Warning: Cliffhanger (Dead. I’m dead.)
Saint City has always been Dante Valentine’s home. It’s where she grew up, it’s where her dead are buried, and it’s where she learned to hunt.
Now, one call from an old friend will bring her back to investigate a murder too close to home for anyone’s comfort. But the one person she trusted has just betrayed her.
Sometimes revenge is best served demon-hot…
“The air between us was brittle and clear as thin crystal. He was trying so hard to be careful with me.
I’m trying too, Japhrimel. I love you, and I’m trying.
Yet another incredibly difficult book for me to read. It is just so hard to ride along in Dante’s emotional wake, because I pick all of it up and internalise it into my own being. This is the spiritual successor to Dead Man Rising, and less a sequel to The Devil’s Right Hand. It takes place after the third book, to be sure. Yet it is also kind of a break from the story started in the last book. It is kind of filler, but it is so devastatingly emotional that it makes up for it.
There are two things that make this book really difficult.
Japhrimel is still acting like a colossal asshole. He isn’t any better now that Dante is out of danger. Well, she isn’t completely out of danger, but it isn’t an active war zone anymore. He is just completely ignoring her human needs. More to the point, he just doesn’t care about her human needs. He doesn’t like that Dante is human, he doesn’t like he is tied to a human. He just doesn’t care about her.
The second thing is that her best friend is dead. Gabe and her husband Eddie have both been killed after Eddie found a secret that he wanted to release to the entire world, for the good of everyone. Lots of people objected to this release of data, because it would cost them a lot of money. Dante comes back to Saint City to find their killer and make them pay.
Some more things that are interesting to know. In the previous book, Dante made a promise to her god that hasn’t yet come to pass. It comes to pass now, and it isn’t what you expect. It is much, much worse. Also, Gabe asked Dante to look after something for her if she should pass, and Dante accepted. It would be interesting to see where this something goes. The world is just completely amazing still. It is so full of interesting things to learn about. We also learn more about what the tie between Dante and Japh mean, finally. Not much, but it is something. The last book sure is going to be interesting.
However, the strain is getting to Dante. Throughout the course of Saint City Sinners, Dante is slowly crumbling. The person that she was in the start of the series is no longer. She just cannot handle the strain anymore. It has just come to the point where she cannot cope with the things life has thrown at her anymore. Every step of the book, and Dante came closer and closer to losing herself.
And then that ending. Holy shit that ending. Guys, I might have died with the end of this book had I read it while it was still ongoing. That isn’t an ending. I don’t know what to call it, but it wasn’t an ending. I cannot believe it. Impossible to not read the next book directly after this.
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