Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1
by Dakota Banks
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Steve Sawicki
Eos Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061687303
Date: 01 August 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Three hundred years ago a young woman being burned at the stake for being a witch made a deal with a demon. For the next three centuries Maliha Crayne has killed for the demon that saved her. She's tired of it and has searched for a way out. She thinks she has found one. If she can save a life for every one that she has taken she will be free. This is not going to be as easy as it sounds because over all that time Maliha has killed a lot of people. Besides, the demon that owns her has no intention of letting her succeed. She's going to try anyway.
There are a lot of books out there in this sub-genre of urban supernatural fantasy with a primarily strong female protagonist. So many that it gets hard to tell them apart as they all have covers that could be interchangeable. At some point the sub-genre will simply implode and everyone will wonder why. I can tell you why now--over-saturation. There are so many of these books out there that it becomes impossible to separate the good ones from the ones that are just okay or simply bad.
Dakota Banks has added some twists to the genre although the dark cover, red text and, tortured heroine are de rigueur at the moment. Still, if you like your supernatural urban fantasy served with a bit of hellish overtone then this could be the book for you.
Banks takes a pretty straightforward approach to the plotting, which is fine. There's plenty of action and more than a few interesting henchmen and beings as well. It's an enjoyable read, fast paced, and well done. There is also a second book out so we'll have to see if the series will be two and out or will develop legs. I liked it. I'll read the next one. I'll let you know how that goes. In the meantime you could do worse.