Thursday, July 30, 2009

Debut Showcase: Dark Time

Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1 (Amazon USA - UK - Canada)
by Dakota Banks (blog)
HarperCollins/Eos
MM Paperback - $7.99
Chapter One

Publisher's Blurb:

Dark Time is a new, sassy twist on supernatural thrillers—Lara Croft meets Elektra—an edge-of-your-seat, action-packed debut that fans of Vicki Pettersson and James Rollins won’t want to miss. In fact, Rollins himself raves, “THE MORTAL PATH is a novel to be savored for both its edge of suspense and the pure joy of its storytelling.”

Burned at the stake as a witch, Susannah Layton made a deal with a devil in return for revenge and immortality. Nearly 300 years later, she has killed more people for her demonic master than she can count, and only wants to be free.

But infernal contracts don’t have an easy “out” clause, and the only way Susannah—now Maliha—can retire without ending up in the deepest levels of hell is by saving one life for every one that she has taken. Her quest will take the former assassin from the fast-paced urban jungles of New York and Chicago to the wilds of Peru and Mongolia, from corporate espionage to raiding artifacts from secret places at great risk to her life.

This is the author's debut into fantasy, but she wrote six suspense novels under a different name. According to her website, she based this novel on ancient Sumarian myths. I find the premise interesting, and I like the idea of her having to save one life for each life she has taken. However, soul-selling as a plot device is a hard sell for me, for reasons of faith. (As a Christian I see a much easier "out" than this.) However, even if I could set that aside, I still think this might be too dark for me.

5 comments:

Beth Gray said...

It is always interesting to see the new twist an author will try. What works for one will not work for others. It is the finding of the proper match that can make the writer.

Tia Nevitt said...

Very true. Twists are an author's business!

Stewart Sternberg said...

It must be so hard to cleave something new in urban fantasy. Create a character like this and everyone chimes in "Lara Croft", "Anita Blake". Do something with a wizard and it's "Harry Dresden". Still, I suppose for marketing purposes those are some good names to be tagged with.

Gary James said...

At least the MC wasn't compared to Selene from Underworld. That would have been the kiss of death...

Silver said...

Hi Tia, I have this book and I'll be reading this. I have to say that the blurb intrigued me and I'm curious to see what the author has written. I'll let you know when I've a review up my blog. :)