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Dante Valentine. by Lilith Saintcrow (Dante Valentine #1 to 5)

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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 d...more
Paperback, 1280 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Orbit
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Rina
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...more
Nancy
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
Monique
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
slayra
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Cas
Mar 19, 2012 Cas marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa
Only reason I'm still reading is because I always finish books once I start them, but not enjoying
Mary
Kick butt heroine, dark fantasy--completely awesome!
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...more
Mari
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
James


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.
Natalie
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
New Rose Images
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
Ryan Scott
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Boneist
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.

4/5.

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.

4/5

Book 3:

Enjoyed the boo...more
Jessica
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
mlady_rebecca
When?

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.

Where?

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...more
Ky
Jun 13, 2013 Ky rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Tani
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...more
Violettebird
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...more
Christina
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
Perry
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...more
Ella
I enjoyed these books enough to read them all the way through. I liked large parts of them. My big problem was that Dante kept making the same mistakes. Her relationship with Japh hit the same points over and over until I wanted to smack them both. This problem is not unique to this series or author. And if I hadn't swallowed the whole series whole in a weekend it might not have annoyed me as much.
Khalia Hades
Dante Valentine series is great! I couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to see what would happen next!
I love, love Japhrimel, he is an amazing character. I do have to say that the supporting characters in this series are the ones to me that kept me up late reading.
There was some redundency in reading, the same wordrobe references, ring descriptions, Dante's constant inner dialog with her past was beyond annoying. While I'm sure my love of Japh's character colors my review, I just wanted to scream...more
Cherie Phillips
Not a bad series and the fact that you can purchase the whole series for a little more then the price of one book is what promted me to give it a try. It starts off great the first two stories were the best but I found it got a little dull after that. Dante starts off as a strong female lead but as the series progressed I found I liked her less and less. Japh the demon love intrest was a great character but he was the reason I found Dante more and more anoying towards the end all she did was whi...more
Allyce Cameron
Let me first say it was a mistake to get the omnibus edition and read them one after the other. While I might have enjoyed them all if I'd taken a break, reading all five one after the other made me start to hate Dante a bit. That being said the first three were really good, a bit Anita Blake without all the sex, and set in a future where magic is a part of society. Dante starts off as a kick-ass heroine (before she goes a bit crazy) and I even kind of liked Japh (before he turns evasive and abu...more
Shinez

I am finding there is a lot of information repeated throughout the book. Even when you read books from 1- 5 information is repeated between each book, I understand the concept of doing this, but I am talking about when ever valentine gets new gear for example she will explain the voltage on the plasguns (every time). This is just one example there are many more incidents like this throughout the book, and it is tiresome to read over and over again......


Other than what is written above I like t...more
Deborah
"Gloom, despair and agony on me. Oh! Deep dark depression, excessive misery. Oh! If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. Gloom, despair and agony on me!" This old Heehaw song keeps running through my head as I read this book. I am a little ways into book two. It is a good read, but it is very dark and depressing. So far, this poor girl has absolutely no joy in her life. I am struggling to get through this book, it is interesting though. Very imaginative and creative but the poor gir...more
Kirsten Lenius
This was a reread for me. I've read and enjoyed the books previously, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of them. I am very glad that I took advantage of the deal to get the entire collection in one book.

Lilith's stories tend to be full of characters that engage my attention and curiosity and her world building is rich with detail.

The one criticism that I might make is more one of personailty rather than a technicality of writing. That is, I found that Dante's constant doubt of Japh rubbed m...more
Ash
I love Dante. She is an absolute bad ass. A lot of female characters will walk that line but she is fully, un apologetically bad ass. She's a bitch and I love it. A very complicated character that evolves throughout the series and while strong, shows vulnerabilities. This series isn't perfect and can have some boring moments, but I like the pace and there have been some interesting twists and turns in this series that have kept me interested. I have not technically finished this series. I have r...more
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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.
More about Lilith Saintcrow...
Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, #1) Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, #2) Night Shift (Jill Kismet, #1) The Devil's Right Hand (Dante Valentine, #3) Saint City Sinners (Dante Valentine, #4)

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