Lilith Saintcrow Books
This is the book that starts off the whole Watcher series and is a great one if you have heard about Saintcrow's books and don't know where to come into the dance. Here we meet Theo- or Theodora Morgan rather. She has had to deal all of her life with a gift that has moved her from town to town. She is a healer, in fact she is a very special healer. She is a Lightbringer. She just doesn't really know it.
But her ability to heal has gotten her attention – and it is the wrong kind of attention. First of all, she must deal with The Crusade. They want her, like all psychics, dead. But The Dark also wants her, for the power she has from which it can feed. Neither are much of any good news for Theo.
So when a man appears, a tall dark man in black with very nasty looking knives and a grim atmosphere to him, she feels apprehension. He says he is here to protect her – he is a watcher. But can she trust him?
Theo knows she is a healer, but she doesn't know she is a Lightbringer, and may not care. The watcher has his mission, to protect her at all costs. How to convince her that he is there to help before it is too late?
Lilith Saintcrow with this first book in a rich series begins to build her complex world of good and evil. There are organizations that deal with the eternal struggle between Lightbringers and The Dark. The Lightbringers are witches, healers whose very touch can cause a watcher pain. But this watcher has found “his” witch, the one he was meant to protect and bond with.
The dark romance of this story is spell-binding, the characters ones you will want to follow on into the series. The cautious nature of Theo makes the romance all the more anticipatory as we watch her doubts begin to surface and then vanish as time goes on. This is no quick – I knew at a glance he was mine – romance. This is the slow build of a lasting passion, one that will thread through the rest of the series.
Lilith Saintcrow – The One Shots
For most of us who love her books, Lilith Saintcrow is a master at the fantasy series. We have all enjoyed the exploits of the bounty hunter Dante Valentine and hunter of dark things Jill Kismet. We have been along for the ride with Kaia Steelflower as she tries to keep her sword where it can do the most good. We even went along on the adventures of teen survivor Dru Anderson when she finds herself caught up in the world of werewolves and more in the Strange Angels series. But did you know that before these series she wrote quite a few one shot stories that never were part of a series? Here is a quick look at these earlier writings from the talented Lilith Saintcrow.
Unfallen- This book as two shorts stories that were at the very beginning of her career. They deal with the concept of the anti-Christ showing up, in a teenager’s summer camp. So what happens when you discover that a guy you have known since you were kids is actually the anti-Christ? What happens when you fall in love with him? Well worth checking out if you are a big Saintcrow fan.
The Demon’s Librarian – If you find out that demon’s are in your hometown, and they are using the kids as prey, what do you do about it? Well, if you are a librarian you research it, and that is just what Francesca (Chess) Barnes does. Soon she is into it up to her elbows, and in more trouble then she can guess. Lucky for her there is Ryan, a loyal servant of The Order who just happens to be part demon himself. His partner has disappeared and he thinks Chess can help him find him, and Chess knows that Ryan is her best chance at survival and truth. The only problem is - can they survive Ryan’s betrayal by the very organization he has sworn to obey?
The Bannon & Clare Affairs: The Iron Wyrm Affair – This is a truly fun English detective story with a twist as only Lilith Saintcrow could do! It is an England of Victorian sensibilities, but with magic afoot! Our hero Archibald Clare is not only a detective, he is a mentath. This means he can take logic and deduction to such a degree that it borders on supernatural, and he uses it to solve crimes. But someone has been killing off the mentaths in London, and he is the sole remaining survivor. Emma Barton, the prime sorceress of London has protected him so far, but can she prevent his death and together discover who is at the bottom of this treacherous betrayal of Queen and Country? This is a very unique view of a parallel world with a decidedly British turn of events.
Taken – Okay, I bet you didn’t know that Lilith wrote a Harlequin romance! Yes, it is true and as far as I know it is the only time she has done one, unless she has written under another name. But she owns up to this one on her site, so it must be hers. In this very different turn of storytelling for Ms. Saintcrow, we meet Sophie, who is trying to get past a life that once included a violent ex. When vampires kill her best friend her sense of safety is completely shattered, and then she is kidnapped by a shape-shifter and she cannot avoid the sensual feelings he arouses in her. He tells her she is special, a Shaman that can help save his pack. But can she put aside her fears and bond to save their lives?
Well, that is about it for the one off books by Lilith Saintcrow. Yes, I love her series book but there is something special about these early attempts to find her voice. I always find it interesting to go back and read the early books of an author I have come to really enjoy. It gives me a sense of where that writer’s talent came from, and how they worked to get the place they are now. So reading these early explorations into possible concepts by Lilith makes the current series even more interesting. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Dante Valentine: The Complete Series
If you have been following Lillith Saintcrow's writing, you know that she loves to create stories with women who kick but first and ask questions later. Dante is no exception to this rule. Once again we are taken to one of Saintcrow's dark alternate realitites and find ourselves on a ride to hell, with some of the most capable, deadly and yet compelling women characters in today's fantasy. I love the main character in any Saintcrow story, but it seems to me that the secondary ones are what keep me coming back for more. This is a great collection and will make a wonderful gift if you want to introduce someone to her writing. But don't just take my word for it, see what others are saying, like the good folks at amazon.com here:
Necromancer. Bounty hunter. Killer.
Dante Valentine has been all three in her life. But in the beginning, she was a Necromancer for hire. And while she was choosy about her jobs, there were just some she couldn't turn down. Like when the Devil showed up at the door and offered her a deal. Her life - in exchange for the capture and elimination of a renegade demon. But how do you kill something that can't die?
Dante Valentine, one of urban fantasy's hottest series, is compiled into one volume for the first time. Included in this omnibus edition are: Working for the Devil, Dead Man Rising, The Devil's Right Hand, Saint City Sinners, and To Hell and Back.
The Watcher Series
Lilith Saintcrow also writes The Watcher Series which focuses on Elise, a Lightbringer, a witch whose presence helps reduce crime. Lightbringers are protected by Watchers, warriors that are sworn to protect Lightbringers from The Dark.
These books are well written and include lots of action, which I like in a fantasy books. There's also a bit of romance which adds to the appeal of the book.
Books in the series include:
The Society Series
This series centers around Rowan Price, a very powerful female psychic that has the ability to heal minds as well as incite violence. Rowan is a hunted woman because the government wants to use her for their own agendas. The Society is willing to take her in but will she survive attempts on her life so she can join them?
On top of that there's a mole inside The Society that's working to bring it down.
This is a well written action-adventure fantasy series that also includes a bit of romance.
Books in the series include:
Strange Angels Series
This series is about 16-year old Dru Anderson who lives her life traveling the country looking for and killing evil creatures. When Dru's father is attacked and turned into a zombie Dru has to make a decision: spare her father or remain true to her training and kill him, before he hurts and kills others. She chooses the latter but is then targeted by the very creature that attacked her father. Thus begins a life on the run.
This action-adventure series include two other characters: Graves, a young man who also gets attacked by a creature and Christophe, a half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter who claims to be interested in protecting Dru. Can she trust Christophe? Does he have a hidden agenda? These issue sadd to the mystery and suspense of the series.
Here are the books in the Strange Angels series:
A new book titled "Jealousy" will come out on July 29, 2010.
Jill Kismet Series
Jill Kismet is a former prostitute who now hunts and kills demons that crossover into the human realm. In the first book in the series Jill teams up with Saul, a were-cougar that's working with the FBI to track down and kill a rogue werewolf. Together they combine their skills and talents to fine the rogue creature - along the way they uncover (and attract) more problems that they could ever imagine!
Another well written and action packed fantasy series.
The books in the Jill Kismet series are:
Steelflower by Lilith Saintcrow
"Steelflower" byLilith Saintcrow, the first book in the Steelflower Chronicles, was published in 2008. The story centers around Kaia Steelflower, an outcast thief, mercenary, and sellsword of the G'mai or Elvish people. In the book she left her homeland after being shunned because, unlike the all other G’mai people, she has no magic and no twin. In Kaia’s homeland, Elvish twins link for life. Self-exiled, she is satisfied with her life as a sellsword and thief.
However, while acting in her role as a thief, and without even thinking about it, she picks the pocket of a giant barbarian who passes by her as she sits at a bar. This act alone changes the path of her life forever. Although what she steals is a cheap-looking pendant that appears to have no value, she feels strangely compelled to wear it. But there's more to the pendant than meets the eye. You see Kaia's countrymen have been following the barbarian because they want the pendant back. They attack the barbarian and Kaia steps in to save his life. What started out as a simple theft turns into a big mess for Kaia. Accustomed to working alone, she now has a large barbarian following her every step!
To make matters worse, one of the men following them is a prince from her homeland who says the pendant tells him that she is his twin, or adai. The prince joins her retinue, trying to convince her that she is the adai that was fated for him.
From a world building perspective the story was pretty believable. The planet in the story was not named Earth, but, as I read about them fighting with swords and drinking mead, I pictured the action occurring in a medieval setting. The premise of the adai, or twins, is much like a husband and wife on Earth. They are mentally and emotionally linked, feeling each other’s pain, joys, and sorrows. Although there's no explicit sex described in the book there is strong sexual tension between the twins. And although the story is action-filled, violent acts are not described in great detail, making this a suitable read for young or old.
I recommend this book as the first
in a new series. I'm definitely looking forward to more of Kaia’s adventures
and watching the development of her relationship with her twin. Steelflower is
a satisfying story that delivers action, romance, and fantasy.
Note: This book is suitable for teenage readers.
Dante Valentine Books by Lilith Saintcrow
I first starting reading Lilith Saintcrow books when I picked the first book in the Dante Valentine series. Lilith's worldbuilding skills are awesome and drew me in almost from the first page. It's more of a sci-fi world than a world with vampires or werewolves, a refreshing change from the norm.
Here are the Dante Valentine books in order:
Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, Book 1)
Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, Book 2)
The Devil's Right Hand (Dante Valentine, Book 3)
Saint City Sinners (Dante Valentine, Book 4)
To Hell and Back (Dante Valentine, Book 5)
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