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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (Sept. 29 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312942990
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942991
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2.3 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,370,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Electrifying. (Romantic Times BOOKreviews)

L.A. Banks takes on werewolves and makes them her own…a blast to read. (Kelley Armstrong)

An action-packed thrill ride! (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Shadowy, sexy, intense. (Cheyenne McCray)

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In this steely and intense novel from New York Times bestselling author L.A. Banks, lust, envy, and revenge prove to be the most lethal weapons of all…

Secret government operative Sasha Trudeau arrives at the scene of a murder, only to discover that a Fae creature has been killed--in a whole new kind of way. What is the meaning behind this mysterious ritualistic killing? What did the victim do to deserve it? Sasha fears that the Vampires and Unseelies have formed an unholy alliance…and they're ready to unleash their darkest arsenal of magick yet.

CURSED TO DEATH

Teaming up with her mate and fellow Shadow Wolf, Max Hunter, Sasha tries to penetrate the paranormal community for clues. Meanwhile, members of the Wolf Clan are turning against one another as they race to uncover the meaning behind an ancient Unseelie curse. Even Sasha is not immune to this powerful magick, and soon finds herself drawn to a sensual, dangerous dance--one that could cost her own life…

"L.A. Banks takes on werewolves and makes them her own…a blast to read."--Kelley Armstrong

"An action-packed thrill ride!"--Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Shadowy, sexy, intense."--Cheyenne McCray

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This book was easy to get into. I just wish they would number these that are in a series. I think this is the second book for this series but I am not sure. I am reading bite the bullet and I am sure that it comes after Cursed to Death.
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Back to New Orleans but no R&R for Sasha Oct. 3 2009
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Manipulating the truth with her superiors in order to finagle some down time for her team, Sasha and Hunter are back in New Orleans to attend a big Fae Midsummers Night Ball. The possibility of getting some R&R is cut short when their Fae allies need help investigating the inexplicable death - by fire - of a Phoenix dancer. Sasha and Hunter are quick to take up the hunt for the killer, hoping to repay the Seelie monarch for his support of the wolf clans by solving the murder quietly.

But there is something in the air in New Orleans besides the humidity and pretty soon it is apparent that there is some strange magic at work - the Fae are losing their glamour and Sasha, her Shadow wolf mate Hunter, his brother Shogun and the rest of Sasha's wolvish comrades are all in a heightened emotional state and finding it hard not to succumb to the animalistic side of their natures. With new alliances hanging in the balance and enemies looking to exploit every weakness, Sasha and her team need to keep cool heads, and to discover the truth behind the magical attacks before it's too late.

I have been a pretty enthusiastic fan of Banks Crimson Moons series, and have really enjoyed the previous books with their smart and strong heroine, special ops soldier and alpha wolf Sasha, but it took author Banks a lot longer to reel me in with the story this time round. After thinking on it a bit, the reason that I didn't enjoy the beginning of the Cursed to Death as much as usual, was that not only were Sasha and her mate Hunter not acting like themselves, but also there was a high level of tension and conflict between the pair and among pretty much all of the returning cast. Once Sasha starts to think again and not just react, the story gets much better and, an improvement over the last book, Sasha's fellow special ops teammates actually are given something significant to do.

Even with the tough beginning, I actually did end up liking Cursed to Death, but if you are new to the series and haven't read the previous books, with all of the significant players in the series acting out of character, it is unlikely that Cursed to Death will make you a fan - and that would be a shame, because under normal circumstances the cast is a large part of what makes this series so good.
A Review of Books 1-6! {NO Spoilers} April 1 2013
By Larissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
*SPOILER FREE

I have never hidden my extreme love for Shifters, they are my favorite supernatural race followed by Vampires, taking a close second. The Crimson Moon series by L.A. Banks is all about the Shifter/Weres for me. Well, there are Vampires, Fae and a lot of other supernatural races, but for me is still all about the Shifters LOL.

Sasha Trudeau works for the government in a super secret team of Werewolves, working to eliminate terrorists. Well, they do have all the Werewolf ups, but they do not shift, because shifting means something went wrong. Means they have been taken by the rage and they need to be put down, so not shifting is good, right? When Sasha meets a man called Hunter claiming to be a Shadow Wolf, she realizes that the supernatural world is much more than she previously thought.

I LOVE L.A. Banks' Crimson Series! I confess that I was bit overwhelmed and confused by the world building in the beginning, but after you get a grip on all the supernatural people and the different types of wolves, you get a chance to enjoy an awesome Urban Fantasy series with non-stop action and a great romance at it's center.

There are the Shadow wolves {Native American origin} and there are the Werewolves {Asian origin}. The Shadow wolves are able to move through the shadows and Demon realms, but they need the protection of a special stone to keep from being attacked by Demon-infected wolves. Both Shadow Wolves and Werewolves can be infected and this one of the main problems that Sasha, Hunter and her team need to deal with. The mythology behind the shifter races is so unique in my opinion and one of my favorite things about this great series.

I love the cast of characters that make up this series. From Sasha's team, to Hunter's pack and including their allies the Fae, Crimson Moon is full of awesome characters that bring this amazing world L.A. Banks has created.

The Crimson Moon series is sure to please many Urban Fantasy fans out there and if you haven't read it yet, you totally should! I can't wait for the next installment in this brilliant series!

Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life
This series Rocks! Nov. 10 2009
By Michelle L. Beck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Two phoenixes have been murdered, and Sir Rodney, King of the Seelie Court has asked sexy, shadow she-wolf Sasha Trudeau to determine who or what is messing with fae magic (their glamour is faltering). Unfortunately, no one is immune to this "curse" and even the mighty warriors are affected. With the help of her life-mate (Hunter), Sasha and her group of special force soldiers must investigate these grisly murders, the dark magic behind them, and solve this serious conspiracy before all paranormal creatures expose themselves to the humans. While the two struggle to understand what is happening to all those who have special powers, they also are dealing with Hunter's brother, Shogun, who also appears to be under the effects of powerful magic (his growing lust for Sasha could start a war between the Clans) since stepping foot in New Orleans. Who then is to blame for the unseelie curse, the vampires or some other group bent on revenge? And why, during a time when his powers and those of his men are beginning to fade, is Sir Rodney infatuated with the she wolf (attempting to woe her)? Could he too be under the spell that plagues his people? As the story culminates into the days leading up to the Midsummer Nights Ball (an annual event hosted by Sir Rodney) so too does the anticipation of a showdown between those conflicting powers. So if for no other reason, an opportunity to read about gnomes, fairies, elves, werewolves, vampires, phoenixes, and an Ice Queen that will make you cringe in anticipation, all fighting for power, made this a worthy read.

I enjoyed this novel and think that it was by far the best in the Crimson Moon series. Like the VHLS (Vampire Huntress Legend Series), there is the age old tension between good and bad, as well as obligation and honor, and while it may be easier to do the wrong thing, the characters in this series always manage to do the right thing, even if it means escaping into the Shadowlands and murmuring a calming word. And while I appreciate Hunter, I also love the triangle between Hunter, Sasha and Shogun, and secretly hope that Shogun gets the girl (although this is contrary to the way of the wolf who mate for life). I guess just as I hoped Jose would have a chance (VHLS) or Jacob (Twilight), or all those others who we know secretly will never get the girl, but we cheer them on hoping they will. I think this series will only get better as they continue to fight against evil, and fight for love. If nothing else, I await the next opportunity to see Sasha in action.
Really a 4.75 Rating Oct. 28 2009
By Kathy E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Sasha Trudeau, shadow wolf and military agent and her team return to New Orleans for the fae's Midsummers Night Ball. Instead of having romantic dinners with Hunter and enjoying New Orleans nightlife, Sasha is assisting the fae with a trail of grizzly murders.

New Orleans has been cursed by black magic that only seems to have effect on the supernatural community. The Seelie fae have been stripped of their magic (which means no glamouring humans, who can now see their cute pointy ears), werewolves are pitted against each other, the demon doors have been reopened, the fairies are hiding and starving for food since they can now be seen when tending to their gardens; the supernatural community in New Orleans is in chaos.

Sexual tensions and dominance plays are high between Sasha, Hunter and Shogun. Even Sasha's familiars and her dad are affected by the curse; anyone with a sprinkle of magical beings in their blood is affected. The only escape seems to be the Shadowlands; however the unseen sorcerer's trap has made it impossible for any shadow wolf to enter Shadowlands. Without the supernatural community's natural cloaking mechanism to remain hidden within plain sight, humans are starting to take notice and ask questions, now everyone is at risk of exposure.

I really enjoyed this installment. It was full of action, mystery and lots and lots of fae. I love the strength of Sasha's alpha she-wolf, however I was a bit irritated at the way Sasha treated Hunter every time Shogun was around. Also, regardless of how intriguing the plot was, there was a bit more predictability and coincidental events than previous installments.

All-in-all this book was bewitching, engrossing and hypnotic. I would've loved to have seen more voodoo priest included, the story did take place in New Orleans after all; however, I did love that the Unseelie fae were included in this installment, I'm a huge Unseelies fan. I highly recommend this book and series to dark urban fantasy readers and also look forward to the next book in the series Never Cry Wolf due out 3/30/2010.

I also recommend:
They Call Me Death
Night Life (Nocturne City, Book 1)
Street Magic (Black London Novels)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
City of Souls (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 4)
super urban fantasy Oct. 9 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Black Ops agent Sasha Trudeau is a shadow wolf who unlike werewolves can change at any time. She uses the shadows to go to the Shadowlands and from there to any point on earth in an instant. Currently, she and her mate Max Hunter are in New Orleans to attend the Seelie King Sir Rodney's's full moon Midsummer Night Ball. Instead of having fun, Sasha investigates the death of a phoenix who after the flame burned out she sayed as ash instead of turningd into a beautiful human woman; her sister died in the same way including the identical black magic signature.

Sasha and Max pick up a sexual wolf scent at the site of the killings, but always lose the trail. A pixie tells them that the glamour of the Fae is faltering and members of the Shadow Wolf Federation sense the dark anomalies negatively affecting them and of course Sasha and Max. The Fae dark sorcery spell is becoming increasingly stronger while seemingly sapping the essence of everyone; if it is not stopped by the ball, war will explode.

The forth Crimson Moon urban fantasy (see BAD MOON, BITE THE MOON and UNDEAD ON ARRIVAL) is as strong, evocative and action-packed as its predecessors are. L.A. Banks combines various genres to create a unique paranormal vision that grips readers from the opening corpse and never slows down as the inquiry affirms all hell is coming during the next full moon especially since it appears the vampires, the Unseelie, renegade werewolves and rogue shadow wolves might be temporally uniting to throw over the current order before infighting with one another. Ms. Banks makes each species different but believable as Sasha feels CURSED TO DEATH by all of them.

Harriet Klausner


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