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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. 4 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. 5 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. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 4 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).

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 4 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.

  11. 5 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.😭

  12. 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

  13. 5 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 4 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 5 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bibliofiendlm

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

  23. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    Good end to the series. I will miss these characters

  24. 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Juana

    Why do you have to wait to put this out? I am too invested now! Just let me have an early one? Why do you have to wait to put this out? I am too invested now! Just let me have an early one?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melliane

    Mon avis en Français My English review I always have a great time with Alex Craft’s adventures and I was really looking forward to this new novel. I was surprised to find out that this is the last volume of the series, which saddens me a little bit. Alex, the newly appointed head of the Fae Bureau of Investigations, will find herself dealing with a story that will turn the Fae upside down, whether in the human world or in their kingdom. Indeed, the trees that anchor each of these realms are being Mon avis en Français My English review I always have a great time with Alex Craft’s adventures and I was really looking forward to this new novel. I was surprised to find out that this is the last volume of the series, which saddens me a little bit. Alex, the newly appointed head of the Fae Bureau of Investigations, will find herself dealing with a story that will turn the Fae upside down, whether in the human world or in their kingdom. Indeed, the trees that anchor each of these realms are being destroyed one by one, and if Alex doesn’t act quickly, all the Fae on Earth could soon disappear. Determined to find the culprit, Alex is about to embark on a story that is beyond her and that will change everything she thought she knew, as well as her current life and our heroine will have to make some crucial choices. It was a great new novel once again and I really enjoyed finding all the characters. I didn’t expect this to be the last volume, but it’s a nice conclusion to the series even if I must say I would have loved to see the consequences of the events on our dear Alex. It’s a very good urban fantasy series that I can only recommend if you don’t know it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Val on the Moon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Warning: contains spoilers. If you want to read the whole review but keep the spoilers hidden, you can visit my website: https://bookshelvesandteacups.wordpre... Dear Kalayna Price. It’s not everyday that a fantasy series ends after a reasonable number of books. Kudos to you for sticking to your vision and letting your hero have the story you thought she deserved instead of dragging her for longer than necessary. This series was the bomb and Alex, grave witch turned badass fae, a compelling and rel Warning: contains spoilers. If you want to read the whole review but keep the spoilers hidden, you can visit my website: https://bookshelvesandteacups.wordpre... Dear Kalayna Price. It’s not everyday that a fantasy series ends after a reasonable number of books. Kudos to you for sticking to your vision and letting your hero have the story you thought she deserved instead of dragging her for longer than necessary. This series was the bomb and Alex, grave witch turned badass fae, a compelling and relatable main character. This book has been one of the highlights of my 2020, which, now that I think about it, is actually great. If I have to be honest though — and what’s the point of writing a review if one can’t be brutally honest? — , this finale felt a little bit rushed to me, and I can’t help but think I would have been happier with more information. Let me explain why. In Grave War Alex has more responsibilities than ever. She needs to step up and become the leader of the FIB (Fae Investigation Bureau) now that Falin has gotten the position of Winter King in Faerie and can’t work there anymore. Sadly, all of a sudden the doors to Faerie are destroyed. All the fae in the USA are stuck in the mortal world and begin to fade. With Falin far away and her castle (and its inhabitants) gone, Alex is alone in trying to find a way to take the fae to Faerie before they all die. Well, alone if we don’t count a ghost sidekick, a hostile employee and a self-appointed bodyguard. This story is packed with tension, lost hopes and sheer survival instinct, and it works so well. For the most part. Dear Kalayna, did I ever mention that I love your ability to craft (no pun intended, just lacking a better word) a world so incredibly vivid and tangible for your characters? Both Nekros and Faerie have always been easy to picture, even though a fervid imagination is not my strong suit. Every time I read one of your novels, the setting feels as real to me as Chicago, Reykjavík or another city I’ve never been before. Your writing style is magic. Many beloved characters make an appearance in Grave War. Despite being hopelessly crushed by the fact that he and Alex are never going to be together again, I’m glad that we could say goodbye to Death, albeit the reunion was (as it always is) too unidirectional for me: he’s always stricken me as very lonely and I really wish Alex would care about him the way he cares about her, and not necessarily in a romantic way. That is not the case, but that’s life. As I’ve always had a little crush on him, I’m also glad we could see Kyran again, although I have a lot of questions about him that will be left unanswered. I’ve always liked how he was an enigma, but I would have been happier if you’d let us know something more about him. Perhaps a short story? I just love his personality. The same can be said about Dugan, though he’s had his own closure in the end: he is a king now, and he finally has friends. I love how he picks up the habit of joining the gang for dinner. He’s always been very human for a fae. Another topic I would have liked closure on is what happened to Jenny Greenteeth and Tem. I wish I knew whether they’d got the punishment they deserve or not. I also wish I could know more of the reasons why Ryese had so many followers. I’m not buying the Amaranthine tree excuse, to be honest. I feel there has to be more, at least for the simple reason that I don’t buy him going around and telling all those lesser fae “Hey, look, I have this brand new tree. I’m gonna blow up all the others and we’re going to change Faerie forever.” He doesn’t strike me as someone who would reveal his plan to everyone and his mother. And speaking of relatives, was it really necessary for him to be Alex’s half-brother? I mean, I understand that the only reason he was able to get inside the High Court was his blood, but the whole finale left me with more doubts and questions than answers. Still speaking of relatives, the plot twist about Alex’s father was at the same time unexpected and something I’d begun to suspect lately. I liked it, and I also appreciate that they’ve been forced to fix their relationship. He can’t avoid acknowledging her anymore, and boy, do I wish we could see more of it. What came out as a complete surprise though was the reappearance of Brad, but if I have to be honest I didn’t care much for it because he wasn’t a character I was invested in in the first place. With all these characters ending up related though it almost felt I was reading a crossover with some soap opera. Since we’re talking about soap operas, was I OK with how the romance ended? I really wish I was. Sure, I’ve been #teemDeath since day one and a lot of my disappointment comes from the fact that I wish Alex hadn’t used that poor soul collector so badly throughout the whole series, but I’m adult enough to know how to deal with things not going my way (Rachel Morgan+Trent Kalamack is the first example that comes to my mind, and yet The Hollows is my favorite series all the same). My main issue is how the decision to marry Falin was pushed on Alex by Faerie and yet, after reading for seven books how she is afraid of serious relationships and how she has commitment issues — it was mentioned at least five times in this book alone–, she’s perfectly fine with it. So fine actually that I ended up almost expecting her to announce a pregnancy in the epilogue when she told the gang she’d held Tamara’s baby. While all good things must come to an end, I wish you’d given Alex more offstage time to be able to explore her relationship with Falin and take it to the next level at her own pace. They’re almost immortal after all. In conclusion I’d have appreciated it if you had allowed the last portion of the main plot line more pages to develop at the expense of the romantic subplot. As I said, I believe Alex’s character needed more time to accept such a massive change, and at the same time I think her conflict with Ryese would have benefitted of more attention.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    Grave War by Kalayna Price is the 7th and final book in her Alex Craft series. Refresher: Alex is a grave witch, using her ability to rise the dead to talk to them, as well as learning her new planeweaver abilities. After the end of the previous book, Falin is now the Winter King, and Alex has become the agent in charge of FIB (Fae Investigation Bureau). Her first week on the job turns into chaos, as some of the agents in FIB now under her command, do not really respect her. Alex begins to receiv Grave War by Kalayna Price is the 7th and final book in her Alex Craft series. Refresher: Alex is a grave witch, using her ability to rise the dead to talk to them, as well as learning her new planeweaver abilities. After the end of the previous book, Falin is now the Winter King, and Alex has become the agent in charge of FIB (Fae Investigation Bureau). Her first week on the job turns into chaos, as some of the agents in FIB now under her command, do not really respect her. Alex begins to receive roses from an unknown source, with hints from various things going wrong; she suspects a former enemy is behind this. An explosion destroys the Eternal Bloom and the doors to enter Fairie; forcing many of the fae who live in the mortal world, unable to return to Fairie, and could thereby over time lose their magical abilities. Desperate for help, she tries to contact Dugan, from the Shadow realm, and just when she sees an opening, she is kidnapped. Turns out her enemy, the one she suspected, Ryese is behind the chaos and destruction. What follows is an exciting and intense story that takes place in the mortal world, as well as in Fairie land. Dugan and Falin manage to get Alex free bringing her to Shadow land. There are so many twists and turns, keeping us guessing until the very end. I loved seeing Alex with Falin, as well as her friendship with Dugan, and his father as they work together to find a way to stop Ryese, who is trying to become the High King ruling all of Fairie. Alex worries about her friends either stuck in Fairie or in the mortal world, and her fears for all the Fae who have no way home. It was very exciting, especially when she managed to get pulled into the High Court, and find a way to defeat her enemy and save the world. This is a complicated review, as it would require giving spoilers, and since this is the final book of the series, I do not want to ruin it for you. Grave War was an exciting, action packed, interesting and wild adventure, as Alex must stop a powerful enemy. Kalayna Price pulls a mind boggling twist at the end, that was a totally surprise, but at the same time a very satisfying conclusion to this series. It was great to see many of her friends, including Death. Alex Craft series was lots of fun and very well written by Kalayna Price. If you have not read this series, and enjoy paranormal, I suggest you read this. Barb The Reading Cafe

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Alex Craft finds herself beset with problems both personal and political in this final novel in the series. The story opens with Alex starting her new job as Agent in Charge of the FIB (Fae Investigation Bureau). There she finds some resistance from her second in command and she also finds she had been assigned a troll named Tem as her bodyguard. She is also getting gifts of red roses with notes addressed to Lexi. The only ones who ever called her Lexi were the insane Winter Queen and her murder Alex Craft finds herself beset with problems both personal and political in this final novel in the series. The story opens with Alex starting her new job as Agent in Charge of the FIB (Fae Investigation Bureau). There she finds some resistance from her second in command and she also finds she had been assigned a troll named Tem as her bodyguard. She is also getting gifts of red roses with notes addressed to Lexi. The only ones who ever called her Lexi were the insane Winter Queen and her murderous nephew Ryese. The Queen is dead and Alex's boyfriend Falin is now the Winter King but Ryese escaped and is somewhere still causing trouble. The next thing she knows there are explosions at the Eternal Bloom which manage to destroy the door into faerie and strand the fae left on this side. Without a way to get to faerie, the fae will all fade away. Alex needs to find a way to get the door open again. But the door in Nekros isn't the only one that is closed. Most of the doors to faerie have been destroyed and the rest are closed from the fae side. Because Alex is a planeweaver, she does still have some access to faerie through the Shadow Court. She learns that faerie has its own problems. It is in danger of failing. Time is critical to find a way to save faerie. But the fae aren't trusting sorts and gathering allies is not an easy proposition. The story was filled with all sorts of action. Alex learns secrets about herself and her father that will change her life and change faerie forever. This was a great ending to Alex Craft's story and a fun urban fantasy story,

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. Grave War brings an end to Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series and it was absolutely amazing! This series spanned 10 years for us readers and yet it was less than a year for Alex herself and oh wow, has a lot happened. I mean seriously. She's been through so much and since this is the final book, you know a HEA is just at her fingertips...if only she can survive this I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. Grave War brings an end to Kalayna Price's Alex Craft series and it was absolutely amazing! This series spanned 10 years for us readers and yet it was less than a year for Alex herself and oh wow, has a lot happened. I mean seriously. She's been through so much and since this is the final book, you know a HEA is just at her fingertips...if only she can survive this book first! Since Falin is the winter king now, things have finally been somewhat tame, somewhat normal. She still has to be on her guard though since Falin has received many challenges to his position, her life could be at risk too in order to get to him. She has a new job thanks to his role too as the lead investigator for the Fae Investigation Bureau and just as she is trying to figure out what's what in this new job with a lot of weight to it, the Bloom, the fae club and the main Nekros' door to faerie is destroyed...then another door is destroyed, followed by another. Someone is destroying the doors to faerie and the mortal world, trapping fae on either side to remain wherever they were at. To add to Alex's troubles, she seems to have developed a very serious and scary stalker. She has an inkling of who it could be, but it would impossible for her instincts to be right...but that usually means they are. What it boils down to is needing to find a way to bring the doors back so that she can rescue the fae trapped on the mortal side who need the faery side in order to survive and since she has quite a few friends who are in need of faery's elements to live as well, she's more determined than ever to save the world for everyone. This book was wow! Yes, it's been an age since I read the last Alex Craft book, but luckily, this is one of those series you can just dive back into with relative ease. Yes, there was the occasional "who are you?" followed by "what was THAT event?" but that can be pretty typical with me regardless, even when I take notes! Lol. But luckily needing the details I want to know about those events are never important to the story of the NOW. I was very happy that Alex and Falin could be a couple again. I mean, I think I was rooting for Death, Alex's longtime friend and companion, work buddy and once upon a time boyfriend...but Alex and Falin just seemed to click way back in the beginning. Death was a fun guy though and I was glad he popped back up again, but I feel like in these later books that all he ever did, pop in, hang out for a few pages and then disappear for the rest of the novel. While a fun and intriguing character, he's not around much. But the sparks between Alex and Falin continue to run strong in this one, which I was all for! There was quite the mystery at hand too. Though it became obvious as to the whodunit but that doesn't mean there weren't any surprises along the way, because there were a ton of them! You could kind of see where things were headed towards the finale, but it's not really bad in a sense. You know things will work out in some fashion as well. If that hasn't confused you, yay! Lol. I was quite content with the way things ended and will reiterate that it ended in the way I love best of all in my series finales. You know that even though the story is over, the adventures are far from over. The Alex Craft series is one not to be missed by fans of the Urban Fantasy genre! It's a great edgy series with lovable and relatable characters. There's magic, ghosts, witches, and fae...it's got everything one could want. Even if the vampires are missing...but thankfully, Kaylana has another series for that! Overall Rating 4.5/5 stars Grave War releases November 24, 2020

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