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Night Shift (Jill Kismet, Hunter, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Jill Kismet Series

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Praise for Lilith Saintcrow: 'A brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? [A] dark, evocative debut,' Publishers Weekly, 'A strong engaging voice' SFX, 'Dark fantasy has a new heroine ... an enjoyable, gripping adventure' SFX, 'Saintcrow knows how to keep the pages turning' Starburst --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316001783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316001786
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FFMOM VINE VOICE on July 14, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jill Kismet is a Hunter with a Hellbreed mark. She is a former prostitute pulled from the streets by her deceased mentor and lover Mikhail. She polices the Nightside, fighting demons that cross over from Hell. In this new series by Lilith Saintcrow we have many similarities to Dante (Danny) Valentine. Jill has a mark same as Danny. She uses a whip instead of sword. Her silver charms in her hair tinkle and the ruby at her throat sparks whenever danger approaches, much like the sparking tattoo on Danny' face. However, I found this book much easier to read. Jill is tough like Danny and not quite human. She meets Saul who is a were cougar and works with the FBI. Saul is helping track a rogue were. A were is needed to track rogues but are not good against hellbreed. A hunter tracks hellbreed but are not good up against rogues. Overall, I found the story to be very entertaining. It had non-stop action and a little romance. Hopefully, this romance won't go the same way Danny and Japh went. The next book is in my wish list. I liked this new series very much and if you liked the Dante Valentine series I think you will like this one also.
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Lilith Saintcrow has crafted another hit series with the debut of Night Shift.

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.
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I read the book start to finish in four days. And I got really disappointed with the romance plot so I decided to write about it to vent my frustration.

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...
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Night Shift, the first book in the Jill Kismet Series, has all the right ingredients for an awesome dark UF series, but in the end, it just doesn't quite come together as I'd hoped.
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.
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