Review: Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow

Dante ValentineTitle: Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine #1)
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Release date: March 7th 2011
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 252
Rating: 4 stars

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 you kill something that can’t die?

Meet Dante ‘Danny’ Valentine, the lady with the ability to raise the dead from even the ashes and the best Necromancer in her time.

That, and she is a smart-mouthed, suicidal bounty hunter with absolutely no sense for her own safety. The lady is practically a ticking bomb waiting to be exploded on anyone who gets in her way when she is on a hunt.

Her job is to raise the dead, gets paid for it and pay her bills. Her ability to raise them even with only the remains, the ashes, available makes her the best. Of course, she doesn’t just spend her time fiddling with the dead. She is a bounty hunter, which is why the Devil himself wanted her to hunt down a demon gone rogue. She may be choosy about her jobs, but when the Devil showed up, she couldn’t refused it. Not that she doesn’t want to, she has no choice.

Lilith Saintcrow has this great ability for infusing life into the character she writes, especially for Dante Valentine. I really love Danny so much. She is the most suicidal character I have ever read, suicidal in terms of impulsive behaviour. She acts on her instincts.

Now now, before anyone says Danny is just like Rose Hathaway, let me make something clear. Take Rose’s personality and amplify it, and there you have it, Dante Valentine, the impulsive Necromancer with a little mean streak in her!

Danny doesn’t filter her mind before speaking, so to others, she might seem like a raving bitch. To me, I think Danny is just speaking her mind and acting the way she should. She’s not a raving bitch, but someone with a foul temper and wants thing to be done quickly. She definitely works well alone, so she would get all angst up when Lucifer gave her a demon familiar, Japhrimel.

Japhrimel is this hot demon with green-eyes, Lucifer’s Right Hand and his Eldest. I would assume it means Japhrimel is Lucifer’s oldest child. This demon is Danny’s familiar to protect her, and if Danny succeeded, he gets his freedom from Lucifer. Although Danny is reluctant, she knows she need him. Afterall, she is hunting down a rogue demon, one that has stolen something from Lucifer.

This is where Danny’s even more determined to hunt down the demon, it was the very same demon that had killed someone she loved, someone close to her. I find the banter between Japhrimel and and Danny quite amusing. Danny is doing what she always do, yet to her demon familiar, she seems to be not very concerned with her safety.

Then something unthinkable happened.

No wait, actually, TWO UNTHINKABLE THINGS HAPPENED.

The second time worse than the first.

The first unthinkable thing was something I thought would be quite impossible, given the relationship between the both of them. Both Danny and Japhrimel seems to hate each other’s guts and the only reason Japhrimel rescued Danny every time she’s in danger because if she die, he might not be freed from Lucifer’s control. Of course, some of you may think its predictable that two protagonists would fall for each other but in Lilith Saintcrow’s writing, I totally did not see that coming!

The second unthinkable thing was…oh god, my heart wants to cry and break just at the thought of it. If I say anymore, I’m pretty sure spoilers would be coming so no.

Let’s just say…if you read the book, you reaction would be

THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPENED. WHY, HOW, WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!

Yeap…I have no idea whether this book falls under the Young Adult or New Adult genre. It is definitely urban fantasy. Well, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try out a Necromancer-Demon (lots-of-other-stuff) fantasy!

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