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Dead Man Rising

(Dante Valentine #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  7,594 ratings  ·  317 reviews
As psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered, a piece of the past half-demon bounty hunter Dante Valentine thought she'd buried is stalking the night with a vengeance. Original. ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Warner Books (NY)
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Gloria Mundi
Hmmm. This book was frustrating. It was much better than the first in many respects yet much more irritating in others.

The writing seems to have improved considerably though there is still a lot of repetition. Dante's thought pattern sure is circular. She goes round and round and round with the same old "Japhrimel is dead/I can't love Jace/my hand is cramping/I don't want to think about anything" crap until you almost start feeling dizzy. It gets very tedious.

Being in Dante's head is a bit like
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Falling back into this series is as effortless as it comes.

Dante is wallowing in the loss of her old self (having gained demonic powers) and the loss of her demon lover. Not only that, she's lost a lot more and while she's now super hard to kill, she's obsessing over her difficult past, her childhood of abuse, the magical practitioners who fed on the students.

Of course, all of this comes wrapped in a fantastic high-tech bow with plasguns, gene-engineering, a full extra-modern city with necromanc
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I know a lot of people held issues with this book due to Dante’s almost non-stop grieving, but the end was such a nice change to me from the first book and made my heart grin. Unfortunately Valentine encounters yet another tragedy in this book – a new loss that I hated. The grim flashbacks that hinted her former childhood was horrible is even more in color and complex now. She comes to the heart of the horror in the battle finale and it was disturbing.

The pace is almost non-stop as Dante, the ma
Lauren Stoolfire
I really liked book one in this series, but I wasn't quite as taken by the sequel though I still enjoyed my time with these characters. Lilith Saintcrow's unique world of Saint City is an awesome blend of urban fantasy and futuristic sci-fi and she definitely knows how to keep me turning those pages. As much as I liked Dante in book one, she's pretty frustrating here - she's very angsty too say the least when it comes to the effects of the events of Working for the Devil. I felt that the story c ...more
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3.5 Stars. I find it hard to rate this book, because I spent half of it not really liking it, then the second half digging it.

The first book in this series just starts, no back story, not a lot of excess descriptions to help with world building... pretty much it starts with a knock on the door and then you find out everything as you go along. And despite the fact that it is the first book, and the excess descriptions were held back to a bare minimum, you didn't feel cheated or confused. And eve
Ugh, not as good as #1. Very whiney protagonist, not very proactive as in #1, kinda wallowy. Still enjoyable, but a little more "get up and go" woulda been appreciated. #3 is next! ...more
Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)
Originally posted at:

* For this review I decided to have different ratings for the story and the GraphicAudio narration.

This series has become the Mageri series all over again for me. It's like I'm about to witness a car crash happen right in front of me and I can't decide whether I want to look away or not. This author is amazing at leaving somewhat big problems unsolved, which makes the curiosity in me foam at the mouth for answers.

Dante is a wreck in this novel. She's reasonably upset by
Anzu The Great Destroyer
I really REALLY liked Working for the Devil. It sucked me in since page one. Dead Man Rising however, did not. I didn’t take this as a sign. I should have.

Dead Man Rising’s story did not work for me at all. I don’t know why but Dante’s past doesn’t interest me so much. Yes, she got tortured, and I feel bad for her, but meh. You know? Meh. The story was extremely mediocre if you ask me.

The characters kind of pissed me off as well. Dante was ok, but she bothered me with her attitude towards Jace.
Pippa DaCosta
The first book was an all-action pacey, fun read, but this one floundered a bit for me. There's a great deal of repetitive internal angst slowing the pace down, which left me feeling impatient (I started skipping - never a good sign). I do dearly love Dante Valentine's voice, and I'm certainly committed to this series and it's well-fleshed out and unusual cast of characters.
On to the next one...
Nov 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first book, but definitely still enjoyable. This go round was still a action packed and twisted as the first book but Dante was so broken in this book. Yes she was grieving but she really was incredibly whiney. And you know what I realized - the romance in the first book that seemed so slow and well paced...was actually only a couple of a days long. I am not sure how I missed that when I was reading it, and I only realized it now because Jace did.

And Jace, oh Jace. I have to
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I am really disapointed to say that this wasn't as good as the first one :( But thankfully it was readable. The plot was ok, if not a little shakey in places, but it did fill in some of Dante's previously hinted at bad past. But the endless pity party Dante had goin on was bordering ridiculous; Japh this, Jace that, I'm a terrible person, what the hell is hedaira, everyone hates Necromancers, my shoulder hurts, wierd giggle. That's about the majority of her worries, repeated over and over and ov ...more
Stef Rozitis
The fact that I mostly liked this surprised me. I was prepared to suffer though a paranormal book for the sake of exploring a genre I don't usually read, but I almost gave it a miss when I saw the cover, considering the last two paranormal books I read were both porny and really, really badly written with no plot or character to speak of but sort of moralistic in tone.

This one was a horse of entirely another colour. I don't know that I would be up for a whole series about Dante Valentine, possib
Ben Truong
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dead Man Rising is the second book in Dante Valentine series written by Lilith Saintcrow. It centers on Dante Valentine, a necromancer, set in a world five hundred years in the future.

Dante Valentine has been throwing herself into her work to avoid having to think about her problems. Before he died, her dead demon lover Japhrimel physically changed her into a hedaira, something that is not quite a demon but yet is no longer wholly human either, which she doesn’t want to think about.

When psions a
Victoria (nocturnalintimacy)
I have mixed feelings on this one.

I felt like the author did a better job of toning down the over-the-top sci-if names. Unfortunately, for consistency’s sake, we’re stuck with a lot of them.

The plot was interesting. I would have liked it more if I had a better understanding of the limitations to the magic being used, and how it bent the rules of standard magical practice.

This bring me back to my main complaint of this series: world building. There is none. This is book two, and we have very li
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Luv luv that series.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Synopsis: It's been almost a year since the events of Working for the Devil. Now, part demon and Necromance bounty hunter Dante *Danny* Valentine has thrown herself into bounty after bounty to forget losing her demon lover Japhrimel who got himself attached to her by the Devil himself.

Jace has decided to join her on these dangerous bounties in order to prove himself to Dante and is constantly putting himself in danger to prove himself. Dante is then asked by her friend Gabriel *Gabe* who works f
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I really, really liked the first book in the Dante Valentine series by Lilith Saintcrow. Dead Man Rising (the second book in this series) was a disappointment.

You meet up with Dante (Danny) a short time after her hunt in the last book and the "death" of Japh. Dante has been recklessly taking bounty after bounty to distract herself from her grief over Japh. Jace shows up to help her out on her bounties and has forsaken all of his connections with the mob for her. Gabe ends up calling Danny in on
Kat  Hooper
Apr 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.

Dead Man Rising is the second book in Lilith Saintcrow’s DANTE VALENTINE series. Dante, a freelance necromance, has lived through her first assignment for the devil. (She didn’t want to work for him, but the devil can be very persuasive.) Now Dante’s brooding because her demon lover is dead and she’s just had a nasty surprise about her own heritage. When her friend Gabe, the police investigator, calls to tell her that her old school f
The 2nd book in the Dante Valentine Series. I liked this book - I would have given it 3.5 stars if half stars were possible, but not quite enough for 4 stars. The premise is interesting and the main plot line was spooky and made for a page turner. My big criticism of this book was Too. Much. Inner. Monologue. OMG!!! We get it. You're tortured. You're shamed. You're guilty. You miss your dead demon lover. You don't even know what you are anymore. I GET IT. Move on with the plot, for the love of g ...more
Oct 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Is this book even written by the same author? This is not the same Dante from bk 1, where did she go? This should have been a good read, but I could not really get into it. I actually skipped a lot because it did not add to the story and was overly repetitive, annoying. The editors seemed to have missed a lot or was it left in for word count? However, even Danny started to become annoying. I get that she was struggling with some issues regarding Japh and Jace, but where did here back bone go? Sh ...more
"Behind the main building were the dormitories, two for girls, one for boys (since the X chromosome carries Talent far more often than the Y)."

NO. THAT'S WRONG. If it's a sex-linked disorder, then more males will carry Talent. I don't really remember much about this book, now that I've read the third one, but I do remember that there was far too much angst for my liking. *twitch*

If there hadn't been so many impossible-to-ignore flaws in Dead Man Rising, I would've given this four (or maybe even
Still confused over some things, but still appreciating the style the author has in that she doesn't overexplain, just lets things naturally unfold.
The writing is a little redundant at times, repeating the same thought 30,000 (maybe less) on the same page. I know its supposed to lend the character the feeling of confusion, of "what the hell" but once you read it 30,000 times on the same page (maybe less), you either give up, or just skip over the echos, cause what the hell, it gets old.

Still, g
Sam Nicholas
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. It was very confusing at times and I had hard time understanding it. This was a lot more mysterious and suspicious. It was even more sad and lots of things she did a the end I did not expect at all. I think this one was better then the first book though. I loved the ending, this book held my attention throughout it and I loved it. Some things at the end I didn't really understand how that would happen but it was definitely very interesting, and I really liked it. ...more
Shambhawi P.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
More like a 2.5 Stars

I liked the first book better. And since I did not like the first book much except the ending which hinted on a promising sequel this is even worse than it sounds.

I'm tacking on that extra half star again for the ending and the premise it sets for the third book. And (view spoiler)

Not a bad book, but not a good one either. Somewhere above meh and below nice.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
The grief, the anguish its dragging.. Why japh has to be able to brought back? I will like this series if it doesnt, its like giving a kid a candy just becaus she cry to much, isnt the author herself said the dead is final? Its like making miracle happen just because u will it so.. Otherwise the world the author spun is great, anyhow i'm getting angry reading this book..

Oh and anyone find the inconsistency where the author said 'there's only 2 necromancer left' and later she said three?
May 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Too. Many. Words.

Dante Valentine is half-demon so she looks really HOT, but she hates it. She's also going to be a slave to her neuroses, emotionally abusive to those around her, and constantly think one thing in italics when having a conversation but saying something else.

The world and the overall plot are compelling enough that I kept reading, but the characters and the moving around in the plot are annoying.
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
First of all this is a kick ass cover. Love it! Reminds me of a female ninja. I like this story because Dante reminds me of Anita Blake but better. Dante is good at her job but she seems to be blurring the lines more and more. I sucked this book down right after the first one. It's good to find an author after she's produced several books in a series. ...more
May 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as a child, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She and her library co-habitate in Vancouver, Washington.

Other books in the series

Dante Valentine (5 books)
  • Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, #1)
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