One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress #6) by Jeaniene Frost
How do you send a killer to the grave when he’s already dead?
Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’s voodoo queen just keeps on giving—leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.
Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity—forever. But one wrong step and they’ll be digging their own graves.
My faith in Jeaniene Frost has been restored. After book 5, I was left surprisingly disappointed. The book was okay, but I didn’t feel that it was up to Frost’s usual standards. Even for a good deal of this book, I was concerned that the plot was predictable and a bit bland. However, in the last quarter to third of the book, I was pleasantly surprised, and I finished through the end in one go, putting off my math homework for later in my usual weekend fashion.
I like Cat again—I feel that she really is developing again. Maybe she was in the last one as well, and I just didn’t catch on because I was distracted by other issues, but it was more real this time.
I’m going to surprise myself by saying this, but I really like Ian. I’ve been a bit neutral about him in all of the previous books, but something about him in this one made me grin every time he opened his mouth.
And Heinrich Kramer—oh, how I just loved him as a short-term antagonist. He would have driven me nuts if he were an arch-villain, so to speak, but by the end of this book, I was ready to see his ass get kicked. He grated on my nerves more and more every time he showed up. And I will say that I was glad he didn’t get defeated exactly the way the bulk of the book was building towards. Seeing Cat, Bones, and the rest of the gang have to adapt throughout is always more fun.
My only complaint was in failing to mention her Uncle again at the end—we have some serious buildup that, while I didn’t expect resolution on in this book, I thought at least deserved some more mentioned before the end. And, now that I’m caught up on the Cat & Bones novels, I’m a bit disappointed that I’ll have to actually wait to get more. I also kind of miss Mencherys. And Vlad.
Hmmm, then again, now that I’m caught up with Cat & Bones, I get to read about Vlad. Yummy!