Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: The Daemon Whisperer by Candice Bundy

Title:  The Daemon Whisperer
Author:  Candice Bundy
Series:  The Liminals Series #1
Published: October 1st 2012 by Lusios Publishing
Page Count:  366
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Meriwether Storm discovered the grisly remains of her parents when she was only fourteen—the result of a failed daemon summoning. Meri immediately swore vengeance on the daemon who'd killed her parents, but there was only one problem: she had no idea which one had committed the atrocity. Before their untimely deaths, her parents trained her intensively in the arts, which Meri used to follow in their footsteps, ever seeking the daemon's name. Now, despite her years of searching, she's no closer to the truth and her time is running out.

When a mysterious daemon named Azimuth offers Meri a deadly summoning in exchange for information about her parents’ murderer, she takes it immediately and without intimidation. What does worry her is her attraction to Azimuth: when he touches Meri, her pulse races and she breathlessly awaits the feel of his lips upon her skin. Meri knows she should keep him at arm's length, but her traitorous thoughts obsess over him night and day.

Blinded by her desperation for the truth and her desire for Azimuth, Meri places her trust in the creatures who are her sworn enemy, jeopardizing her need for vengeance. After Meri discovers there's more to the deal than the daemon cabal first promised, can she accept all they have to offer?

When retribution is the only thing that drives you, how much are you willing to sacrifice before you lose yourself to the cause?

Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Erotica, Content: Contains graphic violence and explicit sexual situations, recommended for readers 18+.

The Liminals series is set in a future dystopian Front-Range Colorado filled with daemons, god-touched, and other not quite human creatures. Liminal beings stand at the crossroads between our world and alternate dimensions and have the ability to set things back to rights, if they so choose.

My Review:

I must say, when I started to read this novel I was a bit worried. It had a bit of a slow start, but when the storyline began to pick up it exploded. It went from ‘meh’ to awesomeness in the turn of a page.

Bundy uses sentences and paragraphs to her advantage, altering her writing style slightly based on the type of action occurring at that point in time. The descriptions in this novel lay out every scene perfectly. I love how Bundy’s wording and sentence structure change between a normal human’s home and the darker demon world. It highlights the differences between the two. This also carries over into her development of characters. She uses different terminology and wording to describe and explain the various different types of characters. She also took the time to develop some awesome characters to star in this novel. None of the main characters are superficial, nor are they stock characters. Each is individually crafted to suit a specific purpose. You can’t help but get to know and love them.

The supernatural aspects of this novel are very clearly laid out and explained. This is done without distracting from the progression of the storyline itself. This is quite helpful since it varies quite widely from the stereotypical . I also found it really cool to read a story where everyone, supernatural or not, is aware of the supernatural world. For once, it’s not a hidden sect but rather the norm for the society.

This novel was definitely a great start to the Liminals series. It draws you deep into the world of benevolent daemons, making you want to help them in their quest and to know them as individuals. By the end, you are dying to continue journeying with them.

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