Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
Guest Review by: aprilp999
by Lilith Saintcrow
The best way to describe either Night Shift (Jill Kismet Series) or any of the Dante Valentine Series is that it’s like combining JR Ward, Laurell K Hamilton, and Nalini Singh all wrapped up with Sci-Fi wrapping paper. When I first read anything by Lilith Saintcrow (The Dante Valentine Series) I was extremely put off by the new vocabulary she uses, but as I continued reading, it only took a couple of times looking at her glossary to get on track. Saintcrow’s style of writing is so good that if you didn’t have the glossary you could still probably figure everything out. I can also see how a person would be discouraged from reading her books because of her use of pentacles in the cover art and storylines that include sex with demons or werewolves, depending on which series you’re reading. Those are the only reasons I can imagine that would stop Saintcrow from easily being as popular an author as Laurell K Hamilton or Charlaine Harris.
In fact, as a fan of Kim Harrison myself I can honestly say that I was even more engulfed in Saintcrow’s reality than I think I ever have been before. If you are a fan of sci fi and anything paranormal you really cannot miss out on even one of Lilith Saintcrow’s novels. I wasn’t offended at all once I read what the stories were actually about and the vocabulary only takes a little time reading to understand. The only cons I can think of are that her books do need to be read in order to be understood and her novels tend to lack a certain comic angle that some other authors have. That being said, trust me… when you order the books… order them all at once or you will be sorry.
In Night Shift Kismet is a hunter on the nightside surrounded by danger. When I finished reading the Dante Valentine Series I initially thought that Night Shift would be a peek into the opposite world, a hunter who’s job it is to hunt demons and those who deal with them. (Instead of a demon wife running from death). The view points are as opposite as they are in reality. With the only truth depending on whose side you’re standing and where your life lessons have taken you. However, after reading “Night Shift” I now know the two series aren’t related at all (other than being written in the same style). Saintcrow’s characters are gritty and real while at the same time twisting you down a dark path you’ve always wondered about. Her plot lines are anything but predictable and the creation of this future world is the most original thing I’ve ever read. It is truly the perfect blend of paranormal romance and sci fi.
If this review is somewhat vague I apologize, except to say you just have to read the books to understand. Overall, Lilith Saintcrow may be my new favorite author and I’m sorry the Dante Valentine Series ended (even though the ending was perfectly written). I’m looking forward to reading the next two books in the Jill Kismet Series and everything else Lilith Saintcrow writes.