Friday, August 17, 2007

The Devil's Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow

The Devil’s Right Hand
Dante Valentine, Book 3
Lilith Saintcrow
Orbit – Hachette Book Group
September 1, 2007
ISBN# 978-0-316-02142-5

Being a Necromance and a demon’s hedaira gives Dante Valentine a bit of an edge with increased strength and power, but when she’s dealing with the Devil it’s never enough. Lucifer himself has a job for her to do; he needs a new Right Hand. With Japhrimel by her side, Dante bargains with the Prince of Hell and is sent to destroy four Greater Flight demons. She’s now tied to the Devil, and it seems he has little intention of holding up his end of the agreement by keeping her alive. If they can survive this, then maybe they’ll have a chance.

Tierce Japhrimel is an A’nankhimel, a fallen demon who has tied himself to Dante. He too has bargained with Lucifer, but he still remains a fallen. His sole purpose is Dante’s protection, and he plans to keep her alive with or without her agreement. As Japh assembles a team to aide in the search for the demons, their fight to fulfill their deal begins. When you’re dealing with the Devil each day can feel like an eternity.

The Devil’s Right Hand is the third book in the Dante Valentine series. Having been betrayed by nearly everyone she’s trusted, putting her faith in Japhrimel is not an easy task for Dante. As the oldest son, and previous assassin for Lucifer, Japh has given up everything for the love of Dante and needs for her to believe in him. Together they’re a powerful team, but Dante’s inner battle with doubt puts a strain on their relationship and leaves her open to dangers that she alone won’t live to tell about. With the introduction of fascinating new characters, Ms. Saintcrow moves the series forward with a dangerous new task for Dante. The action is fueled by unpredictable danger at every turn, and the mounting secrets lend a volatile element to this mysterious tale. To really enjoy the full impact of the Dante Valentine series, and the relationship between Dante and Japhrimel, I would strongly suggest reading the two previous books.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews

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