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Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One

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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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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Promising Start to a New Dark Urban Fantasy Series!

    This book was my most anticipated book release this summer and I really enjoyed it. Susannah Layhem was wrongfully accused of being a witch and burned at the steak in 1692. While she was burning, her heart was so desperate for revenge that shortly after her death, Rabishu, a demon lord reached out to her and gave her a chance to exact her revenge on those that wronged her. For this "gift" Susannah would become his eternal slave, one of the Ageless. The Ageless are human beings brought back from death, bound to a demon master and turned eternal assassins to perform their masters bidding. After centuries of service, Susannah abhors the killing machine she's become and finds a loophole in her contract. Reinventing herself, Susannah becomes Maliha Crayne. For Maliha to truly free herself from her contract with Rabishu she must counter every death caused by her hand, with saving a life. Only thing, she must complete counteracting centuries of killing before she dies a mortal death; if her goal is not achieved before her mortal death, Rabishu owns her in hell for eternity. The beginning of the book was phenomenal and tragic, then things started to slow down towards the middle and became a bit mediocre, however, the last three-quarters of the book were fast paced and exciting. One thing that bothered me though, was reading about Susannah's evil side after the fact. Susannah/Maliha is tough and brave. I would've preferred to experience some of her murderous acts, not just the good acts. This novel has loads of action and very little sex. I highly recommend this book to dark urban fantasy readers and look forward to the next book in the series, Sacrifice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

    Good book

    I enjoyed this book. I wasn't fantastic but it was very good and I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Compelling

    Both plot and characters kept me engaged

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