The fifth book in the Jill Kismet series cranks everything up to 11, and it’s one of the best books in the series — despite the cliffhanger ending. Saintcrow is a visceral writer who keeps the plot going at a frenetic pace.
There are strange things happening in Santa Luz and Jill isn’t happy. First Perry shows up with an artifact that belonged to her mentor. He also tells her that he has another present for her: in the form of the Sorrow that killed Mikhail, Melisande Belisa. Things go downhill from there. Someone seems to be trying to bring a new hellbreed over, and they’re willing to go to any lengths to do so. Are Perry and Belisa in cahoots, or is Perry’s hellbreed superior really looking to replace him? Jill’s got to find out what’s going on — it’s her soul that’s on the line. (ORBIT, Nov., 350 pp., $7.99)
Natalie A. Luhrs