Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Cat & Bones

For the 2012 blogging from A to Z challenge, I'm writing to the theme of book series that I love. Mostly science fiction and fantasy, with a few others thrown in.

Cat & Bones  is the fan-given name for the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. This is perhaps the best written first person vampire novel(s) I've ever read. Cat, the heroine and narrator, is a half-vampire by birth, forever damned to be hated by her mother for what she is and feared by humans for what she isn't. And among vampires ... well, vampires, my dear, are what she spends her Saturday nights killing.

The series starts with Halfway to the Grave and to be honest, the tale isn't really concluded in the first novel. If you're in for Halfway to the Grave be ready to take on One Foot in the Grave to finish the initial story line.

But following One Foot in the Grave, the story isn't quite as enthralling. The main story line still follows Cat & Bones (characters and romantic couple) but there's only so much unresolved sexual tension you can have once you're eternally bound to one another.

Subsequent series spin offs include books about Spade and Mencheres, and various other characters (vampires) you meet as you go along. Supposedly Vlad one day soon. But it lost the magic for me.

But don't discount the magic of the first two books! Oh baby! They're worth it!

After the first two or three novels, the series starts to suffer from having too many too powerful (or all powerful) characters. First it was flight. At first the reader didn't know that vampires could fly, but they can do that. Now you always have to wonder hey, why didn't they just whoosh there? Now the author (and consequently) the plot, faces huge challenges from having vampires who can hear the goings on in buildings quite a distance away -- and therefore can spy on each other from that distance -- as well as telepathic abilities which keep being granted to more and more characters.

Also the cover art has gone down hill as the series expanded. The first covers were gorgeous. Then okay. Then so-so. Then ... what the hell happened here? (Exhibit awfulness, right).

Highly Recommended