Honeymoon of the Dead by Tate Hallaway is the fifth and final book in the Garnet Lacey Series. As with most series I do not recommend jumping in here, if the series sounds interesting to you start with the first book, Tall, Dark and Dead. The series is a fun but sometimes troubling romp about Garnet Lacey, a witch that seems to be a magnet for trouble. Somehow, in her brushes with disaster, she has bonded with the goddess Lilith and carries her inside. This leads to different forms of disaster when she gets into trouble and Lilith takes over, often leaving death and destruction in her wake. Sounds a little dark, and there are some moments in the series that are, however the author’s voice and Garnet’s life manage to give light and funny moments for an enthralling balance.
In Honeymoon of the Dead Garnet and Sebastian are finally married and heading to a fabulous honeymoon, but it is never that simple. Garnet has been seeing things and getting dizzy at inopportune moments. Is it some kind of illness, something to do with the fact that here recent adventures has added a second goddess taking up space inside her, or something even more ominous? Their flight cannot even get of the ground, and the end up staying near her old neighborhood. The FBI, a troll, a frost giant, a former lover, stalker and plots all work against them but Garnet is determined to have a happy honeymoon.
On the surface, this is just another urban fantasy and romance that entertains its readers. However, it is more than that. It deals with issues of accepting your true self, and all its aspects rather than just the parts you are proud of, including your past and its consequences. There are themes of self-understanding, sacrifice, friendship, love and forgiveness underneath the wise cracks and wacky situations. Not to mention the steamy moments and paranormal aspects of the characters.
This book does a great job of wrapping up the series, and still being a great book on its own merits. I am greatly looking forward to whatever Hallaway comes up with next.