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Another night on the Nightside...An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy. There's just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead--again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will. "Sometimes, even when you're Jill Kismet, you don't haveAnother night on the Nightside...An ancient evil looms over Santa Luz. Prostitutes are showing up dead and eviscerated. And Jill Kismet just might be able to get her revenge against an old enemy. There's just one problem. Someone wants Jill dead--again. And if they have to open up Hell itself to kill her, they will. "Sometimes, even when you're Jill Kismet, you don't have a prayer..."...

Title : Hunter's Prayer
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ISBN : 9781841497075
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Number of Pages : 329 Pages
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Hunter's Prayer Reviews

  • Meigan
    2019-04-08 21:58

    Well now, Pericles. Just as Jill asked herself about a dozen times, I too will ask the question - what exactly are you, Perry? He's certainly not what he appears to be, his bland demeanor is just a mask. Literally and figuratively, he uses it to cover up his true nature. Nobody would suspect "bland" Perry as being overly powerful, which is why he appears as he does. I'm really eager to learn in the coming books about what and who he really is. I really like that slippery hellbreed, even if he did pop a creepy boner. Jill wondered if it's forked, I would also like to know. Forget spooning, I'd like to see Pericles do some forking :)I will describe this book in two words - noisome and runnels. If those two words strike you as being on the unappetizing side, well then you would have an idea of some of the more gruesome elements of this book. Prostitutes, mostly pregnant ones, are found murdered and disemboweled, their organs and entrails missing from every murder scene. There is also a creature on the loose who may or may not be connected to the prostitutes. Jill finds herself in heaps of trouble trying to figure this one out, there were several times where I thought that this surely is the end of Kiss. One thing I liked about this installment was that we got to see the insecure side of Jillian Kismet. She finds herself questioning not only why Saul wants to be with her, but also when he will leave her. She's used to being abandoned, and sure enough she isn't over that issue. Having Jill show a little weakness really added some humility to her otherwise tough as nails, "I run this city", persona. It made her more likable, even though I like her with out without human weakness. The ending was definitely interesting. I hope the next book expounds on that a bit. It's not quite a cliffhanger, but it does get you wondering about what happens next.

  • Denisa
    2019-04-12 23:05

    I couldn't get into it.It's not that it was bad or anything, but it just didn't make me want to read more. I got to about 40% and decided that I wanna read something else. So on I go!

  • Ahrcadia the Duck Tamer
    2019-03-20 20:56

    One word: Pericles. And I thought that I was in love with him in Night Shift! Damn, that man, er, hellbreed, is hot! I never knew that Prince Charming had a scaly tongue, but hey, I'm experimental ;)Loved the story, and I didn't feel nearly as sorry for the bad guys in this book as I did in the first. That was so sad, but this was just good ol' vengeance, exactly how I like it. Looking forward to reading the next installment, which is currently languishing somewhere in my room, but I have to finish my challenge books first. I know, it's always the challenge books D: Whatever.And someone needs to take away Jill's guns.

  • Marianne
    2019-04-09 22:08

    The second installment in the Jill Kismet series was as good, if not better, than the first. In fact, I loved it. This is dark fantasy, really dark and gruesome. Young prostitutes are found mutilated and half eaten, their entrails gone, their eyes missing. They've been taken by an unknown type of beast; so strong that even Jill,with her hellbreed strength gets herself in serious trouble when she tries to fight it. And to top things off, the Sorrow that killed her mentor, Mikhail, is back in town. Not a good day to be a Hunter, indebted to a demon and with a cat that wants her to take a vacation.Wow! Lilith Saintcrow has done the impossible. She's made me fall in love with a were! Normally they're my least favorite supernatural. I tolerate them, but love them? Never! That is, until Saul. He's just the sweetest, most protective,most romantic kittycat. E.V.E.R. The things he says to her almost makes me wish I was a cat person. He's so good to her, kind, tolerant, overprotective and jealous in the sweetest way. Always bumping into her. Who wouldn't fall for a guy who says "Loved you the first moment I saw you, kitten. Covered in muck and swearing at the top of your lands. God, you were a sight". Ah, yes, I'd definitely say yes to an under the moon ceremony with a were like him. He's obviously very good for Jill. She's still so broken at a fundamental level. Alway second guessing herself. And that stupid, stubborn streak... That being said, their relationship is not the focal point of this novel, the crimes are.But alas for Jill, she's also tied to the secretive, perhaps not so lowly after all, hellbreed, Pericles. Another reviewer called him Prince Charming with a scaly tongue and that title suits him perfectly. Perry is an enigma both to us and to Jill. There's no doubt he's evil, but the way he portrays himself is decidedly creepy. First of all, his exterior is that of a bland businessman, while all the other hellbreeds are stunningly beautiful. Over the course of the book he also displays powers that transcend what a hellbreed of his caliber should be able to perform. I just have this sneaking suspicion it takes a very powerful demon indeed to disregard the outer trappings of power the way Perry does. We know he is prideful, because there are at least two occasions where that is made abundantly clear. First when Jill comments on that unpretty face of his, as well as their final confrontation. I'm utterly fascinated by this creature, trying so hard to seduce her with phrases like having her at his right side, wrapping her in silk if she'd let him, sporting a quite sizable boner, but at the same time threatening to break her. I need to know what it is he wants from Jill. At the end of the book, I nearly felt sorry for the bastard. No doubt, he'll be back stronger than ever, being played like that must have been downright humiliating. And I for one will be happy to see him return. I think he's the most perfect, scarily seductive little mofo hellbreed I've ever had the pleasure of reading about.

  • Cyp
    2019-04-05 15:03

    The rating is harsh, but i must say that the reading process was rather painful.EXCESS inner commentating, a not-so-dominant Were lover, too much focus on one single thing- which was the case, and at places too unrealistic.The fact that her lover, Saul, was passive and a by-stander when she kicked hellbreeds' butts was pissing enough. And with the seriously annoying, braggy inner commentating on Jill's part scrawled over more than half the pages was really pushing it. The final straw was the cases were all so gruesome and repetitive(continued from the first book) that i was immune to it even before i finished half the book. I initially was feeling a little sorry for the victims, but after the what, 10th case i just shut the book and was like ah heck..this is wasting my time. And chugged it aside. For weeks. I even renewed my library loan and couldn't finish it on time cause i was seriously getting bored of it. And weeks later, i sit here writing this review cause i was reluctant to even think about it before.I'll give you the quick gloss over till the part i stopped(as much as i can remember anyway): She was tracking a hellbreed, or meeting one, and fought(with a lot of lame comments in her head again). Then went to Saul who was smoking cigar in the car. Jill gave him some commands(yes, SHE gave HIM commands and he didnt even show bristle with irritation or sth..ANYTHING.) and they drove off. No lovey dovey parts to soften the grim and emo world she lives in. She gets case after case after case from her police contact. After case. All of the bodies left along roadsides, all bloodied beyond recognition, but most of them miraculously having one fingerprint undamaged on that one finger pad for ID-ing. Well that's convenient. And i ended when things started to get interesting(just i minor spark of the brewing plot, but still boring to me)- the church was hiding something from their protector, which was her. She got pissed, almost hit the priest and left. Yep, i stopped there.I liked Saintcrow's Strange Angels series, but this one fell REALLY flat in comparison. Tho her habit of excess inner commentating was omnipresent, the plot pretty much saved everything. But just...sigh..I dont know, i've got nothing nice to say so i'll just stop here. When i remember something then i'll update this review. If not, i'll end off with: I am NOT going to continue reading this series.Period.

  • Elizabeth Dawson
    2019-03-21 21:12

    Let me start by saying how much I really love Lili Saintcrow. Really. I think she's fabulous. That being said, I don't think this particular series is that great. I started the book, and then kept starting (and finishing) others because I just wasn't that interested in this one-- it probaby took me 8 or 9 days to finish it.Jill isn't as likeable as Lili's other big heroine, Dante Valentine. That may be an unfair comparison, but... there you go. They are both kind of ridiculously hard on themselves emotionally, but Jill--although her attachment to Saul seems more human-- also has an oddly clingy side, which feels squidgy to me. It seems like too sharp of a contrast to the rest of her personality. It just always rings a little false. I like her backstory-- it's really solid and makes perfect sense. Maybe it's too perfectly written-- she never does anything odd. She certainly doesn't have much of a sense of humor. Whatever it is, I just can't really like Jill. I also don't quite get Jill's paralyzing fear of the hellbreeds. I get that they're evil and dangerous-- but she kills them all the time, and she's around them a LOT. That level of familiarity usually wears down fear, and she's a pretty badass chick. Her insane, trembling, disgusted fear just seems way too extreme to happen EVERY time she encounters Perry. She has a nickname for him for chrissake!I'm also not a big fan of Saul-- and with him it is definitely that he's too perfect, and this is a critique of one of my favorite authors (i.e., it pains me to say it). Saul is not a person, he's just this perfect guy who is unfailingly every single thing that Jill needs. He has no depth. Maybe in book 3 we'll see more when we go to see his people, but after books one and two, he's just not a real person. I'd like to add that although I've read that quite a few people seem to believe this is exactly the same world as the Dante Valentine series-- and although it's very similar in tone, level of violence, and level of grittiness, I completely disagree. They are both very detailed, dark, and full of crazy magics & creatures, but not the same magics, and not the same creatures. I really wanted to like these books more than I did. Le sigh.

  • Bookworms
    2019-04-16 23:14

    Oh wow, this book is incredible! If you was fascinated by the first one you will be happy about this one, too. Jill have to fight against a very old and powerful and dangerous being and she can't win without help of Saul and Perry. Perry plays a bigger role in this book and helps Jill more than she want to. But not because he is nice, no. He have his own plan.The story is very fast and full of shoking scene. It's bloody, bestial and nothing for romantic reader. But if you have read the first book you know that this books are nothing for people with weak nerves!The relationship between Saul and Jill is very harmonic and uncomplicated. Jill thinks always that he will leave her but the werepuma Saul don't think about this. He support her in every situation and can't be realy angry with her.The bargain between Perry and Jill isn't that easy. She always balance on the knive's edge when she handle with him. And it's not clear what he will do with her. But in this book it seems that he doesn't want to kill her. But what are his plans with or for her? Nobody knows.Jill is confronted with her past in this book, too. The Sorrow which killed her master is in the city and have to do with the bloody murdering in her town. The whole thing with the murdered prostitute remember her for her own life and past. It isn't realy easy for her.All in all it was a great book. But I haven't weak nerves and can read such bloody scene without any problems. If you like the Anita Blake series or the Dante Valentine books, you would be happy with this one, too.

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-03-20 15:08

    Saintcrow is beyond talented with created dark and gritty Urban Fantasy worlds. Her violent characters are forced to dive over the gray lines and make connections with the purely evil. She crosses grim lines other Urban Fantasy authors don’t cross, which is what makes her books so ridiculously addictive to me.Unfortunately her other series, Dante Valentine, made me hate – hate – hate the protagonist. Jill Kismet is more likeable but she shares some of the dislikable strands. She gets on my nerves more here than the first book but still stays relatively appealing. Her actions don’t always add up in my book, but plots have always been pushed forward by unsavory actions by senseless characters.Saul is present and kind of just there – there’s something flat and almost false about him this time around. Saintcrow did an annoying jump years into the future (she did that twice with the Valentine series too, must be something she likes to do, ugh.) Perry was fascinating as usual, can't really get what he's after fully.The story for this one is more urgent, dark and twisted than its predecessor. I loved the ending, nice twists and it’s certainly a large battle that even Jill herself can’t win by herself. Dark stuff.Overall it was just okay. I expected more because I was ready to leave off on the relationship pitfalls from the first book, but the jump ahead in time squashed that. The story is good but a little muddy sometimes. Not as good as the first, but the series still remains strong and addictive.

  • KatHooper
    2019-04-15 17:07

    “I am not a nice person” — Jill KismetJill Kismet is a Hunter — she keeps her city safe by tracking and destroying the creatures of the Nightside — those things that come out of hell to prey on humans. The cops call on Jill when there’s a crime that seems to involve paranormal beings. Jill takes care of it while the cops cover it up. Jill’s a badass — she can beat up anybody — but she also has some special powers of sorcery and healing which she got by making a bargain with a hellspawn named Perry. Perry keeps Jill alive and in return she gives him two hours of her “time” each month.In Night Shift, the first book in Lilith Saintcrow’s JILL KISMET series (reviewed by Robert), we met all the main characters, but you don’t really need to read Night Shift to understand what’s going on in this second book, Hunter’s Prayer. Saintcrow quickly catches up new readers and Jill is dealing with a new threat to the Nightside this time. Teenage prostitutes are being brutally murdered and eviscerated and their internal organs and eyeballs are being harvested. Jill is called in to solve the crime and it’s soon clear that whatever is killing those girls is after Jill, too. Fortunately Jill’s got backup from her sidekick lover, a werecat named Saul, and Perry’s contributions are keeping her alive.Read the rest:

  • Kati
    2019-04-08 19:12

    2nd in the "Jill Kismet" series. Intriguing plot, a lot of action, some interesting background info on the characters, scary monsters... But!It would have been even a better read if I actually liked Jill, if I could connect with her at some point, if I found her character somehow sympathetic. Basically, she's a bitch - her words, not mine. She's arrogant, volatile, brash and short-tempered. And because she just doesn't think before she acts, she makes mistakes that put her in even less favorable light. And her troubles with Perry don't make her less annoying either because the bargain she made with him brought her super powers that she has no constraints to use but when it comes down to upholding her part of the contract, she's all "woe is me". Very unbecoming. But it's true that Saul made her mellower and she didn't keep on moaning "Mikhail, Mikhail" the whole book long like in part one, so that's a plus. So, as I said, it's too bad that I don't like the main heroine otherwise this book would be near the top of my favorite paranormal books. 3.5 stars but I will bump it up to 4.

  • Jess
    2019-03-19 22:00

    Jill Kismet is a hunter with some extra strength hellbreed abilities. (she's been marked by a hellbreed). In this installment of the series, there is something out killing the local prostitutes. Not just killing them, but slitting their bodies wide open and removing all the organs... Jill has to find out what is doing this before more people die. Of course, she must get in touch with the hellbreed who has marked her. Perry has a vested interest in keeping her alive because he wants her to owe him a little bit more. Saul is ever present (her were boyfriend) and he is more than pissed at the idea of Jill being in Perry's debt.This was a good second book in the series. At time I was frustrated with how stubborn Jill could be, and I could do without the flashbacks but all in all I liked how the story ended. And I didn't see the twist at the end coming. Although, I should probably have suspected it.Can't wait for the next book, Redemption Alley to come out.

  • Zoe
    2019-04-06 23:08

    Stopping at page 70. I enjoyed the first book in this series, but there are simply not enough cuss words in my limited vocabulary to display my rage at the writing in this second outing with Jill "super duper hunter supreme" Kismet.Imagine Angel, Buffy, and Darkside Goth Barbie were somehow combined into one person, and then their brain was removed and replaced with piss and vinegar. That's Jill. She'll spend a lot of time telling you how she's dressed and what jewelry she's wearing right before she jumps into yet another pointless fight. Which she will of course win in less than a page, because she a "suuuuper hunter" and the dark forces of the world are all pussies compared to her.Whatever. Done with this crap, and never coming back. Nice first book, but the second fell in a lake of stupid.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-01 19:51

    Or maybe 4.5 stars, certainly enough to keep me one-more-chaptering until a good bit past my bedtime. Just as Jill is starting to let go of the weight of her mentor's death, her streetwalker past catches up to her with an unusually grisly series of murders of the local prostitute population. If that wasn't more than enough for a solo operative to deal with, her demonic bargain starts to show its true cost. Thank goodness she's not totally alone here, backed up by a shockingly mature and shenanigan-free relationship that actually grows organically instead of zapping fully formed out of some silly insta-love trope (wow, can you tell I've read a LOOOOOOT of overly formulaic UF?). I'm content to continue my series dive, and kinda wondering why I left it so long after enjoying the first book a few years ago.

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-04-09 16:05

    Never before have I really really wanted to like a main character, and yet struggled so much to do so. I spent most of the book wanting to say "Look, Jill, I understand that you've had a really difficult life....but why do you have to be such an ever-loving Bitch all the time???" Optimistically , I am hoping that this aspect of her character improves with time.Secondly....More Perry! Yeah, sure he's an evil demonic hellbreed....but he's INTERESTING!So in summary, I humbly ask whatever god is in charge of meaningless literary prayers....Please, Book #3: Less bitchiness...more Perry. Thank you.(Dropped my optimistic 3 Star Rating down to 2 Stars after reading book #3, only to find that NONE of my hopes were even close to realized)

  • Unwisely
    2019-04-15 20:12

    Look, I still adore Saul like whoa, but I am feeling a familiar rhythm developing. I read the Dante Valentine series and remember enjoying the first one, but as the series went on, the world was just too horrible for me. As in, interesting magic, fascinating divisions, but, man, everything is too grim all the time. Everything is death and torture and awful and no one has a nice home life or a pleasant summer, it seems like. I could watch the news for awfulness, I don't like it in fiction.So I'm still reading, but am worried this will get too dark for me. (You can call me a wuss, I'm okay with that.)

  • ♆ BookAddict✒ La Crimson Femme
    2019-03-21 18:15

    What is it about Perry which is so alluring? He's a sadist yet a masochist too. What does he want with Jill? I like Jill. She reminds me of a phoenix rising out of ashes. This second book in the series continues with the punches. Will Jill ever get a break? She's like Buffy but w/o a Scooby Gang or a watcher. Instead she has a few people who become hostages for her line of work. Does Ms. Saintcrow ever write a book with a bit of good fortune to balance out the depressing darkness? My answer would be ...No.

  • Darcy
    2019-04-18 22:59

    Jill is back and I am happy to see her with Saul. They run up against old enemey who really does a number on Jill. Her interactions with Perry seem to be more intense in this book. But towards the end she does get him a good one. I also love the interaction with Monty and the police. They are funny in that they know the bad things are out there, but are content to let her deal with them. The battle scenes were great. Looking forward to what happens next.

  • Trip
    2019-04-07 15:54

    Wow, that's one messed-up protagonist.

  • Bree Hodges
    2019-04-05 19:17

    I am going to stop this series all together. Honestly this was a DNF for me

  • Tracy Griffin
    2019-03-21 21:07

    I like it

  • Dine Danne
    2019-04-13 15:16

    Jill Kismet, Exorzistin und Jägerin für Übernatürliches, ist nach einer längeren Pause wieder da und wird mit einem hässlichen Fall betraut.Ein junges Mädchen, das ihr Geld mit Prostitution verdient, wird ermordet und bis zur Unkenntlichkeit verstümmelt. Kismet wird hinzugezogen, da die Spuren der Tat nicht menschlichen Ursprungs zu sein scheinen.Bald darauf macht sie Bekanntschaft mit diesem Wesen und kommt nur mit knapper Not mit dem Leben davon.Parallel dazu muss sie sich um eine bestimmte Dämonenart kümmern, die sich in ihrer Stadt breit machen möchte. Da eine der Ihren Jills Meister ermordet hat, stehen diese Dämonen verständlicherweise ganz oben auf ihrer Liste, der To-do-Liste. Dass diese Wesen es wagen, ausgerechnet in der Kirche in Erscheinung zu treten, ist fast schon bizarr.Und selbst der Dämon, mit dem sie ein Abkommen hat, das ihr mehr Stärke verleiht, ist dieses Mal irgendwie in die ganze Sache verstrickt. Kismet ist sich sehr lange nur nicht klar, inwieweit und weshalb ...Seit dem ersten Band ist einige Zeit vergangen, trotzdem hatte ich das Gefühl, es würde nahtlos von Band eins zu Band zwei übergehen.Was sich zwischen Jill und Saul, einem Werpuma, im ersten Teil angedeutet hatte, wurde hier weiter verfolgt. Beide ergänzen sich super und sie sind mittlerweile ein eingespieltes Team was das Jagen von Dämonen angeht.Je weiter die Geschichte voranschritt, umso mehr kristallisierte sich eine große Gefahr auch für Jill Kismet selbst heraus. Ob sie dieser Bedrohung lebend entkommen kann?Die Handlung wurde flüssig erzählt. Die Autorin schaffte es gekonnt, paranormale Wesen mit einem Kriminalfall zu verknüpfen. Dadurch gab es eine Spannung, die sich im Laufe der Geschichte zu einem tollen Höhepunkt aufbaute und mich im Lesen vorantrieb. Trotzdem konnte mich der Roman nicht völlig fesseln, wofür es einen kleinen Abzug gibt.Saul ist bis jetzt mein unangefochtener Liebling dieser Reihe, auch wenn er in diesem Band nur wenige große Auftritte hatte.Was im ersten Teil Jills Zwiegespräch in Gedanken mit ihrem verstorbenen Lehrer war, war in diesem Buch ihre eigene Vergangenheit, mit der sie konfrontiert wurde.Auch diese inneren Monologe wurden kursiv dargestellt und schilderten mir ein wenig von Kismets früherem "Ich". Diese Seite von ihr machte sie in diesem Band auch menschlicher, was mir sehr zusagte.Wie auch schon der erste Band "Dämonenmal" wurde auch dieser Roman aus Kismets Sicht in Ichform erzählt.Aussagen auf Französisch wurden leider nicht übersetzt. Zum Glück waren es nicht viele und die meisten konnte ich mir auch aus dem Text herleiten.Nun bin ich sehr gespannt, wie es im dritten Band weitergeht und wie Jills persönlicher Dämon auf eine klare Ansage ihrerseits reagieren wird.Fazit:Der zweite Teil ist genauso gut wie der erste.Auch diesem Werk gebe ich vier von fünf Sternen.Jill Kismet Reihe:1. Dämonenmal2. Schattenjagd3. Blutige Vergeltung4. Totenzirkus (September 2011)

  • Kt
    2019-03-26 22:03

    The crimes committed against innocents just keep getting worse. Prostitutes are going missing and some are showing up with their entire insides savaged. Since Jill is a former prostitute, this hits home hard as she scrambles to stop the ones responsible. Unfortunately it looks like she is the next target and she keeps getting set up for run ins with a nasty creature that wants nothing other than destruction. Meanwhile Perry is up to his usual mind games and trying to claim her for her own. It will require everything she has to keep him from getting his claws any further into her, as she must protect her city at all costs.The horrors and gore step it up in this book, definitely not for those weak of stomach. However, the worse the crime committed, the more determined Jill is to stop those responsible. She is such a damaged character, yet she never once falters in her duty to protect the innocents of her city. Her entire life could be in shambles, yet she would still give her last breath if it meant stopping one more horror. I understand why there are so few hunters. Being a hunter requires such complete discipline and sacrifice, that it is very rare for someone to be able to give that much of themselves. Sometimes I wonder if Jill is able to do this because she doesn't have any self worth, so she doesn't feel like she really is sacrificing that much in the end. I hope in time she realizes just how much she actually is worth, as her devotion is nothing short of remarkable.I enjoyed the relationship between Jill and Saul. He is her rock and sounding board. She has come to depend on him so much, that it is a wonder that she survived before he came along. There are many times where he is all that stands between herself and falling into damnation, which wouldn't take much due to her "bargain" with Perry. However, until she accepts herself, I think their relationship will be hindered. Since she doesn't have any self-worth, she doesn't really feel she deserves Saul, so she can't fully trust him, as the fear he will leave is too high. I have high hopes for them, it will just take a little work and acceptance.I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one, if not a little more. The dynamic between Jill and Saul really added to the book and allowed a little "happiness" to shine through. I need at least little light in my books, so I was happy to have it in this book despite the absolute horrors and darkness of the rest of it. The ending surprised me, and promises great things for the next book. Definitely a series worth checking out, but I would recommend starting from the beginning to make sure you have enough back story. Very good read!

  • Amy A
    2019-04-03 20:55

    I liked Hunter's Prayer a little bit more than Night Shift. I think it's definitely a book where you need to have read the preceeding book in order to understand the world. Lilith Saintcrow throws the readers into the world with little explanation. It would be very easy to get confused. Hookers have been going missing and / or turning up dead on the streets of Santa Luz. Jill has to find out what is killing these girls in her city. What she finds is something very unexpected, but she wouldn't be Jill if she wasn't throwing herself headfirst into the danger. Hunter's Prayer begins a couple of years after Night Shift. It takes awhile to figure out how long it's been since the first book because Jill does reference the rogue Were from Night Shift. They way she does it, however, makes you realize that it's been quite awhile since that battle. Jill is still with Saul. I really liked their developing relationship and I was glad that they were still together. Since so much time has passed between the first book and the second book, we don't get to see how their relationship has grown we just get to see the aftereffects. Part of me really likes to see the process (as it were) of building a relationship, but Saintcrow does a really good job conveying everything. After all, this is an Urban Fantasy. Not a romance. I do appreciate that she throws the light romance in. I like that she gives Jill someone who truly cares about her and someone she truly cares about. I will say that we get a little leeway in the story of Mikhails murderer. She plays a role in the story, but I don't want to give anything away. I will say that I like Saintcrow's choice in bringing her into the story now. Obviously Jill has a debt to settle with her since she killed her teacher. It's a vendetta that we learned about in the first book. She will get her revenge. Oftentimes, vendettas such as this take a background place in a series until the penultimate (usually last) book in the series. Like we've been working up to it for books and books and finally we get closure. Well, Saintcrow does things a little differently pitting the two against each other briefly in this book. Not saying there won't be more conflict, but Saintcrow started things out nicely. I've tried to read other books written by Lilith Saintcrow in her other series and none of them have grabbed me like the Jill Kismet series. I'm really interested to see where Jill's story goes, I'm just happy I started reading now that it's complete.

  • TJ Fox
    2019-04-18 21:51

    I had to drop the rating of this second book in the Jill Kismet series because it is just so intensely heavy and dark, it’s really kind of hard to plow through without anything relieving the tension. Generally I can breeze through books, even really intense ones, and not once feel the need for a break. I found myself setting this aside several times just to unwind a bit. There is absolutely no levity or breaks in this story.The breaks you should be getting, with the romantic parts, just aren’t breaks because there is even a lot of tension and intensity going on there. Not that we really get to see an awful lot of that. I was really thrown off by the fact that this book apparently takes place two years after the first one. By doing that, the author took the easy way out with regards to the relationship between Saul and Jill because the reader never gets to experience it and see how they managed to work things out since how it ended in the first book wasn’t exactly clear or clean on the issue. What interactions they do have leave a lot open and sometimes makes the reader feel like they missed something, like a whole book as the author just assumes the reader will get it or understand some obscure underlying meaning. It just felt a bit off. It doesn’t help that Saul seems more like a obedient puppy following along, rather than a strong partner.Needless to say, I really wasn’t a fan of this one. I’m not sure I will take the time to read the next one as this falls just a bit too far out of my interest zone with regards to the kinds of books I like, fantasy or no. I think the writing itself is still pretty good, if you don’t mind some of the things that can be frustrating and the unrelieved hopelessness that permeates this, but it just isn’t really what I want or need in a book.

  • Dani
    2019-04-01 17:05

    I liked this book better than the first, although that could have been because I knew where the different species, characters and such fit in. Like the first book, I found Jill's logic a little difficult to follow, with her making connections I just couldn't see, but that might improve with the second reading. The plot was quite dark and the details gruesome, but that doesn't really bother me. In fact, I find it helps me put myself in Jill's place and share her emotions throughout the book, which I love. If I can't really relate to the characters I get bored or frustrated with them. Overall, Jill was her usual kack-ass self, with occasional moments of self-doubt, leading back to her past. I think this just makes her seem more realistic, because really is anyone (anyone likeable, that is) completely sure of themselves? Particularly someone with a harsh, unforgetable past like Jill's. Jill once again shows her commitment and territorialism towards HER city, often taking more on her own shoulders than she should. This obviously leads to trouble, with Perry, Saul and the Weres coming to her aid. I find Saul a little bland but I look forward to seeing his family and learning more about him in the future, hopefully making him seem more real. I also wished there was more focus on their intimate relationship :D I do like a bit of detail. LOLPerry confuses my radar a little, but that could be because I keep expecting him to turn into another love interest, making it your usual love triangle. It's both refreshing and annoying that this isn't the case. LOL, I know, I need to make up my mind.

  • Starfire
    2019-04-03 20:14

    Meh. I quite enjoyed the first book in this series, Night Shift, as an action heroine story that was all the things I liked about the Dante Valentine set, without the incessant angsting and whining that Dante kept on with.Unfortunately, in this instalment, Jill seems to be going Dante's way - lots LOTS more angsting.On top of the angsting, there's also the hyped up blood, guts and gore that several other reviewers have commented on. Yeah - a piece of advice, folks - don't read this one while you're eating, hmmmm?Plus, I started playing buzzword bingo for every time Ms Saintcrow paired the concepts of the sexual pleasure Jill got from her scar (or from Perry directly) with words like "maggot", "slime", "sewage", "rotten" or "rancid". So yes, this is also NOT a book about healthy sexual relationships, kiddies.There was, I think, a semi decent story being told here, and some interesting stuff happening on a character level. But unfortunately, my gut feel is that anything plot or character related was covered over with a thick layer of gross-out detail that was there purely for the shock value. And because of that, I was paying more attention to the grossing-out than I was to anything that was actually happening in the story.So yeah, I did end up finishing the book, but I don't think I feel any desire whatsoever to go onto Book 3. I've given this a 5/10 - and I may be underselling it (and to be fair, I read it in between a Meljean Brook and a Michelle West one, so it's going to pale by comparison) - but, really? It just didn't grab me.

  • Kamira
    2019-04-14 23:06

    The second book in the Jill Kismet series is better than the previous one, in my opinion. Night Shift is full of angst and reminiscence of the past which make the story a little bit slow for my taste, but paint a clear picture of our heroine.Back to Hunter's Prayer - the plot is fantastic. I've never figured out anything in time so all those twists really shocked me. I like the balanced relationship between Saul and Jill. Though Kismet is the boss of the city, she doesn't overshadow her werecougar boyfriend even a little bit. Dustcircle stays placid in most situations, handles Jill's insecurities and decisions really well. Despite the fact that he's a mated werecougar, he's not overwhelmingly protective or controlling in contrast to the usual paranormal male leads.Well, Jill is kick-ass. There's no better word to describe her properly. She's competent, but remains humane with her struggles and rash decisions. She also has a potty mouth - the only thing I don't like in this book. I may be a little old-fashioned, yet I don't it's necessary to swear so frequently in these circumstances. It kind of hurts my sensibilities.Poor Perry, the devil we know. I sort of pity him because if you look closer, you can see that he does a lot of things in order to protect and not to mention woo Kismet. (Think of the ring and the necklace.) Unfortunately, he rubs her the wrong way and makes a lot of mistakes. He's sweet in a twisted way...

  • Anita
    2019-04-11 19:05

    This is a VERY dark urban fantasy with a lot of gruesome violence, so be forwarned. It's the second in this series, and it took me a long time to warm up to it. I feel like I took a beating reading it, it was so hard on the heroine! This version of contemporary America features an underworld of things that go bump in the night but are successfully hidden from the media and public. Hunters kill the bad monsters, and Jill Kismet is the hunter in a New Mexico city. She's made a deal with a demon to gain additional power to fight evil, but she's in a constant struggle not to fall into the temptation to use that power for evil. (I think - it's really hard to understand WHAT Jill is struggling against sometimes. The inner monologue style of writing is hard to desipher.) She's in love with a werecougar who is devoted to her, yet she fears he will leave her. She's also a former prostitute, so when some horrible beasty starts killing pregnant prostitutes in her city, she takes it hard. Then a bunch of evil magic-using humans called Sorrows enter the picture and make the story even more complicated. Worth reading if you love urban fantasy, but only if you don't mind Saintcrow's signature inner-monologue style of writing.

  • Bob
    2019-03-21 21:12

    Really liked Lilith Saintcrow's other series (Dante Vanentine) so I figured this would be similar. After listening to Night Shift (Jill Kismet #1), I was willing to endure some more. While the story itself was pretty entertaining, the format in which I chose to experience it was both lacking and over-flowing.Audiobook. The audiobook by GraphicAudio ("A movie, in your mind") was lacking good acting but, sadly, over-flowing with poor production. There is so much blaring music, sound effects and random ambient noise happening, I couldn't hear the story. Seriously, on numerous occasions through-out the entire audiobook, there was so much damn noise, I had to "rewind" the story to hear what the heck Jill (or most characters) were saying. Not idea on an hour drive to work.If you *really* like the Jill Kismet series, give one of GraphicAudio's versions a try. But don't say I didn't warn you.As for the actual story, "been there, done that". It's similar to Laurell K Hamiton's Anita Blake series or Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series... only with a lead character who's a lot more whiny about everything and who's relationship makes very little sense; all wrapped up in a nice thin storyline.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-18 21:58

    **Review** Jill Kismet is a hunter who exorcises Santa Luz of the dark and deadly. Her job and debts bring her to Perry at the Monde Nuit, a hangout for the damned Traders and hellbreed. It’s a place where even Saul, her partner and lover, would prefer not to visit, but it’s among the places she can usually find some answers. With something on the loose killing prostitutes, Jill needs answers that she believes Perry can give her. It’s a good thing he sees her as an investment, or she might not survive.Saul Dustcircle is the were-cougar who remains by Jill’s side in the hunt and also in her bed. Sorrows, who worship the Chaldean Elder Gods, have managed to slip into town undetected until now. As something big begins to unfold it’s clear that the mystery behind it won’t be easy to solve, but Saul may know the best place to look for an answer. It’s no place to take Jill and as much as he hates to do it he’s about to trust that Perry will keep her safe. Soon they’ll face a showdown that could end up destroying them all.This installment can be read without having read Night Shift, but in order to know more about Jill’s relationships with both Saul and Perry the series should be read in release order.