Wednesday, September 17, 2008

“Hunter’s Prayer” by Lilith Saintcrow

FROM THE BOOKCOVER:
Another night on the Nightside...An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There's just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead--again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you're Jill Kismet, you don't have a prayer...
Hunter’s Prayer is the second book in the Jill Kismet series following Night Shift [2008] less than 2 months ago. I love it when series books come out so close together. In this newest book Jill action-laden adventures resumes a couple of years after the events of the previous book. Jill and her were lover Saul are now partners.

Jill continues her work as a demon exorcist and protector of Santa Luz with Saul as backup. Together they have been battling the dark side for months without reprieve and a new implacable supernatural threat materializes leaving a trail of brutally murdered victims. The unravelling of the mystery of the murderers’ identity and its’ allies delivers a taut thriller.

With Saul at her back, Jill becomes even more of a force of nature as a kick-ass take-no-prisoners heroine. Unbelievably the action is ratcheted up even more then it was in Night Shift. Each fight scene and confrontation is presented in cinematic style. Jill’s obligations to her demon benefactor Perry becomes even more contentious this time around and by the end change dramatically.

Saintcrows’ characters are very vivid. Jill is complex and at turns violent and yet compassionate. You get a glimpse of the deepening relationship between Saul and Jill, but the author teases us by keeping them so busy they keep deferring plans for personal time. There is a strong sense that the next Jill Kismet book will move things to the next level.

The richness of the world-building in Hunter’s Prayer continues to expand as we delve deeper into the various preternatural cultures from demons, to the Sorrows and the weres. Hunter’s Prayer is urban fantasy on steroids. If you haven’t read the series previously, I recommend you pick up the first book. Highly recommended.

Read an excerpt here.

Read my review of the first Jill Kismet book, Night Shift here.

5 comments:

  1. i loved this book. I think Saintcrow is excellent and this latest book her strongest yet.

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  2. I like her type of action. It's much more visceral than many urban fantasies. She is serializing a Saint City novel on her site called Selene. You should check it out.

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  3. I will do, i loved the Saint City novels and I want more of them. :)

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  4. Sounds like you really enjoyed this, I did as well. I missed Night Shift, so I'll go back when I can and find out more about Saul and Perry. (too curious not to) Great review! :)

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  5. I read a short story by her that I really liked. I've been meaning to pick up some of her books since then.

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