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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The first paranormal Mortal Path thriller is light fun

In 1692 Susannah Layhem is accused of being a witch and jailed; her baby is born and dies while she is incarcerated. She no longer cares that she is innocent and the facts would bear out her contention; but that did not matter to her accusers including her husband and ...
In 1692 Susannah Layhem is accused of being a witch and jailed; her baby is born and dies while she is incarcerated. She no longer cares that she is innocent and the facts would bear out her contention; but that did not matter to her accusers including her husband and his brother and wife. After she dies in the holy bonfire, Rabishu the demon recruits her to become his top gun assassinating people. For three centuries she did his bidding, but abruptly says no when the demon assigns her to murder a baby as she never stopped grieving for her dead infant Constanza .

The demon is as stunned as Susannah is when she realizes she somewhat is freed of her Faustian contract although she will still have to kill mortals. Now residing on earth as Maliha Crane, she hopes to regain her soul so she can stop her killing after three centuries of doing the demon's bidding. She writes mystery novels and tries to save humans in an effort to balance her karma and is involved in the investigation of the homicides of two hackers.

Although the plot is extremely thin especially when it converts from historical to modern day urban fantasy, fans will enjoy meeting Susannah-Maliha and the worlds of Dakota Banks (including eerie dark Midworld). The first paranormal Mortal Path thriller is dark and enthralling as Rabishu is outraged at Malilha saying no for the first time as she hopes to obtain some redemption for her dark soul.

posted by harstan on June 25, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Started good then went down hill...

I got into the book at the beginning, then at a quarter of the book...? Susannah/Maliha/Marsha whole purpose got lost. She's to save as many life as she took, to be free, but it was dragging, not a whole lot of fighting, kick butt actions. I don't know what happen the a...
I got into the book at the beginning, then at a quarter of the book...? Susannah/Maliha/Marsha whole purpose got lost. She's to save as many life as she took, to be free, but it was dragging, not a whole lot of fighting, kick butt actions. I don't know what happen the author lost me, it seems to me that the story took a different turn. The only thing that got me interested was her potential relationship with Jake but even that wasn't well developped! too bad the cover looked good.

posted by booklover1A1 on August 30, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

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    Started good then went down hill...

    I got into the book at the beginning, then at a quarter of the book...? Susannah/Maliha/Marsha whole purpose got lost. She's to save as many life as she took, to be free, but it was dragging, not a whole lot of fighting, kick butt actions. I don't know what happen the author lost me, it seems to me that the story took a different turn. The only thing that got me interested was her potential relationship with Jake but even that wasn't well developped! too bad the cover looked good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2009

    Demon Demon Who's Got The Demon

    I'll make this short and sweet. The book is about a girl whose been the assassin for a demon for a lot of years, gets tired of the evil work and wants to repent. The story doesn't end with the girl getting her wish, but concludes leaving you wondering what happen to the last three days of your life as you've attempted to finish this story. Skip this book and find something better to read. Perhaps some instructions on how to use the radio would be more exciting than this.

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  • Posted September 2, 2009

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    Great action, some minor irritations

    Dark Time, the first book of Mortal Path by Dakota Banks features a woman named Susannah who after a very traumatic event and death, is resurrected back to life and given immortality, super human abilities, and becomes an unstoppable killing machine by the demon Rabishu in exchange for doing his bidding on Earth. She changes her name to Maliha Crayne and after numerous errands ordered by Rabishu, she gets tired of killing aimlessly and decides to take her life in her own hands. Going against Rabishu, she makes another deal; if she saves a life for every one taken, she'll be free if not she'll be damned to long eternal torment by Rabishu. However with every life saved, she ages and her abilities are not as good as it used to be.

    The action bits were great. The beginning of the novel grabbed my attention right away and I was engrossed with it. I loved how she became this assassin but with a conscience. The plot is really good. Maliha is something comparable to Lara Croft mixed with Xena Warrior Princess. She seriously knows how to kick some serious booty. She could be a super hero you see on TV shows, complete with "normal" friends who each had a history with her in the past (hence why they're friends), a potential boyfriend, and a never ending arsenal of weapons. I liked this character a lot then again, I'm always for women characters who know how to pack a punch.

    The plot flows with several chapters in between that feature flashbacks of Maliha and how she came to befriend some of her friends in the past. I like them, as it explains a bit of the background story some may find it not necessary, but the little chapters give the story a little more form and depth. Which is great. The ending was a good cliffhanger, it's making me grind my teeth now that I have to wait for the next one to come out.

    There's a few problems with this book that I have. Maliha is gorgeous. Yes. I realize that. Do we have to be reminded of her gorgeous butt every other chapter? do we have to be reminded that every man she meets wants to jump into the sack with her? (and she wants to jump in nearly every sack she finds with a man in it?) that gets really irritating and got in the way of the plot, I think. Another thing, she meets up with a nemesis who's "Ageless" like she is. Yet somehow this one managed to sneak into her ultra high security place and managed to fondle her body parts. She didn't feel that? after how many centuries of training? sure, she's lost some of her ability but is it that bad that she can't feel someone's hand down her underwear? that irked me. A LOT. Of course, you get the romance in this book but it's not that explicit and I managed to just skim through that (as I don't care for that stuff much).

    Overall, a good book packed with action, with a few details overlooked and a few irritations along the way. Nothing so major (or maybe not) to get in the way of enjoying the novel.

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