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Continuing on with my Night Huntress theme, this week we’re looking at book 3 in the series, At Grave’s End.
It shouldbe 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.
This English-language version demonstrates the most awkward pose ever and proves just how flexible Cat it. The red text stands out with good contrast and I LOVE. THOSE. BOOTS. And her coat. It makes me want to become a half-vampire just so I can wear those clothes. The background it awesome – I love winter-looking things – and the white glow around Cat makes her stand out at the focus of the cover. It’s probably one of my favourite covers from the whole series.
The Russian cover on the left is nice – with that white text, it gives a real Soviet feel. By that I mean cold and bleak. Ha. Ha ha. I think the cover on the right is a reprint for the UK version.
Russian translation: On The Brink Of The Grave
These are the covers for the French, Indonesian, and Italian versions. The French have done it again. This cover is just gorgeous. It’s just so pretty to see Cat and bones just standing there gazing at each other wearing heavy coats, and that background with what looks like a church steeple is sublime and the colour palette is wonderful and oh man, I gotta stop crushing on this cover. The Indonesian cover fails, which is a pity, because the previous two were really handsome. The model isn’t suitable for Cat, I don’t know what the raven is doing there, and I just don’t like it. The Italian cover is more suitable to a gothic romance and the model lacks Cat’s distinctive red hair, and it’s just kind of bland.
French: Cold as a tomb (Huntress of the night, # 3)
Indonesian: Revenge of the Goddess (At Grave’s End)
Italian: The Edge of Night (Night Huntress, # 3)
This German cover is pretty! I love purple! Cat’s make up is weird and her hair is all wrong! But I don’t care because it’s purple! And it delivers its genre quite effectively because of the city in the background (urban fantasy). And it’s PURPLE!
Translation: Companion of the Twilight: A Novel
(and I just want to add that if any Twilight fans started reading these books – better vampires, hot sex – they’d probably faint)
This is the unabridged audiobook. I’m not sure how I feel about this. It’s got the oomph factor, but it’s just all explosion-looking (the top left corner) and Cat’s skin looks fake, not luminescent. The text is pretty, but I don’t think I’d even bother to pick it up. It doesn’t appeal to me.
What are your thoughts?
Which covers do you like? Which do you hate?
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