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I started reading this series a little while ago. But, after I finished the second book, I decided to take a break and only read the third one when it was closer to the release of the fourth. That way I would not have to wait so long to get my fix of Jill Kismet’s world. So, here is my review of The first 3 Books of the series. I will be reviewing Book 4 soon =)
“Even if the body is patched up after something like that, the psyche shivers and jolts like a junkie doing cold turkey. The human animal isn’t built to take this type of damage and live, and it can shake certain floor-deep bits of your mental furniture around and around until you’re no longer sure who you are.”
In regular Lilith Saintcrow fashion, this series is pretty dark. Jill had an extremely difficult and traumatizing past on the streets, but her mentor Mikhail helped her turn into the hunter she is today.
“I duly swear myself to the service of the citizens of Santa Luz, to protect and to succor. I swear to act without fear or favor, to protect the innocent and to safeguard the living. I swear to be honest and true, to be a servant of the law, and to do my best each and every day, so that the citizens who place their trust in me are well and truly served by the power of Justice.”
As a Hunter, Jill hunts the things that go bump in the night. Hell breeds, Traders, Scurfs (slimy and creepy sort of vamps) and much more, she also serves as the connection between the human law enforcement and the nightside.
This is my favorite series of Lilith’s. Though I do enjoy some darkness, too much can be too much. In my opinion she has a found a great balance between darkness and lightness in this series and that lightness has a name. His name is Saul, a “domestic” werecougar. Don’t get me wrong, he is as tough as nails, but he is quite domestic and a great cook.
Jill and Saul’s romance is not the center of the series and it is not even mentioned in each book’s blurbs. However, I find that without it, I wouldn’t have read book 2.
Saul is the Ying to Jill’s Yang. I love their relationship and how their partnership has grown throughout the books. For that reason, “Redemption Alley”, Book 3, was not my favorite book in the series, since Saul only shows up through phone calls. In my eyes, he is just as much a lead character as Jill is and he needs to be there to keep her in check most of the time.
“Someone’s trying to kill her,” Theron was saying. “Maybe more than one someone.” This is news? I wanted to say, but darkness closed over me, my brain finally having enough and shutting off. The party was over."
I like Jill’s voice through this series, her dark sense of humor and the fact that she doesn’t take herself too serious, aid her in being a more likable character. Her loyalty to her city and her people, balance out her ruthlessness and sometimes even bitchness pretty well. Her imperfections make her more human and definitely more easily relatable.
I definitely recommend this series to Urban Fantasy fans out there. I am sorry my dear Smut Sister, not Smut for you in this series. Though I guarantee there is a lot of bloody action to satisfy anybody’s bloodthirstiness.