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Strong title in an outstanding series!
am 10. Januar 2013
After the big showdown in „At Grave’s End“ with Mencheres’ ex-wife, Cat and Bones decide to spend some time in Paris. But soon enough new trouble is showing up on the horizon. Cat is having dreams of a powerful (what else?) vampire named Gregor, the dreamsnatcher. He claims to be her rightful husband and that she was unwillingly ripped from his arms 12 years ago. Mencheres then deleted these memories from Cat’s mind, which can now only be restored by Gregor himself.
While trying to make up her mind about whether she wants to have back those memories or not, Bones threatens to start a war over Cat. Under the immense pressure, their relationship and absolute belief in each other starts to crumble. Cat fears to give away details of her whereabouts in her dreams and thus needs to be kept out of all plans and drugged heavily in order not to meet Gregor any more in her sleep.
At the same time, the supernatural world grows ever more uncertain of Cat’s plans to change into a ghul or a vampire. People will have to make choices and choose a side.
I truly adore Cat and Bones. Yet, this book didn’t quite do it for me as the first two did. I admire J. Frost for daring to accompany a couple on their path together because this is a hard thing to do without boring the reader. Relationships are never easy, they consist of misunderstandings, jealousy, quarrels and lots of hard work. Frost shows us how Cat and Bones try to overcome all of those obstacles. One could almost argue that the rest of the plot is marginal. The novel is suspense-packed, yet still focuses on Cat and Bones.
At times, I was overcome with frustration and just wanted to yell at somebody, preferably one of the protagonists. But with strong emotions involved, the actions are very authentic the way they are. Some aspects of the plot were quite predictable (e.g. considering Cat’s abilities) yet nevertheless exciting to read. Throughout the story, Cat is considerably growing as a character, which really was about time. Her rash decisions and imprudent actions have often been hard to “bear”. I love Frost’s style. Normally, I’m not that much into fighting or battle scenes, but in this series they are nerve-wrecking.
I also appreciate the development of the other characters such as Vlad, who I just adore. He’s not the ordinary, beautiful vampire but a man with rough edges. I can’t wait to read more about him in Frost’s new series.
Even though I really enjoyed the book, it just wasn’t as perfect as the ones before. It was missing a lot of the typical humour. I was also a bit disappointed about Gregor’s true reasons for pursuing Cat. This made it rather a pseudo-plotline.
Still, this book is worth 4 out of 5 stars and I will definitely read everything else that Jeanine Frost is writing. The speaker of this audiobook, Tavia Gilbert, is one of the best English readers I have ever encountered and I do hear quite a lot. It's definitely worth a try!!