Ten years ago the daemon Talion saved Lu's life. Now he demands repayment..
As a teenager, Lu Darlington attracted national attention when she and her friend Lisa escaped a sadistic killer known as the Professor of Death. She never told anyone about the daemon who saved her life that day.
Ten years later, Lisa shows up at Lu's door, fleeing another psychopath stalker. But Lisa's not the only one seeking Lu after all this time. One by one, the daemons descend:
Voracious Chama. Sinister Black Claw. Beautiful Talion.
Chama wants Lu, but Talion claims her. The women of Lu's family have always belonged to Talion--and they've suffered deeply for it.
As the human threat draws closer, Talion demands that Lu bind herself to him in a harrowing ceremony that will destroy an innocent man and change her forever--but might save Lisa's life.
Can she navigate the violent intrigues of the daemon world without being consumed by its terrible demands?
"Terrifyingly brilliant -- dark twisted and totally taboo"
-- Pavarti K. Tyler, author of WHITE CHALK
"Intense and not for the faint of heart"
-- Robert Chazz Chase, author of THIS PLAGUE OF DAYS
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This is my first book by Maddox. I wondered if, not having read Talion, I would feel a bit lost. However, I can confirm that this book is the start of something new, even though it carries on, in some ways, from the earlier book. Maddox makes a point to give us plenty of detail and description to bring the characters and world to life. She then blended it with a unique and exciting blend of horror and fantasy. I loved it. I would say, after going back to read Talion, that it is more fun when you read it and then this, but can be done either way. We return to the lives of the two main characters from Talion. However, we are a few years down the line and their lives have moved forward, they have grown and they need each other again. We are reminded of who each character was, what has happened to them and why, briefly. Then Maddox goes on to really bring the characters to life again. She revives their personalities and gives us detail on what is happening at the moment. I enjoyed getting to know them and found them both strong and fascinating ladies. The story of the Daemons is a really interesting one. They are different from some of the typical tales of daemons, and I like this fresh take on them. We are descended upon by those who intend to do good and those who are filled with evil. They each have their own place and interact with the world and people differently. Getting to know them, as they injected themselves in the world was just as exciting as getting to know the mains. I loved that the story felt like a horror story, with the angst, fear and surprises mingled throughout their journey, but that it also had a decent amount of fantasy blended into it. I thought it was a good mix and Maddox really created something unique and very addicting. The pace was perfect for this style of horror. I was kept moving swift enough to really feel that I was on an adventure, where so much was at stake, and kept on my toes, wondering what would happen next. I liked that, though it did really make it hard to put the book down, not that I’m complaining. I highly recommend this read, as it is something new and refreshing for the genre and is very enjoyable to read. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Ken was Luanda's boss and had figured out who she really was. Luanda had seen her dad kill in front of her. She worked at CyberWatch. Ken's revelation had made Luanda nervous. Luanda had been kidnapped 10yrs ago when she was 15 by a serial killer. She was now Lu Darlington since the serial killer's book had come out. Lisa Duncan had also been with Luanda with Rad, the serial killer. He had destroyed Lisa's face. The mention of the book, Profess of Death, spooked Lisa. Lisa had had several operations to rebuild her face but she would never again be beautiful. Lu thought back to her abduction. Rad had become The Destroyer. He had intended to take her soul as well as her life. Talion, a Daemon, had saved Lu. Lu knows Lisa is running from something or somebody. Lu tells Lisa she's running from someone who smiles a lot. Lisa tells Lu to get out of her head. Lu told Lisa they were somehow connected. Lu told Lisa she could talk to her. Lisa told her Grifford Riley was after her. I found Lu to be loyal and tough, as she was a survivor. She was determined and stubborn until pain overtakes her. I don't usually get into possession stories, but this was actually pretty good. I recommend it.
Daemon Seer provides the stuff that superior horror is made of, with more than a dose of fantasy thrown in to capture audiences outside of the usual horror circles. They are stories of bonds forged and broken, heritage challenged, human killers encountered and fought, and the costs of love, marriage, and bondage. Here, also, are gifts that come with consequences, ribald language (be forewarned), psychos and killers (both human and not), attempted rape, and scenarios where the perceived good guys become bad. So, if it's an engrossing saga of ownership, possession, and change that is desired in a fantasy that fuels its passions with overtones of horror, then Daemon Seer is the item of choice. Daemon Seer is anything but predictable, and holding a dash of violence, it's compelling. And if prior fans of Mary Maddox recognize the characters from Talion (which followed the two girls' original encounters with demons and psychos alike), be advised that this is not so much a sequel as the beginning of a new adventure, and thus is presented as Book One of a projected series.
So, the cover and blurb is what made me excited to read this book. The first chapter is interesting because I thought it would start off from a flash back or prologue, but nope it goes straight into the present and little by little it gives you tidbits of the past. Unfortunately, it didn’t keep me interested—I feel like I remember reading something with a similar plot, and I barely went past the first chapter or first pages of the chapter. The story was forgettable. I honestly cannot remember anything about the characters. Both are haunted by the past, but Lisa even more so, and it has affected her life and led her to some bad choices. When she comes running to Lu, she leads the past right to her door. The writing was good, but not enough to keep me reading. I usually don’t read books about the otherworld unless it is written well. Lu seems like the strong one who is determined to move on in life. Lisa seems like the more vulnerable type who will always struggle. Lovers of the otherworld would love this book but I’m not sure if it’s for most readers.