Monday, June 12, 2017

"Deadmen Walking" by Sherrilyn Kenyon


SERIES: Deadmen's Cross Trilogy #1
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
SOURCE: Publisher

To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane—an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn—an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancients gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates... gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn's behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen: humanity's last hope at restore the gates. But things are never so simple. And one of Bane's biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn't just a vessel, she's also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged—a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and watches humanity fall, or she puts her faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity? Let's hope Bane can sway her favour...


When asked if I was interested in reviewing this title, it only took the words 'fantasy' and 'pirates' in the same sentence for the UK publisher to woo me. Come on, can you blame me? Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirate's read for me...

What an adventure! This story has it all, pirates, magical creatures, curses, vile villains, myths, epic battles, and hope for redemption. This last part is easier said than done, though. In order to earn a precious gift such as a second chance at life, a crew of Deadmen tries their hardest to save humanity from evil threats, while in the process of fighting their own demons. Something the Captain of the ship—a former dark warlord who used to be perhaps the most dangerous one you could ever encounter—knows way too well. His past doesn't give him a rest and it certainly doesn't make it see a chance to redeem himself, but for all his faults and damnation, he is far way better than one would care to admit. Can the only one who matters (to him) get past everything, and see what so far she depicted as despicable?

I loved every page, I was entranced by the characters and every twist and turn, and now I feel like I'm part of the crew. Lovers of fantasy, grab this book and ask Captain Bane for permission to come aboard!


This review was part of the Official UK Blog Tour organized by Piatkus.

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