May 11, 2018

Death Doesn't Bargain Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Death Doesn't Bargain (Deadman's Cross #2)
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Tor Books


Death Doesn’t Bargain is the second historical fantasy title in New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Deadman’s Cross series. Where Deadmen tell their tales, and every soul is damned or redeemed by the final choices they make.

The Deadmen are back...

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind's destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn...and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine's hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it's her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn't seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron's resolve.  


"Kenyon (Born of Legend) puts the lie to the old adage “Dead men tell no tales” in the jam-packed, appealing first book of her Deadman’s Cross historical fantasy series." ―Publishers Weekly on Deadmen Walking 

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Death Doesn't Bargain is the exciting second installment in an adventure-filled historical fantasy trilogy. There were a ton of great aspects to the book, and a few points that I thought could've been better. My mind is still reeling a bit, so I'm going to make this as concise as I can by doing a list-type review.


Plot - Pirates, mythology, lots of action and adventure, and romance to round it all out. I haven't read much pirate-based fiction, so my knowledge and experience in the category is limited. I really loved learning about all the various creatures, demons, the damned, the gods/goddesses, witches, etc. There was a LOT of stuff happening throughout the entire novel, and I did get confused a few times. (More on that in the next section.) The story line was kind of predictable and definitely had a "Pirates of the Caribbean" vibe. The author did a fantastic job of bringing the world she created to life and making it all so vibrant. I'm hoping to learn even more in the next installment, and hopefully it'll help clear up any leftover confusion on my part.

Characters - Well rounded and intriguing. There were a few major characters, like Kalder, Cameron, and Vine, and each of them had very distinctive personalities and traits that brought them to life in my eyes. Even the secondary characters were quite intricate and rounded, and made each of them unique. I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters we met, and I definitely look forward to learning more about them in the next book.

Writing Style - The writing style is always a huge deal for me, and definitely can make or break a book in my eyes. The author chose to use the third person point of view to tell the story. I normally don't like this style because it always feels impersonal and makes it harder to connect with the characters. However, I was okay with it for this novel. There are several main characters that need their own stories told, and it would have been ridiculously confusing if the author had tried to use the first person. I think the only way to go was with the third, or almost guarantee losing the reader even more. I would've had a more intimate experience and probably could've lost myself in the story with the first person, but I would've been so confused. So, I guess this was the lesser of two evils (in my opinion).


Writing Style - See above. Quick recap - I'm not a fan of the third person, and although I believe it was the better option for telling this story, I stand by my opinion.

Confusion - There was SO much happening and SO many characters and various creatures that I got confused early on and quite a bit throughout the book. I'm thinking a second read will help clear up some things I'm still lost on - or perhaps I should've made some notes while reading. Either way, there's a ton going on and it's really hard to keep it all straight, especially when you're trying to do it all at once with the plot.

Overall, this was a solid second book in an intriguing and exciting new trilogy. I do plan on reading the final book because the pros outweighed the cons for me and I want to see how it all ends. Definitely recommended for fans of fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, science fiction, romance, and fans of the author.


New York Times and international bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, is a regular at the #1 spot. With legions of fans known as Menyons (thousands of whom proudly sport tattoos from her series and who travel from all over the world to attend her appearances), her books are always snatched up as soon as they appear on store shelves.

Since 2003, she had placed more than 80 novels on the New York Times list in all formats including manga and graphic novels. Current series are: Dark-Hunter®, Chronicles of Nick®, Deadman’s Cross™, Nevermore™, Silent Swans™, Lords of Avalon® and The League®. Her books are available in over 100 countries where eager fans impatiently wait for the next release. The Chronicles of Nick® and Dark-Hunter® series are soon to be major motion pictures while Dark-Hunter®, Lords of Avalon® and The League® are being developed for television. Join her and her Menyons online at and

(3) Winners will receive a Set Copy of both books in the Series and a Pin (DEADMEN WALKING & DEATH DOESN'T BARGAIN) by Sherrilyn Kenyon.
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