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Daemon Seer (The Daemon World) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 10, 2015
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About the Author
Mary Maddox is a horror and dark fantasy novelist with what The Charleston Times-Courier calls a “Ray Bradbury-like gift for deft, deep-shadowed description.” Born in Soldiers Summit, high in the mountains of Utah, Maddox graduated with honors in creative writing from Knox College, and went on to earn an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She taught writing at Eastern Illinois University and has published stories in various journals, including Yellow Silk, Farmer's Market, The Scream Online, and The Huffington Post. The Illinois Arts Council has honored her fiction with a Literary Award and an Artist's Grant.
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Fast forward to Lu's and Lisa's next adventure in “Daemon Seer,” which also takes place in Utah, mostly Park City. Lu, older and on her own, wants to be as anonymous as possible after the notoriety of the serial killer ordeal. Lisa, who had become involved in illegal drugs and other unwise behavior, comes to Lu for help, and unpleasant things occur. The daemons show up as well, complicating Lu's life further.
I recommend this book highly as it's very well written, fast paced and emotionally involving. Look forward to hearing more about Lu and her unworldly friends.
The story is tight, tense and dark, but there is hope there, not the melodramatic kind, the real, hard-won kind born of the determination to survive and to keep caring. There are no quick fixes in this story, no easy answers and no saccharine endings. This is as messy and gritty as life must be when evil walks on two legs and is out to get you.
True 5 star books show their quality early on, and this one certainly did. The author’s ability to write clean, concise and elegant prose was immediately obvious. Her words flow with the confidence of a seasoned writer, and she expertly weaves description into the action in such a way that we feel we are right there in the action, experiencing the scenes with all our senses, not just reading about them.
By the 20% mark the author had the whole story set up. The protagonist and antagonist were clear, the main complications (the daemons and their relationship to the central character) were established, the game was set and I was already invested in Lu’s survival. This is how such books should be. The story and relationships became more complex as the book progressed and it built to a dramatic and powerful conclusion. I cannot fault the craftsmanship in this one at all.
Right from the beginning, there was never a moment where I was tempted to put the book aside, a sign of excellent pacing and engaging action. And the characters leap off the page as real people with believable flaws, insecurities, hopes and fears.
An easy 5 stars on this one. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes a good gritty thriller.
Daemon seer begins with Lisa seeking refuge at Lu's from yet another stalker. This one is a cop, and a dirty one at that. He's planted drugs in Lisa's home and now has a warrant out for her arrest. She can't seek help from her family, who just wants her in rehab for her drug problem. Her only choice is to visit Lu, who she hasn't seen in almost ten years. But Psycho cop doesn't lose his trail so easily...
Lu's life spirals out of control shortly after Lisa shows up. Talion and Black Claw are intent on Lu completing a ceremony that will bind her to Talion, with other interesting details as well. Another Daemon named Chama shows interest in Lu as well, and it becomes a race to see who claims her first. Talion, the daemon who she has communicated with since she was 15? Or Chama, Dangerous, unpredictable Chama?
It's not necessary to read Talion before Daemon Seer, but I personally think Talion was the better story of the two. Daemon Seer is told only from Lu's point of view, where as Talion had alternating view points that I think helped move the story along. I kept feeling stuck in this book, like seemingly unimportant events were just drug on and on. The characters had very little development and I kept waiting for outrage, that never came.
I'm not sure if my expectations for this book were too high after reading Talion, but for me this one just didn't live up to the hype created by it's predecessor.
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