Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, book 1), by Lilith Saintcrow

After last Friday’s odd Lilith Saintcrow book, price I thought it would probably be good to read one of her more mainstream publications. This is the first book in a five-book series; the story is apparently complete in those five books. Apparently Lilith Saintcrow is her real name. Seriously, did she have a choice? I think she had to be a writer. She lives in Vancouver, WA, with three kids and a handful of cats, after an army brat’s childhood. Her upcoming series for YAs, Strange Angels, I think was just sold recently and will probably come out in 2010 or so. Other than that, she’s written books in approximately six different series. I’m still waiting for the sequel to Steelflower.

Dante Valentine is a Necromance; she’s able to raise and talk to the dead. Her world is a future version of America, after the parapsychics come out of the closet, so to speak. One day, a demon comes to visit her, and he requests — with the implication that there is no removal — that she come to the Underworld to talk to Lucifer for a bit. She does, obviously, and it turns out that Lucifer wants to hire her to do a job. A demon artefact called the Egg has been stolen from Hell, and since the demon who has it can’t be killed by man or demon, they want her — woman — to go after him. Oh yeah, that, and he killed an old lover of hers. Does she really have a choice? Continue reading Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, book 1), by Lilith Saintcrow