Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.
The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive - and scary. Did she mention scary?
The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.
And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.
Now she's on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She's dead on her own, but there's no one she can trust - no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons ... See problems one and two.
The Complete Steel & Stone Series:
Book 1: CHASE THE DARK
Book 2: BIND THE SOUL
Book 3: YIELD THE NIGHT
Book 3.5: FEED THE FLAMES
Book 4: REAP THE SHADOWS
Book 5: UNLEASH THE STORM
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About the Author
Jorjeana Marie has narrated over seventy audiobooks, performed in hundreds of commercials, and starred in Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is also a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
*Copy received from Netgalley*Originally Bibliophile's Reverie* A great mix of characters, I found it very interesting the mix of mythological beings that were in this book. I loved how they were thrown together and their interactions with each other. It was entertaining to say the least. I found Piper to be a pretty strong character, but in some areas it felt like the men in her life were stringing her around and she should be stronger than that. In the beginning one of the characters just pushes her down and tells her what to do when they are attacked and I think she should have been a bit stronger and not dealt with that. It was a minor thing but I felt like as to where she’s at in society, she shouldn’t take that kind of stuff. The plot was interesting and strong. I was able to read the book in one sitting, as I read pretty fast and like to read a book in one day. If you like urban fantasy, this is definitely the book for you. All in all I give this book a 4/5 as I felt the character could be stronger. But other than that it was a really good story and recommend it to urban fantasy lovers.
Deadly Deceptions This series must be read in order, this is the first book on the series. Piper Griffiths always wanted to be a Consul just like her father but with no magic, no matter how hard she works, it is likely to be a dream unrealized. On the eve of an important summit she is stuck upstairs in her family's rooms babysitting two devastatingly handsome Daemons instead of getting to sit in on the very important meeting. When the Consulate explodes into chaos and a very dangerous item goes missing the three must flee for their lives and piece together exactly what happened in the vault in order to clear their names and that of her father. This is an exciting story with lots of twists and betrayals. I truly enjoyed this author's world and the story she weaves. I cannot wait to read more of this series! This book is suitable for mature young adult to adult readers.
A book filled with fun, danger, action, and basically everything that makes urban fantasy delicious. The world building was excellent, leaving us with a vast, detailed and complex world to explore. The two love interests were great too, but Ash was my favorite. Piper is an interesting character and I enjoyed reading about her struggles. The sequel definitely goes on my to read list. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review** 4 ½ stars! Apprentice Counsul Piper Griffiths wants one thing, to be a full fledged Counsul to the many daemons that visit their Counsulate – an embassy or safe haven for them with the safety of their own kind at the helm. But seeing as Piper is a haemon – half daemon, half human – she hasn’t come into her magic, and to be a Counsul, magic is a must to be able to counter the magic she’d encounter with the daemons…well, that and the Head of the Counsulate who would decide her fate just happens to be her father. But on the night that a very important meeting to move an important artifact, an attack occurs and her father is missing, his magical signature is present at the scene of the brutal attack, and seeing as he’s missing, the finger is pointed right at him and Piper. But with the help of the last beings she ever would want assistance from – an Incubus Daemon named Lyre and a Draconian Daemon named Ash. They are both very good looking, but very scary and willing to help her figure out whom attacked the Counsulate, leaving behind a wake of bodies in their path. But Ash has so many secrets, can Piper truly trust either him of Lyre – who’d prefer bedding her, but he’ll settle for helping her – even if he does continue trying to get her clothes off. But when you are trying to stay hidden in the daemon world, all the while with the prefect (the police of the daemon community) on their heels is hard – even with all the contacts Ash and Lyre have is difficult. Between staying off the radar of the prefect, the missing jewel, Piper’s father presumed dead, and her uncle in the hospital having survived the attack – it’s a hard life for a haemon girl like Piper. Can she figure it all out before she runs out of time? I really like Piper’s character – she’s strong, smart, and can kick some major butt when she needs to, but she is also a deeply caring person who wants the best for the daemon and human communities alike. And I loved seeing the developing relationships between her and Ash, and her and Lyre. While Ash tries to act like he is overly protective of his image and past, Piper is slowly able to start figuring out more about him and his past. This was a really good read, with a lot of great potential for the continued story in the next books. It has a great blend of paranormal, action, and a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. Keep kicking butt Piperel Griffins!
Chase the Dark, Annette Marie Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Paranormal, Sci-fi, Fantasy, teens and YA Though I’m long past the YA group I enjoy some in the genre, when they have an interesting storyline. This sounded intriguing enough to be one of those. Its a fun read, action packed but easy to follow as most YA reads are. Sometimes that's all that sets them apart from novels aimed at older readers, the way the story flows easily, and when I'm looking for something that isn’t going to demand too much concentration to follow the plot( s) then these are perfect. This one proved to be one of those, and I’m eager to find out how the story continues. It’s centred mainly around Piper, whose father runs this branch of the Consulate, and Piper wants to become a Consul herself. Sadly though she’s an anomaly, a Haemon without magic, so although she’s skilled at self defence it’s unlikely she’ll get her ambition, unless some miracle starts her magic. The other two main characters are Lyre, an incubus, friendly, sexy and always flirting and Ash, Mr Dark, Dangerous and Delicious... Well, that’s it – I’m always a sucker for the bad boys Smile my money’s on Ash! The Consulate are meeting to exchange the magical Sahar Stone into a protective place. In the wrong hands its a terrible and powerful weapon. Piper is charged with keeping Lyre and Ash from coming downstairs while its going on – simple eh? Then things go wrong, there are explosions, murders, raving bloodthirsty Daemons, and all that stands between death for Piper are Ash and Lyre. Despite being Daemons themselves they help her escape, and then they discover that the Sahar Stone has been stolen and they are believed to be behind it. They're on the run from then on, trying to trace who’s behind everything. They encounter dangerous situations and monsters, as well as some terrorist Haemon and human groups, and poor Piper gets a shock when she finds out some things she’s always believed are lies. Of course on the run with two hot daemons has its own problems. Piper doesn’t subscribe to the “all daemons are evil” theory held by so many, and treats them as she would another human. She gets a couple of surprises along the way that serve to remind her they aren’t though, they can be dangerous and untrustworthy. They seem so helpful to her, save her life several times between them, and she theirs, and the three seem to have become quite a unit. Piper is getting confused, she feels differently about them now they’ve been through so much together, and she’s puzzled, why are they helping her when all data suggest its something Daemons don’t do? Throw in more deceptions and revelations, the appearance of a dangerous group, disappearance of the Stone, and the trio are fighting for their lives. Its a fun read, easy to follow but with some fairly complex plotlines. I really enjoyed it and want to see how the story continues. Though there's no romance yet its clear that it could be on the cards, with Piper being attracted to both Lyre and Ash. Stars: Four, a great start to what seems a promising series. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers