Wednesday, July 23, 2008

“Night Shift” by Lilith Saintcrow

Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She’s a Hunter, trained by the best - and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift…
Lilith Saintcrow recently wrapped up her excellent 5 book Dante Valentine series and here she introduces her newest female heroine in Book 1 of the Jill Kismet series. If you like kick-ass female protagonists, Jill is your ticket. She kicks demon butt in a no-holds barred fashion. In fact I found Jill to be the most uber violent of the many paranormal, vampire/demon/werewolf hunter characters in recent memory. Sometime it is good to just let it all out. Not to say that Jill doesn’t have vulnerable side. She does.

Set in contemporary times, Jill is a demon hunter and protector, working with local law enforcement agencies to protect human society from preternatural and demon predators. The general populace is unaware of this supernatural presence in their midst but law enforcement officials are aware and work quietly with the demon hunters.

This initial installment of the story established much of Jill’s backstory without sacrificing the stories momentum. Lots of action, murder and mayhem, but even so there is time for a little romance. Well written fight scenes and inner dialogue make for a great read. Despite her tough Hunter persona Jill is a likable character and I look forward to her continued adventures in Hunter’s Prayer. Recommended.

Read a sample chapter here at Orbit Books.

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