Hello my awesome readers, and welcome to another Series Saturday! Before we get started, I just want to send out a reminder that my short story, The Legend of Old Jack, is up on Wattpad (FREE to read, but you have to have an account, which is also free :)) in the #TNTHorrorContest. You can read and vote here:
Now, back to the series 😀
The Jill Kismet series by Lilith Saintcrow is one I absolutely love. I had just finished reading the Dante Valentine series by Lilith, and since I love Urban Fantasy, I couldn’t wait to give Jill a go.
She’s tough, and has had a rough go of it, but there was something that drew me to Jill and kept me anxiously awaiting the next book. Each book dug deeper into her world, and showed (not told me) why and how Jill is the way she is.
The secondary characters are strong, and have a pull all their own. Part of the draw to the series was that I wanted to know more about the characters that were around Jill- whether they were the good guys or the bad guys. I don’t always find that pull with series, and when that’s the case I normally stop reading at book three. But, happily, that wasn’t the case with the Jill Kismet series 🙂
When things go bump in the night, I bump back. Hard.
Every city has a hunter — someone brave enough, tough enough, and fearless enough to take on the nightside. Santa Luz is lucky. They’ve got Jill Kismet. With a hellbreed mark on her wrist and a lot of silverjacket ammo, she’s fully trained and ready to take on the world.
Except the world isn’t the problem. The problem is hellbreed thinking they can run her town, and a clutch of nightmarish murders. It looks like a rogue Were is killing his way through Santa Luz, and he’s got help. So does Jill–but help isn’t what this new hunter needs. She needs a miracle. But miracles are in short supply. Better stick with more ammo…
Welcome to the Night Shift…
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…
Some cases are unusual – even for Jill Kismet.
When her police contact asks her to look into a “suicide”, she suddenly finds herself in a labyrinth of deception, drugs, murder — and all-too-human corruption. The cops are her allies, except for the ones who want her dead. The hellbreed are her targets, except for the ones who might know what’s going on. Her city is in danger, time is running out, and each lead only draws her deeper.
How far will a hunter go when her city — and her friends — are on the line?
Just far enough.
Step into Redemption Alley…
The Cirque de Charnu has come.
They will clean out the demons and the suicides, and move on. As long as they stay within the rules, Jill Kismet can’t deny them entry. But she can watch–and if they step out of line, she’ll send them packing.
When Cirque performers start dying grotesquely, Kismet has to find out why, or the fragile truce won’t hold and her entire city will become a carnival of horror. She also has to play the resident hellbreed power against the Cirque to keep them in line, and find out why ordinary people are needing exorcisms. And then there’s the murdered voodoo practitioners, and the zombies.
An ancient vengeance is about to be enacted. The Cirque is about to explode. And Jill Kismet is about to find out some games are played for keeps…
When a new hellbreed comes calling, playing nice isn’t an option. Jill Kismet has no choice but to seek treacherous allies – Perry, the devil she knows, and Melisande Belisa, the cunning Sorrows temptress whose true loyalties are unknown.
Kismet knows Perry and Belisa are likely playing for the same thing–her soul. It’s just too bad, because she expects to beat them at their own game. Except their game is vengeance.
Nobody plays vengeance like Kismet. But if the revenge she seeks damns her, her enemies might get her soul after all…
Jill Kismet is back from the grave in this explosive conclusion to Lilith Saintcrow’s urban fantasy series.
She wakes up in her own grave. She doesn’t know who put her there, she doesn’t know where she is, and she has no friends or family.
She only knows two things: She has a job to do: cleansing the night of evil. And she knows her name.
If you love Urban Fantasy and haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend them. This series is one of the best UF series I’ve come across- it easily sits in the top five on my list.
No spoilers on this one, but I will say that the ending of book four is one of the best I’ve ever read and it had my heart in my throat for a long time. It made waiting for the last book nearly impossible.
So go out and grab these books- you won’t regret it!