Author: Mary Maddox
Series: Daemon World #1
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: Cantraip Press
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
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"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, all-consuming demands?"
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I honestly don't know exactly how I feel about this book. It was well written, the characters were complex, the world was unique. But the story was just a lot darker than I usually read. Sure on occasion I like to read a creepy book, but this one has a lot of mention and implied rape, it just unsettled me.
Another thing that made me not really like this book that much is, the character's aren't exactly the brightest crayons on the box. Some of the dilemmas they ended up in could have been avoided one way or another by involving an outside party. But they decide to deal with some of these alone, and it got people hurt, or dead.
I was never exactly sure what this story was supposed to be about. It focused on Lu's stalker almost more than Lu's impending copulation by Deamon (demon). The ending to this book was neither happy or sad, but it did end on a fairly sour note. I have no idea what the next book could possibly be about, and I'm not sure I'd want to know. This book was way to dark and messed up for me. Goodreads only has this book shelved as "Romance" but there isn't any. All the intimate scenes are done under coercion, and that is not romantic in the slightest.