- Series: Deadman's Cross (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (May 9, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765385686
- ISBN-13: 978-0765385680
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 31.9 x 239.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deadmen Walking: A Deadman's Cross Novel Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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"Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in this jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series." ―Publishers Weekly on Deadmen Walking
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“Arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[An] engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Deadmen Walking is the first title in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s DEADMAN’S CROSS series. It is a tale of passion and loss, emotions that wound and heal…and ultimate redemption. Kenyon is a New York Times bestselling author and is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary author continues to top every genre in which she writes. More than 60 million copies of her books are in print in more than one hundred countries. Her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark Hunter series are soon to be major media productions.
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Devyl Bane is everything you want a captain of the damned to be like. He is ruthless and cruel and out for revenge. No one has ever shown him kindness or mercy. He was even murdered by his own wife, Vine, but sold his soul in order to banish her and keep the world and his people safe. For a very long time she has been trying to get out of her prison and he would love nothing more than to find her in order to kill her.
Mara is Vine’s sister and has been bound to Devyl since before he even met her sister Vine. She has two forms, one is human and the other is wood. She is a goddess but she in a moment of uncertainty made a bad choice. There is a once in a lifetime spell that can be cast that can bind two lifeforms together and Mara cast it in order to prevent Devyl from killing her. After they were bound anything that happened to Mara would be mirrored on Devyl. This has been the way of it for a long time, and during that entire time Mara saw Devyl as a complete waste of life, evil and soulless.
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Until one day when she doesn’t. For the love, the endless talking about his character. Mara goes on and on about how he was bad but oh wait I never saw that maybe he wasn’t all that bad. There was sooooo much monologuing from both Devyl’s and Mara’s characters about each other and how “suddenly” they noticed traits that for hundreds of years, living together day in and day out, they had been oblivious to. So much telling and not enough showing. It drove me mad with frustration because I just wanted them to shut up with their inner monologuing. Bring on the action, let actions tell the story. Show me the romance. Everything that happened that “opened” their eyes just felt forced and planned. Normally I am huge fan of romance in any form but this pairing was just not convincing to me. Not at all. I actually was hoping for a different pairing because it would have made more sense.
Lately there has been more of a demonic presence than ever before and it is because Vine has been weakening her prison walls. This thrills Devyl because he can finally kill her but it is best if she never breaks through, despite how much he would love to kill her. Devyl and Mara must find common ground to work together and prevent Vine from breaking through the barrier that she has been trapped behind for all these years. Vine though, has formed some alliances and has in her possession a being of great strength, she only needs to break him and use his power to shatter the shield and finally get her revenge on her ex-husband and then the world.
I loved the pirates and fantasy creatures, the ideas behind the mission for the lost souls, and the inclusion of Dark-Hunters. I did like some books from that series so I was surprised and excited to see that storyline include in this story. There were also a variety of religions in this story that were fascinating and I wish that there had been more development on those. There were many fantastic elements that could have made this such a memorable book. For me the romantic angle killed this story. Like stab, stab, stab, killed it. I wish that this storyline had stayed focused on the pirates and fighting evil and had stayed away from trying to create a swoon romance. It just did not work for me.
Simply put, this book was a struggle for me to finish. I felt as though the story was overdeveloped in some areas and underdeveloped in others- particularly in the romance. I didn't find the style as engaging as books from her earlier years, which made me care a lot less about the characters. In terms of organization, the book just seemed to jump around without purpose.
Tied to his former sister-in-law who now inhabits his ship, Devyl must protect an innocent young woman how is searching for her brother... as if saving the world wasn't enough.
With plenty of amazing characters, this new series is sure to delight fans of Kenyon's earlier works. Filled with references to her Dark Hunter series, Deadmen Walking is a pirate fantasy in the flesh.