Title: Deadmen Walking
Series: Deadman's Cross #1
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: May 9, 2017
Hell hath no fury as a demon caged...
To catch evil, takes evil.
Enter Devyl Bane--an ancient warlord who has absolutely no love of humanity. Yet to return to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the Spanish Main for the sake of vengeance, he makes a bitter bargain with Thorn--an immortal Hellchaser charged with battling the worst monsters the ancient gods ever released into our world. Monsters and demons Bane himself once commanded against Thorn and the humans.
For eons, those demons have been locked behind enchanted gates...which are starting to buckle. Now, Bane, with a vicious crew of Deadmen at his command, is humanity's last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their eternal prisons.
But things are never so simple. And one of his biggest vexations, aside from keeping his crew from killing each other before they have a chance to save humanity, is the very ship he sails upon. For Mara, the Sea Witch isn't just a vessel, she's also a woman born of an ancient race Bane helped to destroy. And sister to the possessed creature who is one of the worst of those tying to break through to claim his soul, and retake the world.
Mara's innate hatred of him makes the very fires of hell look like a sauna--not that he blames her. Centuries of war and betrayal divide them. But if Mara can't find the humanity inside the Devyl and the Devyl can't teach Mara to embrace her darker side for the good of their crew and the world, the two of them will go down in flames and take us all with them.
What an absolutely FANTASTIC book!!! Sherrilyn Kenyon has done it again; she has taken me on one hell of a ride into a different realm where anything is possible. I have been so anxious for this book ever since she announced it and after reading it, I'm absolutely sunk and so stoked for the next book!!
Devyl and Mara are the main characters in this book, but I also loved that we got some other character's POV in this book; it made me fall more in love with the characters. Devyl has lived a hard and sorrowful life. My heart clenched whenever we saw glimpses of his past; I just wanted to jump into the book and give him a hug. Devyl was strong, sexy, powerful, loyal & when he loved someone, he loved them deep, but he also didn't think he was worthy of love. He stood by his crew and when Cameron came to him, yes he was a little bit leery at first, but he took her in and protected her. Devyl had to learn to embrace love when it was presented to him and let go of the past.
I didn't really care for Mara at first, just because of how she saw Devyl, but at the same time, as the book went on, I really enjoyed her character. She and Devyl were bound in a way that was unbreakable. Mara was powerful & a bit naive. She saw Devyl one way, and it wasn't a good way, but the more she starts to learn about his past and the past where they are intertwined, really opens Mara's eyes and heart to who Devyl really is. I loved how Mara was the ship and she protected Devyl and the crew. Mara's character growth was very noticeable in this book and I loved watching the transformation. She needed to just let go of the past and learn to trust Devyl and open her heart to him.
I loved Cameron, Paden, Kalder, Thorn, William, Bart, Sallie, Sancha, Belle, Simon, Kat, Janice and just seriously all of the Deadmen crew. I loved meeting a Dark Huntress and learning more about demons and meeting new creatures. Sherrilyn Kenyon is the queen of paranormal and I am seriously excited for the next book in the Deadmen's Cross series!!
-Elizabeth from Crazii Bitches Book Blog
About the Author
New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2003, she had placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick, Lords of Avalon and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter, Lords of Avalon and The League are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at SherrilynKenyon.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorSherrilynKenyon