Series: Night Huntress #7
Published by Avon on January 28, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…
A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.
I am so sad to be done this book, but I completely understand why the author ended it when she did. Up From The Grave takes a bit from all the storylines in books 1-6 and ties up everything left. We see characters from almost all the books.
Don’s replacement, Madigan turns out to be way worse than originally thought and his research has made him almost impossible for Cat and the crew to get to. Cat’s old team has disappeared and they know he is behind it. But just who is HIS backer and will they be able to reach that far up the food chain.
I have to admit. I am a little disappointed that Cat and Bones’s relationship hasn’t moved past some trust issues. That lack of trust ended up with a few instances of me wiping tears from my eyes. After all this time they should be able to move pretty much in unison and know exactly what the other is doing instead of having their own agendas and messing up each other’s plans. Can you tell there is a point in this book that really upset me?
The surprise addition to the cast totally threw me. I would never have guessed we would go there until this character is first mentioned in the book, then I was “aha, I bet I know what that means!”. I was disappointed that this discovery means Tate will have a bigger role in Cat and Bones’s lives. I have never really liked Tate, and now that the series is over, I don’t see how we are going to get rid of him.
I have to agree with most of the population that Ian needs his own book. He is one of the best characters of the series and I would really enjoy seeing the woman that can tame that hot mess. I just love him and seeing him use his “special” powers that have nothing to do with being a vampire was truly hilarious. Another character that really stepped up was Denise. I was not expecting to see her play such a big role, and in the end, Spade is left pretty pissed at the whole crew. She did some amazing things, despite not really knowing for absolute sure her stunts would work. She was great.
Now, here I am, thinking back on this book, with a lump in my throat. I can’t say I am thrilled with the ending. Maybe it’s the Tate thing. I do see it as pretty final, with hardly anything that could come back to bite them, and even unlikely alliances. I am still sad though. If you haven’t read Vlad’s books, you may want to do that first. There is a scene in there that connects the series and the timeline and you don’t want any spoilers!
I am going to miss my favorite super couple. Enough older characters and scenes were brought up that I think a reread is in order. That might help with my post-Night Huntress depression. Up From the Grave definitely has to be read after everything else for sure. If you haven’t read this series, it has come to a full conclusion so get reading it now! It is amazing.
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