(Jill Kismet, #1)

Jill Kismet. Dealer in Dark Things. Spiritual Exterminator. Demon Slayer.

Not everyone can take on the things that go bump in the night.

Not everyone tries.

But Jill Kismet is not just anyone.

She's a Hunter, trained by the best - and in over her head.

Welcome to the night shift...

“Sometimes you can pick who buys you, and for how much. That's what power really is.”

The story has a lot going on...but it's confusing. Jill is a Hunter, a rare human that fights monsters and hellbreed who walk the earth and sometimes get out of line. Since she's accepted a mark from the master hellbreed of the series, she is tainted but with improved power and survival capacity. The book opens with her grieving her deceased teacher, which is a large part of the current story. Since the killer wasn't caught, I imagine it will play out in most of the books.

Anyway, the body count it wracking up, so Jill and a few werewolves must figure out a strange mystery and work their tails off.

It jumps into action immediately and rarely lets up. The ending wasn't a huge battle - well, it was supposed to be, but with so much action up anyway, the tension level felt the same when the climax finally comes around.

The beginning took awhile to warm up to - I didn't get hooked until after 50 pages, then it was hard to put down.

Jill is similar to Dante, but I like her more so far. She's harsh and hard to take in confrontation - but she seems nice to friends and those who respect her. Like Dante she has a horrible past and is broken.

Perry is deliciously dark - despite my demented side, he's not attractive but he is fascinating. Hard to understand some of the hellbreed structure, though. So much going on, little time taken to explain. I didn't think I'd care much for Saul, but I surprisingly did. I'm curious about some of the stuff developing between him and Jill - hope the author adds a lot of interesting obstacles for them.
I usually dig 3d villains, but the baddie in this one is completely bad and one-dimensional, which surprisingly works for him.

I like the world Saintcrow has created, and her writing rocks, but I don't care for all the excessive cursing. It gets annoying. Blotches of humor are here and there, mainly with food, which adds needed spice to such a dark and brutal story. Actions all over the place, rarely lets up, almost too much so.

Overall an enjoyable, if flawed, intro story to the series.

   Book Quotes:

“I'm getting really tired of bleeding. Someone stop the world, I want to get off.”

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