Deliverance: Mortal Path Book Three
by Dakota Banks
Cover Artist: Don Sipley
Review by Steve Sawicki
Harper Voyager Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062049988
Date: 27 March 2012 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Maliha Crayne is working to even the scales. She'd spent centuries as an assassin for a demon and now she's working only for herself and trying to make up for all the evil she had been part of by doing good. This is a literal balancing act as each time she saves a life, a life she destroyed is taken off her history. But as she spends more time away from the demon the powers she had gained in that service fade and she's is less able to act and react in times of need with the same immunity.
Now she finds that her lover, Jake, as well as others close to her are beginning to disappear. Somehow, a Renaissance murderess is tied into all of this as she wants Maliha to be her new assassin. As Maliha tries to figure it all out as well as figure a way out for herself, she finds herself caught in a classic no win situation--either she becomes an assassin again and kills at the will and whim or another or her friends will die. And to make it all worse, it appears as if there is a great betrayal in the process of unfolding.
This is supernatural romance for those who were wondering or who have not yet read anything in this series of which Deliverance is the third book. Banks has built the series on the back of her reluctant protagonist Maliha Crayne. The problem with reluctant protagonists is always the question about the reluctance and choices. Banks pulls it off for the most part but there are moments where one wonders as to the sincerity of the character.
I've enjoyed the series for the most part with one caveat and that is that I grow a bit tired hearing the protagonist complain about the same thing over and over. Sure, it's what drives the character but there needs to be some change, some development, some motion emotionally for interest to remain. Otherwise we're just reading the same story in a different setting. A good writer can get away with this for a long time.
If you're just looking for some chest heaving romance then this may be enough for you. If you're looking for a bit more depth this might be the end of it. We'll see what happens with the next book. Recommended but with some reservations.