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Dante Valentine: The Complete Series by [Saintcrow, Lilith]
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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 3825 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
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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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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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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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Can't believe how great the price for this series was. Finally a series that kept me up reading late into the night because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.

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.
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