To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane – an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn – an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn’s behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen: humanity’s last hope to restore the gates.
But things are never so simple. And one of Bane’s biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn’t just a vessel, she’s also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged – a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and watches humanity fall, or she puts her faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity? Let’s hope Bane can sway her favour. . .
This is a new series based in the Dark-Hunter world, although there is very little about them other than the odd mention. It was a bit confusing initially as it is set 300 years before the contemporary series. When Acheron was mentioned, there was nothing about his current situation (but that makes sense as it wouldn’t have happened yet!) This is a good thing however, for people who have never read the Dark-Hunter series as there are no spoilers!
The author, as always, does a great job of immersing the reader in the setting, and Devyl like all her heroes is super sexy and definitely not someone I would turn away if he came knocking. He has a lot of secrets and suffered scorn and hatred from Marcelina, rather than expose himself. He is focused on revenge, but like all the Deadmen, he is hoping for redemption.
The romance between the protagonists took a while to materialise, but surprisingly for me I didn’t mind. This is probably because there was so much else to think about, plus a lot of scene setting for future books. As the book progressed the secrets came tumbling out, and Devyl became more exposed than he has ever been, while Marcelina has to re-evaluate everything she thought she knew.
As this is the first in a new series there is a lot of background information and lots of new races to learn about, and as such, I did find it hard to keep who was who clear in my mind at times. Once I got into the story though, I was hooked and read it in one sitting.
A great new cast of characters who I cannot wait to find out more about, especially Thorn, who seems to be to the Deadmen what Acheron is to the Dark-Hunters.
Overall it is great to be excited again about a new series, I really enjoyed this and look forward to the next one.