Monday, March 19, 2012

Bookish Thoughts: Dark Time by Dakota Banks

Dark Time by Dakota Banks
Harper Voyager, 2009
Fantasy; 320 pgs

Dakota Banks' Dark Time has the flavor of an action thriller urban fantasy novel. There's quite a lot packed into the book as the author sets up the characters and their history and gets the story moving. Susannah is a healer during the 17th century. Accused of witchcraft, she is burned at the stake. An ancient Sumerian demon offers her a deal: immortality with conditions or death by fire. Susannah chooses life at the cost of being bound to the demon and required to do his evil biding. For three hundred years, Susannah kills for Rabishu. She is a master at her art with her supernatural strength and speed and well honed skills. Then, under the weight of the lives she's taken, Susannah rebels against her master, setting in motion a chain of events that could result in her freedom. She must balance the lives she has taken with lives she saves. The catch? She loses her immortality, aging with each life she saves. If she fails, she will forever be the demon's slave.

Susannah becomes Maliha Crayne as she sets out on her new journey. She is tasked with finding the one responsible for the death of two coders. Her investigation opens a can of worms that threatens to destroy more than just the lives already taken. Aided by her trusted friends, Maliha goes on the hunt.

This was quite an interesting novel. I liked it in many ways. The historical aspects and ties to Sumerian legends particularly intrigued me. And I really liked the way the author developed Susannah/Maliha's character. She had the typical earmarks of an urban fantasy heroine--tough and independent--but there is something else to her. As young looking, agile and into high tech as she may be, Maliha comes across as a much older soul. It's easy to believe she is 300+ years old. And I really liked that about her. I appreciated the author taking Maliha there. More importantly, I liked that she was a hot chocolate drinker.

The author spends a lot of time setting up Maliha's background and overall goal to regain her freedom. Very little time is spent exploring the part of Maliha's life in which she establishes her new identity as a crime writer before jumping into her current investigation. The transition is very quick from past to present. I didn't mind so much since I found the background information the most interesting, including the flashbacks to Maliha's past, but it did leave me scratching my head initially. I will be curious to see what direction the author takes in future books of the series.

Overall, I enjoyed Dark Time. The ending is a bit of a cliff hanger, and it was hard not to rush out and buy the next book in the series just so I could find out how . . . well, find out what happens next. I do plan to read more in the series, but I really need to get back to my book club selection for the time being.

You can learn more about Dakota Banks and her books on the author's website.

Source: I purchased an e-copy of this book for my Kindle.

This book counts towards The Eclectic Reading Challenge.


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13 comments:

  1. I tried to read this book but it wasn't really my style. I'm glad you enjoyed it, though!

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    1. Amy - I wondered that too (but about me) at one point, but I decided to just go with it. It's definitely different. I definitely like the historical aspects of the book the most.

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  2. You are reading a lot of different sort of books lately.

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    1. Kelly - I am going through a phase, I think.

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  3. I hadn't heard of this one, but it does seem like it has a very interesting and unique premise, and it sounds like something that I might like. It's a good sign that you want to rush out and get the next book. Great review! I will have to keep this one in mind for the future!

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  4. Thanks, Heather! The protagonist has such an interesting history. Although not everything worked for me with this book, I am invested in Maliha's character to want to see how her story plays out.

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  5. This sounds like a fun series and you know it's a good one when you are already craving the next!

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    1. Kathleen - I enjoyed reading it. Hopefully the next book in the series will be even better. :-)

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  6. Looks and sounds great...that cover is awesome!

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  7. I've had this one on my TBR list for awhile now! I'm sure glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to reading it myself!

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    1. I will be anxious to read your thoughts on it, Sam! I hope you like it.

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  8. A promising new (to me) urban fantasy series..I'm sold!

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