The pulse-pounding finale to Lilith Saintcrow’s urban fantasy series featuring Dante Valentine.
Dante Valentine has been through Hell. Literally. Her body shattered and her mind not far behind, she’s dumped back into her own world to survive–or not–as a pawn in one of Lucifer’s endless games.
Unfortunately, he’s just messed with the wrong Necromance. And this time she’s mad enough to do something about it.
This time, the Devil will pay.
“Give me the freedom to act in this matter.”
“You’re going to act whether I give you anything or not. You always have.”
“Give me some credit for seeking to change, even at this late hour.”
The Dante Valentine series has been an incredibly rough ride. To Hell and Back is the end to this horrifying journey. Dante has gone through hell, literally, and she has one last thing to do.
After being taken to hell and tortured by Lucifer for months on Earth, and longer in Hell, Dante has had enough. She is left with one thing, one purpose: kill Lucifer. It is the only thing that is keeping her going. It is really her only piece of personality that is left. That is because everything that has gone on has finally broken Dante. She has completely cracked. Dante is barely even functioning. She is in so much pain and just wants everything to be over. She just doesn’t care about anything but Lucifer’s death.
And Japhrimel doesn’t care. It was never about Dante, and his actions show this. He doesn’t care about how she is acting. In fact, he appreciates that she has finally learned to listen to him. She is only listening because she doesn’t care anymore. She is just a piece to move from thing to thing for Japhrimel and Dante alike. She wants everything to be over, not just this contract with Lucifer, which is broken.. she thinks. Japh just doesn’t get any better as a lover. In fact, I think he may get worse still.
There are too many sides to this story. Too many plots that are going on behind Dante’s back. The reason why this isn’t five stars is because Dante has very little to do with the story at this point. And because Japh is proven “correct”, because Dante doesn’t know anything. Not that anyone at all has tried to inform her of anything. They’ve kept her in the dark the entire time. There is just so much going on throughout the book, it is hard to keep up. Mostly because nothing is ever, ever explained.
This has about as good an ending as you can get for a series such as this. There really isn’t anything good or happy about this ending. There couldn’t be, not in a series like this. There really only can be pain. Even though the story is over, nothing is really better in Dante’s life, it is just the one she has to live now. Saintcrow has made it clear the way it is going to be.
I really enjoyed reading the story. It caused more grief than I expected to experience. I am glad I reread it, despite some personal misgivings I had the first time I read it.
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