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At Death's Door

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After losing everything, including her life, Valynda has sworn her loyalty to the Deadman’s Crew in exchange for a chance of getting her soul back. Of course, being part of the Deadman’s Crew is never easy. This time, the crew will have the Malachai to battle with but the worst battle for Valynda may be forgiving the man she blames for her current situation.

I enjoyed Valynda and Nibo’s story. Their first meet reminded me of Fantasy Lover, which is the first book of the Dark Hunter series. Summoning a paranormal being by a human just makes a mark on you, LOL. I thought it was funny and cute. So are Valynda and Nibo. I like them both as individuals and as a couple. I love that no matter the time or situation, Nibo never gave up on his love. Valynda was a little bit more complicated. Their fall out was rough for her and she has a more unforgiving heart. But I give it to her, she is one tough cookie. 

If you’re familiar with this series or Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, characters from other books and different timelines are usually involved in current stories.  With that said, I loved reading more of Jaden, Savitar, Thorn, and Acheron who are big characters from Kenyon’s Dark Hunterverse now also known as Hunter Legends . Reading more of their past or current lives in this book made me love them even more. I don’t think I can ever tire of them or their involvement in the DH world. 

I especially love the mention of the Malachai’s(Adarian) background in this book which is closely connected with several storylines from DH Series. Though I have not finished Chronicles of Nick, reading more of his story hits me emotionally as I know his part in Nick’s life. Dare I say, there’s more to him than meets the eye? Maybe there is. I’d like to read his story and the mother of his child. 

Deadman’s Cross is the last of the trilogy and at this point, though we get a happy ending for Valynda and Nibo, the series seems unfinished to me. This is not necessarily a cliff hanger or a bad thing to me.  Kenyon left several openings and new information that connects and eventually will lead to present time DHverse. This is the web Kenyon weaved of the complicated Dark Hunter world and I love every bit of it.
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Very unique story, it was an entertaining and exciting read. Valenda and Nibo are funny .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.With her new body she joins the Sea Witch, a ship with a mission to return demons to the hell they came from.So many things happening in this one!It will keep your interest till the end!
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I have yet to find a book by this author that I do not like. Even when they start out  slow, I force my self through it because I know I am probably in a reading funk and it will get better.
She is by far one of my favorite authors, not just because of the genius worlds she creates but because of her kinda heart. I am always recommending Sherrilyn and she is always on my Print copies that I buy even if I have read the digital book over and over.
 This one is no different. It has everything you want, pirates super natural, romance and action. You name it and she has masterfully woven it into her tale.
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Welcome to the latest Deadmen’s Quest...
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.
I used to be a big Sherrilyn Kenyon fan but I’ve missed the past few books due to too many books to read!! I was really excited to get this book and, just like that, I dove right back in love with her world! I loved following Valynda and Malachai through their story. I loved meeting the rest of the Hellchasers. I now have to figure out where I left off in the series and catch up or start all over again. I can’t wait for the next book. I highly recommend.
**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
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The third Deadmen spin-off from the Dark Hunter series was yet another example of Sherrilyn Kenyon's excellent storytelling.  I couldn't put it down!  Kenyon's characters are so well written that the annoying characters are still annoying long after you put the book down and the swoon-y characters also continue to be swoon-y.
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While anything by Kenyon is a treat, this one had a different feel from past volumes and it took me an effort to read. The characters were rich and engaging, as always, but the story lacked the clean precision from past works. The reason for my low rating, however, is because the resolution of the final conflict was so abrupt that I can honestly say I missed it. I kept expecting the finale. Another thing that was disorienting is that it wasn't immediately evident this was a historic novel.
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The Deadman's Cross is a ship full of the damned working off the signs of their lives to gain a place in the afterlife.  At Death's Door is the third and final book in the series, set in the world of the Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter, Were-Hunter, and Chronicles of Nick series'.  A pirate adventure saga set to stop the Malachai from raising an army at sea to end existence.  Valynda Moore is the only member of the Deadman's Cross crew whose original body was destroyed at the time of her death, so she was brought back in the form of a straw doll.  Teased with her presence in the first two novels, it was great to see the back story that caused her second chance at life.

Nibo's introduction was the first time I'd seen Voodoo mythology brought into this world by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  It was a really interesting addition!  Nibo and Valynda met when Nibo was conjured by her foolish friends many years ago, they had an instant connection.  But her mortality and the restrictions of his role in the Voodoo pantheon lead to devastation.  Now, Valynda doesn't know who to trust in her quest to get her body back and Nibo's twin brother is once again causing trouble.

Their quest to find each other and discover the truths of the past and purpose of their present is a great story to follow with the added bonus of being on pirate ships in the times of the high seas!
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Unfortunately I could not finish this one. The story line was confusing. I couldn’t tell what time period we were in. I was looking forward to reading this and was disappointed
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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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