Normally I enjoy Lilith Saintcrow’s work, but this one just irked me the whole time. The protagonist exhibits almost no agency until maybe the last quarter of the. It’s bad enough that Selene is part slave to Nikolai, the Prime Power of Saint City, but she’s got her brother Danny and she’s got her job at the college. Lilith Saintcrow is an American author of urban fantasy, historical fantasy, paranormal romance She has also published several short stories  and the free online serial Selene (with characters from her Dante Valentine series).
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Even your own body betrays you. It’s bad enough that Selene is part slave to Nikolai, the Prime Power of Saint City, but she’s got her brother Danny and she’s got her job at the college. In the postwar wreckage of an uncertain world, it’s pretty much all she’s ever allowed herself to want. Then Danny ends up murdered, and Selene finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game. Indentured to a bloodsucking Nichtvren and helpless, told to stop trying to uncover the identity of her brother’s killer, Selene has nowhere to turn.
If she’s a good girl, Nikolai will leave her a little bit of freedom. He’ll take care of her, and she’ll be safe–if she obeys. But Selene hasn’t survived this long by being obedient to her cursed powers, or to the men who buy her time. Her brother was all she had, and now she’s ready to borrow, beg, lie, steal or kill–whatever it takes to avenge him. And if Nikolai gets in the way, Selene will use every tool in her arsenal to make him regret it This special edition also contains the prequel short story Brother’s Keeper and the sequel short story Just Ask.
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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Rough content and lots of dark sex and power plays. This book is set in a world of magic and although there are rules, ultimately “might makes right”.
I say this so that you will be warned prior to reading that this includes all activities including sex, death and magic. I recommend saintrcow this book, I truly enjoyed it from start to finish. Selene is a sex witch, this is where her power is centered so if you can be prepared for sex used as a power source and all that implies, then this is a good read for you.
I liked it a lot! The book is well written, fast paced and plays on the idea of what it would be like for a young woman if sex was not only something people did for love but used as a source of funds, power and her very existence. This brings her choices into the dark side, which is what Lillith Saintcrow writes best.
Saintcrow builds rich, lilih worlds based sellene the darker side of magic and human behavior, then she throws in deep relationships, loyalties, and kick ass action, gives it a spin and builds a gripping storyline. Her stuff will engross you, sometimes drive to distraction but always it pulls on your heart saincrow building suspense. In this case, Selene is young, she is impetuous, operates from the very real fear of losing her mind to a power that is overwhelming, and she is grieving an incredibly deep loss.
Like a lot of people in her position, she risks herself horribly, makes liltih decisions, and gambles saintrow on single throws of the dice. Fun, fast and in the end, a really good book! Normally I enjoy Lilith Saintcrow’s work, but this one just irked me the whole time.
The protagonist exhibits almost no agency until maybe the last quarter of the book. The rest of the time she just gripes about being a slave to her curse or to her manipulative, abusive, controlling FWB Nikolai.
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Every time I think she’s going to stop whining and do something, she just relents and submits again. I don’t know, maybe that’s the point Saintcrow was trying to make: Her situation is terrible, no doubt, but it seems like for the most part, stuff happens TO her, decisions are made FOR her, and she just goes with it.
She does eventually start exhibiting her own agency, but it’s really too little, too late.
I love pretty much everything Saintcrow writes. This was no exception. Great writing, great characters, and the flow is spot on. Saintcrow did a great job of taking good qualities and making them severe enough in her characters to actually be flaws, which was fascinating. The concepts behind the book were really interesting.
The only thing I didn’t love about the book was the ending. It seemed a bit unrealistic how much time had passed. But it does work and the concept behind it is sound. One person found this helpful. sintcrow
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Let me start by saying, I really liked this book. It’s great in the way that all Lilith Saintcrow’s books are: The main selfne is well-defined, interesting, and multi-faceted. The action scenes and there are many! It delves into dark, strange, and frequently unpleasant territory – both eelene and physically, and invites the reader to experience and ponder what it would be like to have one’s own body commit such a heinous betrayal sakntcrow yet have that betrayal be intrinsic to one’s very life.
In so many ways, Selene is lilit, understandable, and likable. In fact, Nikolai is understandable, and occasionally, likable. Basically, the set up, the development and the action is perfect. Saintcrow’s books start to suffer, IMHO. Despite the great strides the characters make in overcoming obstacles, and somewhat growing as individuals, they make little headway with each other. As much as Selene wants to be ‘free’ she never seems to realize that the majority of her cages are of her own making and fed by her self-loathing.
Really Selene, would getting Nikolai to say ‘please’ really fix all of your issues?
No, of course not. And neither character seems to want anything from the other that is deeper than companionship or sex. Is it hinted at? Do we get the feeling that Nikolai really does ‘know’ Selene and like her as a person? Does he tell her that? I was waiting and hoping for the great reveal that Nikolai truly ‘understood’ Selene’s feelings because he was once trantrikiian Did saontcrow have a rough go of it saintcdow his Master?
Oh I’m sure, but couldn’t we have gotten a bit more of his background? Something to make Selene feel at least a little sympathetic toward him and give the reader a bit more insight into his motivations?
She doesn’t give us every minute detail – particularly if the main character does not wish to see it. So it is possible for us to read through Selene’s eyes and see that, wait a minute, maybe there’s more to this Nikolai than meets the eye, even saintcro Selene dismisses him as ‘too old’ to understand that a girl wants to be ‘asked’ rather than commanded. That being said, despite the feeling of wanting more depth, I did enjoy this book – it would be particularly strong if it functioned as the opening to a series.
I would love to watch Selene grow. The short story sequel helps a great deal in showing us a Selene seene is beginning to create a life for herself, salntcrow move past her self-loathing, and make active decisions for herself. I loved the supporting characters in the Saint City novels. Was excited that Saintcrow decided to publish her weekly serial to an enovella just for Selene and Nikolai. I just need more! I just have one question: Your books are fabulous!
After meeting Nik and Selene through Dante Valentine’s eyes it was a delight to lilth able to sink into their story.