Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review: Dark Time by Dakota Banks

Dark Time (Mortal Path #1) by Dakota Banks

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Original edition (July 28, 2009)
Goodreads Description:

 Three hundred years ago, she sold her soul to a demon. Now she wants it back.

For centuries, the woman calling herself Maliha Crayne has lived a second life - as an assassin for the malevolent creature who owns her soul. A haunted killer with the blood of countless victims on her hands, she has finally discovered a way to nullify the demonic pact that chains her: If she saves a life for every one she has taken, she will be free.

But if she fails, her punishments will be unspeakable, unendurable . . . and neverending.



From the start this story captures my attention. There is no warming up period. It goes straight into how Maliha has come to become the woman she is now and quickly progresses to more and more action. The author does an excellent job of giving the reader enough background history on characters and events without revealing too much in the first book of the series. 

Maliha Crayne is a highly trained assassin who is trying to make amends for centuries of killing. If she succeeds she will be rewarded, if not she will suffer for eternity. Despite the consequences if she were to fail she attempts to balance the scales because she does not want to go on killing and tearing families apart and causing grief.

I don't want to say too much and give away too many details but I will say that this book is full of action, interesting characters, and just the barest touch of steaminess. If you enjoy urban fantasy you are sure to love this book. I've read this book multiple times now and find it just as thrilling to read as the first time I cracked this book open.