Monday, November 23, 2009

Book Review : Dark Time by Dakota Banks

Three hundred years ago, she sold her soul to a demon. Now she wants it back.
Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1 by Dakota Banks

Product Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Eos (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061687308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061687303
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.

This is my first attempt at reading an urban-fantasy novel, and I'll have to say it's awesome! Dark Time is an action-packed novel which is full of danger and intrigue, in which Maliha strives to achieve a goal that seems impossible to reach. Please be aware that there are some adult contents in this novel.

Maliha is a super-girl. She heals inordinately fast, has looks that kill, is filthy rich, highly-skilled at martial arts and runs at a high speed. Plus, her best friends are a pro-hacker and a remote-viewer. Maliha looks as if she is perfect, and I was never worried about her, not even once. Even though she seems like she has everything anyone can ask for, she is actually lacking of one thing : her soul.

There are a lot of action scenes in this book, which I loved reading. Don't think Maliha is always unwounded, though. She is always hurt, but she heals faster than ordinary people.

Maliha has two best friends : Amaro and Yanmeng. They are loyal to Maliha and will do all they can to help her. Their friendship is true and long-lasting. I think it's a good thing that the author "gives" her two best friends. It must be good for her to have someone to trust after 300 years of solitude.

As Maliha tries to uncover the mysterious death of two computer experts, she uncovers a political scheme which leads to a battle with her with her nemesis/stalker, face-to-face.

Maliha's love interest, DEA agent Jake has a secret concerning his past. He did something that seemed impossible for normal people at the end of the story. Will we find out more about him in the next novel?

Dark Time is a well-written urban fantasy novel which combines a thrilling plot and an interesting concept, nicely blended in both historical and modern backgrounds. The ending is quite surprising, so I hope more will be revealed later. I thoroughly enjoyed Dark Time and I simply can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Rating : 10/10

I'd like to thank Dakota for sending me a paperback copy of Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1. Thank you, Dakota!

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Mary in Wonder said...

Oooh you should read more urban-fantasy! They are THE AWESOMENESS! Love them! ^.^
Superhuman powers and demons...HAH I'm sooo gonna read this when I have more time!
If you can, try the Georgina Kincaid series (starts with Succubus Dreams) too, or anything from Richelle Mead! Her books are like heroin for me XD

Aik said...

I'm now very interested in demons and super powers! I'll read the books you recommended if I have the chance! Would love to read them! XD

Thanks for leaving me a comment, Mary! Have a great day! ^_^

Mary in Wonder said...

YAY great!I'm glad you like this style! In the future, give a chance to The Hollows series too. I'd love if a world like that would exist =D

Take care!~

lili11 said...

Sounds interesting. I love suspense and this book has it. Would love to read it.

Benita said...

Sounds a bit like a modern day Faust with supernatural added. I think I'd like this book.


✖Queeny✖ said...

nice books...