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Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One (Mortal Path Series) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009
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Fans of the supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne's quest to save her soul, though it has more flash than substance. Susannah Layhem, burnt at the stake in 1692, was posthumously recruited by a demon. She served as his pet assassin for more than 300 years before her refusal to kill a baby revealed a loophole in her contract. Now, as Maliha, she writes mysteries and tries to balance her assassinations by saving human lives, the only route to paradise. While there is an actual story centered on the murders of two hackers, this is mostly an introduction to Maliha, her eclectic group of friends and her uncanny ability to attract violence and death that somehow never counts against her efforts toward salvation. Perhaps the next book will have more plot to go with all the action. (Aug.)
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“Fans of supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne’s quest to save her soul.” (Publishers Weekly)
“With a kick-ass heroine who’s trying to get out of an unimaginaby bad situation and tons of action, this is a terrific read.” (Romantic Times BOOKclub)
“Seductive, sophisticated, and imaginative, The Mortal Path: Dark Time has a multi-dimensional quality with beguiling concepts and a labyrinth of fast-paced suspense. There’s food for thought on every fascinating page. Dakota Banks is firing on all cylinders.” (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Charlemagne Pursuit)
“A passionate, fascinating story packed with action and history. Three hundred years ago, Maliha Crayne was burned at the stake. Now she’s in a race against time to save the world and her soul, and you’ll be with her step by step.” (David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose)
“Sweeping across continents and centuries, THE MORTAL PATH by Dakota Banks is story-telling at its most vivid. The characters are fascinating, the plot nail-biting, and the period pieces memorable. Curl up in your favorite chair - entertainment is guaranteed.” (Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster)
“Edge of your seat, breathtaking action in a must-read supernatural thriller.” (David Dun, author of The Black Silent)
“THE MORTAL PATH is a novel to be savored for both its edge of suspense and the pure joy of its storytelling. Part immortal, all human, Maliha is a heroine who will leave readers breathless and craving more. Not to be missed!” (James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order)
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This books is fast paced which starts at the beginning and doesn't stop until the end. It is based on Sumerian legends of gods and demons and this is the world and puzzle Maliha must solve. I found this world to be very interesting and I also enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Her big nemesis besides the demon is Subedei. He first has a very secretive nature but we also get to know him. I kinda wished he was still in the dark, not knowing his full agenda because I think he would have been a good challenge for her later on in the series. However, he was a good challenge in this story.
This book is a dark, urban fantasy. I give it 4 stars and recommend this to anyone who loves a lot of action. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to get to the next one.
The demon is as stunned as Susannah is when she realizes she somewhat is freed of her Faustian contract although she will still have to kill mortals. Now residing on earth as Maliha Crane, she hopes to regain her soul so she can stop her killing after three centuries of doing the demon's bidding. She writes mystery novels and tries to save humans in an effort to balance her karma and is involved in the investigation of the homicides of two hackers.
Although the plot is extremely thin especially when it converts from historical to modern day urban fantasy, fans will enjoy meeting Susannah-Maliha and the worlds of Dakota Banks (including eerie dark Midworld). The first paranormal Mortal Path thriller is dark and enthralling as Rabishu is outraged at Malilha saying no for the first time as she hopes to obtain some redemption for her dark soul.
It’s action packed, fast paced and historic, starting with the burning of a woman accused of being a witch and burned at the stake in 1642. But she is “saved” by a demon who for over 300 years holds her in his spell and makes her act as his assassin before she has the strength to refuse his bidding. This is the first book in Dakota Banks' Moral Path series and a good place to start for strange adventures for new and old readers alike.
The first five chapters were quite interesting and captivating, and had the story continued on that trend I would’ve easily given it a four-star rating. As it is, the sudden jumps in the timeline and the unnecessary, pointless name changes of the MC gave me the idea that the author had several ideas for the plot and many names for the protagonist but couldn’t decide which to use, so she just threw all caution to the wind and used them all! This cultivated in the story being a mash-up of several genres, badly sewn together to form a mediocre novel. A train wreck as a first book in a new series does not inspire me to read the rest of the books, sorry.
Also, apart from the many plot holes, I didn’t feel a thing for even ONE of the characters. All of them had the appeal of stale bread and I couldn’t care less about any one of them. Maliha pretending to be the ghost of a man’s dead wife in order to extract information from him? Absolutely ridiculous, not to mention juvenile.
My overall opinion of this book is that Dakota Banks is an author with lots of great ideas, but she needs an editing team to help her formulate those ideas into a narrative, void of tedious info dump, that wouldn’t put her readers to sleep.