Don’t you just love it when a book you’re reading is set locally? The Dallas/Fort Worth area isn’t often used as a setting for books, so it’s always a thrill to come across one that is. This Side of the Grave, by Jeanine Frost, has several different settings, but the finale of the book takes place in nearby Garland, Texas. This Side of the Grave is the fifth book in the Night Huntress series, and takes place in a world where vampires, zombies, ghosts, and demons are commonplace.
Cat is half-vampire, and her husband, Bones, is a powerful Master vampire. They’ve spent most of their relationship fighting for their lives, and just once, they’d like a break. But vampires are disappearing, and there are rumors of trouble looming with the ghouls.
With Cat’s new and unusual powers at the center of the firestorm, Cat and Bones travel to New Orleans to seek help from legendary voodoo priestess and ghoul queen Marie Laveau to stop the coming war. But Marie has an agenda of her own, and Cat is dragged even deeper into trouble. If she cannot control her new powers, she’ll never be able to stop the battle between zombies and ghouls.
This Side of the Grave is well written and fast-paced, with lots of action and a detailed, believable world. Cat is capable, with an inner core of strength that often gets her in trouble, and she doesn’t hesitate to act. Bones is ruthless when he needs to be, and at times overprotective, yet he knows Cat can take care of herself. He’s also British, with an accent that practically melts the pages (not to mention one of the best anti-Twilight lines ever). All of the books in the Night Huntress world are captivating, and This Side of the Grave is no exception.