Author: Mary Maddox Published: February 10, 2015 Pages: 330
Stars: 2 out of 5
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?
*** Sorry, I got a little carried away with my review. There are probably more spoilers than I usually have in this review. ***
The book is somewhat interesting at times but difficult to follow. In the beginning chapters the author doesn’t explain things with enough detail for the reader to get a clear picture of what is happening in the story. Instead Maddox provides a little more understanding the deeper you get into the story. If done correctly, this can be both frustrating and genius! In this case, I would say I was left feeling frustrated and wondering what was happening and why the characters responded a certain way. The book is really slow and hard to get into. Around chapter 9, the book became more interesting and a little less confusing. Overall, the book was both disturbing and fascinating.
Luanda or Lu has had a difficult life.- alcoholic parents who didn’t care, grew up in a trailer park, and an uncomfortable abusive childhood. After watching her father be killed by a serial killer and being one of two survivors, Lu desperately tried to move on with her life. Unfortunately life wouldn’t allow her to forget and move on. Lu’s boss Ken has discovered her secret past and Lisa, the other person to survive and escape the serial killer, has come running back into Lu’s life for help. Lisa needs help because she became mixed up with a dirty cop. He rapped Lisa and framed her for drug possession. And now he is coming after her.
Lisa and Lu are far more connected than the kidnapping they experienced together many years ago. Somehow they are able to send images to each other’s minds and almost know exactly what is happening to each other. While Lisa draws demons she has never seen before, Lu has what she refers to as moments. This is where she not only sees the same demons Lisa draws but is able to communicate with them.
The connection Lu has with the demons is complex. She is “owned” by Talion, the demon who saved her, who “owned” her mother, and who she fell in love with. Talion shows up and demands she creates a child by having sex with any male five times. During this time, the demon would enter the male to create a knot that will tether the demons to earth. The downside is whoever is chosen as her disposable mate, the demons mess with their minds and they end up self destructing and die before to long. Talion forces her to have sex with her nice neighbor. This is one of many uncomfortable scene. Lu is trapped in her mind while her body is being possessed and she gets transformed into ‘animal Lu’. So even though her body is encouraging the sex, Lu herself doesn’t want this and feels like she is getting rapped. This type of scene, her being raped, happens a couple times throughout the book.
I didn’t really care for Lu or Lisa’s character. They are both weak characters who seem to make foolish decisions. Lisa plays the helpless card and hides behind/uses her kidnapping as an excuse to act without though to consequences. She is more the spoiled brat who would rather feel sorry for herself and drag those around her down than address her issues and move on. Lu’s character is similar in how she just accepts what is happening in her life and to her without putting up any fight. Half way into the book Lu begins to fight back, which is refreshing. And by the end of the book, her character has transformed into something stronger. But even so, her character is annoyingly fragile and you can’t help but feel sorry for her.