Jill Kismet is back kicking Trader ass and taking Hellbreed
When her own personal nemesis, the Hellbreed Perry, shows up
bearing gifts, Jill Kismet knows better than to accept
blindly. The gift is a relic belonging to her teacher,
Mikhail, and the last time she saw it his killer was taking
it from around his neck, after slicing him open. Perry wants
something above and beyond her soul this time, and she has
no intention of playing his games. Until he offers her
teacher's killer to her chained on a platter. All he says he
wants is her help in keeping a Hellbreed even more powerful
than himself from entering the world. Even then, her duty as
Hunter is paramount. Nothing can sway
her from doing her best to guard her area of the earth, to
her last breath. But then someone takes the closest thing
she has to a heart, and her duty to the world pales when set
beside the loss that is threatened.
Dark and angry, battle weary, powerful yet vulnerable, Jill
Kismet is a complex hero who kicks ass on a regular basis
but is human enough to connect to the reader. The choices
she must make hit right in the gut, and the plot twists and
turns leaving no clue to the ultimate fate of the hero.
I usually dislike books that leave questions hanging, but
Saintcrow resolves enough of the issues raised to make this
a very satisfying read while whetting my need to know,
enough to have me slavering for the next in the series.
When a new hellbreed comes calling, playing nice isn't an
option. Jill Kismet has no choice but to seek treacherous
allies - Perry, the devil she knows, and Melisande Belisa,
the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are
Kismet knows Perry and Belisa are likely
playing for the same thing--her soul. It's just too bad,
because she expects to beat them at their own game. Except
their game is vengeance.
Nobody plays vengeance like
Kismet. But if the revenge she seeks damns her, her enemies
might get her soul after all...