Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Review - Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow

Hunter’s Prayer
Jill Kismet, Book 2
Lilith Saintcrow
Orbit Books
September 1, 2008
ISBN# 978-0-316-00176-2

Book Blurb from the author’s website:
Another night on the Nightside…An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.

There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead–again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.

Sometimes, even when you’re Jill Kismet, you don’t have a prayer…

My thoughts:
Jill Kismet is a hunter who exorcises Santa Luz of the dark and deadly. Her job and debts bring her to Perry at the Monde Nuit, a hangout for the damned Traders and hellbreed. It’s a place where even Saul, her partner and lover, would prefer not to visit, but it’s among the places she can usually find some answers. With something on the loose killing prostitutes, Jill needs answers that she believes Perry can give her. It’s a good thing he sees her as an investment, or she might not survive.

Saul Dustcircle is the were-cougar who remains by Jill’s side in the hunt and also in her bed. Sorrows, who worship the Chaldean Elder Gods, have managed to slip into town undetected until now. As something big begins to unfold it’s clear that the mystery behind it won’t be easy to solve, but Saul may know the best place to look for an answer. It’s no place to take Jill and as much as he hates to do it he’s about to trust that Perry will keep her safe. Soon they’ll face a showdown that could end up destroying them all.

This is the second book in the Jill Kismet series. Jill is hunting a killer that police aren’t equipped to handle and soon the hunter becomes the prey. When she’s stripped of her control she’ll have to rely on someone else to be the hero. Ms. Saintcrow does a fabulous job of creating a heroine who has the strength to stand on her own, but has enough flaws to keep her believably human. The action in Hunter’s Prayer is fast-moving, the world is well-defined, and while the romance is always present it never over-powers the dark edge of the storyline. This installment can be read without having read Night Shift, but in order to know more about Jill’s relationships with both Saul and Perry the series should be read in release order.

To learn more about Hunter’s Prayer and the Jill Kismet series, please visit Ms. Saintcrow’s website: Here

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Enchanted by Books said...

ooooooooo this sounds so good! I likey! Great review!

Kimberly Swan said...

Thanks, I think you'd really like it! :)

Unknown said...

I didn't like this one as much as Night Shift but it was still a great read.

Kimberly Swan said...

I need to go back and read Night Shift, but I really enjoyed Hunter's Prayer and can't wait for the next one. :)