Blurb: Another night on the Nightside…An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy.
There’s just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead—again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will.
Sometimes, even when you’re Jill Kismet, you don’t have a prayer…
Review: I had to drop the rating of this second book in the Jill Kismet series because it is just so intensely heavy and dark, it’s really kind of hard to plow through without anything relieving the tension. Generally I can breeze through books, even really intense ones, and not once feel the need for a break. I found myself setting this aside several times just to unwind a bit. There is absolutely no levity or breaks in this story.
The breaks you should be getting, with the romantic parts, just aren’t breaks because there is even a lot of tension and intensity going on there. Not that we really get to see an awful lot of that. I was really thrown off by the fact that this book apparently takes place two years after the first one. By doing that, the author took the easy way out with regards to the relationship between Saul and Jill because the reader never gets to experience it and see how they managed to work things out since how it ended in the first book wasn’t exactly clear or clean on the issue. What interactions they do have leave a lot open and sometimes makes the reader feel like they missed something, like a whole book as the author just assumes the reader will get it or understand some obscure underlying meaning. It just felt a bit off. It doesn’t help that Saul seems more like a obedient puppy following along, rather than a strong partner.
Needless to say, I really wasn’t a fan of this one. I’m not sure I will take the time to read the next one as this falls just a bit too far out of my interest zone with regards to the kinds of books I like, fantasy or no. I think the writing itself is still pretty good, if you don’t mind some of the things that can be frustrating and the unrelieved hopelessness that permeates this, but it just isn’t really what I want or need in a book.