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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.
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.
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.
The author took great care in creating a fascinating unique reality where normals, psions (humans with special abilities), werewolves, vampires and even demons exist. Dante Valentine a psion necromance, has few friends but is loyal to those she lets into her world, has a tendency to run off at the mouth in tense situations and is deadly in a sword fight. My favorite kind of main character.
Dante's romantic relationship seemed to be stuck in a holding pattern of misunderstandings and hurt feelings throughout the series it would have been nice to see some kind of common ground and trust develop over time, hence the 4 stars and not 5.
I think you will get a lot more out of these books if you do not read them out of sequence. Looking forward to getting started on the Jill Kismet series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the first book a while ago decent writing, interesting world.Published 15 days ago by Billy K
I liked the multiple twists in the novels plots. Anyone who enjoys stories that mirror the times we question ourselves, those around us, and our faith will find this series drawing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
That's really the only thing I can think to say after reading this. The first book was interesting and exciting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
A great collection. The entire plot and all characters are surprising and growing -- even against thir own best judgment!Published 3 months ago by Jim
Lilith Saintcrow is one of my all time FAV authors! Dante Valentine is a book a series i have read through many many times and every time i see something new!Published 3 months ago by brandi
I find the main character, Dante Valentine lacking in most ways. But, then Japhrimel shows up and everything is just a billion times better.Published 5 months ago by Katie Clark
I read this in its individual book form. I really enjoyed seeing the demon and Dante interact. I love Dante's rituals. I love the story, and the writing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A.Meyers