Thursday, August 4, 2011

Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow

Urban Fantasy
Novel-length

Back of the book Blurb

First in the Dante Valentine series

Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot-tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody’s business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to Hell. The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a renegade demon: Vardimal Santino. In return, he will let her live. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. There’s just one catch. How do you kill something that can’t die?

I have mixed feelings about this book. First off, I really liked the near future-fantasy mixture. I generally find this mix flops, but Saintcrow definitely pulls this setting off. Since I read science fiction and know what a "hover" would be, I cope easily with the language. I can see, however, someone who's never read SF getting lost. However, if you can follow a Star Trek episode, you can follow this easily enough.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story line. I thoroughly enjoyed the side characters. I raced through the book to see how it ended. And yet...

Something about the main character really got underneath my skin at times. I have a personal issue with female main characters in urban fantasy, who are all kick-ass, but can't seem to work with other human beings. At all. It tends to grate my nerves at times. I'd love to see more urban fantasy where a women leads people into battle, instead of having friends inviting themselves to come help.

Even with the faults I found in the main character, the side crew were outstanding, as was the general story line. I picked up the entire series in ebook, as there was a sale over at Kobo Books. I plan to keep going. For the faults of Valentine, I'm still interested to see how things unfold.

11 comments:

  1. I have to connect with mc to really get into book, so I'd prob have mixed feelings too. Thanks for review.

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  2. You know I want to get into this series. I'm really curious about. Thanks for the review. And maybe the main character will iron herself out and be a better "person" in the future books. :) Thanks!

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  3. Oh, I love that you reviewed this! I loved this series a lot back when I was reading them a while ago.

    I didn't really like Dante in the beginning, either, but she grew on me. I can't remember why I stopped reading these books, but I need to pick them back up again and finish the series. I hope you enjoy the rest of them!

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  4. Penelope - Jaf and the gang are enough that I could probably go another book at least just on them :)

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  5. I loved Crows Strange Angels series...I have not tried any of her other stuff though....this one seems a little stand-offish, I hate annoying MC's... :(

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  6. Hm... still sounds like something that I would think is worth a read. What can I say? I like UF and a kick ass female even if she did get annoying at times. :)

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  7. This sounds like a pretty decent premise.. I could see myself enjoying it, although I do like to connect with characters.

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  8. I'm not sure if I have this book or not (the author is local to me, like lives VERY near me) and so I have loads of her books but I haven't had a chance to read any of them yet. I think I'm a little afraid of not liking them and I feel I really have to because she's so local and I see her so often. I hope I like the MC a bit more then you did and I'll definitely have to pick it up soon (yes, I do have it!) so I can find out for myself. Great review, thanks for the honesty!

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  9. Even though I wasn't a huge fan of Dante, the side cast of characters were so awesome that I plan to read the second book - just for them!

    I think it's worth giving a try.

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  10. Good point about the heroines who can't work with others. Though I do love an awesome kickass mc.

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  11. I am not going to lie, I don't like Lilith's Dante Valentine series near as much as her Jill Kismet (or Strange Angels) series. The later books in this series gets kinda cracked out in my opinion- I am curious to see what you will think of them!

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