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The Daemon Whisperer Paperback – October 1, 2012
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"I am so happy that I had the opportunity to be able to sink my teeth into this new series and author. It was more than I expected and all the elements makes the storyline come together beautifully to create a captivating world."
"I fell in love with this exotic, dystopian world and the humans and daemons that lived in it. The pace of the story is fast and there is never a shortage of action."
"In this story of love and survival, Meri and Azimuth are characters that are very easy to follow on their journey and see where it takes them. You will find yourself rooting for them along the way and I kept wondering who was next in the series. ... This was a great first story into the world of Liminals and I can't wait to become even more involved with the next book in the series."
"The best part of the story is its fast pace and slightly twisted storyline. ...doesn't shy away from action and in the latter half of the book we do get some terrific action-oriented proceedings that help in setting up a terrific climax. ...a good start to an interesting series and should be a book that should be enjoyable for readers of Nalini Singh and Jeanine Frost."
"Daemon Whisperer is a unique mix of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. The story linewas fast paced with a good deal of juicy action. Parts of it were gritty and terrifying while other parts were sweet and romantic."
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May I bow to the Paranormal Romance genius that is Candice Bundy! She has swept me off my feet and I still feel the literary high after reading her book. I've lost sleep from reading it and yes I have even missed a meal. Something that I don't generally like to make a habit of doing because I can get really cranky. But even in my state of crankiness I still managed to keep my face plastered smack dab in front of my Nook. And there it stayed, off and on for two whole days. It would have been shorter, but I do have children that need tending to every once and awhile.
Meriweather Storm has followed the path of her murdered parents by becoming a Daeomon Summoner. She is one of the best there is. She takes on jobs in the hopes that one day she will be able to avenge her parents by finding their killer. She summons daemons and binds them to do what she asks of them. Once the daemon is bound, the daemon's ink sets into the Summoner's skin. The daemon then completes the task that the Summoner asks of it. It could be a simple task such as extracting information, or a more lethal one such as murder. Once completed the daemon returns to Sheol, the equivalent of Hell.
There is a war in Sheol that humans are not aware of. Meri has been approached by four daemons to assist them with an assassination of an infatuation Arch-daemon named Makrha. In order to bind the daemon to her, Makhra will need to become intimate with her. If she is successful in killing him then she will be given the name to her parent's killer. Even under these extremely embarrassing circumstances how can she refuse their offer?
But the binding proves difficult in the beginning as Meri is not enchanted with the daemon, even as handsome as he is. So Makhra takes an image from her mind, of the one that she has started to form a dangerous attraction to, the daemon Azimuth. Over six feet tall, lanky but muscular, with silvery blond hair and ice blue eyes, he is perfection. He is unlike any other daemon that she has met and she begins to form feelings for him. And so Makhra transforms into Azimuth's image.
But what happens after this seductive binding will completely alter her life; and so a wonderfully, brilliant paranormal fantasy filled with romance and adventure begins. You will fall in love with these characters, especially the four daemons, Azimuth, Orias, Kobol and yes even that big blue guy with horns Belial (who has that distinctive voice of Tim Curry in my head). Meri is a strong and determined lead character but we also see a vulnerable and fragile side to her. I don't like my heroines completely gritty and hard. They have to have a balance and the author did a wonderful job with Meri's character.
I fell in love with this exotic, dystopian world and the humans and daemons that lived in it. The pace of the story is fast and there is never a shortage of action. I found myself wanting to know more about the corporation and how the world turned out the way it did and how the history of the Summoners began. This exotic world was very captivating and was curious to learn more about it.
There is certainly a good amount of heat in the sexual content of the story, but it wasn't overly spicy, but certainly it was for the 18+ crowd. I think readers will be very pleased with the relationship that builds between the two main characters and the internal conflicts and obstacles that they must overcome.
"Focusing on the concern etched around her brown eyes, it was all too tempting to pull her back into his arms and kiss away her fears. Could Meri's heat withstand his icy touch?"
The story is quite intricate and absorbing. But what happens if we forget what a Summoner is, or have questions regarding what a sigil may be? Well, no worries. Let's just mosey on over to the back of the... GLOSSARY page! Have I said how much I love this book?
Although convenient, one does not really need to utilize it as the book was very well explained in its entirety. In fact I hadn't discovered it until I got to the very end. But it's there if you need it.
So, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and number two can't get here soon enough!
"I don't want you feeling obligated to me, Azimuth. You're free now."
"I was free before." *Sigh*
Meriwether Storm, a.k.a Meri, is a daemon summoner--once of the best, in fact. She started at an early age, taking after her parents. When her parents mysteriously die after a supposed botch summoning, Mari vows to find and take revenge on the Daemon who was responsible.
Ms. Bundy creates a truly believable dystopian society where Corporations run the show, and the world has been split into territories controlled by the most powerful corps. These corps act as mob rule, hiring daemon summoners as either hit men, or body guards. Needless to say, Mari makes a decent living in her trade. However, what she doesn't know is she's on a path to destruction, and many daemons have been keeping a close eye on her because of it.
As Meri is unknowingly about to die, a group of daemons--not exactly good, but better than the opposition--step in to save her life, and in the progress turn her life upside down. She then has a choice to make: Embrace her new life, or spend the rest of her days running from those who would see her dead.
I found Bundy's world building to be believable and the characters to be a complex mix of emotion. The story was refreshing, and as a strong lead, I enjoyed watching Mari grow and adapt to her new life. Even though this is the start to the series, I'm already invested in the deeper story which promises to throw the daemon realm into chaos, and I can't wait to see what happens in book two!
Ms. Bundy has created a compelling, if somewhat dystopian, future in which corporations have superseded governments as the de facto rulers in North America, and humans have developed the skills necessary to summon daemons from Sheol. The story follows Meriwether Storm, a human woman and proficient summoner, with a rather large axe to grind. Seems that her parents were also summoners and, when Meri was young, summoned a daemon whom they could not control and so lost their lives in the process. Meri, it turns out, wants a little revenge.
Shortly after the instructive and gory beginning of the tale, Meri meets a sexy daemon named Azimuth, and, well, you'll just have to read the story to see where that thread goes. The rest of the story is one of personal evolution and self-discovery... with daemons thrown in for good measure. The daemons themselves seemed, largely, very much like humans in both appearance and motivations, but with magic-like powers and a proclivity for dining on strange foodstuffs, usually of human origin.
There was a bit of gender imbalance, as the male characters were weaker and less acutely drawn than the female characters: the four strongest-written characters were all female; however, this fits with the target audience of this novel. The story line wanders a bit, and there were places in which the narrative became sketchy; however, I enjoy stories that wander, so it was fine with me. The story ends satisfactorily with a daemonic erection and the set up for the sequel.
The Daemon Whisperer does not fail to deliver the gory, demon-munching-on-humans goods that demon paranormalists are seeking, but one must remember that the story is, at its heart, an erotic romance.
[Originally reviewed on Goodreads]