Jill Kismet is back from the grave in this explosive conclusion to Lilith Saintcrow’s urban fantasy series.
She wakes up in her own grave. She doesn’t know who put her there, she doesn’t know where she is, and she has no friends or family.
She only knows two things: She has a job to do: cleansing the night of evil. And she knows her name.
While I was sad that Angel Town was the last book of one of my favorite series¸ Jill Kismet was certainly ushered out in style. Not that I expected anything less. As soon as I finished Heaven’s Spite, I immediately started Angel Town because, well, at the end of Heaven’s Spite, Jill dies. I mean, Ms. Saintcrow really didn’t leave me a choice. I’m not giving anything away since it says right in the cover copy that she’s back from the dead in Angel Town, but I’m really glad I waited until it was out to read Heaven’s. So, Angel Town begins with Jill literally clawing herself out of her grave, and it is a visceral, gritty, violent scene which sets up the rest of the book perfectly, as well as providing Jill with a rebirth of sorts. She doesn’t immediately remember who she is, but a certain blue-eyed man will help her with that (as well as return her gun to her). I’ll admit, I got a kick out of Jill’s trip to WalMart for some jeans and sneakers. Seriously, Jill without her leather coat, boots, silver hair charms, and whip is like a bird without wings, but she manages to make those flimsy sneakers work for a bit, even as she has to kick some hellbreed ass. Poor Jill jumps out of the frying pan and right back into the fire, especially when she finds out her old nemesis Perry may be much more than he seems, and he’s got a diabolical plan in the works, one that could result in the destruction of the world as we know it.
Many times, this series has chewed on my heart and spit it out¸ and Jill did it again in this one. Jill seems to think there is something missing inside of her, but as she fights for the lives of all she holds dear, it’s never so obvious that Jill is the kind of person, the kind of fighter , we should all aspire to be, even if for most of us that doesn’t include a gun and a whip. Her love for Saul, the gentle werecat that won’t leave her side, is heartbreaking in its intensity, and one of my favorite urban fantasy love stories. Angel Town is pretty much non-stop on the action, and the author’s usual talent for building stomach churning menace is on full display. Jill will stop at nothing to stop Perry and she’ll see help from some expected and unexpected places. Angel Town was an amazing finale to one of the best series in urban fantasy!