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Hunter's Prayer (Jill Kismet Series #2)

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

an enjoyable paranormal thriller

Jill Kismet is a hunter a human who kills the creatures of the nightside evil beings who wish to destroy mankind. The local police are not equipped to deal with such beasts so they hire her when it looks like the supernatural committed a heinous crime.---------------...
Jill Kismet is a hunter a human who kills the creatures of the nightside evil beings who wish to destroy mankind. The local police are not equipped to deal with such beasts so they hire her when it looks like the supernatural committed a heinous crime.------------------- She is called in to examine a body of a prostitute in which all the internal organs are gone and it looks like someone took out chunks of the victim to eat. Jill learns that others were found in the same condition. In between looking at dead bodies and trying to figure who or what killed them, Father Guillermo calls her to do an exorcism on seminary student Oscar. She is successful in pulling the demon of his body, but she later learns he is a Sorrrow a human who worships the Chaldean Elder Gods. If Sorrows are in Kismet¿s city, she is prepared to deal with them because she uses a hellbreed¿s mark, which gives her powers that originate in Hell. Jill discovers an old enemy is in town the Sorrow who killed her mentor and she learns that a rebel Sorrow is performing a ritual that will allow the Nameless, Destroyer of Babies and Eaters of Worlds God to cross into our real unless she can locate and stop the evocation.------------------- As usual, Lilith Saintcrow writes an entertaining, action-packed urban fantasy loaded with strange dark and evil monsters. Her Hunter world is grim yet hopeful as creatures of myths, legend and the night roam the earth. The heroine uses evil powers to fight for the better good and protect the innocent in a sort of fight fire with fire manner. Jill¿s romantic feelings for a were-cougar embellish an enjoyable paranormal thriller.------------------ Harriet Klausner

posted by Anonymous on August 1, 2008

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Enough of the formula, already!

Jill Kismet is a Hunter dedicated to overseeing the welfare of the citizens of Santa Cruz, protecting them from things that go bump in the night - things the police can't handle. Her companion and back up is a were cougar named Saul, and her constant nemesis is a hellbr...
Jill Kismet is a Hunter dedicated to overseeing the welfare of the citizens of Santa Cruz, protecting them from things that go bump in the night - things the police can't handle. Her companion and back up is a were cougar named Saul, and her constant nemesis is a hellbreed named Pericles. He seems to have something special in mind for Jill, but as yet, neither Jill nor we readers are quite sure what.

Jill is a tough, kick-ass heroine, and there's plenty of action. The author is a good story-teller and I really appreciate her ability to make the reader care about the emotional lives of her main characters. I came to this series after reading the Dante Valentine novels (which I preferred), and my main criticism is that the author has become very repetitive. Both Dante and Jill nearly die at least three times per book (even the injuries are the same - crushed ribs, knocks on the head, a crushed throat), so by the time the final confrontation between good and evil arrives, it's pretty anti-climatic. Even many phrases of dialogue occur repeatedly through the series as though lifted from a template with no effort to even rephrase.

It's too bad, because at times the author comes up with striking visuals and emotionally wrenching moments. I'm giving up on this series, however, because she doesn't seem to care about developing unique characters that change and grow. My impression is that Ms. St. Crow has a lot more potential than she's willing to show. Because so much of the material is a rehash, I'm only giving this book a 2.

posted by Maine-Girl on June 28, 2011

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