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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

RELEASE DAY REVIEW: Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Deadmen Walking 
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon 
Series: Deadmen's Cross, #1
Publisher: Tor Books 
Publication Date: May 9, 2017 

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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Sonja's Review

Well, I just finished Deadmen Walking and I can only think of two words: Hot D*mn! That ending was wild and I can't wait for the next book in the Deadmen's Cross series! And if it's of the same caliber as this one, I can't even imagine what's going to happen next. Deadmen Walking was an outstanding book and I wholeheartedly loved it!

I wasn't too happy when Mara was resisting my guy, Devyl, here, but other than that I really enjoyed her as the heroine. She's a kind, gentle, sweet soul - well, she is around pretty much anyone who's not Devyl although she does change her tune. Mara might be calm and kind, but she definitely brings out her fiery, passionate side when she needs to. Mara isn't afraid to stand up to Devyl, she's fiercely loyal, and a light in the world.

I never have a problem falling in love with Sherrilyn Kenyon's heroes and Devyl was no different. The man stole my heart from the first and he only pulled me deeper under his spell the longer the tale went on. Devyl might scary and intimidating and a total bada*s, but while I loved all that, it was his tortured soul, his heartbreaking sweetness and his yearning desire to love and be loved that completely did me in. Devyl would do absolutely anything for Mara and there's so much good in him, he deserves every happiness. Devyl is just amazing and my heart wholly belongs to him.

I haven't read Ms. Kenyon as frequently as I would like lately, but even with those pauses, Deadmen Walking is still unlike anything I've read from her in awhile. It was captivating, spellbinding, and fascinating. It was heart wrenching, gut punching, and maddening, but there was humor, beauty, and a lightness to it too. This Deadmen's Cross World is so elaborate, you are really sucked in and can witness everything happening. Deadmen Walking was truly a masterpiece and I fell utterly in love with it!

Deadmen Walking is the first book in this trilogy, it's told from multiple points of view, and while Devyl and Mara get their happy ending - you will without a doubt be left wanting more!

~ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars 

About the Author: 
The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, who is proud of her  mixed Cherokee heritage, lives a life of extraordinary danger… as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she’s found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With tens of millions of her books in print, in over one hundred countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with too.

In the last few years, she has placed more than 75 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre she writes, including young adult, manga, fantasy, science fiction and horror. Her current series include: The Dark-Hunters, The League, Lords of Avalon and Chronicles of Nick.

Her Lords of Avalon novels have been adapted by Marvel, her Dark-Hunter novels are a New York Times bestselling manga published by St. Martins. and the Chronicles of Nick manga are published by Yen Press. And keep your eyes pealed, her books are soon to be hitting both the big and little screens by the same group who specializes in turning beloved literary series into major movie franchises.

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