Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon!
Praise for DEADMEN WALKING: A Deadman’s Cross Novel
“Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in this jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series…this piratical tale is filled with swashbuckling, death, glory.” ―Publishers Weekly on Deamen Walking
“Kenyon’s writing is brisk, ironic and relentless imaginative.” ―Boston Globe
“Arguably the most in-demand and prolific authors in America these days.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[An] engaging read.” ―Entertainment Weekly
This is the first of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s adult books that I’ve read. I’ve enjoyed her Chronicles of Nick series, but her Dark-Hunter series has been on my TBR forever. When I heard that she was coming out with a new series featuring pirates(!), I had to take a chance on it, mainly because I don’t have enough pirate books in my life. Deadmen Walking was interesting, to say the least. It has a lot of potential, and I can see how the series has the chance to get even better. As it is the first book in the trilogy, there is a lot of info-dumping, but besides that, if you’re in the mood for something epic and magical and action-packed, I’d definitely recommend this one!
Starting Deadmen Walking, I was honestly a little confused about who the main characters were. We’re introduced to Cameron Jack, a woman disguised as a man who is trying to find her missing brother. Her only hope is in Devyl Bane, a powerful, notorious pirate. Little does she know, but Devyl is captain of a crew of cursed men – Deadmen. The Deadmen are creatures brought back from their deaths by Lucifer’s son and given the chance to redeem their souls by being the gatekeepers that protect humanity from ancient monsters.
It turns out that our main couple is Devyl and Marcelina (Mara) the Sea Witch, who is Devyl’s ex-wife’s sister. The two of them have a twisted, dark, bloody past, but with the close proximity that comes with saving the world together, there is bound to be some chemistry between them. But the romance is just a small part to the overall action and adventure.
There is a lot going on in this first installment of the Deadman’s Cross Trilogy. The author sets up much of the world-building to prepare for the rest of the series, so I have a feeling it can only get better from here. I also realized while reading this that it has plenty of connections to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s other series – those connections went over my head, of course, but fans of the author will probably enjoy all the cameos that are in this book. If you love SK and are familiar with her work, then you should definitely check this new series out! And if you love fantasy, action, and a hint of romance, I’d say you should give this a try.
Reading Order: Deadman’s Cross Trilogy
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