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Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Hunter, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Determined, yet slightly vulnerable, hellspawn hunter Jill Kismet, works with Were-cat FBI agents to hunt a rogue Were and the hellspawn that is involved in several gruesome murders.
Saintcrow crafts depth in her heroine showing her to be a damaged, but determined woman who keeps going and going long after anyone else would have given up. Kismet's personality quirk provides comic relief as she flings bad jokes and puns with a "Get it? Arf, arf," after each one. The protagonist is instantly sympathetic through Saintcrow's smooth use of flashbacks providing the back-story necessary to understand how Kismet became a hunter.
Interesting characters are peppered throughout the story allowing Saintcrow a colorful palette of people from which to choose to focus on as the series continues. Dominic and Harper, two Were-FBI friends, bring Saul, hunky country Were, when they journey to St. Luz to investigate the murderous rampage. Through flashbacks, Kismet's deceased teacher, Mikhail Tolstoi is introduced. The reader also meets Pericles (hellspawn Kismet is indebted to), Galina (the local Sanctuary leader), a plethora of human police and forensic agents, as well as exorcists Avery, Eva, Benito, and Wallace.
Lyrical language and movie-worthy fight scenes are staples in Saintcrow's novels, and this one is no exception. In Night Shift, Saincrow's usual beautiful language is complemented with almost Chandleresque noir phrases: "No matter how tired I am, dusk always wakes me up like six shots of espresso and a bullet whizzing past" (47). Her fight scenes contain blood spatters that hang in the air and a billowing coat that snap out parachute-like when Kismet jumps from roofs.Read more ›
If the romance plot were taken out of the book, nothing would be lost. If Jill's romantic other were to have not been written the main plot wouldn't have changed at all. It's as if the book was finished then one character and a few scenes were written in. Plus I have no idea why she likes the guy, she never said beyond he smells nice to her enhanced sense of smell. Nothing about liking his behavior, his appearance, or anything about his character. Far as I can read she's an independent woman and he comes along to run her life with no discussion, he tells her what to do. I can't remember him asking her anything besides "you okay?". Eighty percent of her reactions to him are negative, he crowds her, he forces and assumes things. Also, when he's not around there is only once section where she thinks about him, out of sight out of mind. I don't like the character and I don't think Saintcrow developed him at all.
I'm on the fence about checking out the next book. Maybe if I'm bored enough...
Jill, a hunter with a troubled past, is your typical kick-ass heroine with a chip on her shoulder and an attitude to match. She can come across as abrasive and unlikable, but considering the company she keeps, her personality is justifiable. As a hunter, she is responsible for keeping order in her territory, and that includes keeping the Hellbreed and Traders in line. A reader doesn't really get a sense of what a Hellbreed is--just something demonic. And Traders are humans that make deals with Hellbreed to gain an in-human advantage.
Interestingly enough, Jill had made a deal with a Hellbreed as well, making her as effective as she is. But the trade also came with a price.
When dismembered bodies are discovered left and right, it doesn't take long to figure out that a were-creature and a Hellbreed are working together, which usually is taboo. This is where the mystery begins, and that is also where the mystery ended for me.
The storyline wasn't as captivating as I wanted it to be, and there was very little drama and anticipation.
Even Jill's love interest is thrown into the mix way too quickly, which resulted in zero sexual tension.
There were also periods were Jill's constant self-reflection and constant doubt started to grate.
Overall, I will continue with the series, but it needs to kick it up a notch in the coming installments.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I picked this up at my local used book store. The cover grabbed me right away. And the blurb sold me.
Kick butt female protagonist. Read more
A good warm up with a couple of characters I can empathize with. Good enough for me to get #2 with the hope of learning more back story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RickG
Read it at least twice. One of my favorite series. Good stuff.Published 8 months ago by Gotta have Gear!
Having already read and loved Lilith Saintcrow’s “Dante Valentine” stories, I was super eager to tackle her next urban fantasy series. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ellen
First time reading a book by this Author and I'm left wanting more. I liked the characters and the chemistry they had, even when they hated each other. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Noel Wilson
This definitely has the premise of an action packed novel with a strong female protagonist. It's not bad and it might be because it's the first novel (though I read the entire... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alice
I liked Jill Kismet as a character. She is dark, gritty, and terribly flawed, which is the reason I liked her. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Megan