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Demons and Lullabies
     

Demons and Lullabies

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by Kallysten
 
Some little boys want to be firemen or astronauts when they grow up. From the moment Jacob understood what his fathers did, he never wanted to do anything but fight demons.

Andrew, Jacob's father and a vampire, fights demons because it's a necessity: few others have the strength or skill to kill the strange creatures that started appearing the very night his

Overview

Some little boys want to be firemen or astronauts when they grow up. From the moment Jacob understood what his fathers did, he never wanted to do anything but fight demons.

Andrew, Jacob's father and a vampire, fights demons because it's a necessity: few others have the strength or skill to kill the strange creatures that started appearing the very night his son was born. He carries with him some guilt, too, and the suspicion that the magic that made Jacob's very life possible also opened the way for the demons. The last thing he wants is for his son to ever join this fight and get hurt.

As the years pass, however, and Andrew watches Jacob grow up and grow more determined, he slowly has to accept there's little he can do to deter his son. It doesn't help that Nicholas, Jacob's other dad and Andrew's Childe, starts giving Jacob sword-fighting lessons under the cover of playing, or that Jacob discovers his mother's diaries and comes to the same conclusion Andrew did concerning his origins and the demons'.

Through snapshots covering Jacob's life from birth to adulthood, watch all three members of this unusual family change, grow up, and find their place in the world.


107,000 words

Please note: this is a sequel / companion story for 'Fangs and Lullabies', also available from Barnes & Noble.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015187502
Publisher:
Kallysten
Publication date:
08/27/2012
Series:
The Demons Age , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,029,330
File size:
384 KB

Meet the Author

Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for over fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers' reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.

To see her other stories, including free short stories and sample chapters, visit
http://original.kallysten.net

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Demons and Lullabies 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DavinciKittie More than 1 year ago
A GraveTells review: A m/m vampire fantasy about love, life, and raising a warrior *** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! *** Andrew and Nicholas have a sweet, loving relationship, with a slight D/s twist: Andrew is Nick's vampire sire and, while Nick doesn't always do as he's told, he has an innate need to make Andrew happy. Together they raise Jacob, Andrew's biological son, conceived and born through magic and mystery. On the night of Jacob's birth, his mother's heart stopped beating just as he was born, then the demon sightings began... always in proximity to Jacob or the city he was born in. The story skips through time and highlights moments from Jacob's childhood and the relationship between his two dads as they defend unsuspecting humans against near-constant demon attacks. Initially, the story switches between Andrew's and Nicholas's point of view, exploring their bond and narrating Jacob's early years from an outside perspective. Once Jacob is old enough to talk and toddle, we're treated to some endearingly adorable and surprisingly mature thoughts and get to see his fathers from a new perspective, highlighting some of the more subtle aspects of their partnership. As precocious and precious as Jacob is as a child, it is exciting and unexpectedly compelling to watch him grow into a sweet, strong young man with excellent judgement, a level head, and a heart of gold. Seeing him with his first love, his first demon kill, learning the hard way how to deal with judgmental peers, developing his defensive skills and protective personality... it's all so smooth and flowing and endearing that I don't care that the battle scenes aren't blow-by-blow and the sex scenes tend toward sensual rather than erotic. This is a story about a boy who shouldn't exist, his unusual family unit, and the brilliant ribbons of his life as he becomes a man. Demons and Lullabies is a life story, rich and fulfilling. Its paranormal aspects take somewhat of a backseat to the characters' relationships and the flowing passage of time, and I wouldn't have it any other way. While there is certainly a good amount of demon fighting and fangy love bites happening in the periphery of this story, the focus is on love and family bonds and the challenges of growing up with two dads who happen to be traditional vampires. Some of the scenes with Jacob as a child really squeezed my heart, made me feel what he was feeling. I usually don't care for stories with kids in them, but in Demons & Lullabies it didn't bother me at all. I was so caught up in the heart of this touching story that the lack of action and smut rarely crossed my mind. Oh there's sex and it's fairly steamy, but it's not overly explicit or gratuitous; it enhances the mens' relationship rather than defining it. As soon as this book ended, I thought "this better be a series!" I didn't want it to end and am looking forward to seeing Jacob grow into his adulthood fighting beside his fathers. When I said this to author Kallysten, she reassured me that there is indeed a story about Jacob's adult journey, called One Last Lullaby. Demons & Lullabies is a captivating, enriching story and is a recommended read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing by Kallysten. The characters jump out from the story. Andrew & Nicholas are my favorite vamps. I'd love more, maybe a prequel of when Andrew & Nicholas meet and their histories. Kallysten is a terriffic writer and talented to boot. Great job. Keep writing and I'll keep reading.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I received an eBook copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are entirely my own responsibility. Let me start off by saying that this is very much a story of a family and how they navigate the difficulties that are encountered as a family. That being said – this is a ‘non-traditional’ family, with a homosexual relationship at the forefront of the sexual activities, and if that concept is not something you are comfortable with, you may have difficulties reading this book. During the sex scenes, and the occasional homophobic comments addressed to the child, Jacob, are the only times you note a difference in this family from any other you could pick up off the street. Well, perhaps there is another difference, both Andrew (the biological father) and Nicholas (his progeny, lover and co-parent) are vampires, and manage an agency that eradicates demons that are suddenly appearing in their area. The author has created a series of vignettes that essentially take one year of Jacob’s life, and distill it into the ‘highlights’ of the moment and put those into a chapter. We start with Jacob as an infant, and watch Andrew deal with the grief at the loss of his wife, and the joy and fear he feels with having a son to raise. By the time we have reached Jacob’s heading to school, you are so engrossed in the story, and so attuned to his fears as well as those worries his Dads hold that it literally becomes impossible to put the book down. What’s amazing to me after reading the book is that the author managed to develop 3 characters in a way that makes them tangible and complete – without major holes in their personalities, even though we are really just sort of ‘checking in’ on them every year or so for 18 years. I just realized that this was the second in a series, yet this book stands alone proudly, and is one of the better books that mixed plot with erotic content that I have read this year. I should talk more about the paranormal content, but even it was buried within the more dominant storyline of the love and growth in a family.
meggerfly More than 1 year ago
Utter contentment! Rating: 5 Heat Rating: 4 out of 5 Andrew, Nicholas and Jacob are quite the unique family. Not only did Jacob have two fathers but they were also vampires. The latter was something that had to be kept a secret though because vampires weren't allowed to raise children - even if there was a biological link between them. And even though Andrew was a vampire, there was that biological link between him and Jacob. As impossible as it sounds, somehow the human woman that Andrew had loved and cherished for 20 years, Cara, had managed to conceive and give birth to his child before she passed away. Demons and Lullabies is written in the same unique style as it's predecessor, Fangs and Lullabies (review HERE). They're both written in a way that is completely different than anything else I've read. Each chapter is dedicated to a year in Jacob's life. Through these "snapshots" we watch Jacob grow up as well as Andrew and Nicholas learning how to be fathers. We also see the relationship between Andrew and Nicholas change over the years. As they share the years together raising Jacob their relationship grows into something more than Sire and Childe. All of the males in Demons and Lullabies are simply wonderful. Andrew is an overprotective father who worries too much. Heck, he might have even passed that trait on to Jacob. "He just couldn't help worrying.... and he entirely blamed Andrew for it: whether worrying too much was a genetic trait or something learned, his father was definitely the culprit." He's also kind of uptight. Nicholas on the other hand loves to joke around. He's the "fun" dad. And Jacob? Well... he's the best of both of them. He's compassionate, caring, courageous, responsible and insightful. I'm totally in love with him. Like seriously, if it was possible I'd dive into the book so I could try to seduce him LOL. I think it's fabulous that Kallysten can make her characters seem so real. In Fangs and Lullabies I felt that something was off. When I read Demons and Lullabies I figured out what it was. It was Cara. Cara, Jacob's mother, was missing. Yes, the first book talked about her but in this book we get a much more comprehensive view of her. Of course Andrew was still uber sensitive about her. His inability to have an in depth conversation about her was one of the few faults that I can point out in his fathering. Another thing that we get a better view of in D&L is the demons. And, well, with the demons came more action as well as some clues as to why they suddenly appeared. Let's just say that if Jacob wanted to fight demons like his fathers when he grew up, that desire only intensified when he came to some conclusions about his conception. I thought Fangs and Lullabies was great but Demons and Lullabies totally rocked! The snapshots in it only amplified what was already an extraordinary tale. This unique family and the love that binds them is something that I can't get enough of. P.S. The first words that came to mind when I finished this book? Utter contentment.