Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One

Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One

by Dakota Banks
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Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One by Dakota Banks

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061687303
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Series: Mortal Path Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,125,856
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Growing up in a converted 1890s funeral home, complete with blood gutters in the basement floor, fueled Dakota Banks' interest in the paranormal. She's no ghost whisperer, but she keeps an open mind. She's fascinated with both archaeology and the paranormal, especially when the two intersect, as they do in Mortal Path.

Dakota is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. She lives in a St. Louis suburb with her husband, two sons adopted from Peru and Ethiopia, and a couple of cats who keep her writing on track.

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Dark Time: Mortal Path Book One 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
CymLowell More than 1 year ago
Imagine this: You are pregnant with your first child, homing with your husband and your fascination with herbal medicines. In the middle of the night, religious zealots drag you from your bed and throw you in a cold, rancid jail cell where you are beaten. Your husband stands by. The baby girl, who you would have named Constanta, is born in the squalor of the floor with your own hands. The zealots burn you at the stake as your husband passively watches along with the rest of the community, hurling epithets against the witch that you are supposed to be (accused by a disappointed suitor for your husband). And then . . . you are extracted from the fire by someone who offers you eternal life. In exchange, you must do his bidding as an assassin with superhuman powers. The dead Susannah becomes the Ageless Maliha. After some 300 years, she thirsts for the love of her child and more to life than being a killing machine. She rebels and begins finding the keys for undoing the demon and his cohorts. The demon offers a way out as a mortal human, which requires that Maliha balance her evil deeds with good. In her day job, Maliha is a popular fiction writer. Sound familiar? Dark Time: Mortal Path is a great adventure, taking the reader all over the world, back and forth across the millennia. Dakota Banks has crafted the beginning of a series of stories. When the pages stop turning, too soon for sure, I wanted to keep on turning to see how Maliha continues her quest for survival as a human, achievement of good, and whether her new romance has traction beyond passionate encounter. A fine read by an excellent writer with a fertile mind, and a great future.
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
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.
sooper_supernat_fan More than 1 year ago
During Colonial times, Susannah Layhem is a content wife, mother-to-be, and healer for her village. "Witch mania" sweeps through Massachusetts and Susannah is accused but innocent. Embittered by the loss of all of her goals for life, she is receptive when an ancient Sumerian demon offers her a way out of her death sentence. She becomes the demon's Black Ghost, an immortal assassin who also has special powers like fast speed and healing. This goes on for centuries until she finally begins to question why others should die so she can keep her youth and beauty. She rebels against her orders. The demon, who answers to a higher Sumerian god, is forced to explain to her how she can get out of the contract. She has to save as many lives as she's taken and she'll be free. The problem is every time she saves a life, she ages. She can die of old age or get too feeble to save lives before she saves enough of them. Time is against her. From here the story moves to modern times. Susannah takes a new name for her new mission, Maliha. Maliha is an incredible, powerful, sexy, kick-ass heroine who is also vulnerable on the inside as she tries to move back into the world of mortals. Her story is super compelling and the emotional attachment to her begins on page one and deepens throughout the book. Maliha has to be the best urban fantasy/supernatural thriller character I've come across in a long time. The book itself is a mix of action, romance, supernatural, action, moral dilemmas, and more action! I love the way the story is told using some flashbacks to show us how Maliha got to be the way she is. Something really original about this book is that it is based on Sumerian mythology. Sounds strange, but because it is based on known myths that somehow makes it more credible. Figure that out. The main thriller plot wraps up nicely but there are plenty of threads that will carry over into the next book. I'm usually not a fan of cliffhanger endings (just get annoyed) but this book has an amazing cliffhanger ending that really worked for me because I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!! I highly recommend this book to urban fantasy and supernatural thriller readers, and anyone looking for a page-turner.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
The-Book-Addict More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is going to keep readers wanting more. She sells her soul for revenge but after centuries of being the assasin for the dark side she is tired of the killing. She finds a way to save people to make up for all the killings she had to do for the dark side and they are not happy about it. An excellant addition to the paranormal world.
mootini More than 1 year ago
couldn't put it down and can't wait for a sequel
JTomCooper More than 1 year ago
Over 300 years ago a young woman who uses herbs to treat others is convicted of being a witch. She is burned at the stake, just after losing her baby. As she dies she is suddenly confronted by Rabishu, a demon who offers her immortality as long as she kills for him. She is renamed Maliha Crayne and carries out assassinations for her master, until she refuses to kill an infant. Rabishu offers her a choice: either save a number of lives and be released from her bondage, or fail and be damned to eternal torment. This first book in a series by Dakota Banks is full of Maliha's efforts to attain her goal, but is also loaded with action sequences, raw sexual activity and martial arts. The only flaw in the intriguing cover is that she is holding a sai in each hand, but doesn't use them in the book. Maybe next time, and I hope there is a followup in the series. It is difficult to put the book down, once you start reading it. The ending is a surprise and indicates we will be reading about Maliha in more books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt as if the author was attempting to put 40 different genres and stories into this book, and absolutely none of it developed. The beginning of the book did grab my attention, but that was where it ended. I
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Where the Antus and Derius sleep.
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I really enjoyed this series alot i thought it was interesting even though in the begining it was a little predictable i just cant wait for more i also love how the authir knows her guns everything from a chey tech to a sig saur p226 9 mm very fun to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both plot and characters kept me engaged
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep reading! The beginning may be odd but u get her backstory then move to present day events! Totally worth it to keep reading. It does leave u with a cliffhanger though! I loved all three books in this series
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Bebee2000 More than 1 year ago
Good story I loved how the main character secided to change her path.
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This book started off good for the first chapter . Then just went down hill from there. I found it very hard to follow , and all over the place. I wouldnt recommend this book at all.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading both in the series
8ntFrogn More than 1 year ago
The story started out with such promise, but went downhill from chapter two