The first book in Saintcrow's new
urban fantasy series is a gritty,
violent and utterly compelling twist
on a now-familiar trope. Jill Kismet
is, above all else, a survivor, and it
is her story that will haunt readers
long after the blood, gore and demons have faded into memory.

Jill is a hunter. Instead of animals, though, she hunts hellbreed and other things that go bump in the night. Possessing superhuman strength and sight thanks to a deal with the local hellbreed in power, she finds herself pulled into a maelstrom of violence and gore -- over and above the usual, that is.

Fortunately for Jill, she has good people at her back -- including the enigmatic Saul Dustcircle, a werecat who's not only able to keep her grounded, but who's also one heck of a good cook. With Saul's help, Jill is able to track down the hellbreed and rogue Were who have wreaked violence upon not only the civilian population of Jill's territory, but on the police department as well. (Orbit, Jul., 352 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs