"DEADMAN WALKING is a strong start for Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Deadman's Cross series."
Reviewed by Annie Tegelan
Posted December 27, 2017
DEADMEN WALKING is the first installment in Sherrilyn
Cross series. For Dark
Hunter fans, this is an entirely new series that
features new mythology. However, there is mention of Acheron
and the Dark Hunters so if you're a fan, you'll be happy
to note some cross over between the series. This is why I
suggest being at least familiar with the Dark
Hunters world before reading this series because the
worlds do connect in some areas.
That being said, as a fan of Kenyon's book in general, I
had some very high expectations with this book and the
author absolutely succeeded in delivering something
refreshing to the genre. Deadman's Cross is a mix of
Pirates of the Caribbean and Kenyon's advanced
worldbuilding. There are a bunch of interesting characters,
all with their own stories, that are brimming with
personality. Kenyon spends a lot of the first half of the
book on the worldbuilding, which is expected since this is
the first book of the series. I haven't come across
mythology like this one, so I found myself glued to the
pages as I read about this brand new world. Of course Kenyon
would be the one to blow me away with her imagination. Her
mind works in such wonderful ways.
The romance between Devyl and Mara really develops in the
second half of the novel. There, we get a lot of their
backstory that is told in various ways, such as flashbacks
and dialogue so we do get plenty of chances to get to know
who these characters are. This is turn deepened the bond
between the hero and heroine.
I was really impressed by the way Kenyon was able to bring
these two together. They have gone through a lot together
and it seemed nearly impossible to see a happily-ever-after
for them, but she manages to bring them together in a
believable way. By the head, I was as head over heels with
the romance as I was with the world.
DEADMAN WALKING is a strong start for Sherrilyn Kenyon and
the Deadman's Cross series. With worldbuilding unlike ever
before, this is a series that must be on your summer to-read
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon
debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her
millions of fans!
Deadmen tell their tales . . .
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 ancient 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 and, together, they are humanity’s last hope to
restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms.
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 and who in turn wronged him during a centuries
long war between their two races— 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
almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches
humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already
betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity—
let’s hope Bane can sway her favor.
Deadmen Walking is the first historical fantasy title
in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn
Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. It is a tale of passion and
loss, emotions that wound and heal…and ultimate redemption
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