At Grave's End (Night Huntress Series #3)

At Grave's End (Night Huntress Series #3)

by Jeaniene Frost

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Some things won't stay buried . . . at grave's end

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover's finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones's past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learned as a special agent won't help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

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ISBN-13: 9780061977565
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Series: Night Huntress Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 13,090
File size: 635 KB

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to nineteen 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 with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling—by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her.

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At Grave's End

Chapter One

The man smiled and I let my gaze linger over his face. His eyes were a lovely shade of pale blue. Their color reminded me of a Siberian husky, except the person sitting next to me was no animal. Of course, he wasn't human, either.

"I have to leave now, Nick," I said. "Thanks for the drinks."

He stroked my arm. "Have another one. Let me enjoy your beautiful face a little longer."

I stifled a snort. Wasn't he flattering? But if he liked my face so much, then his eyes wouldn't have been glued to my cleavage.

"All right. Bartender . . ."

"Let me guess." The loud voice came from across the bar. An unfamiliar face grinned at me. "A gin and tonic, right, Reaper?"


Nick froze. Then he did what I was afraid he'd do...he ran.

"Code Red!" I barked, vaulting after the fleeing figure. Heavily armed men in black clothes sprinted into the bar, shoving the patrons aside.

Nick threw people at me as I went after him. Screaming, flailing bodies hit me, making my attempts to catch them and fling a silver knife through Nick's heart even more difficult. One of my blades landed in Nick's chest, but too far center to have hit his heart. Still, I couldn't just let those people splatter to the floor like so much garbage. Nick might think of people that way. I didn't.

My team fanned out, guarding all the exits and attempting to herd the remaining patrons out of the way.

Nick reached the far end of the bar and glanced around frantically. There was me, advancing with my silver knives, and my men with their Desert Eagle handguns pointed at him.

"You're surrounded," I stated the obvious."Don't make me angry, you won't think I'm pretty anymore when I'm angry. Drop the girls."

He had two of them in his grip, one hand on each vulnerable throat. Seeing the terror in those girls' eyes made anger flare through me. Only cowards hid behind hostages. Or murderers, like Nick.

"I leave, they live, Reaper," Nick hissed, no romance in his tone any longer. "I should have known. Your skin's too perfect to be human, even if your heart beats and your eyes aren't gray."

"Colored contacts. Modern science's a bitch."

Nick's icy blue eyes bled to glowing vampire green and his fangs slid out.

"It was an accident," he yelled. "I didn't mean to kill her, I just took too much."

An accident? Oh, he had to be kidding me. "Her heartbeat slowing down would have warned you," I replied. "Don't try that accident crap on me, I live with a vampire, and he hasn't had an 'oops' moment once."

If possible, Nick looked even more ashen. "And if you're here . . ."

"That's right, mate."

The accent was English, and the tone was lethal. Invisible waves of power rolled over my back as my men parted to let Bones, the vampire I most trusted...and loved...through.

Nick's gaze didn't shift, which I'd been hoping for. No, his eyes didn't leave me as he suddenly yanked my blade from himself and then stabbed one of the girls in the chest.

I gasped, catching her instinctively when Nick threw her at me.

"Help her!" I yelled to Bones, who'd lunged at Nick instead. With that wound, unless Bones healed her, she had only seconds to live.

I had time to hear Bones mutter a curse before he spun around, abandoning his pursuit of Nick to drop to his knees beside the girl. I vaulted after Nick, doing some cursing myself. Gunshots went off, but only a few. With the rest of the bar patrons still scrambling for the doors, plus Nick holding the other girl like a shield, my team couldn't just open fire. Nick knew that, and so did I.Nick leapt across the heads of the crowd in a gravity-defying burst, flinging the girl at a member of my team as if she were a weapon. Helpless, the nearby soldier fell back with the girl on top of him, just in time for Nick to swoop down and yank his gun away.

I flung three more of my knives, but with all the jostling from the people around me, my aim was off. Nick let out a yell as they pieced his back, missing his heart. Then he turned and fired at me.

I had a fraction of a second to realize that if I ducked, those bullets would hit the people around me instead. They weren't half vampire like I was; it would likely kill them. So I braced myself . . . and was spun around in a blur in the next heartbeat, my head jammed into Bones's chest while three hard vibrations shook him. The bullets meant for me.

Bones let me go, whirling around and flying across the room to Nick, who tried to snatch another hostage. Nick didn't make it. Bones plowed into him hard enough for both of them to smash through the wall. I ran, hopping over people, in time to see Bones twist his knife in Nick's chest.

I relaxed. Silver twisted through the heart meant curtains for Nick...and any vampire.

Bones gave one last twist for good measure and then drew his blade out, his eyes flickering over me.

"You're bleeding," he said, concern creasing his face.

I touched my cheek, where someone's belt or shoe or whatever had scored me when Nick was using people like human speed bumps to slow me down.

"You've been shot, and you're worried about a scratch on me?"

Bones came over, touching my face. "I heal instantly, luv. You don't."

Even though I knew what he said was true, I couldn't help but feel his back to reassure myself that his skin was smooth, no more shredded flesh from the bullets.

"Speaking of, there are dozens of injured people here you need to heal. You can get to my scratch later."

Bones ignored that, drawing his thumb across a fang and touching the cut it made first to my cheek, then to my mouth.

At Grave's End. Copyright © by Jeaniene Frost. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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At Grave's End (Night Huntress Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1244 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Married at least in terms of vampire laws, half-breed Cat Crawfield and pure bloodsucker Bones are euphoric. They were manipulated cleverly by her family keeping them apart for years. Now they live together and Bones has joined the government agency run by her uncle hunting rogue vampires.

Already the most successful team due to Cat¿s unique prowess, the addition of Bones makes the unit seemingly invincible. However, the vampire world recently learned that Cat is the notorious Red Reaper making her a Scarlet letter type target to her enemy and that Bones is a traitor. While struggling to stay alive from hunter-vamps especially one who loathes Bones for dumping her, they must prevent a war of magic from devastating the world.

The latest Night Huntress urban fantasy (see HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE and ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE) series is a powerful entry as the overarching theme moves forward with increasing complexity; while also containing an action-packed story line and intensifying the lead couple¿s romantic relationship. Now that Cat is outed, she wears a bulls-eye on her forehead as vampiric gunslingers know taking her down would make them into an over night superhero, not that Bones will sit idly allowing that to happen. Sub-genre fans will fully enjoy Cat¿s saga, as Jeaniene Frost¿s tour of the world of the ¿Grave¿ is deep yet fun to follow.

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kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun read. Now that Cat and Bones are married you would think life would start slowing down¿¿.. Actually it seems like things are getting worse! However bad it gets, Cat and Bones stick it out together. This book didn¿t have a minute to spare. It has action, sex, humor, emotional scenes and interesting creatures. Cat¿s father makes a rather nasty appearance and almost succeeds in getting her killed. Justine is very surprising in this one. All in all I think this book was just about perfect. I like how Cat and Bones (and now I can say the gang) keep evolving instead of rehashing the same old story. I love the direction the book is taking and can¿t wait for the next installment, An Early Grave due out July 2009. I highly recommend this book and the rest of the series.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
Book three continues with another great plot. Personable side characters are back as well as new characters being introduced. There were some moments where I held my breath and chewed my nails. I was so engrossed in the story. Bones is fast becoming one of my favorite vampires. These just keep getting better. Well done!
vampcrazy More than 1 year ago
I'm a big vampire buff! and in all honesty I think this is the best paranormal book I have read yet to date. Its a 100 times better than twilight!!!!!
luvgr8books More than 1 year ago
Five stars and definately two thumbs up!!! I totally suggest reading in order to fully appreciate the story and comprehend the events! If you love action, romance (sex), and just a great series, this is the series for you! Anita Blake fans, oh hell yeah, you'll love it!!!!
srfeike More than 1 year ago
Another installment in the Cat and Bones saga. Not my favorite thus far, but very good nonetheless. My favorite things about this book: - Bones, of course. Still incredibly hot and sexy, and now even more powerful than before. - Cat. I like her attitude overall. She's not a wishy-washy female lead. She sees what needs to be done and does it. She does not let emotions interfere with her actions. -Cat's mom (Justina). This book shows a whole new side of her. I was laughing so hard reading the sections about her. Rodney deserves a medal! I wish: - We would have gotten more of Dave's transition to ghoul. This book picked up about four months after the last book, so we missed the newness of him. I would have really liked to see what it was like for him and the struggles involved with that. I'm sure it cannot be easy waking from the dead! - We would have gotten more of Patra. There was so much potential for a whole background story on her and Menechres, and I feel that it was all just pushed to the side and let die. I would have loved to know more about the magic used and the daughter of Cleopatra.
JaxRox More than 1 year ago
Wow I love this series! I have read a book a day, am now reading spin off #1 as it felt appropriate since it stats where book 3 leaves off. I really hope Vlad gets his own book, L really love that old guy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the whole series.It was a entertaining story with likable characters.Light reading.Who doesn't like vampires!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read series...I love all these books so much that after I read them I turned right around and read them all again. You'll love Cat (Kitten) and Bones...they had my eyes turning bright green with excitment and thrills...can't wait to see what will happen next ;-)
ReadingRaven More than 1 year ago
The sexual tension between Cat and Bones just wasn't there, and the action sequences were a bit unbelievable at times (Cat is almost TOO indestructible), but I still enjoyed the book. It's not as solid as the first two, but I'm still a loyal fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a series of books that made me laugh, and cry out loud Outstanding - I loved loved these books. Bravo Ola
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm hooked. Love this seried
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am loving the Night Huntress Series. At Garve's End really has a twist. This is a must read!!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I had a great time with this book during this re-read! I fell in love with this series quite a few years ago and decided to get the audiobooks since I knew that I would want to revisit this world. This is the third book in the Night Huntress series, which really does need to be read in order. There were parts of the book that I did remember but I had lost quite a few details over the years. I am very slowly working my way through the series for the second time and found it to be just as enjoyable as it was the first time around if not more. I love Cat and Bones. More accurately, I like Cat but I LOVE Bones. There are actually a lot of great characters in this series but Bones is my favorite by far. Bones can do just about anything and doesn't make apologies. His love for Cat is sincere and unquestionable. I do like the two of them together. I must admit that there were a few times in this book that Cat got on my nerves just a bit. I like Cat and I understand that she has some great ideas but it just seemed odd that all of these really old vampires were taking her lead. I wanted to be quiet for a minute and maybe learn something from the very capable people she had around her. I also thought that Cat took some unnecessary risks and put herself in some uncomfortable positions which illustrated the fact she still has a lot to learn. I did think that Cat really showed her strength when everything went horribly wrong and she was forced to take a leadership position. The secondary characters played really important roles in this book. I believe that this is Vlad's introduction in the series and I was quickly reminded why I love his character. The background that we learn about his character in this book was very touching. Mencheres was in the spotlight for a lot of this book and I have always enjoyed his character. I liked the developments in vampire politics that revolved around him and found his backstory to be rather eye-opening. This was an exciting story. There were a few scenes that stayed with me over the years which really says a lot about the book. There were some rather emotional moments in the story which I thought were handled very well. I liked that there was such a wide range of emotions in a single story and it all worked so well. Tavia Gilbert did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. This story has a pretty large cast of characters and she handles all of their different voices very well. I am actually rather amazed by the wide range of accents and voices that she does use in this audiobook. I thought that she expressed all of the emotion and excitement of this story expertly. I would say that her narration added to my overall enjoyment of the story. I would recommend this series to others. This is an exciting installment in a series filled with wonderful characters and intense situations. I can't wait to continue with my re-read of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this series, I will re read this series for a long time and I can't wait for more.
ahappybooker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another amazing adventure in the The Night Huntress series, this third book in the series certainly kept my heart pounding. Bones was as entertaining as ever and I absolutely love how the relationship between him and Cat continues to develop. The wit, humor, and overall personality of these two characters is what keeps me enthralled with the Night Huntress series. I will say that the author managed to scare me half to death in this book (not funny Ms. Jeaniene!) and the plot kept me wanting more. When starting a Jeaniene Frost book, I already know that I'll be up all night with it!In "At Grave's End" Cat and Bones once again are facing obstacles that could tear them apart, possibly forever. This time in the form of Patra, a centuries old vamp with a vendetta and an army of vampires, ghouls, and humans who think she is a goddess. Patra makes no "bones" about using the foulest, most forbidden magics against Cat, Bones, and their friends either. Dracula himself cuts an impressive figure, sarcastic, blunt, and arrogant, he seems to goad Bones past all endurance, while Cat seems to have a certain fondness for him. And he was certainly able to be there as a friend when Cat most needed one. Tate continues to annoy me to no end. I don't feel a bit sorry for him. He isn't even a character I love to hate, I just don't like him. But with all the other amazing characters to love on in this series, I can easily forget about one that irritates me. Tavia Gilbert once again does an incredible job narrating these books. I know that I would still love the paper version of the books, and have them on my Christmas list because I want them on my bookshelf! Gilbert brings something so extra special to her narration and to the characters that before I "read" the series in book format, I definitely want to finish the entire series as well as the Night Huntress World series in audio. Regardless how I read them though, this is a series that I will hate to see come to an end!
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the next one. I liked this installment in the series, really enjoyed meeting some of the other master vamps (Vlad, in particular), but thought that the "big bad" died really easily. All that build up and poof....Mencheres cast a cool spell, but it just seemed abrupt. Fun.
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat is definitely coming into her own now, and her relationship with Bones is portrayed far more healthily than most in the paranormal romance category. I love the fact that she demands that he permit her to stand as his equal, rather than treat her like a delicate thing to be protected.The plot is more interesting than I recall in previous excursions, while building on the earlier books. I know there's another volume either planned or on the shelves, and I plan to read it. I wasn't so sure after the last book, but I'm glad I gave this one a chance.I still contend that the cover art, no matter how lovely, shows a woman in a position that cannot be obtained by any human who wants to walk again. Cat is supposed to be half-vampire, but that hasn't been said to give her more flexibility—increased strength, speed, and healing power, yes, but not this sort of oddity. Yes, it's a minor nit to pick, but it has bugged me since the first time I saw the cover.
Deserie.Comfort on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At Grave¿s End is the third novel in Jeaniene Frost¿s Night Huntress series. This book continues to follow the relationship between Cat and Bones and the never-ending threats on Cat¿s life. LOTS of surprises in this book¿..of which, two (no spoilers on who) humans on Cat¿s team are turned into vampires in this book and I think both make a fabulous addition. Another, again not giving it up, surprise is in store as far as a ¿hook-up¿ between two people that no one would have seen coming. Bones gets a kick out of it and it creates an interesting turn of events. The story line follows a threat, once again, against Cat¿s life that leads back to a powerful and dangerous vampire named Patra, who also has a history with Bones, much to her dislike. The war that erupts and the series of events and fights definitely will keep the reader on edge all that way to the last page. There are also additional individuals added to the series and ones taken away through death. One interesting addition was by the name of Vlad Tepesh (aka Dracula.) Again, I think Vlad is a great addition to the series and proves helpful in the war against Patra. This book contained a lot of fast paced fantasy and non-stop action. The relationship development between Bones and Cat also gives those of us looking for the romance a definite quench in thirst. But fret not, vampire fans, there is also a story is full of blood-drinking undead goodness that will keep you quenched as well.I would most definitely recommend this book to all looking for the action and romance as well as a lot of humor in their reading. I give At Grave¿s End five stars out of¿..five. Fantastic!
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Night Huntress series. It was a good addition to the series; not quite as engaging as the first two books but still very well done. This is definitely straight urban fantasy and the fun tension between Cat and Bones is decreased from previous books. I listened to this on audio book and the audio book was well done; in fact I think I enjoyed listening to this more than I would have enjoyed reading it.It's been a few months since the last book. Cat is continuing to work as bait and Bones is one her vampire hunting team. When Cat's identity is outed she is finally forced to face her father. Shortly after this Mencheres makes Bone's, an offer Bone's can't refuse. Unfortunately it is an offer that places Cat and Bones right in the middle of a vampire war with a very old and mean woman vampire who has a bone to pick with Bones.This book is a straight urban fantasy. There are a lot of great action scenes and the plot moves along at an excellent clip. We get to learn a lot more about Mecheres and he is an excellent character. We also meet Vlad, yep the original Dracula, and he was another great character that hits it off with Cat surprisingly well. While the plot, action, and character additions were all great there was something missing in this book. Cat and Bones don't have that heat and wittiness that they had in the previous two books. They both seemed in love but tired. I didn't find myself laughing out loud as much with this book; I didn't find myself absolutely enrapt by their interactions. There are a couple sex scenes but they are boring, quick, and relatively emotionless.Bones and Cat do have to face huge obstacles to their relationship. I enjoyed that they were mature with each other and made responsible decisions; they make a wonderful couple. I was disappointed though that they didn't display the enormous love coupled with lust for each other that they did in the previous two books. Let's face it these two pretty much make this series and without their witty banter things aren't nearly as entertaining and exciting. There is still some humor in the story; it is just not as present between Bones and Cat as it was in the first two books.Tate features quite a lot in this book. He makes a play for Cat in a big way. This was entertaining, but at the same time I couldn't help feeling that he came across as a bit pathetic...I felt a bit sorry for him. The scene where they fight the Grave was absolutely fantastic action-wise; just a great epic battle-type scene. I love zombies and loved their inclusion in this book :-)All that being said the book ends well, the story is progressed well, and it is a decent urban fantasy read.Overall this isn't my favorite book in the series. The plot, action, and new characters added are great. The witty banter and heat between Cat and Bones is significantly decreased; and I felt its absence profoundly. I will definitely read book 4, Destined for an Early Grave, but if it follows the path of this book I may not read anymore of this series.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really enjoyable series. I like that even though Cat and Bones are together, the romance is there, but there is also plenty of action. The supporting cast of characters continues to entertain.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh this was fun - a lot more action in this installment so fast paced and very visual - particularly the zombie battle scene. The romance takes a back seat which I actually liked since a little personality conflict is invetiable between lovers and i think it added a layer of interest. The supporting characters were also lots of fun, Tate and Annette angling to break them up, Vlad adding a bit of light relief and politics tripping them all up.I do feel it was a bit brief though - I read the eversion so I am not sure if it was actually a shorter book or if I just blitzed through it because I was enjoying it. Some things, like Cat becoming the head of the line, felt like they deserved more emotional detail than they got.Still an entertaining read and I am hoping I can get my challenges for this month finished early so I can read the 4th without feeling guilty.
rualbarran on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just amazing! what an awesome ride from the beginning towards the end. This series keeps getting better and better, not sure what else can happen now. Looking forward to more bad-ass action from Cat and Bones. Their love story is unreal and so amazing, makes you long for such a love!
xXlovelyxladyXx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At Grave's End...where to begin? When I was in the middle of this book, I was 99% sure I would rate this as four stars. But the surprise at the end made me go crazy insane! I was so shocked, I couldn't believe it! And this made me change my rating almost immediately.The truth is, I really liked this book. But I didn't love it like I loved the second book. At least, I wasn't crazy about the first part of the book. Its the pacing. It kind of felt all over the place for me. It wasn't until the middle-end that things picked up and I went crazy. Everything got so exciting, I couldn't put it down to save my life.I still love Cat as always. I'm really kind of surprised that she keeps her emotions in check especially since (view spoiler)[ Bones "died" and everyone freaked out. Even Annette cried, for gods sakes. I don't know how Cat managed to stay so frigid in front of people. I would have been bawling. It made me question Cat's feelings for Bones. I mean, I know she loves him but she can't be afraid to show it, especially when she's sad.] I know I would have lost it. But I still love the girl.Bones! I love you! I'd ask you to marry me but Cat's already got you...damn. Damn damn damn. I'm glad he was so dedicated to her in this book. I smiled at everything he said. :)Tate...I didn't know it was possible but you were twice as annoying in this book. God, I'm so ready for him to just go away. Especially when he decided to...ugh I can't say it. I'm just annoyed with him.I like Cat's mom now. Strange I know but her hate relationship with Bones is hilarious. Don is still pretty meh, I still love Juan, Dave, and Cooper, and I kind of wish Annette got someone to be with.Overall, I liked this book but didn't love it. I'm going to take a minor break from this series but probably in a month or so, I'll go out and buy the rest of the series. Usually when I take breaks from series, I end up liking the books more so fingers crossed everybody!Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
JacobsBeloved on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find it funny that with all of the vampire books I have read over the years, I still have not tired of the theme. In this third book in the Night Huntress series, Jeaniene Frost continues to make life interesting for Cat and Bones and friends by adding a little magic to the mix, specifically from the legendary Cleopatra's daughter-turned-vampire, Patra, who also happens to be Bones's grandsire-turned-partner, Mancheres's wife. Life as a vampire only becomes more convoluted for Cat as Bones gains a few new abilities, and Cat learns why vamps are not allowed to practice magic. When they learn that Patra has sent "the grave" after Bones, I had visions of horror movies dancing in my head - and I was not that far off in my guesses. Since I am not a fan of this particular fad in fantasy fiction, I was glad that Frost depicted these paranormal creatures so horrifically.One of the elements that I also like about this series is the humor - which Frost delivers in the form of Cat's mother, who embraces the circumstances of Cat and friends' protection with surprising relish. Without spoiling this juicy tidbit, I will say I laughed out loud when I read about the change in Cat's mother.On the flip side, when anguish hits Cat hard, I felt her pain more than I expected to, even though I harbored doubts about what had really occurred. The emotion that Frost conveys in this section of the plot feels as real as if I felt the same loss as Cat.There are many other interesting tidbits in the book, such as what almost occurs with Tate - and the result, Juan's decision, as well as the truce that develops between Annette and Cat. This is why I love series - side characters get more plot time, subplots can continue to mature, and I don't have to leave the imagined world behind just because I closed the book! I can't wait for the next book, Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, Book 4).