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Dante Valentine: The Complete Series Kindle Edition

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Length: 1290 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Darkly compelling, fascinatingly unique. Lilith Saintcrow offers a breathtaking, fantastic ride Gena Showalter She's a brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? Publishers Weekly Saintcrow snares readers with an amazing alternate reality that is gritty, hip and dangerously mesmerizing Romantic Times Dark fantasy has a new heroine ... A strong, engaging voice SFX

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'Darkly compelling, fascinatingly unique. Lilith Saintcrow offers a breathtaking, fantastic ride' Gena Showalter 'She's a brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love?' Publishers Weekly 'Saintcrow snares readers with an amazing alternate reality that is gritty, hip and dangerously mesmerizing' Romantic Times 'Dark fantasy has a new heroine ... A strong, engaging voice' SFX 'This mind-blowing series remains a must-read for all urban fantasy lovers' bittenbybooks.com 'Hands down, one of the best series I have ever read' blogcritics.org

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  • File Size: 2034 KB
  • Print Length: 1290 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047Y0ES8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at www.lilithsaintcrow.com.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Laurie K on April 23, 2011
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I'd heard I would like Lilith Saintcrow's work, and I figured since this was five books for the price of one that I'd jump in here. This was an excellent decision.

Dante Valentine is a bounty hunter and a Necromance - she can invoke the spirits of the dead briefly for the purpose of communication. She's the best in the world at what she does, which puts her at the top of Lucifer's list when he needs a rogue demon tracked down. Lucifer sends his Right Hand, the demon Japhrimel, to bring Dante to Hell for the purpose of hiring her on for the job. Dante has a smart mouth, a little too much bravado, and a troubled past. She's also honorable, loves her friends, and can't see the sense in discriminating against a demon - or letting anyone else do so. The consequences of that shape the rest of her life.

These five books remind me a little bit of what Hamilton's Anita Blake series was like before it devolved into mindless sex. The stories are tense, beautifully plotted and fast-paced. Dante makes things so much harder than they have to be. She even realizes she's doing it but she just can't seem to help it sometimes. This series also benefits from a firm overall plan with a definite end that ties everything together. It's not an endless "The Adventures of Dante" sort of thing. The five books flow together beautifully when read as a single narrative.

I highly recommend this series. It has a future-Earth setting which is fascinating in and of itself, and the supporting characters are great, as well. I can't wait to read Saintcrow's other work.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By PCB on April 25, 2013
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Having enjoyed Saintcrow's The Demon Librarian, I gave Dante Valentine a try. Oh, my. The world-building is complex, and while the author tries a bit too hard, there's a lot to like in a very alien world in the far future. Unfortunately, the writing is not very good, and appears to be targeted at an audience with a serious case of ADD. The same ideas are repeated over and over, the overwrought descriptions are re-used constantly (for example, Saintcrow uses the simile "nuclear winter" for two different things in the same paragraph!), as are irrelevant details: we learn that Dante lackers her nails with molecular drip nailpolish, whatever that is. So every time her nails are mentioned, we are told she has molecular drip nailpolish on. At some point, it's really just nailpolish, no? She likes Trade Bargains microfiber shirts -- great. But they're *always* described as "Trade Bargains microfiber shirts" -- never just "shirt", or "microfiber shirts" -- do we really need obsessive product placement for a brand that doesn't exist? The whole of the writing suffers from similar weaknesses.

More problematic are the character themselves, particularly Dante. Not so much that she is whiny (although she is), but that she is internally inconsistent. Dante is tough, honest, and true to her principles. Great. Now add an abusive boyfriend -- she definitely won't stand for it! Wait, he apologized? Okie dokie, all's well! Really? The worst aspect of the main characters is not that they aren't likeable (they aren't), but that they're not interesting. The world they live in is, and the action abounds, but it's hard to care about such limited protagonists, who don't seem to learn anything from what's happening to them.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Baker on April 13, 2011
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Dante Valentine series is great! I couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to see what would happen next!
I love, love Japhrimel, he is an amazing character. I do have to say that the supporting characters in this series are the ones to me that kept me up late reading.
There was some redundency in reading, the same wordrobe references, ring descriptions, Dante's constant inner dialog with her past was beyond annoying. While I'm sure my love of Japh's character colors my review, I just wanted to scream at her to say the right things to him just once. Just once treat him with the love and respect that she feels for him. I was definately a different dynamic between those to but, it did have it's moments that I loved.
The action was intense, was set in a totally different setting than any other UF I've read and while some of the furturistic references and names annoyed me over all it was cool place.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2012
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I'm torn between two and three stars. Two and a half would be about right.

I came away from the novels (and, now that I've read nearly her entire catalog, all of Saintcrow's novels) with a sense of frustration. She claims in the afterword to be a student of history, a grammar junkie, and a lover of mythology. If only Saintcrow could...harness that more.

I'll give her credit where it's due. Some authors, especially in urban fantasy, feel the need to play keep-up, add more creatures and powers in an attempt to up the "cool factor". When, in fact, what makes something like a demon, for example, interesting isn't making up fancy new names and powers, but rendering them well on the page. Saintcrow provides clear continuity from beginning to end regarding the demons and never gave me the impression of trying to one-up herself. Whether she rendered them well is a bit more complicated.

Regarding that continuity: usually in a 5 book urban fantasy series each book relies on a central single-book plot while slowly revealing an overarching one. Saintcrow does a bit of that, but the books came across to me as far more serial than average, which works particularly well in this combined volume.

However, Saintcrow just tries too hard. The books are overstuffed with superfluous information in the name of worldbuilding. Dante can't stop thinking and flashing back to the same things dozens of times, even though the reader already knows them. Saintcrow can't use a "normal" word when an unusual one will do. Necromance instead of Necromancer, Taliano instead of Italian, gelid instead of cold, solar plexus instead of stomach, etc. Add this to her habit of never using one word when she can use 10. Or one simile if she can over-zealously shoot for three. The result?
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