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Dante Valentine: The Complete Series (Dante Valentine #1 to 5)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,277 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.

Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn't turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life - in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do
Kindle Edition, 1290 pages
Published (first published March 1st 2011)
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Ellie There are five books in the Dante Valentine series: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil's Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell…moreThere are five books in the Dante Valentine series: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil's Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back. In addition, Lilith Saintcrow has added a short story, based in the same world though focused on a different character, in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance.(less)
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Jul 04, 2011 Rina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-again
Woah...just woah. I don't know what to write. I really didn't expect most of the things that happend. And especially the end. It's so raw and heartwrenching, and you literally feel exactly what the protagonist feels. It leaves you with the same empty numbness, Dante feels. And there are not many authors, who are able to pull something like this off.

Also a plus: it's not your typical Urban Fantasy story with lots of clichées and meaningless romance (not that I enjoy those storys too, from time to
Jan 13, 2012 Monique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The concept of the series was good, but the characters were really disappointing. There were so many times were I just wanted to toss the books aside because the main character, Dante, was just over emotional to the point of stupidity. Some characters can still be good or decent characters by being emotionally over bearing in some situations, but in these particular novels, Dante as an emotional unstable human/demon/bounty hunter didn't work in the least bit. She was constantly making just down ...more
I must've liked it because I read the whole thing. But I don't know why. I think the moral of the story is "If Lucifer comes knocking on your door, turn the lights out and hide, just like when you run out of Halloween candy" The story itself was very good and interesting, but the characters were annoying. I liked Gabe, Eddie and Jace, although he was a bit of an ass, but redeemed himself. Our Heroine Dante was a self centered, whiny, pain in the butt. I know she had a issues in school and woo-wo ...more
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Over one thousand pages?

This looks awesome. Plain and simple. And only twenty two dollars for five books AND by Lilith St. Crow? WIN. Hope Dante's like another Dru.
May 27, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Only reason I'm still reading is because I always finish books once I start them, but not enjoying
Jan 30, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kick butt heroine, dark fantasy--completely awesome!
Apr 12, 2014 Mari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do people actually realize how much of urban fantasy has your typical kick-butt heroine that is a "damaged surviver, that wins against impossible odds using a tougher then nails attitude and combat skills" ? Around ninety percent. Buffy is probably to blame, but Buffy was special. She was goofy, and imperfect, and needed people. She was also very willing to NOT hurt someone. If she had a chance to not fight she always took it. At heart Buffy wasn't about being a very strong female. It was about ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dante Valentine, Jill Kismet - the first thing that struck me was the similarities between them as characters : childhood abuse, working on the weirder edges of law and order, taking on what others can't or won't. Tough, damaged survivors fighting impossible odds with kick-ass combat skills and attitudes. Oh, and the non-human boyfriends. Dante's world, however, is set six hundred years or so into the future, which gives an agreeably Blade-Runnerish feel to things - but it is also a world where ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Noelle rated it it was ok
Thank god it ended.

That's really the only thing I can think to say after reading this. The first book was interesting and exciting. There is this whole world with different races and powers and beliefs. You are cheering for Dante to avenge her friend's death.
Book two is almost as good. You feel Dante's feelings. You can understand where her actions come from. There is all-in-one therefore.
And then book three comes and everything just snowballs. Where is this strong woman I was reading about? Ho
Sep 14, 2015 Kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book was good, and then things started slooowly going down hill from there. The characters were irritating as hell after that. I assumed that Dante and Japh were going to grow as characters, and that would make their relationship more interesting and dynamic. NOPE.

What ended up happening is this:

Dante: I feel like you aren't telling me anything. I don't like being lied to and manipulated.

Japh: But I have to protect you. Everything would be better if you would do what I said, instead
Aug 25, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Buffy fans, Love twue lovers, Those who want to know more about doubting him
Now I am only halfway through this series. I find the action very entertaining. And especially in the second book, I was very interested in the world and the heroine's back story. And though he is a little blah, Japh is ok. I can get onboard. I am still waiting for more, will update if he has ANY character development to speak of.

Now The Problems. Oh the problems. New New York Jersey?! THE WORST! Neoneopunk? New Prague? Merican? Taliano? Asiano? It's like she put off naming anything until her ed
May 13, 2012 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

These books were interesting but my God, could Dante whine any more?! And Japhrimel just doing whatever he wants and forcing her along for the ride was irritating. Grow a backbone, woman!! The books were interesting but not really worth reading more then once. More developement of the psions and maybe a different, non-demon bad guy would have been nice. It was basically the same story over and over again. Blech.
Dec 21, 2015 Josh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A protagonist who goes from being mildly badass normal, to moderately badass kinda supernatural, to complete broken and helpless, getting violated (both mentally and physically) along the way. I'm not sure I've ever read a series that spent so much time deprotagonizing the character the series is named after. I finished all the books included in the volume, and it was a painful experience.

On a technical level it isn't the worst writing I've ever encountered, and I gave the first volume of Lilith
The first book in this series was great. I really enjoyed it. I thought "oh boy this is gonna be fun!" The second book was a little "meh" but it wasn't that awful. But let me tell you, it just went downhill from there. In each book Dante got more annoying and childish and Japh got more patronizing. The sad thing is, the premise and plot had the potential to be awesome. There were also some wicked side characters that made the story great (Lucas, anyone?), which is why I skim read my way to the e ...more
For me, the highlight of this series is probably the world building. I feel like the important points were both explained and actually made sense.

After reading other reviews and finishing the book, I think most people's biggest issue is that the characters and ending aren't "likable". I also didn't personally like the characters but I don't think the author wrote them to be the traditional, strong heroine and love interest. The story is dark and broken. It's not about going down in glory and so
Rachael L Moore
Jan 19, 2016 Rachael L Moore rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
I'm torn between two and three stars. Two and a half would be about right.

I came away from the novels (and, now that I've read nearly her entire catalog, all of Saintcrow's novels) with a sense of frustration. Saintcrow claims in the afterword to be a student of history and a lover of mythology. If only that seemed...meaningfully harnessed more.

Credit where it's due. Some authors, especially in urban fantasy, feel the need to play keep-up, adding more creatures and powers in an attempt to up the
Feb 08, 2015 Bridget rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was severely disappointed in 3 things about this series.

1) The protagonist is not a strong female lead character. Dante has relatively zero personal growth as a protagonist even after five books, and her internal conflict is muddy and unconceptualized. She is more obtuse than a cement wall. Dante's choices are only consistent in that she is angry every time she takes action. And that action seems to be without any motive other than her perpetually negative and frustrated mindset. This is not a
Fifi Shepherd
Occasionally I come across a series I hate so much I have to like it.

I really liked book one. I love angels and demons and a strong female lead. Dante is sassy almost to the point of irritation. I really like Japhrimel but his character at times was hard to swallow... That said I did sorta love him by the end and then (view spoiler).

Book two made me love Jace and then (view spoiler) Then I was tricked into feeling
Ryan Scott
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Book 1:

It took me a while to settle into the book, but once I'd cottoned on to the world in the book, I started to really enjoy it.


Book 2:

I found the first half of the second book very repetitive, yet at the same time, it fitted in with the main character and what she was feeling. I dis want to tell her to get on with it a couple of times, though...

All in all, I enjoyed the book, although I'm not sure if the ending was meant to be a surprise or not - it wasn't to me.


Book 3:

Enjoyed the boo
Nov 23, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All books were good and kept me at the edge of my seat. Dante has been to hell in back throughout all books and has to deal with a lot of loss and traumatic events. Japh who is a demon and windes up becoming a fallen demon because he falls in love with Dante makes the book even more exciting because throughout the entire series Dante is at war with herself on wether or not to trust him, which in my opinion is ridicules because he's a demon and really doesn't know emotion all the well but knows e ...more
 * Kazzy * -aka Stryker-
Working for the devil - I thought this started out a bit slow and took a few chapters to get going, but obviously the author has to set the scene etc. I find that some of the reading is a bit heavy going as there are a lot of phrases and words the author uses pertaining to the world she has created for the story, but she does not always explain what the things are! It is, however a very imaginative work, and something very different to the paranormal stuff I have read before. As for the characte ...more

A 1285 page book - an omnibus of five different novels. When did I find out when the novel took place? In the author's afterward. Page 1278.

By the slaughtering of place names, culture names, and religious names, I knew it took place in "the future", but I was guessing 50-100 years. It was 600.


Back to the slaughtered place names. As a result of fragmented "that kinda sounds like" names, I didn't really have a sense of where we were in the world for most of the book. Talking about the
Jun 13, 2013 Ky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anita Blake fans (as a necromance and the bounty hunting) and anyone with an interest in the Devil
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Finished the first book. Clocked in around 3.5 stars. Not spectacular, but solidly good.

It's been a while, but I believe I was quite satisfied with book 2. Probably another 3.5 stars.

Struggled with book 3. Some of Danny's emotional trauma was lost on me. I started to feel a little like she was just never going to grow and move on. Finally picked up in the last third of the book. Got more action, Danny started to wise up a little, and the plot took a fun twist for me. Kind of looking forward to
This is a series that falls solidly into a middle category for me.

The author very evidently went for action first, romance a (very) distant second, making the boyfriend a secondary character tucked away behind protections, offering support when needed, and just generally not being hugely important except as a touch stone to softer feelings for the MC. I was fine with that, but some people might be disappointed, especially when comparing this to other works by the author.

Unfortunately, that left
Mar 04, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-already
I absolutely adore Dante, she has quickly made her way to the top of my idol list. I also adore how Anubis plays his own small but important role as her patron God, since Egyptian mythology and such is one of my favorites it certainly played its own role is raising my thoughts of her in my mind....though to be honest she didn't need much help. As for Japhrimel....well he has in his own way dug a his way and made room for himself in my heart, when i read the last pages it was with sadness knowing ...more
May 07, 2014 Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Took one look at the cover art and title and walked into the book with some pretty strong expectations of what I was going to find.

The book met my expectations and exceeded them in a surprisingly pleasant way.

There's a lot to love in this series if you like vibrant urban fantasy (even if it's sort of vibrant, sci fi urban fantasy).

If you're a fan of the genre and you're maybe on a Dresden withdrawal as you wait for the next book, I'd recommend glancing at this one and seeing if it tides you o
Brandi Dee
I really wanted to love this series, but it fell short for me. The story held promise and was interesting; however just couldn't quite deliver. Dante's constant emotional dribble and the authors use of repetitive descriptors made it hard for me to keep interested enough to finish each book. That being said, I did manage to make it through the series (even if it took me much longer to read than it should have). The story WAS interesting.
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, in a house full of stray cats and children.
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Other Books in the Series

Dante Valentine (5 books)
  • Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, #1)
  • Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, #2)
  • The Devil's Right Hand (Dante Valentine, #3)
  • Saint City Sinners (Dante Valentine, #4)
  • To Hell and Back (Dante Valentine, #5)

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