In a futuristic world where the supernatural is acknowledged, utilised and feared, Dante (Danny) Valentine; Necromance extraordinaire, has still not come to terms with the climatic events that occurred in book 1. Danny goes from one bounty to the next or buries her head in yet another ancient demon text in the hopes of learning what she has become, unwilling to acknowledge her grief over Japhrimel's death.
When a Necromance is murdered, Gabe asks for help on the case. The only clue points towards Rigger Hall, and although Danny's childhood torture is only hinted at in book 1, in "Dead Man Rising" there is nothing held back.
What Danny and other psion children endured is horrific, and though the reader can understand her inability to trust Jace, this grows somewhat tiresome as the plot progresses. Jace proves time and time again that he has her back, yet Danny is just plain cruel in response. She keeps Jace hanging on a thread, relying on his love for her for support, yet Danny keeps him constantly hanging. Ok she's having difficulty getting over Japhrimel, still grieving and honestly, what man could compare to a Greater Flight demon, but her lack of regard for Jace, and the fact that she realises she is using him but fails to stop marred the honourable character she is supposed to have.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series, with its exciting blend of magick and science and a flawed but feisty heroine. LS provides even more action than found in the first book of this series and an equally high body count. Tension builds as Danny investigates some gory murders and tries to keep the next target alive, and yet again this author surprises with her twists and turns, culminating in yet another unexpected moment of deep personal pain for Danny.