Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Review: Dark Time, Mortal Path - Book 1
This is the first book in the new Mortal Path series by Dakota Banks.
Three hundred years ago, she sold her soul to a demon. Now she wants it back.
For centuries, the woman calling herself Maliha Crayne has lived a second life - as an assassin for the malevolent creature who owns her soul. A haunted killer with the blood of countless victims on her hands, she has finally discovered a way to nullify the demonic pact that chains her: If she saves a life for every one she has taken, she will be free.
But if she fails, her punishments will be unspeakable, unendurable . . . and neverending.
This is an Urban Fantasy from EOS.
I really enjoyed this book.
Dark Time opens in the year 1692 and Susannah Layhem, a healer, is expecting her first child with her husband Nathan.
As the story unfolds Susannah is wronged in a most heinous way and a demon gives her an out -but with conditions. Susannah accepts those conditions.
The story jumps ahead a few hundred years and Susannah has become disenchanted with the bargain she made with the demon and she seeks a way out. Oddly enough the demon tells her what she must do in order to break her contract.
The story moves ahead another 50 or so years and Susannah, now Maliha Crayne, is steadily working towards her goal of breaking her contract with the demon and finding the lost artifacts that will put an end to the demon as well as its' siblings.
I enjoyed the way the story moved back and forth in time, giving glimpses into what Maliha went through to get where she is now.
I easily sympathized with Susannah and the loss she suffered - but I embraced Maliha and the woman she's become just as easily. And I look forward to the next installment in this series. Ms. Banks left me with a cliffhanger - and as much as they drive me crazy, cliffhangers leave me wanting more. :)
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. :)