Grave Witch by Kalayna Price is an urban fantasy told from the first person perspective. It follows Alex Craft, a grave witch—that is, a witch who works with the dead, shades, ghosts, souls, corpses—as she tries to find a serial killer who carves strange glyphs into their victims’s skins.
The world changed when the Fae came out of the closet and revealed themselves to humans—literally changed, as in pockets of reality opened up new land. In one of these new places is Nekros City, the city where Alex lives. There are all kinds of Fae, the differences of which aren’t important in this book but I suspect will be in later books in the series. Alex ends up partnering with one from the FIB—Fae Investigation Bureau—when it turns out the glyphs the killer is using are Fae.
The mystery was pretty good, with all the pieces tying together. The plot line is woven through and with the plot line of Alex’s personal life, and by the end the mystery is very, very personal.
I said what a grave witch is, but I didn’t mention that Alex can literally see Death, the person. Or rather, people. There are at least three, and one of them, the one Alex has been seeing since she was a child, saves her life by shoving her out of the path of a bullet.
I enjoyed Grave Witch but I’m not anxious to follow the developing love triangle toward the end of the book—but that’s just me. People who like that sort of thing will enjoy it. I’ll see if I pick up the next in the series.