Series: Deadman's Cross #1
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Publisher: Tor Books
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#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.
I was very excited to read Deadmen Walking. Devyl Bane, Aa warlord, once trapped in in hell, is brought back to lead a crew of damned that had been given a second chance. Their mission is to return the damned creatures that keep breaking out back to their hell realms. Every crew member is unique in their own religions, beliefs, and skill sets. None of them are human but all of these are trying to earn their humanity back.
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.View Spoiler »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. « Hide Spoiler
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.