At first, I was a bit irritated. Some things in the ongoing story confused me and I couldn´t see where the novel was going. But the way how Cat was shown was amazing. One of the best books of this series, I´d say. In the end, it all made perfect sense and showed me, that the way how the story was written, was the only way to keep the door open for other books in this series.  Sometimes it pays off to present the reader with the unusual and some twists and turns.

Destined For An Early Grave*
by Jeaniene Frost
Night Huntress Series #4
Publisher Avon Books on July 28, 2009
Genre Vampire
Pages 355
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

Her deadly dreams leave her in grave danger. Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they´ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it´s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She´s having visions of a vampire named Gregor who´s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn´t know about. Gregor believes that Cat is his and he won´t stop until he has her. As the battle begins between the vamp who haunts her nightmares and the one who holds her heart, only Cat can break Gregor´s hold over her. She´ll need all the power she can summon in order to bring down the baddest bloodsucker she´s ever faced … even if getting that power will result in an early grave.
Cat and Bones are recovering from the exhausting fight, but for Cat, recovery is a double-edged thing. Instead of finding restful sleep at night, a nightmare is haunting her containing a faceless man who claims her as his wife and wants to bring her back to him. Catastrophic news for Bones when he learns about it. His co-regent Mencheres has news for Cat and Bones, which means the opposite. While Cat is still struggling with the incredible news, Bones is fighting for his wife.

Funny to snappy dialogues, wonderfully fast-paced scenes, and highly dramatic moments make this book a wonderful fantasy experience. The tension is here additionally increased by short chapters and this almost to the unbearable. The finale culminates in an incredibly bloody fight that unfolds its effect in front of the reader´s eye with breathtaking speed, refinement, and brutal elegance. Jeaniene Frost leaves the reader a long time in the dark, whether by the intervention of Mencheres years before, the love of Bones was really desired or if an old master only wanted to ruin the game for fate. In a certain scene, the question of whether providence is always so good, was swirling around my head. 

In this volume, the reader gets an unfamiliar insight into Bones. The author allows the reader to see the views and actions of the vampire, as in none of the other books before. He fights with an unusual logic and attack tactics, which is sometimes opaque and only fully opens to the reader at the end. It was fascinating to see how a creature of the night fights for his wife, his property, and always works with style and elegance. The author has many a surprise for the reader. And some of them you see in her figures. Where in my eyes Cat herself holds the biggest surprise for the reader. She changes in a fabulous way shows a completely different side of herself without giving herself up. 

A really great book. The reader gets everything on offer here: passion, hate, jealousy, and lots of great fighting scenes combined with a breathtaking storyline. For fans of this series an absolute must. 

Happy reading

*The German edition Der sanfte Hauch der Finsternis published by Blanvalet on September 20, 2010 

Jeaniene Frost
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Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author whose works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her. 


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