Deadmen Walking – Deadman’s Cross, Hellchasers, Sea Wolves #1 – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Deadmen Walking

By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hellchasers ™

Deadman’s Cross ™

Sea Wolves ™

I avoided buying this book because I thought it was a new series or unrelated to the Dark-Hunter series which is technically true. On her website, it isn’t listed in the reading order for the Dark-Hunter series. It’s listed on its own as #1 in a new series, combining Hellchasers, Deadman’s Cross and Sea Wolves. I knew I would eventually read it but I wanted to wait for a few more books to come out first. I caved when I saw it offered for free from my local online library.

I’m a little freaked out by the review I’m going to give of a book from my favorite paranormal romance author. I usually can’t praise her enough but I had a few complaints on this one.

It’s as if Sherrilyn Kenyon took every myth from every culture and threw them in this book. I felt I was reading the Odyssey on steroids. Where the Odyssey was from only the Greek mythology or Pantheon, this book had gods and creatures from every legend I can think of. It was also super fast-paced. I was so confused and overwhelmed that I had a hard time understanding what was happening.

I think it helped that I have read the dark Hunter series and I read everything I can get my hands on about gods and myths all over the world but I was still a little lost. I recognized some of the characters from The Dark-Hunter series in this book but there was a whole slew of new characters introduced in this book. I’m not so sure that anyone who has not read the Dark-Hunter series or who is not familiar with certain myths and legends would be able to follow this book.

What I like about the Dark-Hunter series is that everything was introduced to us slowly and built upon everything else in the previous stories so it was easy to keep up–well, not that easy because it was and is a very complicated and complex story and plot line but easier than when everything is dropped in your lap at once like it was here. Too much was thrown at us too fast. I took a lot of notes to try to keep up and remember who everybody was and what they could do with their powers and why they could have their powers but I lost the enjoyment for the story because I was constantly taking notes.

As for the actual storyline, it was excellent as always. Nobody writes like Sherrilyn Kenyon.

It was set in the Caribbean in the 1700s on a pirate ship with a crew of the damned kind of like Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact, a lot of this book reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean. A girl named Cameron needs help finding her brother and asks the captain of the ship for help and from there, the quest unfolds.

Dark Calling – Arcana Chronicles #6 – Kresley Cole

Damn! That was good. I know there are all kinds of better descriptive words out there I could have used but that is what came to me as I finished the book.

It’s a post apocalyptic world. Evie survived the Flash, a solar flare that killed most of the population dried up the world, to discover she has supernatural abilities and is part of a recurring game where she is a character from a deck of Tarot cards playing for her life. The winner is the last one alive.

Throughout the series, Evie has learned the rules of this terrible game and struggled with her powers. She thinks she can find a way to end the game without having to kill all the other players, some with whom she has become friends, but the game doesn’t seem to want to play by her rules.

She fell in love with Jack but then thought he died so she fell in love with her former enemy, Aric he Death card. Players are reincarnated every few centuries to play over and over but Death has won the last couple of games so he is centuries old. He has killed the Empress, Evie’s card, twice before.

At the end of the last book, she found out that Jack might still be alive. She also found out she was pregnant by Death.

This book began with Evie fuming over being pregnant. She is sure that Paul, Aric’s medic/cook/housekeeper slash everything that needs done in the castle guy, lied to her hen giving her her contraceptive injection. She thinks Paul wanted her to get pregnant. Paul, of course, denies this and tells Aric that Evie refused the shot. Evie also thinks Paul accelerated her grandmother’s death. Evie won’t listen to anyone and wants Paul banished from the castle or worse. Banishment would mean certain death. If the cold didn’t kill him, something or someone else will get him like the Bagmen who thirst for blood, the cannibals, the slavers or just plain starvation.

I was not really liking Evie at first because of her insistence on Paul’s guilt which seemed a little blood thirsty but also because she didn’t tell Aric that the Fool card contacted her telepathically to tell her that Jack was still alive.

I can’t tell you what happened without spoiling the book but I can tell you that my feeling warmed towards Evie a tad. She’s growing up and isn’t so self-centered but she still grates on my nerves sometimes.

The love triangle rages on. I, personally, want Jack and Evie to end up together but would feel bad for Aric since his touch kills anyone his skin comes into contact with except Evie so he would never be able to be with anyone else. But in the end, only one Arcana can live so either Aric or Evie will have to die. If Evie has the baby, would Aric even be able to touch it? Would it be better for Evie to live to raise it? Maybe they’ll be able to beat the game and stop it forever.

Who knows?