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Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.

Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn't turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life - in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can't die?

Dante Valentine, one of urban ...

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Overview

Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.

Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn't turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life - in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can't die?

Dante Valentine, one of urban fantasy's hottest series, is compiled into one volume for the first time. Included in this omnibus edition are: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil's Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316101967
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 3/7/2011
  • Series: Dante Valentine Series
  • Pages: 1312
  • Sales rank: 260,660
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.

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Dante Valentine

The Complete Series
By Saintcrow, Lilith

Orbit

Copyright © 2011 Saintcrow, Lilith
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780316101967

Book 1

Working for the Devil

CHAPTER 1

My working relationship with Lucifer began on a rainy Monday. I’d just settled down to a long afternoon of watching the holovid soaps and doing a little divination, spreading the cards and runes out on the hank of blue silk I’d laid out, when there was a bashing on my door that shook the walls.

I turned over a card, my lacquered fingernails scraping. The amber ring on my left middle finger sparked. The Devil card pulsed, landing atop a pile of flat runestones. I hadn’t touched it. The card I turned over was blank.

“Interesting,” I said, gooseflesh rippling up my back. Then I hauled myself up off the red threadbare carpet and padded barefoot out into the hallway. My rings flashed, a drift of green sparks snapping and popping down my fingers. I shook them off, frowning.

The lines of Power wedded to my front door twirled uneasily. Something nasty was on my front step. I hitched up my jeans, then reached over and curled my fingers around the sword hanging on the wall. I lifted it down, chucked the blade free with my thumb against the guard.

The peephole in the middle of the door was black, no light spilling through. I didn’t bother looking. Instead, I touched the door, spreading the fingers of my right hand against smooth iron. My rings rang and vacillated, reading the flow of whatever was behind the door.

Oh, gods above and below, I thought. Whatever it is, it’s big.

Bracing myself for murder or a new job, I unlocked the door and stepped back, my sword half-drawn. The blue glow from Power-drenched steel lit up my front hall, glimmering against the white paint and the full-length mirror hung next to my coatrack. I waited.

The door creaked slowly open. Let’s have some mood music for effect, I thought sardonically, and prepared to sell myself dear if it was murder.

I can draw my sword in a little under a second and a half. Thankfully, there was no need to. I blinked.

Standing on my front step was a tall, spare, golden-skinned man dressed in black jeans and a long, black, Chinese-collared coat. The bright silver gun he held level to my chest was only slightly less disconcerting than the fact that his aura was cloaked in twisting black-diamond flames. He had dark hair cut short and laser-green eyes, a forgettable face and dreamy wide shoulders.

Great. A demon on my doorstep, I thought, and didn’t move. I barely even breathed.

“Danny Valentine?” he asked. Well, demanded, actually.

“Who wants to know?” I shot back, automatically. The silvery gun didn’t look like a plasgun, it looked like an old-fashioned 9mm.

“I wish to speak with Danny Valentine,” the demon enunciated clearly, “or I will kill you.”

“Come on in,” I said. “And put that thing away. Didn’t your mother ever teach you it was bad manners to wave a gun at a woman?”

“Who knows what a Necromance has guarding his door?” the demon replied. “Where is Danny Valentine?”

I heaved a mental sigh. “Come on in off my front porch,” I said. “I’m Danny Valentine, and you’re being really rude. If you’re going to try to kill me, get it over with. If you want to hire me, this is so the wrong way to go about it.”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a demon look nonplussed before. He holstered his gun and stepped into my front hall, peeling through the layers of my warding, which parted obediently to let him through. When he stood in front of me, kicking the door shut with one booted foot, I had him calculated down to the last erg of Power.

This is not going to be fun, I thought. What is a Lord of Hell doing on my doorstep?

Well, no time like the present to ask. “What’s a Lord of Hell doing on my doorstep?” I asked.

“I have come to offer you a contract,” he said. “Or more precisely, to invite you to audience with the Prince, where he will present you with a contract. Fulfill this contract successfully, and you will be allowed to live with riches beyond your wildest dreams.” It didn’t sound like a rote speech.

I nodded. “And if I said I wasn’t interested?” I asked. “You know, I’m a busy girl. Raising the dead for a living is a high-demand skill nowadays.”

The demon regarded me for maybe twenty seconds before he grinned, and a cold sweat broke out all over my body. My nape prickled and my fingers twitched. The three wide scars on my back twitched uneasily.

“Okay,” I said. “Let me get my things, and I’ll be happy to attend His Gracious Princeship, yadda-yadda, bing-bong. Capice?”

He looked only slightly less amused, his thin grim face lit with a murderous smile. “Of course. You have twenty minutes.”

If I’d known what I was getting into, I would have asked for a few days. Like maybe the rest of my life.



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  • Posted April 26, 2011

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    Good idea, but lacking...

    I enjoy women that kick butt! However, I could not get past the endless made up words for her made up world, in addition to the adjectives straight from a thesaurus that I constantly had to look up. The tales were great, good plot, good characters, lots of action, but I hated the whiney main character! Lastly, I didn't get a good sense of closure at the end of the series, it was lacking something vital for a Happily Ever After...I kept waiting for Dante to wake up from her stupidity and have a great mind blowing moment of clarity, but no such luck. I will not be reading this author again. I didn't care for her writing style. I had difficulty figuring out who was talking, and what they were talking about because she would go into a lengthy discussion about the person's inner dialogue or setting right in the middle of a discussion and I would have to go back to find the actual spoken words to figure out what the other person was responding about. In addition to the outward dialogue was an endless stream of inner dialogue that was annoying and never progressed very far. Lastly, the descriptions of the setting were distracting from the actual visualizing of it in my head because I was constantly trying to figure out what she was talking about. Using made up words along with the most obtuse adjectives she could find left me wanting to just skip it and get to the point, but often just left me confused.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    You get Sucked in and then Nothing.

    Books 1 and 2 were awesome. I wish I could have stopped after that. I can understand a heroin being confused about loyalties when dealing with Lucifer and his Demons. But how many times does it have to be proven that Japh is on her side for her to believe it. This heroin whined throughout books 3,4, and 5. I only read the remaining books to see what happened to Japh. I don't think Dante is good enough for Him. She started out as a likeable character and then turned into a whiny complaining little brat. With each book it just got worse and worse and I actually skipped full sections of pages just to get to the end. Don't start reading unless you are one who can walk away from a series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Liked the first two, then wanted to punch Dante in the face.

    Read the first book and enjoyed it, so I figured I'd go for the set and read 'em all. BIG MISTAKE. Liked the second book, but by the middle of the third book, I wanted to punch Dante and pretty much felt that way the rest of the series. At first, I felt that the Dante character had such potential for growth and depth as she learned more about her demon powers and the way her life was changing. Instead, she was like a spoiled, petulant and extremely stubborn child. Honestly, by the end of the series, you'd think Japhrimel would choose a life of wasting away without his hadeira over putting up with her whiny, self-absorbed a$$ for eternity. So, while other characters in the series are interesting, the main character is NOT, which, ultimately, makes this series kind of a drag to read. I also like the setting the author has created for this series, which makes me wonder if some of her other books might be worth reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    I like Japh...Dante not so much

    I just finished books 1-5 of the Dante Valentine series and I have to say I like Japh's character, but Dante WOW really! She is the lead female of the story, and she is just NOT bright. About every 100 pages or so she betrays the one person who will protect her no matter what - Japh.

    And so many times she would say to Japh I just want you to talk to me...and then he would start to tell her something and she would tell him to shut up. Really!

    I continued reading the series because I was hoping for some character development for her. There were glimmers here and there, but no true growth. I am sorry to say that was a miss for me in this book. How rich could the story have been had Dante been developed a bit more so her and Japh could have fought Lucifer as a united front?

    Aside from the above, I do like the world that was created for Japh and Dante. Some of the other characters had some good depth. And the story did move along well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    I bought the massive complete series after reading the first few

    I bought the massive complete series after reading the first few chapters at the store, It seemed like an interesting story and it was big enough to keep me occupied for a while, I'm a book addict,lol. Once I got home, however, my opinion changed. I still think it seems like an interesting story, but I'm not crazy about her writing style. I've only read the first book, and had to nearly make myself finish it, there were parts that I really liked, but so many other parts that were so hard to follow, not understanding alot of the made-up words and her not explaining what the hell they were. The main character semed like she could be really awesome, but theres something that I cant really pinpoint about her thats just lacking. And after reading everyone elses reviews, and them saying the first two were the BEST!? I really dont think I can read the rest. I might just cut my losses and take it to a used bookstore to trade in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Agree with lots of the reviews

    I am well read ( just saying ) yet I had to use the lookup feature in my reader more times in this book than the last 100 books I have read ( not exagerating ) anyway got TIRED OF Dantes constant whining....and then the obscure word did not match the context...confusing....I also kept hoping it would stop .....left book for a long time skipped around....finally decided to finish but was difficult

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

    She always writes riveting stories. The character frustrated me,

    She always writes riveting stories. The character frustrated me, and had to go through trials that are so horrendous it's no wonder the books seem real. I recommend this book bundle.  

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

    loved loved loved

    loved loved loved

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Unstoppable.

    Unstoppable.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Hard to put down.Lot of twists and turns. Leaves You wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Good stuff

    This is good stuff... it gets kinda crazy after book 2 but still fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2011

    Great Books

    Loved this series, Dante kicks @ss! I would love to see another few books down the road with Dante!

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    ...not the suckiest book

    Dante is prettycool..at the beginning, confusing at times. Didnt have me in loove with any of the chracters after the first bk.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2011

    Great+Read

    The+books+have+a+good+mix+of+action%2C+suspense%2C+supernatural+facts+and+humor+thoughout.+The+author+does+a+great+job+of+keeping+you+interested+in+the+story+without+long+tirades+like+some+authors+do%2C+this+adds+to+the+incredible+pace+of+the+books.+I+can%27t+wait+to+read+other+Lilith+Saitcrow+novels.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    She needs to keep going By Provictus

    Dante Valentine Rocks. Through the entire series I wished I were her. Cool, intelligent, good example of a contemporary kickass woman.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

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    one of the best

    This book is huge, but dont let that scare you away. It is amazing! Im actually really sad its over and will most likely read it a few more times. i love all the characters especially Japh.

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  • Posted April 28, 2011

    not the best ...

    before i bought this book i read the strange angels series and i loved it! i thought since the dante valentine series was by the same author i would like it too,but i hated it. the series was really slow and all of the f bombs got on my nerves! there wasn't 1 page when she didn't say the word f**k!!! i couldnt wait to get this book over with it but once i got up to the hundreds i just stopped reading! horrible book! i wouldnt suggest it to anyone!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2011

    This series definitely was able to keep my attention

    I did enjoy reading this series but I will say that the main character is a little whiny for my tastes. Also the relationship between Dante and the demon, although very attention grabbing, is a little frustrating. Overall though, I would recommend this series to others.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    Japh is amazingly beautiful

    I love this series..if there were only more...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2011

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