Do you think, if I offer to bear Lilith Saintcrow’s children, she’ll give me the next book and put me out of my misery? I don’t do patient well and given that Working for the Devil just released, I think my wait for the next book is going to be long and painful. *sniff*

If I was a computer hacker, I’d totally be working on access to her computer right now because it seems that she’s got at least 4 of the Dante Valentine books written and is working on a fifth. Bloody hell! And we’re just now getting book one? That’s just not acceptable to me 😉

I haven’t read any of Lilith’s backlist but it appears they’re available for purchase on Amazon. And I will be picking up a couple to try. Also, it seems she collaborated on a comic book, Serafim, with an illustrator and it was just released…oh. Today! Ha, release was set for today.

In doing some research for this post and my own interest, I discovered that Working for the Devil has a soundtrack called Necromantic Overtures created by Bill Efting. It’s available at Cafe Press for purchase and you can listen to some tracks. You know, it occurs to me that Bill probably gets an early peek at Lilith’s books. Maybe if I offer to have his children…

But I digress. I’m sure it doesn’t take a rocket scientist at this point to figure out that I liked the book. “Review” is after the jump.

I enjoy a solid fantasy series with appealing, yet flawed, characters and an uncertain future. Lilith Saintcrow took a world that she’d clearly spent time building (I think some of her earlier books are set in the same world) and made it come alive for readers. The characters are fully drawn and rich, compelling the reader to move further into the book and discover what happens next. The story is fast-paced, entertaining and not at all predictable. The plot is well executed and tight (I stumbled on one small thing I questioned but I can’t even recall what it was now.) This book gripped my imagination and wouldn’t let go until I finished–but even now I want to know what comes next dammit!

Here’s where I think her true talent is really apparant: at the beginning of the book, there are some inevitable questions of comparison between Dante Valentine and Anita Blake because of the Necromancer (raising the dead for questioning by relatives and authorities) aspect (it seems that all new fantasy writers using first person, female have to put up with a comparison to Laurell K. Hamilton, unfortunately) . Any comparisons are very quickly shoved aside and forgotten because Lilith Saintcrow built a world that is all her own, in a voice that tells the story of Dante Valentine in a way that demands you turn the next page.

I’m not the type of reader who writes a detailed analysis in my review of a book (I need to save something in reserve for editing) but I do want to mention how well Lilith Saintcrow painted the characters in this book. I felt as if I was on an emotional journey with them. But here’s why this is especially striking: this book is written in first person, from the heroine’s pov. But the reader still feels they understand the turmoil and pain of the secondary characters as well. And it takes a talented writer to do that in first person, to help the reader really feel connected to the secondary characters. At the end of this book, I felt the ache of the characters and I blame the author for that 😉 She did a superb job of making me care what happened to them and I won’t provide any spoilers but man, do I have a bone to pick with her…

If you’re a fan of dark fantasy, I highly recommend you buy Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow. It was shipping from Amazon early last week so it’s available now. And once you’ve read it, wander over to her blog and let her know how much you liked it. And while you’re there, you might just casually let her know that I really do bear beautiful children…

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