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Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine #1)

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When the devil needs a rogue demon killed, he calls Dante Valentine--a cross between Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan--in this sassy debut novel by Saintcrow. Original.
Paperback, 403 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 2006)
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Jamie Collins
Nov 16, 2007 Jamie Collins rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-urban
This one fell flat for me. There was too much magic, for one thing. Sorting through the jargon reminded me of trying to read cyberpunk. I prefer a subtle touch - urban fantasy that's a little more grounded in reality.

The writing was also a little repetitive; for example, I found myself counting how many times Japhrimel told Dante to "Breathe. Just Breathe."

I did like the author's voice, and there was potential in the Dante/Japhrimel relationship, but it didn't go anywhere beyond: "I have every r
What would be your answer when Lucifer, Prince of Hell would offer you a job and you get two options: if you dont take it you would be killed or if you take it you could be killed? Right! Dante Valentine a necromance and bounty hunter chooses the second possiblity at least shed have a chance to survive. An important artifact the "Egg" has been stolen by the demon Vardimal Santino from Hell and Dantes task is to hunt Santino down, kill him, grab the Egg and bring it back to Lucifer. Seems easy en ...more
Feb 18, 2014 eve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Jan 23, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for paranormal romance, and while I knew from reviews that it was quite light on the romance, I was still very interested. Luckily, I was not disappointed at all.

Dante is a very strong female character, but she feels more real than other similar characters I've read (Anita Blake, Mercy Thompson). She's tough, but it's not unbelievable. She gets tired, pissy, and has moments where she needs to cry. I like that mix.

I also like that the book was obviously set in the future but it di
Oct 20, 2008 Anita rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy fans
I loved this book - it sucked me in on the first page and kept me interested to the very end. It's an action-adventure urban fantasy with a hint of romance set in a future where the world is controlled mostly by a single government and/or the Mob. The dominant religions are now based on magic, and magic users are licenced and acknowledged by the government. Danny/Dante Valentine is a necromancer and occasional bounty hunter. The devil drafts her to find a run-away demon, but doesn't tell her exa ...more
Oct 10, 2008 Stacey rated it did not like it
Tried to expand my horizons in the Urban Fantasy category. This looked really promising, but has turned out to be hard to get into. Written in a future that is not fully explained, with name dropping of made up people, places, and things that don't have any description. Unfortunately, it might never get finished...

Update 10 Oct 08 - I have come to the conclusion that this is one of those that will sit on the shelf until I feel guilty enough to finish it, or maybe the rest of my collection burns
Jul 31, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
cause I'm in need of some restraint

I blame Buffy for the rash of ass-kicking, smart-talking, bitchy female vampire slayers and the legions of sidekicks who inexplicably give them unconditional love.

I don't mean to imply that loving Buffy herself was inexplicable. Buffy was something special. Even when she was bitchy, she was prone to saying things like, "I'm cookie dough. I'm not done baking." Even as s
Feb 23, 2009 Unapologetic_Bookaholic rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of futuristic/supernatural romance, demons
Recommended to Unapologetic_Bookaholic by: Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Monthly Reads Group on GR
The only thing for me that was hard to digest was the futuristic language that was wrapped around every material, object and person's job title.

Dante Valentine is a Necromance(able to raise spirits of the dead and relate their final wishes) and a bounty hunter. She is contracted by The Prince of Hell (Lucifer) and given a demon familiar (who needs blood, sex or fire to live). She is ordered to retrieve an artifact called the Egg from Santino, a serial killer she has crossed paths with before.

Nov 22, 2008 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anita Blake fans, other urban fantasy fans
Loved this book! I cried at the end, really well written and engrossing. NEXT!!
I picked this book up because I finished Living With The Dead while visiting my in-laws and wanted something new to read for the trip back. It was one of those books I always picked up, thought looked interesting, but never quite got around to reading- probably because it seemed like more of the same old, same old I get from so many other urban fantasy authors.

It was not.

Saintcrow blends sci-fi and fantasy pretty seamlessly, creating a world where hover crafts and cyber-age drugs blend with de
Dec 10, 2008 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fantastic!! Went out and bought this the other day after seeing some of my friends had it on the their to read list. Bought it, and read it within a day. Then before I even finished this one, I already bought the second book.

This story is about a necromance called Dante Valentine. She is considered one of the best necromance's in the world. So good in fact, that the devil himself has asked her to do him a favor. He wants her to kill a demon who has escaped from hell, and has stolen what he calls
Jul 17, 2009 Morgan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, fiction
If it stood alone I would have given it 3 stars.

I had managed to get my hands on book 1 & 4 of this series. Skipping to book four made me so aggravated that I know I will not be picking up 2 or 3. I will also not be finishing book 4. The inconsistencies in the behavior of the main character, and the lack of all the characters I enjoyed by book 4 just totally turned me off.

My problem with the first book just by itself was the fact that the author tried to create her own mythology. It is all f
Karen Healey
Jun 30, 2009 Karen Healey rated it really liked it
I love me some urban fantasy where the worldbuilding has been carefully considered and there's years of history that support the difference between those worlds and ours. If you have vampires and paranormals and demons wandering around, it pays to have thought about how that has greatly affected the economy, social services, government and law enforcement.

Lilith Saintcrow produces probably the best worldbuilding I've ever seen in adult urban fantasy. So much so that I could forgive her (awesome
Apr 27, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
Hmmm. Kinda disappointed with this one. When I first started reading it I thought it had some serious potential, but by the end I was not really impressed.
The story is (I believe) set in the future, or at the very least in a world very similar to our world. The jury is still out for me on whether or not the fact that they had hovercrafts and such was cool, or just an unnecessary distraction.
Dante (or Danny) is a necromance who moonlights as a bounty hunter to help pay the bills. Cool. She's a p
Oct 30, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, demons
I finished this days ago and have been meaning to write something about it, more along the lines of my impressions since it seems I am incapable of writing true reviews. That is another tangent...I dislike reading reviews that outline a plot or rephrase the book synopsis. I look at reviews of books because I already know what the book is about and I want to hear about reactions and emotions, so I guess traditional reviews tend to bore me.

Anyways...this book reminded me of the first book in Rach
Jan 06, 2010 Tara rated it it was amazing
I'm very impressed. Usually the first book in a UF series leaves me unimpressed and reluctantly reaching for the next one in hopes of improvement. Not so with this book. Working for the Devil is the first book in Lilith Saintcrow's Dante Valentine Series. Dante Valentine (a female, as is her friend Gabe, by the way) is a necromance-for-hire. This book is set in a what seems like a distant future, but seems very much like the basic future a lot people use (ie. plasma rifles and hover crafts, and ...more
Oct 24, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
I've read this authors Jill Kismet series, and decided to try to read this series. I've read other peoples reviews, and found this book to be pretty good, although, not excellent. I do apppreciate the world building that Ms Saintcrow characters find themselves in. Dante's character is a hard-as-nails necromance. I, did, however, find her incesant whining grating. My other problem with this character? Why is it that writers have to "change" the main character from human to something else? I mean, ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Working For The Devil was the perfect book when I needed to read something fast-paced. I’ve been looking for a good Urban Fantasy book for weeks. I tried Touched By An Alien, which was crap. I tried Spider’s Bite, which was crap as well. I didn’t want to try Working for The Devil because of the cover. I think it’s pretty bad.

But don’t be fooled, this book is really good. I’m extremely grateful for my book buddies insisting on me reading it.

Oh those characters. Japhrimel. Dante. Those action sc
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Jun 15, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf
I recently bought the complete Dante Valentine series. Book 1 starts with Dante Valentine, a powerful Necromancer and bounty hunter on the side, who gets a offer she can't refuse from the Prince of Hell himself - although in this future world, Hell and demons aren't exactly the Christian brimstone type, although they aren't altruistic either. We meet Dante's friends, allies, a former lover with unresolved issues, and did I mention she is tracking a serial-killer demon? Gritty, cool world and mag ...more
I'm a sucker for demons. That said, it took me two attempts to read this book. The first attempt ended after about twenty pages; I set it aside for about a year, and picked it back up again after a long run of reading nothing but YA. I needed some good adult demon action.

The plot is very interesting--but that's really the only thing that compelled me to finish the novel. Danny Valentine herself came across as an enormous, one-dimensional jerk (to put it lightly). When she's met with anything les
Gloria Mundi
Based on the author's name and the title I was fully expecting a neo-gothic monstrosity of red velvet, dripping blood and undying love. This sort of thing:

Ironically, the book does feature some red velvet and lots of blood, yet it was surprisingly good nonetheless.

This is the story of Dante "Danny" Valentine, a talented necromance and ass-kicking bounty hunter, who is hired (read forced) by the Prince of Hell himself, Lucifer (the Devil is dressed in black jeans and t-shirt, is barefoot, androgy
Apr 28, 2012 Shelley rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who hate their brains
This is possibly the worse book I've had the misfortune to read. I wrote a (very) long review for Amazon about how terrible this book was, but that review has disappeared into the ether after I submitted it and it went for 'review'. I think it was longer than some essays I've written. Suffice to say I don't have the energy to do that again. But the key points:
* Poor, poor writing style including basic grammatical mistakes
* Vastly unlikeable or sympathetic 'heroine'
* Plot holes you could drive a
Jun 07, 2012 Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quite honestly, I was highly disappointed. I found the main character in this book (Dante Valentine) to be a weak impression of the Anita Blake character that Laurel K. Hamilton created. Unfortunately, where Anita Blake was a well rounded character with some flaws (let's face it, no one is perfect so it makes the character more believable)for the most part she truly portrayed a hero and you could feel for the character. With Dante, I found myself wishing she would be eviscerated for good by the ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
There’s something about demon themed Urban Fantasy I just dig up. There’s always such creatively developed worlds, for one thing. This one having Lucifer was a turn off from the blurb as it sounded far-fetched and cheesy, but the way it was done made sense and worked well.

The main focus is on Dante as she tries to uncover, working with the at first unwilling Japhrimel, where the hiding demon is who has killed her former friend and lover and a slew of others. Japh has a vendetta of his own, which
Kat  Hooper
Apr 25, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

Dante Valentine is a freelance Necromance — clients hire her to communicate with dead people so they can solve murders, settle estate disputes, etc. When the Devil wants to hire Dante to find a rogue demon named Vardimal Santino, and to recover the important object he’s stolen from Hell, he gives her no choice but to obey. Dante doesn’t want to work for the devil, but she does want to keep living. To help with that, the Devil as
Aug 20, 2013 Irene rated it it was amazing
"Working for the devil" is the first book in a Dante Valentine series written by Lilith Saintcrow.

It is set in future, where something happend after which magick became a norm of living. And gifted people were working for different kinds of agencies. This book follows Dante Valentine (or Danny for friends), who is a Necromance and who gets book by Lucifer himself to find something that belongs to him. And in order to survive this chase she is given a familiar - one of the Higher Demons called Ja
Jan 22, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
I read a lot of urban fantasy, and I enjoyed this one because the take was different. For one thing, it incorporated a science fiction setting, and I liked that. I also liked the fact that it was dark but not too dark. And because I'm not big on reading intimate sexual scenes, I was pleased that this book didn't go into a lot of detail. Additionally, the plot was exciting and easy to follow.

What I didn't like was the lack of characterization. I didn't feel close to Dante, and the secondary chara
Light Blue Butter
Jan 29, 2015 Light Blue Butter rated it it was ok
Overall, this book was...meh. It's a pity because it had all the right ingredients to make for a great UF (or is it more paranormal romance?) series with an intriguing cast of characters, a fascinating psi/magic system and the Devil himself. Sadly though it missed the mark with a heroine that's too sassy, selfish, self-entitled and downright annoying at times. I get that Saintcrow is trying to emulate the likes of Kim Harrison's Rachael with a kick-ass female, but I think less snark would've bal ...more
Pippa DaCosta
Dante Valentine is a cross between Jessica Jones and Kate Daniels.

Bad-ass is her middle name. She's got a closet full of secrets, a broken past, and a big-ass enchanted sword, and she ain't afraid to use it. When the Devil asks her to track down an 'egg', she literally can't refuse. For added kicks, Lucifer has bound Jaf-the-demon to Dante, to 'keep her safe' until the job is done.

I loved this, even if I did find myself scratching my head at a few things. It's fast, dark, edgy, and not your usua
I can't believe that happened!

For me, the whole book was a 3.5 read. I mean, I really liked it, but it didn't make me feel stuff. And for a rating of 4/5 stars, that is a must. But in the last few pages, something happened! (view spoiler) Wow!!! I would never have guessed that!

Overall, the plot was interesting, the story was fast-paced (despite the fact that I did skim a few paragraphs) and the writing style was engaging. I would have said that I
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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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