Mortal Path, Book One
by Dakota Banks
Even if she looks twenty-something
and gorgeous, Maliha Crayne has been around for a while. She was
burned as a witch in 1692 and given upon his death the possibility
of eternal life and otherworldly powers if she agreed to kill for
For centuries, she did as told without questioning her master, but in the 1950s something
happened that forced her to develop a conscience. Not willing to work as a mindless assassin
any longer, Maliha struck a deal with the demon: He will give her an indefinite amount of time
to make up for her past. If during this time, she saves enough lives to outbalance the ones she
took, she will be free. But if she fails and dies before her task is finished, she will suffer
unendurable pain forever.
As part of the pact, Maliha, who used to be immortal, is aging now at an unpredictable rate
that is inconsistently related to the lives she saves.
As we meet Maliha in present time, she is investigating the death of two of her sometime
collaborators. This takes her on a fast-paced adventure as she is chased by immortals, falls in
love perhaps with the wrong guy, saves lives, and tries, for the first time since she was a mere
human so many years ago, to make friends.
Scenes from Malihaís past and her investigation in the present are presented in alternate
chapters in an efficient way that doesnít overwhelm the story.
Maliha is a character who grows on you. This is, indeed, good news because Dark Time
is the first book in a series.
I canít wait for the next one.
of other titles in this series
Dark Time, Book 1 [review]
Sacrifice, Book 2 [review]
Deliverance, Book 3 [review]
/ Harper Collins
Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban is author of the award-winning YA fantasy
novel Two Moon Princess , recipient of the ForeWord
Magazine Bronze Award for Juvenile Fiction. |