Review: “Daimon” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Purchase (Paperback): Amazon
I’ve included details on how to get the e-book for free at the bottom.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she’d been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she’s pretty much accepted that she’s a freak by mortal standards… and that she’ll never be prepared for that duty.
According to her mother, that’s a good thing.
But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she’s being hunted by the very creatures she’d once trained to kill.
The daimons have found her.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love novellas and I love that so many authors are starting to release them either to introduce a series (as in this case), or to bridge a gap between two books. Granted, not all of them are great…”Daimon” is.
“Daimon”, the prequel to “Half Blood” (releasing in September), is a tease in the sense that you’re going to want “Half Blood” as soon as you finish reading. Thankfully, there is a sneak peek at the end of the novella.
Alex is a seventeen year old half blood (she is the daughter of a mortal and a Hematoi). Alex is the kind of character I love seeing in the YA world. She’s tough, she’s fun, but she has those moments in which she breaks down and you get a glance at the human side of her. She’s been on the run with her mother for the past few years. She isn’t sure why, but her mother insists they cannot return to the Covenant because it isn’t safe for them.
Alex has been living in the human world for a few years now, she’s adapted for the most part to the human world, though at times her fighting habits kick in. Her mother had prepared her for if the daimon’s ever came after them, but unfortunately not everything goes to plan. She’s forced to run, leaving her mother behind. That’s when we see the first glimpse of Alex’s soft spot so to speak. She’s strong, she’s a fighter, but for a while you actually get to watch as she struggles to cope. Unfortunately for her, she doesn’t get much time to get over what happened to her mother because the daimon’s are after her.
The way the story ends, it’s a huge cliffhanger, but it sets up the beginning of “Half Blood” nicely. I’m eagerly anticipating getting “Half Blood” because I need to know what happens next.
Don’t forget, you can get “Daimon” for free — you can also purchase a paperback copy from Amazon for $3.99!