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Summer time makes me want a beach and the ocean (or at least a river or lake, especially with the warm weather we have been having lately) and a good book. With water and good drinks in mind, today’s review is Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This book begins a series about (Undead? Reincarnated?) pirates that are tasked with keeping the world safe from demons and monsters.
Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon
[Disclaimer: This book was received from Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion or review.]
Deadmen Walking begins with a girl named Cameron attempting to find her brother who is lost at sea and she finds herself on a ship full of demon-hunting pirates, called the Deadmen, in order to do so. Surprisingly, that is where the story takes a turn, instead of focusing on Cameron and her perils, the point of view changes and the main focus becomes Bane. He is the captain of the ship and the Deadmen as well as a beastly man whose name scared the demons they are fighting off.
book is categorized as historical fantasy and has a lot of people and
side-plots, and because of it you can get really wrapped up in it all. It is
full of demons and monsters and the light fighting the dark - and the dark
fighting the dark and the whole thing is captured in this glorious world that
the author has built. You feel in the thick of it all with the pirates and the
battles and become very invested in the crew and their struggles and if they
even can die…
The main plot however, centers on Bane and Mara (she is a changeling of sorts) and their very twisted relationship and how they have gotten to this point together. And boy… have they been through A LOT together, it’s a complicated mess of wars and magic and bonding the two of their souls. Their love/hate relationship, while a very common trope in books, is done very well.
Then in this crazy busy mess of characters it all seems to wrap up with Cameron and her brother again. Sub-plots start to make sense in the grand scheme and a few things get left until book two.
This book is about a year old now, so you can find copies pretty cheap and they are wonderful summer time reading. Book 2, Death Doesn’t Bargain just came out on May 8, 2018 so you can pop right into that book when you need the next one. It is just as action packed and even a bit kinkier than Deadmen Walking.
Today’s brew is from Trail Break taps + tacos in White River Junction, VT. If you haven’t been yet, the restaurant has some great eats, loads of great mixed drinks, and a pretty epic tap list. I am pretty partial to the gnawful start which is sweet corn covered in deliciousness.
Anywho… the drink, that is what we are here for, right?! Where there are pirates, there has to be rum! Trail Break features a drink called nOrth of Lutra which contains Malibu, Eli’s orange cream soda, grenadine, a splash of pineapple juice, and a splash of Cruzan black strap rum. The drink is $7.50 and it tastes so very good – you feel whisked away to a beach, have a great tan and don’t have a care in the world. In actuality it tastes like a coconut dreamsicle and is pretty sweet, but the Cruzan black strap rum gives it a bit more kick. But make sure to stir because that dark rum is splashed on the top of the drink and if you leave it there you won’t get the full benefits of all the flavors combined.
nOrth of Lutra
About the Book
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: May 9, 2017
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans!
Deadmen tell their tales . . . 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 and, together, they are humanity's last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms. 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 and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races, 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 almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity let's hope Bane can sway her favor.
New York Times and international bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves. Since 2004, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Her current series are: Dark-Hunter, Chronicles of Nick and The League, and her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter is also being developed as a television series.