Thu 25 Sep 2008
I’ve reviewed two of Lilith Saintcrow’s other novels here before. Yes, strangely enough, that appears to be her real name. She writes urban fantasy and the occasional high fantasy novels; the Dante Valentine series, of which I’ve reviewed the first novel, appears to be complete in five volumes. Her Steelflower series (review here) has just begun; and she has a YA series entitled “Strange Angels” due to hit next year, I believe. She also has a novel she’s serializing on her website; entitled Selene and found here, it’s about a couple of characters who show up in the Dante Valentine series. (Free Book on the Internet alert!) They have a prequel novella entitled “Brother’s Keeper” in the Hotter than Hell anthology; the serial is updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s got an adult content advisory, as Selene is a sexwitch, by the way.
Dante is a Watcher (no relation to Dante Valentine); they’re members of Circle Lightfall who aren’t Lightbringers (roughly, Good Witches) but who watch over the Lightbringers both while they are outside of Circle Lightfall, and after they’ve been offered membership to Circle Lightfall. Dante’s been assigned to Theodora (Theo) Morgan, who is a rather powerful green witch (plants and healing); the Crusade is in town, and they’re after her. (The Crusade, of course, is a bunch of zombie knights who hunt down witches and kill them, whether they’re good witches or bad witches. They were originally a secret branch of the Catholic church, but now they’re evilly independent.) Can Dante keep Theo alive? (more…)