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Review: Deliverance by Dakota Banks

Deliverance by Dakota Banks (Mortal Path #3)


Synopsis from Goodreads
Kill . . . or be damned.

A demon's assassin for centuries, Maliha Crayne has gone rogue, determined to save a life for every one she's destroyed in order to free herself from an eternity of enslavement, damnation, and excruciating torment. But as the powers that sustained her in the past fade, she is wary of trusting those closest to her--especially her lover, Jake. And her closest friends are beginning to disappear, one by one. Amid her anger, suspicion, and sorrow, her life is spiraling out of control.

Worse still, a beautiful Renaissance murderess is recruiting Maliha as her new assassin. Maliha is turning into a lethal puppet with an evil Immortal pulling the strings, forced to kill innocents or see her missing friends die horribly. Suddenly trapped in a moral no-man's-land, Maliha is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't . . . and time is rapidly running out.

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 Absolutely mind-blowing book! Dakota Banks writes one of the best urban fantasy series I've ever read, fast, brutal, unapologetic, with a very unique mythology and a delightful main heroine who reminds me  of a female version of Indiana Jones.

Maliha Crayne was born centuries ago and burnt as a witch, however a Summerian demon offered her vengeance in exchange for her soul and agreement to do his bidding for all eternity.

In 21 century she lives as a famous noirish writer, trusts very few people around and decides that she wants out, refusing to kill in the name of her demon ever again. Her immortality and supreme strength are taken from her, and to redeem her soul she needs to save the same amount  of people she killed. Every time she saves someone she is ageing, so there isn't much time to complete her task.

To make her life even more difficult, Maliha is searching for shards of an ancient tablet around the world. If she makes it whole again she'll be able to seal the demons away from the intervention into our world forever.

A Herculean task and a very few friends to help her. Now one of her dearest friends is kidnapped by a ruthless and evil ancient villain. His time is running out, and the villain keeps sending Maliha his fingers so she would be forced to assassinate high profiled people for her.

It's a very tense, gripping, dark book, a lot of pain, very tough choices and pure awesomeness from Maliha who manages to rise up to all the challenges.

I cannot stress enough how truly EPIC this series is. It has everything I love about urban fantasy, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end of each book. If you like Adrian Phoenix and Lilith Saintcrow, Mortal Path series is definitely for you.

Highly recommended.

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Фантастика просто, а не книга!

Как обычно, Дакота Банкс создала жёсткий боевик в стиле Брюса Уиллиса вперемешку с Индианой Джонсом, и за это я её очень люблю.

Книга получилось очень тёмной, мрачной, полной крови и очень трудных выборов. Друга Малихи похищает одна из Бессмертных слуг сумерских демонов, и чтобы та пошла на её условия, начинает посылать ей его пальцы, кожу, руку... пока та не согласится убить для неё президента США. В то же время Малиха продолжает поиск осколков древней плиты, которые помогут ей запереть сумерских демонов в их измерениях и пытается спасать жизни невинных людей, чтобы очистить свою душу от убийств, что она совершала во имя своего демона все эти столетия.

Практически невозможный Геркулесов труд, однако она не сдаётся. Малихе предстоит научиться доверять своим друзьям, поверить в предательство своего любовника и найти силу духа, проведя несколько недель в горях с Мастером боевых искусств и старым другом.

Великолепная серия, которая придётся по вкусу фанатам Эдриан Феникс и Лилит Сэйнткроу. Читайте!
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