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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Night Shift - Lilith Saintcrow

Read for the RIP IV Reading Challenge.

Jill Kismet is a Hunter, trained to keep regular humans safe from Hellbreed. It’s not an easy job. Her teacher was recently killed, and she’s made a deal with one of the local hellbreed leaders that gives her great power, but may be her undoing. In the midst of this, a whole bunch of bodies start to turn up, and Jill’s in for quite the ride to figure out what’s going on.

This is a quick, serviceable, blood and guts urban fantasy story featuring plenty of demons, Weres, and a whole lot of blood. I was reasonably well sucked in by the story, and while there was some back story told in flashbacks, I really wish I’d had a better introduction into the world of this book. I never thought I’d feel like begging for more exposition, but I didn’t have a good feel for the ultimate motivations of the supernatural characters in this book, and it made it a little hard to get into at first. The personal relationships saved it by the end, but it was a close thing for a little while there. I’ll definitely continue the series to see where the personal relationships go, and hopefully I’ll enjoy the world while I’m there, but it definitely won’t be my primary motivation to seek out more books in this series.

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