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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2007
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Tough-as-nails necromancer Dante Valentine has a problem: the devil wants her to catch a rogue demon and, for the duration of the task, she must be accompanied by a demon assassin named Japhrimel. If she refuses, she dies; if she accepts, she'll likely die in the process. Dante decides to take her chances with the latter, but her hunt doesn't get into full swing until the book's final third. Instead, she pauses to take a ride on a "slicboard" (a skateboard that glides on air), to wrestle cryptic information from an assortment of nonhuman and magical people and to argue with everyone from Japhrimel to her fellow necromancer friend, Gabe. Though Dante is as prickly as a wet cat and frustratingly adamant about maintaining her loner status, she's a brave, charismatic protagonist with a smart mouth and a suicidal streak. What's not to love? Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton should warm to Saintcrow's dark, evocative debut, though the story's weak relationship thread may disappoint aficionados of the paranormal romance veterans Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Mar.)
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"Combines dark urban fantasy with a splash of cyberpunk, a pinch of paranormal romance. . -- ---Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiels Avatar
"I have to say this book just blew me away. I ate it up! I loved, loved, LOVED the book." -- ---Gena Showalter, author of Awaken Me Darkly
"Pure fantasy and fun. . . a fantastic escape. I enjoyed it tremendously." -- --- Heather Graham, New York Times Bestselling author
"Working for the Devil works for me! This is one great read." -- ---Susan Sizemore, author of I Burn For You --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Okay, I just read "Working for the Devil" by Lilith Saintcrow. I almost didn't, because the author's pen name seemed a bit to obvious and overdone, and that didn't inspire great expectations for the writing. The main character also had a pretty obvious name, Dante Valentine, and my expectations kept dropping... oh my, I thought, it's going to be gooey and predictable and sort of sponge cake romance. Which only proves the adage "Don't judge a book by it's cover." or by overly mary-sue type names.
I really, REALLY, liked this book. It starts off pretty interesting, and gets KICK ASS fairly quickly. It does however have a rather dark and mixed 'win/lose' ending. And I really REALLY liked the main character, Dante "Danny" Valentine - and there is a good excuse for her name.
The world the story is set in was pleasantly unique and sort of spell-punk, near future, dark fantasy. It's where you can watch Indiana Jones on a holovid, and Necromances are a rare type of Psionic human, and those who have psionic powers are both known, and regulated. Demons can and do walk among humans, and in Dante's case, show up on her doorstep and invite her to go to Hell at gunpoint, so that the big boss can have a talk with her.
Dante is a Necromance for hire, and doing what she can to pay off her house mortgage by taking on Bounty Hunter work on the side. Her current client is Lucifer, who gives her a case she really can't refuse. Hunt down and kill a rogue demon whose escaped from Hell, and retrieve a certain item the rogue demon stole from hell. The rogue is someone Dante met before, a serial killer who almost killed her once, and did murder someone very close to Dante. Things don't look too bright for Dante, because she has no idea how she'll manage to kill a demon, even though Lucifer has given (without being asked) her a demon familiar of her very own to protect her until she can accomplish her mission. The rogue can't be killed by man or demon, as he won immunity from that by way of a promise from Lucifer long ago, but that doesn't cover a female necromance with a score of her own to settle.
Not a romance, though there is a predictable bit where the tough and arrogant and gorgeous demon who is bonded to Dante falls for her. But even though most readers of paranormal romances could see that coming a mile a way... it's not going to end up like a romance novel. Not at all. This is a much harder, more grim, and darker storyline than most of the paranormal romance ilk. Happy endings aren't a given, and Dante isn't a gooey type of heroine girl at all. This is a woman whose patron god is Anubis, and who swears by Sekhmet, and she doesn't let her heart become a bargaining chip.
This is one of those books where the unique richness of the world it's set in becomes apparent the deeper you get into the story. Dante is backed up by a great supporting cast of characters. This is book one of an ongoing series, book two is due out in September, and the author is currently working on writing book five.
I'm very favorably impressed with the work over all, and can't wait to read the next books of the series.
I was wrong!
This was a funny, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable book. The characterization was out of this world (I loved these people). And she gave an interesting spin to devils and demons.
Consider me a fan!
I real life this chick would be thoroughly hated, and with good reason. I don't care if she lives or dies. Meh.
It took on a new view of the religious side, if you can call it that. It mixes quite a few Gods from different parts of the world. It was interesting. I love reading about something other than the common crucifix storyline. I look forward to reading more from both series and author.
There are necromances, hedgewitches, healers, shamans, demons and even the Devil himself! Honestly, this paranormal world of the future was outstanding in description and the way it functioned. Danny Valentine is a necromance with outstanding power. One rainy afternoon she gets an unexpected visit from a demon called Japhrimel, claiming Lucifer wants to see her. He's got a job for her, one she has no choice but to take - she needs to kill a demon called Santino and retrieve something the Devil calls the Egg.
The adventure is great and Danny's past intriguing! I enjoyed every minute of it and loved all the wonderful characters introduced in this book. I truly can't wait to see what happens next in this series... absolutely awesome!
If you're looking for a terrific book with a tough heroine, terrific cast and interesting quest -- you have to check this one out!