end. Which it did, sadly, but the ending of Grave War was quite satisfying (even a little swoony) and was worth getting through all the drama and fighting that comes with those of the Faerie courts. Alex had her issues – like not thinking things through – but with her supportive cast, everything worked out, as best as it could, in the end. Overall, Grave War was a wonderful series ending installment and I look forward to some day in the future starting this series again at book one! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    It didn't feel like the final book in the series until the very end. Alex was mostly on her own, stumbling around trying to figure things out. The main thing that made this not feel final was that Alex didn’t have much personal growth. She didn’t choose to do things that changed her life; drastic life changes happened and she rolled with it. Most of the book was boring. And compared to where this series started, it doesn’t even feel like the same series. I hated it that half of her life was cons It didn't feel like the final book in the series until the very end. Alex was mostly on her own, stumbling around trying to figure things out. The main thing that made this not feel final was that Alex didn’t have much personal growth. She didn’t choose to do things that changed her life; drastic life changes happened and she rolled with it. Most of the book was boring. And compared to where this series started, it doesn’t even feel like the same series. I hated it that half of her life was constantly being phased out, especially since I found the other half to be more interesting. In the later books, the love triangle fell flat. Romance was barely a part of this. Until the end, Alex was unsure of her current relationship. I liked both of her love interests, but she didn’t end up with the person of my choosing. It wouldn’t have bothered me as much if the end of the relationship with the guy I preferred hadn't been handled so poorly. There were several big twists revealed at the end, but since it was the end, it didn’t mean much. These reveals only would affect Alex’s life going forward, so there were only a few chapters explaining how the changes affected her. I’m glad I read the series but was not impressed with this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    No rating. I skimmed along and finally skipped to the end. Too much time between each book led to not remembering plot threads, and ultimately not caring. Sad ending to a series I used to really enjoy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    4.5 stars Kaylayna Price did not miss a beat in this final installment of her long running Alex Craft series. I have to say, I have a really enjoyed these books, and while some have not always gone in the direction I had hoped for, the series has never let me down. This ending not only satisfied, but throughout the many years these books have spanned, the tone, the feel, and the characters have never gone off course. So as I say in every review I do for these books, this is not the place to enter 4.5 stars Kaylayna Price did not miss a beat in this final installment of her long running Alex Craft series. I have to say, I have a really enjoyed these books, and while some have not always gone in the direction I had hoped for, the series has never let me down. This ending not only satisfied, but throughout the many years these books have spanned, the tone, the feel, and the characters have never gone off course. So as I say in every review I do for these books, this is not the place to enter the series. Go back to Grave Witch and start there. Because so much has happened. What is so cool, though, is Price is able to get me right back inside of this world with very little effort. She reminds me of all that has happened, or at least all that matters, without ever making it feel like an info dump. I’m just back with these people I know and wondering how the heck they are going to get everything fixed by the end. As this installment begins, someone has closed the doors between the mortal world and Faerie. And now that Alex is the head of the FIB, she not only has a personal interest, but a professional one in figuring out who did it, why, and how to undo it. Her HEA, Falin, is trapped on the other side. Some of her friends are too. And the fae who remain on the mortal side are fading. It’s a lot to deal with. But what a great ride it is. There are some great surprises I don't want to spoil, but I'll say I loved the way this all worked out. I loved that we got to see Death again. What unfolded with Alex's dad and the rest of her family. And of course with Falin and the fate of Faerie. (BTW, I saw a review out there that said this ends on a cliffhanger. It doesn't. There's resolution in my opinion, particularly with the epilogue.) I think fans of the series will walk away satisfied. *ARC provided by publisher

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanny

    My enjoyment of this series was directly impacted by the length of time between publishing dates. I purchased book 1 in this series Oct 2010 & my interest in this series dissipated the longer it took to finish it. By the time book 7 was published it’d been 11 years & the ending was not worth the length of time I invested. IMHO The length of time between books should directly impact the quality of the work. This story was predictable, the FMC came across as ill equipped & not overly crafty or sma My enjoyment of this series was directly impacted by the length of time between publishing dates. I purchased book 1 in this series Oct 2010 & my interest in this series dissipated the longer it took to finish it. By the time book 7 was published it’d been 11 years & the ending was not worth the length of time I invested. IMHO The length of time between books should directly impact the quality of the work. This story was predictable, the FMC came across as ill equipped & not overly crafty or smart. My experience will of course be different than those starting the series after completion. They have the benefit of no wait time & the ability to wrap up the story while it’s fresh & the entertainment value isn’t diminished by time. 3 meh stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    julia ☆ [owls reads]

    3 stars Grave War didn't really feel like the end to the series. The mystery regarding Faerie was pretty interesting and the major twist surrounding Alex's dad was wonderful and caught me entirely off guard, but Alex once again was a bit of a dummy. Only this time, she also came across as incompetent and undeserving of the titles she acquired in this and the previous novel. I also didn't enjoy the main bad guy reveal and twist: it was predictable. The pace was on point, though, and I found myself 3 stars Grave War didn't really feel like the end to the series. The mystery regarding Faerie was pretty interesting and the major twist surrounding Alex's dad was wonderful and caught me entirely off guard, but Alex once again was a bit of a dummy. Only this time, she also came across as incompetent and undeserving of the titles she acquired in this and the previous novel. I also didn't enjoy the main bad guy reveal and twist: it was predictable. The pace was on point, though, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down if only to see what was going to happen to Faerie. And the romance... I just didn't like that, throughout the entire series, it seemed like Alex had no agency regarding her own relationships and either went along with things passively or ignored them outright and didn't address any issues she had with what was going on. Price tried to turn that into Alex having commitment issues, but it really really didn't work for me. With that, the happy ending was also pretty lukewarm to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    The end? Oh no, I had not realised it before the actual epilogue. But it was a perfect ending and I was happy. Alex in in charge of FIB, and is unsure. Faelan is Winter King, and well issues there too (I still want her with Death though, alas no, I can't even remember what happened. Anyway, this is not a book to jump in too, like all UF it has to be read in order. A lot has happened. Grave Witch stuff, evil queens, ghosts and much more. And in this final installment a bomb ruins a gateway and all The end? Oh no, I had not realised it before the actual epilogue. But it was a perfect ending and I was happy. Alex in in charge of FIB, and is unsure. Faelan is Winter King, and well issues there too (I still want her with Death though, alas no, I can't even remember what happened. Anyway, this is not a book to jump in too, like all UF it has to be read in order. A lot has happened. Grave Witch stuff, evil queens, ghosts and much more. And in this final installment a bomb ruins a gateway and all of Faerie suffers. Alex has a lot on her plate. Things go down, and yes I can't really say more about that. It has been a great series and I will miss it. There are too few new UF series that wow me these days. These from the golden days are always good reads. I read the first few and then I have listened to Emily Durante narrate these last 3 and she has been great. I like her voices for everyone, her tone and feel of the book. I highly recommend listening to this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Snarktastic Sonja

    I'm giving this one 5 stars because it is a wonderful series wrap up. I was surprised at, not so much the *how* it turned it out, but *how* it got there. I was happy. I was content. I'd love to see more in the world . . . as long as nothing was ruined . . . maybe follow a side character. Dugan could work. Right? I'm giving this one 5 stars because it is a wonderful series wrap up. I was surprised at, not so much the *how* it turned it out, but *how* it got there. I was happy. I was content. I'd love to see more in the world . . . as long as nothing was ruined . . . maybe follow a side character. Dugan could work. Right?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa B. ☽♡

    Let's be honest. Those of us that made it through the end did it because they don't like unfinished series. I liked the books overall, but they were very predictable and repetitive. Sadly, this is a common thing among most of the urban fantasy series, especially when they are long ones. I finished it in 4 hours in a lazy afternoon. It was enjoyable, but as I said, predictable. Why Death disappeared in the last two books? I liked him so much! Let's be honest. Those of us that made it through the end did it because they don't like unfinished series. I liked the books overall, but they were very predictable and repetitive. Sadly, this is a common thing among most of the urban fantasy series, especially when they are long ones. I finished it in 4 hours in a lazy afternoon. It was enjoyable, but as I said, predictable. Why Death disappeared in the last two books? I liked him so much!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Toni Pruitt

    Why does everyone bring the series I love to an end??? I'm so sad to hear this.😭 Why does everyone bring the series I love to an end??? I'm so sad to hear this.😭

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melani

    This was a fun conclusion, and I'm glad that Price got the chance to end her series with a big finale. I think there are some unanswered plot points that got dropped because she had one more book to end the series, but they weren't major points, and enough was answered to make this a satisfying book. I kind of wonder how the series changed as it progressed, because while there were things laid early in the books, Alex's necromantic powers and connection with death (and Death) took a backseat abo This was a fun conclusion, and I'm glad that Price got the chance to end her series with a big finale. I think there are some unanswered plot points that got dropped because she had one more book to end the series, but they weren't major points, and enough was answered to make this a satisfying book. I kind of wonder how the series changed as it progressed, because while there were things laid early in the books, Alex's necromantic powers and connection with death (and Death) took a backseat about midway through. Not exactly a complaint, I'm just curious.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    When you start to read the last book in a beloved series, there is a lot of anticipation and expectations for these characters that you have come to know. Alex Craft is now the lead in the Fae Investigation Bureau. Finding herself investigating an explosion that threatens the Fae world, Alex struggles to find her footing while completely cut off from her allies and friends. I must admit, I was a bit surprised by the direction Price took with Grave War. Alex spent a large portion of this book away When you start to read the last book in a beloved series, there is a lot of anticipation and expectations for these characters that you have come to know. Alex Craft is now the lead in the Fae Investigation Bureau. Finding herself investigating an explosion that threatens the Fae world, Alex struggles to find her footing while completely cut off from her allies and friends. I must admit, I was a bit surprised by the direction Price took with Grave War. Alex spent a large portion of this book away from her gang. I guess my expectations did not even come close to the character growth I have come to expect from Alex and her decision making. In the end, it just didn’t grab me like the other books in this series did. 3.5 stars I’m sad this run is over. I did really enjoy the ride. I am glad I went along for Alex Craft’s story. I received this copy of Grave War from Berkley Publishing. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    4.5 Stars... A thrilling finale to a uniquely captivating series... Faerie is fractured, the Fae are fading, magically spelled roses are wreaking havoc, and doors to Faerie are disappearing... And it’s only the second day on the job for grave witch turned Agent in charge of the FIB, Alex Craft... Uniting the Fae courts and attempting to save Faerie leads Alex down roads to her past and secrets needing unveiled... As the truths surface, Alex is faced with her true destiny and a path she never cou 4.5 Stars... A thrilling finale to a uniquely captivating series... Faerie is fractured, the Fae are fading, magically spelled roses are wreaking havoc, and doors to Faerie are disappearing... And it’s only the second day on the job for grave witch turned Agent in charge of the FIB, Alex Craft... Uniting the Fae courts and attempting to save Faerie leads Alex down roads to her past and secrets needing unveiled... As the truths surface, Alex is faced with her true destiny and a path she never could have foreseen... A beautifully crafted story leading readers on a twisting journey to a highly satisfying conclusion for our beloved characters:)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This was a great book. I liked the ending and it was a little surprising to me. I am glad this was a good ending for the series. I enjoyed the last book with the Alex Craft! This was a great book!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scratch

    More of a 4.5, but I'm giving it the full 5 just out of sentimentality. This series is urban fantasy at its most urban fantasy. The main character is an attractive young woman in her early 20s who stumbles into epic magical adventures, with just a little bit of magic and attitude as her only defense. This series is set in modern times, in a fictional universe where everyone has known about magic for about 70 years. Somehow, through spunk and luck, the protagonist manages to befriend or date major More of a 4.5, but I'm giving it the full 5 just out of sentimentality. This series is urban fantasy at its most urban fantasy. The main character is an attractive young woman in her early 20s who stumbles into epic magical adventures, with just a little bit of magic and attitude as her only defense. This series is set in modern times, in a fictional universe where everyone has known about magic for about 70 years. Somehow, through spunk and luck, the protagonist manages to befriend or date major players in the magical hierarchy, including the newly crowned King of Winter fae (whom she is dating). I don't always care for Alex Craft, the protagonist. Can't relate to her commitment issues, can only grudgingly relate to her problem wearing clothes appropriate for work (in this issue she tries to defend leather pants at what is the equivalent to an FBI office), and I judge her for her lack of education and preparation for the major responsibilities handed to her. This, the final installment of the Grave Witch series, basically opens with Alex feeling just how unprepared she is to be made Special Agent in Charge of a paranormal FBI office. Then, on her second day, Alex keeps hammering home just how unprepared she is to deal with a major disaster incident. She communicates with the Incident Commander and we keep hearing within her own thoughts how she has no idea who outranks who in this scenario, and she isn't sure how she could best help. She wasn't qualified for any of these jobs. She should have gotten a bachelor's degree in something at least, and then become an actual agent at the agency she was now inexplicably made the head of. Because she was a total outsider, she didn't know anything about their computerized database, how to assign agents to a case, how to interact with other government agencies, what her role was in a major disaster, etc. Emergency Management is a field unto itself, but no one benefits from an FBI figurehead showing up on scene and demonstrating that she has no clue what is going on, including whether she is in charge. Then it's ludicrous that the Incident Commander just lent her some bunker gear, and Alex talked about securing the straps, as if they're all obvious. Did he give her a PASS device (motion detector, like firefighters normally get) that would beep if she went 20 seconds without moving? She didn't comment on it. Did she get an air pack? There was no reference to it. I know that she removed her face plate in the middle of a fire, which is a galactically bad idea. Setting aside the question of how she was able to breathe inside the burning building without an air pack. I doubt Alex put the neck covering on correctly, given how she didn't mention it at all. Sounds like she just put on half of the correct bunker gear, and probably put it on wrong, and then went into a burning building just so she could die of smoke inhalation there. Anyway. Then this urban fantasy novel went all in on the clichés by the end. (view spoiler)[We learn that Alex is extra special because her father was the high king of all of faerie. And Alex was made the consort to Winter because she boned Falin, her boyfriend, the King of Winter. And she was briefly made the Queen of the Light Court of Faerie as well. And inherited the role of High Queen of Faerie from her father. So she at least temporarily held 3 royal titles at once, making her very much the absolute ruler of all of Faerie. Not based on hard work. She didn't study in school, taking exams and certifications, preparing for a role. She didn't file paperwork and canvass to get elected. No, she just inherited the bulk of her power and prestige from her father, whom she was NOT a dutiful daughter toward. And then she inherited power from marriage. The one title that she arguably earned on her own, Queen of Light, was the only title that she ultimately abdicated from. Because, sure, why should she hold onto anything she earned herself? Even at that, spoiler: She earned the title by killing her brother, who had the title, so arguably that was yet another matter of inheritance. (hide spoiler)] I have a very real problem with Alex simply being handed all this authority, all these titles and powers, without really earning them. It's a terrible message for people reading this. I understand that it's fantasy, and it's a common problem, but Alex is terribly lucky that she could just keep stumbling her way through fae politics and governmental agency bureaucracy without getting even more people killed. Still, this series was a welcome diversion. I'm a little sad to see it go. But there are other, better urban fantasy series out there, and most of the best ones are still going.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    The publication of Grave War is a bittersweet moment for many a reader. This is the seventh – and final – novel in Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series. I'm not entirely sure that I'm ready to say goodbye to it. Alex Craft is, and always will be, a Grave Witch. Yet plenty has changed for her over the years. She learned that she is also a Plainweaver, and that her fate is more intricately tied to Faerie than she ever could have imagined. Both the good, and the bad. A fact proved painfully true when The publication of Grave War is a bittersweet moment for many a reader. This is the seventh – and final – novel in Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series. I'm not entirely sure that I'm ready to say goodbye to it. Alex Craft is, and always will be, a Grave Witch. Yet plenty has changed for her over the years. She learned that she is also a Plainweaver, and that her fate is more intricately tied to Faerie than she ever could have imagined. Both the good, and the bad. A fact proved painfully true when Eternal Bloom is torn asunder by an explosion. The tree – and the doorway – are beyond repair. Leaving Alex and every other fae in the area stranded. Worse, this isn't the only attack on the doorways to Faerie. There's a timer counting down, and Alex must find a way to save Faerie, her friends, and her lover. All before it's too late. “My dearest Lexi, are you having an exciting first week?” When my copy of Grave War arrived, I'll admit I was pretty torn about it. To read it was to see the series end. Yet I couldn't just leave things are they were, now could I? Having finally caved and read it (all in one sitting, at that), I'm so glad that I did. Alex's adventure has never come with higher stakes, and it shows. She's faced plenty of enemies before, but none have ever threatened the entirety of Faerie. At least, not that Alex has personally seen. Naturally, that means that this novel is full of action, blood, politics, and more. Just the way I like my fae stories. This was certainly a dramatic way to conclude Alex's story, and it brought about many twists and changes that I sincerely did not see coming. And I'm pretty used to reading stories involving fae trickery and deception too! On that note, there were some really clever twists and surprises woven into this tale. One in particular had me screaming – both because of the implications, and because it surprised me so much. Yet it made a painful amount of sense as well, so I'm not even going to consider criticizing the move. Honestly, that isn't the only thing that surprised me about Grave War. For at least the first half of this book, it felt like just another addition to the series. It didn't feel like a finale. Not until the full scale of the situation was made clear. Then it started hitting home. I'm still pretty heartbroken about this series, though I am grateful that Kalayna Price knew that it was time to end the series (hey, we've all seen a series go on far longer than it ever should have). Alex's story is done, and I think the conclusion is going to be satisfying for many fans out there. That being said, I wonder what Price will work on next? Check out more reviews from Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    3 stars. I debated for a long time if I was going to reread the previous 6 books prior to reading the 7th and final book. I opted out. To much of a time commitment. The obvious flaw with this series is that, I, like many other readers had to wait a very long time for the conclusion of the series. I’m exceedingly jealous of anyone who discovers the series tomorrow and gets to read it in one go. It might have impacted my rating a little. Then there is the story itself. Again i was addicted and read 3 stars. I debated for a long time if I was going to reread the previous 6 books prior to reading the 7th and final book. I opted out. To much of a time commitment. The obvious flaw with this series is that, I, like many other readers had to wait a very long time for the conclusion of the series. I’m exceedingly jealous of anyone who discovers the series tomorrow and gets to read it in one go. It might have impacted my rating a little. Then there is the story itself. Again i was addicted and read it nonstop in one go. Forgoing all other commitments. That being said it was not my favourite of the series. It didn’t feel like a final book. I was reading and saw I was at 74% and wondered how the author was going to wrap this up in so little time left. In the end she did it. Unfortunately, I felt that not all outstanding questions got answered or that we got a profound understanding of everyone’s motivations. The ending was very convenient and nearly wrapped. Fairytale style. So I guess that’s in keeping with the fairy genre. Alex annoyed me at times with her indicision and doubt. She tended to go on long internal monologues where she questions the action to take. Other than that I think this was a good ending to a very good series. I might reread it someday in the future. I look forward to more of the author’s work!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I know this is the last book in the series and I probably should have pushed through it, but I just couldn't. It took me over 4 hours to read 50 pages (when normally I'd be done reading the book in that time), I kept putting the book down. First for a nap, then to try a different book, then to clean the house, I was just so bored reading this one. When I realized I would do anything to not read this one it became clear this one wasn't for me. I know this is the last book in the series and I probably should have pushed through it, but I just couldn't. It took me over 4 hours to read 50 pages (when normally I'd be done reading the book in that time), I kept putting the book down. First for a nap, then to try a different book, then to clean the house, I was just so bored reading this one. When I realized I would do anything to not read this one it became clear this one wasn't for me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Alex is back in the 7th and finals installment in the series. Say it isn’t so!! She goes out with a bang. Literally! Grave War is full of action, romance, and lots of SURPRISES. I really enjoyed this series and will miss this cast of characters. Well worth the sleepless night reading! *ARC is provided may NetGalley for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Monica Hills

    This book was fast paced and an entertaining read. Alex is in charge of the FIB and has to investigate a deadly fire at the Eternal Bloom. Things go from bad to worse and Alex has to do everything she can to not only save her friends, herself, and all of Faery. I am sad to see the end of this series but it was a good book. I look forward to reading more from this author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bibliofiendlm

    The end? Enjoyed it but I’m heartbroken the series is over.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Good end to the series. I will miss these characters

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    Alex to the rescue I give all the books 5 stars. From the very beginning to the final chapter the characters have drawn me in. This has been a fabulous adventure.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This series coming to an end is going to leave a big void for me. It's one of the few series where I felt that every single book was the best book it could be, and that the series ended in a good place. Alex Craft is a special character. The world-building was tremendous, and I will miss everything - the unique characters, the courts, the Eternal Bloom, PC, I can go on. Kalayna Price is a gifted storyteller. I recommend this book, and whole heartedly recommend the entire series. This series coming to an end is going to leave a big void for me. It's one of the few series where I felt that every single book was the best book it could be, and that the series ended in a good place. Alex Craft is a special character. The world-building was tremendous, and I will miss everything - the unique characters, the courts, the Eternal Bloom, PC, I can go on. Kalayna Price is a gifted storyteller. I recommend this book, and whole heartedly recommend the entire series.

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