At Death's Door

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This third book was a quick read (for me anyway). I like the crossover between the Dark-Hunters and the Deadmen. I did find that some scenes moved very quick. It seemed like you moved slowly gathering people to fight and then all of a sudden in the next sentence a week has gone by where they have searched for the enemy. This happened several times which irritated me. Overall it was a decent read and we will see how the next book ties it up.
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I loved this book so much and I need more of this world. Please deliver on this Ms. Kenyon. Your fans will love you for it.
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At Death's Door is the third book in the Deadman's Cross series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I highly recommend reading Kenyon's series in order- and if you have read her Dark Hunter and other series it will be an even more meaningful read for you because they do all tie in together nicely. 

Valynda Moore was born cursed. So when she dies as the result of a spell gone wrong and is trapped in the body of a voodoo doll, she expects nothing else from her messed up life. Until Thorn, leader of the Hellchasers, offers her a chance at redemption and a new life. But nothing has ever gone her way, for the Malachai, the very beast she and her crew of Deadmen have sworn to keep locked away, has risen. And this time he’s taken prisoners. Valynda must keep her wits about her or be denied her salvation and forced to watch as the entire world falls into the hands of absolute evil. It’s a demon-eat-demon world where the stakes have never been higher and either redemption or the ultimate betrayal waits for her at Death’s Door.

At Death's Door is a culmination of the Deadman's story. We get to see Valynda resolve her feelings of betrayal and find love again. We get to see the Malachai and forces of evil at work and fought against. We get to see some of the backstories we wanted, and some of the family dramas that shaped characters and the way the see the world. It is a dark story, with a great deal of dwelling on betrayal and how horrible people can be to each other- even the ones they are supposed to protect. I find that very understandable since I have been following the author's current struggles in real life. However, there is also love, redemption, friendship, and all the things that make humanity wonderful in the story as well. There is a lot going on in this story, andI loved the references to characters and plot points from other books and series. The way this connected characters I never really connected in my head before made me happy. The more negative parts, the dwelling on betrayal and horrible things that happened to some characters, rather brought me down and I kept expecting more trauma even after things were wrapped up- but I think think that goes to show how invested I have become in the world.   

At Death's Door is a solid conclusion to the Deadman's trilogy. I really enjoyed how it pulled together so many of the worlds created by this author. It is a must read for fans. Even though it was not my favorite from this author, I am as always impressed with the world and character building. As an aside for audiobook lovers, the reader is fantastic as always.
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"In the darkness even your own shadow forsakes you"

I didn't realise this was the third book in a trilogy but I have read a few of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books so knew that when introducing a character to the book you get a little basic recap which helps.  

This is predominantly the story of Valynda and Nibo.  Valynda is human and Nibo is a Loa of the dead.  Valynda dies cursed and thinking she has been betrayed by Nibo, her love, she is brought back by Thorn and given a straw voodoo dolls body.  She joins his crew of deadman fighting demons. Adarian the malachai offers her a deal to get back her body but she would have to betray Nibo in the process, does she take him up on it?

I'm not going to lie I did get a bit lost in areas but overall the book is great and I love the banter between Nibo and basically everybody!  

This just made me realise that I haven't read enough of Sherrilyn Kenyon's books!

Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the ARC
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This was a great one sit read. I loved how the author took myths and legends we already knew and expanded them into a whole new realm. Great characters that will have you rooting for the damned and forgotten!
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As a result of a spell gone wrong, Valynda Moore died and became trapped in the body of a voodoo doll. She expected nothing else from her messed up life, until Thorn, leader of the Hellchasers, offers her chance at redemption and a new life.  She and crew of Deadmen have sworn to keep the beast locked away, but the Malachai has risen and this time he’s taking not prisoners. It’s a demon-eat-demon world where the stakes have never been higher and either redemption or the ultimate betrayal waits for her At Death’s Door.

The final Deadmen’s Quest is an exhilarating, entertaining and adventurous read with a smorgasbord of wonderful, strong, charismatic characters that not only enthrall you with their story, they make readers feel as if they are taking part. The story has a forbidden romance that been happening for quite some time between Nibo (Death) and Vala, the chemistry between them is undeniable electrical but this romance has some major obstacles and emotional distress that will have to be conquered before they can reach for an HEA.

The plot is fast paced and never has a dull moment as one exciting event takes place after another from learning about the beginning of Nibo and Vala’s love to a major battle with the Malachai. For the most the story takes place on a ship that has a delightful variety of crew members and lots of witty dialogue that really makes the story pop and readers can’t help but become caught up in this epic, energetic and sometimes deadly adventure.
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This review kills me to write, and I've put it off for some time. I am a huge fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and for one of her books to just totally fall short for me was devastating. I was really looking forward to this conclusion to the Deadman's Cross series.

The biggest thing that sticks out for me about this book is how many times we have long, unnecessary diatribes about the suffering the two main characters have endured. How everyone in their life has done them wrong and terrorized them their whole lives. Hearing the character's back story makes sense. But having it take up most of the book was just too much. It took up time that we could have been having adventures and new stuff happening. I found myself shaking my head every time we rehashed Valynda's and Xuri's stories.

Also, after following the author on social media, I felt like some of her real life experiences were being brought into this story. It was interesting to hear how the situations were handled by the characters.

There was some good action scenes, and the Malachai is an ever present danger, gathering his troops to take on the world, but I just felt there was so much "poor me" from the main characters, that it swallowed up all the short bursts of action we did get.

I do enjoy seeing Acheron and Thorn in the early days. We even get a bit of Simi which is always fun. The story leads us to New Orleans so we get to see New Orleans start up as the main site for the Dark Hunters.

It hurts me to say there was little I enjoyed in At Death's Door. It was a story that I debated giving up on many times. This is just my opinion and you could very well have a different one after reading. I'd really like to hear what you liked or did not like about this story.
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Sherrilyn Kenyon continues the Deadman's Cross series with At Death's Door.  This series combines thriller with paranormal horror.  She keeps the plot moving,  but the characters are not nice people.  Read if you like horror in the paranormal world
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Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.....

Utterly addictive !!!. This was Xuri and Valynda's book and was for me a roller coaster of emotions. We have Valynda who has suffered horrific pain and the loss of her life........she cannot even rest in peace as she is brought back to life as a voodoo doll !!!. Wow, no rest for that poor sweetie. She gets an offer she can't refuse......betray and get a real live body. Well should I say.....maybe she can refuse. 

Enter Xuri.......Valynda's first and only love.....he is part of the price she must pay. Can she make that decision or will love ultimately mean Valynda loses all and remains as doll ?

Gah, what a epic story line. Absolutely addictive from page one until the finale word. Sherrilyn has an amazing gift for writing bad*ss story lines that leave you on the edge of your seat gripping your kindle !!! (and in my case shouting at numerous points !!!)

A MUST READ FOR ANY LOVER OF THE PARANORMAL !!! Many thanks for this opportunity. 5 Massive "I will fight through hell for you" Stars from me !!

Later peeps xxx
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This is the third in the Deadmen's series and adds some new adventure and ties up a lot of loose ends from the previous books.  The books are similar to Pirates of the Caribbean " movies in that the characters are people whose human life condemned them to hell but have been given a chance at redemption by completing some task or fighting some fight for Thorne, the devil's son.
The series is a delightful escapist read.
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A great read! I didn't realize it was book three of a trilogy though! It is Sherrilyn Kenyon doing what she does best by bring a knockout finale to a good series.
Thank you to NetGalley and Tor for the E-arc copy of At Death's Door. I have given my opinion freely.
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This book was so good! I wasn’t sure if Sherrilyn would be able to close it out so it was the final book in a trilogy knowing that she originally wanted more in this series but she did it beautifully. There were definite areas in the book where we saw the author’s real life experiences make an appearance but that just makes for better writing. I honestly loved Valynda and Nibo and I wasn’t sure I was going to. Their story was fabulous and though the book was slow in some parts it moved very quickly in others. Definitely a success.
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Thank you Netgalley and Tor books for the Advanced copy of At death’s door. What a blast! While this was the end of the Deadman’s Cross trilogy it is still in the Dark Hunter world and had plenty of character cameos! I highly recommend reading the first 2 books first.  This story is Valynda’s and Xuri  story.  Valynda was killed and was brought back to life as a straw doll by Thorn.  She always thought Xuri betrayed her, and now the Malachai offers her a chance of a real body...but she needs to betray the man she loves...who betrayed her...will she do it? 
Lots of great action, romance, snarky lines, and yes some of them are from Acheron...and Savitar

It was a great prequel to Nick’s storyline as well and how everyone ended up in New Orleans.
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This is Valynda’s and Xuri’s story. Valynda was tortured, betrayed and murdered only to be resurrected as a doll by Thorn. He transforms her into a walking, talking voodoo like being. She may be made of straw, but she remembers everything and feels even more. With her new body she joins the Sea Witch, a ship with a mission to return demons to the hell they came from.

When captured by Malachai, she is offered a chance at a real life with a real body if she would just betray those she has found as friends.

Xuri was Valynda’s first and only love. When he comes back into her life, she must decide whether she can live as a straw doll and her friends and Xuri or a chance at a real life in a world running on pure chaos.

I am really enjoying this spin off from the Dark Hunters. Kenyon is a queen of paranormal fiction writing, developing characters that entice the reader to join the fictional world she masterfully creates. I love delving into one of Kenyon's books and At Death's Door was a fabulous addition to the Deadman's Cross world.

I received this ARC copy of At Death's Door from Tor Books - Macmillan. This is my honest and voluntary review. At Death's Door is set for publication Sept. 10, 2019.
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Another fabulous read from The deadman's cross series!!! I adore this series and it's amazing characters so much!!! This is Xuri and Valynda's story and it was a awesome page turning read with plenty of action,passion and emotional moments as well.The gods and villians are plenty and still going out of their way to make everyone's life hell. The deadmen are fighting baddies left and right , with  Adarian Malachai in the lead !! All valynda wants is to be human again and to get revenge for xuri's betrayal ,but their is more to the story and xuri won't stop til valynda knows the whole truth. Their was a lot going on in this book and some old favorites stopped by like ash,savitar,thorn,Hades and my girl the simi!!! Love her and her barbeque sauce!!! And some new character's from the mysterious and powerful goddess Circe who is the captain of a ship of forsaken and damned women. Will valaynda make a bargain with this powerful goddess or Will she help Adarian destroy the world and xuri along with it.!! So intense!!! And their also be Dragons!!!! Yes I said Dragons!!! Not just any dragons either but hot,sexy warrior sea dragons and I'm very interested in both  Nazar and his brother Karawan !! They sound delish!. Captain bane and the crew of the deadmen are back with one hell of a adventure,so sit back get comfy and enjoy the ride I know I did!! Until next time luv's💖💋

Thank you Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the copy!
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Sherrilyn Kenyon’s AT DEATH'S DOOR (Deadman's Cross #3) is a pirate fantasy set in her Dark-Hunter world. In this story, Valynda Moore is trapped in the body of a voodoo doll. Along with the crew of Deadmen, she is tasked with fighting demons and locking the Malachai away. Meanwhile, Nibo is trying to win back Valynda’s affection.

AT DEATH'S DOOR is an entertaining and exciting read. At times, this series reminds me of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They both have a lot of humor and action. Sherrilyn Kenyon does a great job with her plot and character development. Nibo and Valynda have considerable chemistry. There were interesting twists in the novel. I like that Sherrilyn Kenyon includes characters from her other series. Especially, Acheron (Dark-Hunter) who is one of my favorites.

I appreciated that at the end of the story it explained how the Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters, and Hellchasers end up headquartered in New Orleans. I recommend this story to Dark-Hunter fans and people who enjoy pirate fantasies. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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At the Death's Door is a splendid pirate fantasy by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It is packed with magic, action, mythical and supernatural element. Even though in this series each book can be read as a stand-alone. I was confused in most part of the story. As if there is a missing portion from the story that I need to know before start reading.

The story itself is amazing, but the romance between Vala and Nibo is the best. And I think it is mainly what compelled me to turn to the next page. It left the reader to a cliffhanger that will be continued on the next book. And by reading those epilogues I'm actually looking forward to reading another one in the series.
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Valynda is more than a little cursed.  A spell went haywire and she ended up trapped in a doll!  Now resurrected, thanks in no small part to Thorn, she is ready to face the rest of her demons. 

The Malachai are still causing havoc with their attempts at world domination.  Val and crew of the Deadmen have made an oath to keep the monster locked away and they will die (again in some cases!) to honour that oath.

Val does waver more than bit.  You never know if she wants her true love from one money to the next!  I got whiplash moe than once!  However, the banter is great between all the characters.  As a bit of a history nut, the setting was so atmospheric and really fit the tempo of the story.
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Valynda was abused, tortured, betrayed and murdered but thanks to Thorn she has been resurrected although without a body of her own she’s transformed into a walking, talking Poppet ! Yes Vala has a body of straw and whilst her heart might not beat that doesn’t mean she doesn’t feel or remember and as a member of the crew of the Sea Witch it’s her mission to return Demons to hell. Trouble is she’s a captive of the Malachai who wants to unleash chaos and he has a bargain for Vala that could see her returning to human form. Does she betray those she’s grown to care about or can her first and only love Xuri convince her that no matter what she’s seen or heard he really would risk the wrath of multiple Gods to save her ?
As a fan of this authors Dark Hunter series this spinoff is a must read for me and I’m really enjoying the different religious slant here. Previously it’s been Greek, Sumerian and Native American myths that have coloured the background but with these books and their pirate lore it allows the author to explore the Voodoo angle. I liked Xuri the Loa as he’s full of surprises and his magic whilst not limitless was very entertaining and full of surprises. Sadly I found Vala to be irritating as she constantly changed her mind about Xuri and how she felt about his actions. Of course it was a joy to read the scenes that included Thorn, Jaden, Savitar and of course the glory that is Acheron ! The dialogue just made me smile so much and it was fabulous imagining them amongst this world of piracy and witchcraft. Plus there are exciting scenes with unexpected monsters that I enjoyed reading. Sadly I did not enjoy this couples romance quite as much as previous stories so sadly that does affect my rating of this book but I would still recommend this series although I do think the reader gets more out of it if it’s read in order.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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The deadman’s crew of the Sea Witch hunted Demons to return them to Hell. Valynda is a member of the crew and the Malachai has risen. A beast that offers her the gift of life again if she betrays her first love Zuri. She gets further offers to be human again and not trapped in a voodoo doll but will it be a step too far to allow her hurt and rage to influence her decision.
There are plenty of demons and fights to keep the story moving with travel between different realms to entertain. If this is your first deadmen book it would be worth looking at previous ones to connect with characters from this story.
I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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