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.