Grave Witch – Kalayna Price [Review]

Grave Witch is the first book in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price. This urban fantasy novel was published by Roc in 2010.


Grave Witch cover

Grave witch Alex Craft can speak to the dead, but that doesn’t mean she likes what they have to say.
As a private investigator and consultant for the police, Alex Craft has seen a lot of dark magic. But even though she’s on good terms with Death himself—who happens to look fantastic in a pair of jeans—nothing has prepared her for her latest case. Alex is investigating a high profile murder when she’s attacked by the ‘shade’ she’s raising, which should be impossible. To top off her day, someone makes a serious attempt on her life, but Death saves her. Guess he likes having her around…

To solve this case Alex will have to team up with tough homicide detective Falin Andrews. Falin seems to be hiding something—though it’s certainly not his dislike of Alex—but Alex knows she needs his help to navigate the tangled webs of mortal and paranormal politics, and to track down a killer wielding a magic so malevolent, it may cost Alex her life…and her soul.



Jen’s Review of GRAVE WITCH

I read Grave Witch back in 2014. This review was first posted on Goodreads. I added more to it when I put it on our old blog, and now I’m adding even more. I loved this book, so I don’t mind refreshing my memory to update my review.

The Story

Grave Witch is a fast paced story about woman named Alex who can see into the plane of the dead and raise shades (remnants, not ghosts). Her gift brings many problems, including temporary blindness and a complicated relationship with Death, who happens to be very hot. But, her gift also has benefits like being able to use her magic to help the police solve crimes. In this book, she is attacked by one of the shades she raises, and she tries to figure out who killed the person.

The Characters

Likable, well-developed characters. Alex is a character people can relate to. She’s mostly a normal girl with normal problems. She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but she’s not stupid. I liked that her magic is not unlimited and has consequences. I also liked that she’s not overly snarky like some of the urban fantasy heroines I’ve read about in other series. She kind of reminds me of Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. She’s not perfect, and her life isn’t perfect, but she’s not bitter or cynical about it.

Both of the romantic interests are likable too, even if one is Death himself.

The Writing

No errors or inconsistencies that I noticed. I enjoyed the well-developed mythology, which includes many familiar elements like fae, witches, reapers, and more.

Do I Recommend?

Absolutely! If you like books about witches with unique abilities who help solve crimes, Grave Witch should go on your to-be-read list. This book is still in my top ten favorite urban fantasy novels of all time. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s worth checking out. Warning: there is adult content in this novel. It is not appropriate for minors.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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