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Kill . . . or be damned.
A demon's assassin for centuries, Maliha Crayne has gone rogue, determined to save a life for every one she's destroyed in order to free herself from an eternity of enslavement, damnation, and excruciating torment. But as the powers that sustained her in the past fade, she is wary of trusting those closest to herespecially her lover, Jake. And her closest friends are beginning to disappear, one by one. Amid her anger, suspicion, and sorrow, her life is spiraling out of control.
Worse still, a beautiful Renaissance murderess is recruiting Maliha as her new assassin. Maliha is turning into a lethal puppet with an evil Immortal pulling the strings, forced to kill innocents or see her missing friends die horribly. Suddenly trapped in a moral no-man's-land, Maliha is damned if she does and damned if she doesn't . . . and time is rapidly running out.
Growing up in a converted 1890s funeral home, complete with blood gutters in the basement floor, fueled Dakota Banks' interest in the paranormal. She's no ghost whisperer, but she keeps an open mind. She's fascinated with both archaeology and the paranormal, especially when the two intersect, as they do in Mortal Path.Dakota is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. She lives in a St. Louis suburb with her husband, two sons adopted from Peru and Ethiopia, and a couple of cats who keep her writing on track.
“Edge of your seat, breathtaking action in a must-read supernatural thriller.”
-David Dun, author of The Black Silent
“Chilling, thrilling, and a page turner!”
-Heather Graham, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Killing Edge
“A passionate, fascinating story packed with action and history. Three hundred years ago, Maliha Crayne was burned at the stake. Now she’s in a race against time to save the world and her soul, and you’ll be with her step by step.”
-David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose
“Twisted. Action packed. Tons of fun. Dakota Banks slams you through a wild tale of mayhem and murder. You’ll love every page.”
-Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown
“THE MORTAL PATH is a novel to be savored for both its edge of suspense and the pure joy of its storytelling. Part immortal, all human, Maliha is a heroine who will leave readers breathless and craving more. Not to be missed!”
-James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order
“Sweeping across continents and centuries, THE MORTAL PATH by Dakota Banks is story-telling at its most vivid. The characters are fascinating, the plot nail-biting, and the period pieces memorable. Curl up in your favorite chair - entertainment is guaranteed.”
-Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Spymaster
“Fans of supernatural and dark fantasy will be intrigued by Maliha Crayne’s quest to save her soul.”
“DELIVERANCE is a gut-kick of a read, with non-stop action and as inventive a world as I’ve ever seen. Maliha Crayne, not a character to be trifled with, could give other Urban Fantasy heroines a pointed lesson in real ass-kicking.”
-Vicki Pettersson, author of the bestselling Signs of the Zodiac series on DELIVERANCE
“DELIVERANCE by Dakota Banks delivers everything I love in suspense fiction: great characters who jump from the page; a smart, layered plot, and pacing that screams. This is the kind of book that makes you look forward to a rainy day.”
-John Gilstrap, author of NATHAN'S RUN and DAMAGE CONTROL
“Readers who like their paranormal romantic suspense novels to feature nonstop action, twisting plots, and deadly heroines will devour Banks’ clever and compelling Mortal Path series. Assassins, demons and danger, oh my!”
-Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of LOVE YOU MORE
“A breakneck ride through worlds visible and invisible - who knew the ancient Sumerians were this thrilling?”
-Joseph Finder, NYT bestselling author of BURIED SECRETS