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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718192796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718192792
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,119,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Supernatural elements put this in the company of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris (SFRevu)

Sharp and sardonic, mischievous and mysterious (Simon R. Green)

Tightly plotted and fast-paced, this book is full of twists and turns that take the reader for one heck of a ride (Romantic Times)

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Rob Thurman lives in Indiana, land of rolling hills and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Nightlife, Moonshine and Madhouse, the previous novels in the Cal Leandros series, are also published by Penguin. Visit Rob at www.robthurman.net.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthrophile on 24 Feb. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am unabashedly giving this one five stars, which is strange, as there is a lot that raises my hackles in it. It's just that I don't care. My enjoyment runs completely roughshod over my poor hackles! It's dark, and fun, and fast-paced, and fun, and the stakes are higher than ever, and man, it's just so much *fun*.

I'm not sure that access to Niko as a point-of-view character does anything much to broaden or give us more insight into him. It's jarring ("whoa, wait, who's talking now? HE'S talking now?") and felt somewhat like a gimmick -- a necessary and effective one, as it turned out to be crucial to the plot that at some points the brothers do not each know what the other one is up to. But I would have liked a better glimpse into Niko's inner workings, his drives -- he's scrupulously noble, terribly deadly, and devoted to Cal above all else, but we already knew all that when Cal told us about it in the last few books, and Cal is funnier.

Still! Five stars!

Sophia is still cartoonish, however. The Auphe being unmitigated evil works fine; they are monsters, that's their job, and that's a perfectly valid plot function in fantasy. But Sophia...okay. People can be evil. People can be downright marred and sociopathic. Sometimes there's not even a reason for it -- it's like an illness, and they don't even have the excuse of delusion, of thinking that they're on the "right" side. But even the worst villainous people are human beings. They crave SOMETHING, comfort, attention, safety. They justify themselves to themselves. They create scenarios in which they are the righteous ones, or if not that, then at least the *smart* ones. So what made Sophia into Sophia? How did she justify that cr*p to herself? What made her hate her own kids, even the fully-human one?
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It will come as no surprise to anyone who's read any of my previous reviews of the Cal Leandros books that I really like this series. Deathwish was no different, in fact I would go as far as to say it was my favourite installment yet.

After the massive cliffhanger at the end of the previous novel, when the Auphe come back in force, I was dying to get my hands on this book. And it doesn't disappoint. The Auphe are one of my favourite villians, and there return can only be a good thing (unless you're a character in this novel, of course, in which case it's most definitely NOT a good thing)

In the previous book in the series we learnt all about Robin's background, as a bit of a subplot. This time around it is Promise's past that gets slowly revealed to us through several of the subplots. And speaking of subplots in this novel there is so much going on, two main plotlines with so many other minor plots going on, it was really good. Seamus, the Vigil, Oshossi, so much.

There is a bit of a change from previous books in that the narration is no longer just from Cal, but regularly switches between Cal and Niko. This was a bit distracting, and detracted a little from my overall enjoyment. Not enough to give it four stars, but nearly.

One of the great things about this series is the way the characters progress as the series goes on. Robin is still suffering from the events in the last book. Promise and Niko's relationship is examined and put to the test in this novel. Events actually have an impact on the characters in the future. It's rewarding for the reader to be able to watch the characters grow as the series goes on.

Read this series in order, you won't regret it.

P.S.
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By Krista on 24 Jan. 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wonder now under what rock I have been living during the past couple of years that I discovered this series only two weeks ago.

I teared up, and more than once. Compared to 'Madhouse', I find 'Deathwish' a completely different book in quality, coherence and climax. Where all these points made me consider 'Madhouse' to be the one I liked least of the series, it makes 'Deathwish' the best.

The story worked and delivered in more than I had been hoping for.
The writing was much better, though I still sometimes have been wondering if some sentences were examples of slang, or just plain awfull or incorrect writing. I'm not a native speaker, but I read english books since long and usually don't have much problems with getting the gist of things, even though I don't always understand every single word. So, when I read a paragraph ten times over and still am wondering what the hell is meant... it makes me wonder.

As for Cal and Niko... *happy sigh* It was wonderful to read chapters from Niko's pov, and to learn more about their years before 'Nightlife', and it added to the story and the atmosphere. I really hope Thurman will use this option again in subsequent books.

One character I really, REALLY don't like is Promise. There's one point in the book where I wouldn't have minded if Cal had actually pushed her so I wouldn't have to read about her anymore. *sigh* It might come across as nasty, but I do hope she'll at one point vanish from the story lines completely.

This is a most excellent series, and I dread the day where I'll have read the last sentence of the last book already.
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