Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon : Review

Hell On Earth

When the Chthonians brought the primal gods to a truce at the end of their great war, part of the pact they forged was that the worst of the evil the gods had unleashed against each other and mankind would be forever banished.

But forever is a long time. And nothing can contain those determined to find a way back.

To catch evil, it takes evil . . .

While Thorn is able to contain the demons unleashed on the ground, the ones who prey on the innocent sailors and sea faring travelers are beyond his reach.

For the sake of humanity, he makes a shaky alliance with an old foe, Marcelina. In the form of the ship they sail upon, she assembles a team under the command of Captain Devlyn Nathaniel Bane, one of the most notorious and bloodthirsty pirates to ever sail the high seas.

Damned and murdered by his own, Bane is out for revenge. With his own secret agenda, he agrees to take charge of the motley crew of pirates and brigands, and to protect the seas from the preternatural terrors that seek to devour every unwary soul they can take.

Theirs is a sacred and deadly task, as they are hunted by their prey and human authorities alike. If they fail, the world will fall to the ancient gods of chaos, and anarchy will reign. Most of all, the Southern gate, where the greatest, most powerful darkness is imprisoned, will be opened and there will be no stopping it.

It’s yo ho ho and a bottle of high seas stakes where the souls of all humanity are the ultimate prize and bargaining chip.

I finished Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon a few days ago and I’m honestly still not 100% sure what I thought of the story in the end. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy reading it, I found the story to be fast paced and full of enough action that I struggled to put it down from beginning to end. I think I just had certain expectations going into the story and didn’t even realize until I was a few chapters in that the book was set in the same world as Kenyon’s Darkhunter series. So I went in expecting a certain type of story and got something else that I found to be a little too familiar.

Though once I was able to set my original expectations aside and just embrace the book as another series set in this massive shared universe I was able to enjoy it a great deal more. It’s always interesting to get a book in an already established world that’s set much earlier in the timeline than the rest of the books. in Deadmen Walking we get to see some familiar and much loved characters and got a decent amount of backstory about them while at the same time getting a new and enjoyable story to read. I think on its own this would be a really fun new trilogy.

Unfortunately I don’t think Deadmen Walking stands on its own quite as well as the Sherrilyn Kenyon planned for it to. I think If I hadn’t already read so many of Kenyon’s books that I would have been completely confused a few times by things some of the characters say or at certain aspects of the story. And while I think this will probably still be an enjoyable book for anyone who hasn’t read any of the other books or series set in this shared world, I don’t think it’s a very good starting point for something so massive.

Issues like that aside I still did enjoy this book and I’ll definitely be buying the next book in the series when it comes out next year!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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