Monday, June 6

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Alex is a half-blood, the daughter of a mortal and a Hematoi: the child of a demigod. For the past three years, Alex and her mother have been running from an unnamed threat in their past, living among the mortals.

Now, the past has caught up with them and the daimons – which live to feed off the Hematoi and the half-bloods – have come for them. Alex must make a decision: face her present danger or run back to the unknown dangers of her past.

From the start of this novella, I was captivated by Alex's voice. She has a passion and a feistiness that I found refreshing. She doesn't back down at a challenge or a threat.

Alex is more than mortal. She has strengths that give her the upper hand in combat but she is not super-human. She is weaker than a pure-blood (the Hematoi) and other supernatural beings, like the daimons, are not an easy battle to come up against.

What I really appreciated was the balance of the tension and action against the moments Alex shares with her mother, and how she is shown to be as caring and vulnerable as she is strong.

This was a very compelling and satisfying read. Daimon is the prequel to Half-Blood and leads straight up to the beginning of the novel, so be warned that you may be left itching for the next installment, which is being released on the 15th of September 2011. I know I look forward to reading it.

You can read Daimon online for free at the Spencer Hill Website.

1 comment:

Emma Michaels said...

I need for half-blood to get here already! I am waiting to download this until I have the other on hands because I already know I will want to go straight into it! Great post!