'A pirate romance, filled with epic adventures, fantastical creatures and an epic romance. What's not to love?' Fortress of Books
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. . .
A brand new historical fantasy series set in the Dark-Hunter World, from #1 NYT bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.
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'Kenyon boldly goes where no author has gone before and claims yet another genre as her own' Publishers Weekly
'Brisk, ironic and relentlessly imaginative. These are not your mother's vampire novels' Boston Globe
'Kenyon blew me away with her imagination' Goodreads reviewer
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'Fantastically fun romance' Goodreads reviewer
'A fantastic start to the trilogy' Goodreads reviewer
'Angels. Demons. Sirens. Goddesses. The undead. Pirates. Mermen. Dragons. This book has it all!' Goodreads reviewer
Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage "Dead men tell no tales" in the jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman's Cross historical fantasy series. In 1716 Jamaica, Devyl Bane is a man of many names: "Captain" to his crew of misbegotten miscreants; "Du" to Marcelina, the woman who literally is his ship; and Don-Dueli, his given name. All of them are monikers for a damned man in charge of a dead crew who are charged with earning redemption by killing demons and protecting the innocent. Cameron Jack finds Devyl in a dockside town and begs him to help her find her brother, Paden, a missing ship's captain who's presumed dead; Devyl agrees, beginning an epic adventure to save Paden and keep humankind's nightmares locked away. Marcelina's twisted sister, Vine who's also Devyl's ex-wife is leading the charge against Devyl and his crew; to find Paden, they must find Vine's hidden, crumbling prison and challenge her growing power. This piratical tale is very heavily front-loaded with worldbuilding information, including a panoply of pantheons, but there's still room for swashbuckling, death, glory, and just the tiniest hint of romance.