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Quote of the day: “I’d have been dead a long time ago if not for my friends, one of whom had just jumped off the cliff after me.
I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Monday, July 12, 2010

Review: To Hell and Back (Dante Valentine, book 5) by Lilith Saintcrow

To Hell and Back (Dante Valentine, #5)To Hell and Back by Lilith Saintcrow

Published:January 1st 2008
Final Book in the Dante Valentine Series

My rating:
-This book is one you don`t want to miss!

“The Devil doesn’t believe in killing you, if you can be made to serve.” (p. 1)

Plot. Counterplot. Betrayal. Intrigue. When you’re working for the Devil, it’s all par for the course. You just have to live with it. Right?

Wrong. When you’re Danny Valentine and the Devil double-crosses you one too many times, there’s only one thing to do.

Fight back. No matter how hopeless it is. No matter how suicidal it is. No matter how far the game is rigged in the Devil’s favor.

I don't want to give away too much, but this book is filled with so much action and suspense, it just blew me away. I don't know what to say without giving away too many spoilers, so I'll cut it short.
My Thoughts:
To Hell And Back is the Fourth and Final book in the Dante Valentine series by the amazing Lilith Saintcrow.
I'm a somewhat longtime reader of Saintcrow, and her books are always packed with a punch.
Six hundred years into the future, in a post-Apocalyptic world that knows of demons and all other supernaturals, Dante Valentine is fighting the devil himself. When Lucifer captured half-demon and powerful necromancer Dante, he did torturous things to her before dispatching her back to the mortal world in a Alley to live or die. At first Dante doesn't remember anything about her time in hell, which for any person, would be what you want. But Dante gradually recalls enough. And she is afraid. Very afraid. She learns also that in her absence, Japh has been tearing apart the world looking for her, and he has declared rebellion against Lucifer. When Japhrimel (Japh) finds her and see's what has been done to her, all hell breaks loose. Literally.

Throughout the book Dante is emotionally haggard. She's been through too much and is confused with her life. I just want Japh and Dante to be happy and have a somewhat normal life, but that will never happen in the world they live in. As for Eve, I didn't mind her, but I was glad to see it ended the way it did with her. Dante needs support and love, and that's hard for her to find with just anyone. Japh is that person. Japhrimel, a fallen demon, is one of the best character created in fantasy novel. I love him.

Lilith throws curve balls right until the last chapter.
I really loved this series, I hated to see it come to an end. I felt as if it hasn't ended, even thought it obviously was. I just wish we could have had another few chapters or even better, another book.
It would have been nice to have learned a bit more about Japh and his past, and why Japh fell for Dante. What happens next with
the two, etc. But if you have started this series, then you have to read this book. It is a great closing book in a powerful series. I immediately went on
to reading her Jill Kismit series after finishing this, and was also blown away by it's performance! I really enjoyed her Dante series by her Jill Kismit is my new favorite. Lilith Saintcrow is one heck of an writer!

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JenM said...

I started with Jill Kismet first and loved it, so I've recently given Dante a try. I've read through book 2, but I find a need a break between them because they are so action packed. I didn't actually read your review since I don't want any spoilers, but I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and really looking forward to the next Jill Kismet which I believe is due in October or so.

Natasha said...

hehe Glad you like her Jill Kismet series as well! Good luck with this series!

my valentine 2011 said...

the book Dante is emotionally haggard. She's been through too much and is confused with her life.

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