Review: Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow

Dante ValentineTitle: Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine #2)
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Release date: March 7th 2011
Publisher: Orbit
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 247
Rating: 3 stars

When the dead call, she answers.

Bounty hunting is a helluva job, but it pays the bills. And it lets Necromance Dante Valentine forget her issues—-like struggling with her half-demon side and the memory of her lover’s death.

Now psychics all over the city are being savagely murdered—-and a piece of the past Dante thought she’d buried is stalking the night with a vengeance. Too bad she’s got no way to tell which fiend—or friend—to trust. Or that her most horrifying nightmares are gathering to take one kick-ass bounty hunter down for the count.

I am honestly tempted to give this book 2½ stars. This book was disappointing as compared to the first one. The content and the writing of this book felt like it was just there to continue the story, as if the writing was there to act as fillers. However, as I mentioned previously, Lilith Saintcrow has the amazing ability to infuse life into the characters she wrote and that, is why I have chosen to give the book 3 stars.

Dante is still the same person I have come to love very much from the previous book. Perhaps it could be due to the absence of a certain character, that made Dante seems like she is a living the life of a workaholic to escape her own reality – the reality that her lover is dead.

Honestly, Lilith Saintcrow is amazing. She is able to depict in the most realistic way on how someone like Dante would react in the situations she is placed in.

Grieving, for example. Dante is not the type to break down and cry, no, she rather become a workaholic and busied herself with bounty hunting. Of course, she isn’t alone. Jason ‘Jace’, the ex has make Dante his business to care for. He’s her bounty hunting partner. No matter what she do, the moment her mind is free to think, her Fallen lover would invade her mind.

I have nothing against Jace, I just prefer a certain green-eyed Fallen as compared to him. Its pretty accurate to say that when you are grieving and there’s a guy being a constant presence by your side, I believe most people would start to care for him. Dante’s feelings is like a whirlwind of emotions. She allows herself to worry for Jace but at the same time, she’s not letting him in her heart. Though…sometimes she does feel different for Jace.

Jace is almost like a guardian angel. I think he loves Dante very much, too much that perhaps he’s hoping she would forget about the demon. His character is so much well-developed as compared to the first book. He is a constant presence around Dante.

One of the elements that made the book bearable was Gabe and Dante’s friendship. Their friendship is just…wow. You know when you have a friend that would always come back no matter what you say, even if you use profanities at each other? That is exactly what Gabe is like to Dante. Both of them are fierce gals that greets each other with insults. Literally.

The second book focus more on Dante’s past, something her best friend’s lover and herself have in common. There is definitely more blood and detailed ways on how to kill people in the second instalment of the Dante Valentine series.

I would recommend fans of Working with the Devil and Lilith Saintcrow, urban fantasy lovers to read Dead Man Rising!




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