Title: Daemon Seer
Author: Mary Maddox
Genre: Horror, Suspense, Fantasy
Publisher: Cantraip Press
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?
Daemon Seer takes seeing daemons to a different level. The story follows a young adult woman named Luanda as she tries to live a normal life. Luanda keeps her real identity and past to herself, because if people were to find out that she was a survivor to a horrific attack by a psychopath people would look at her differently. But Lu is different. She had help surviving the attack however. She’s a daemon seer. Meaning she is the tether to Earth for a daemon named Tailon. If she dies he has to find a new tether and not just anybody can harbor a daemon.
She wasn’t alone in that attack that left an awful impact on her life. There was another girl, but she got far worse than Lu. Emotionally and much more physically scarred, Lisa becomes an addict. The least of her worries are addiction and pain when she gets mixed up with the wrong person. Lisa flees trying escape the man and ends up on Lu’s back porch. Danger is back in her life and she relies on her daemon seer duties to help keep her alive.
The daemon, Tailon will do whatever it takes to keep Lu alive. That’s only if she agrees to be owned by him and complete the Knot. The knot is her having a baby which will then take over the duties of being his tether to Earth once Lu isn’t capable of it anymore. She has to mate with a man five times for the Knot to be completed. Thing is herself and the man have to be possessed by Tailon and his companion Black Claw. Not all humans can be possessed by a daemon and Lu knows that whoever she chooses will lose themselves along the way. And when Tailon names her neighbor as the man she is to complete the Knot with, Lu feels awful because she thinks Galen is a great guy.
As if completely the Knot is the worst thing on her plate. The man that Lisa ran from, a cop that they’ve named Psycho Cop has tracked them down. Now both Lu and Lisa are on the run. It’s only once Lisa gets caught and ones close to the girls start to get ‘injured’ that Lu turns to the daemons for help. She needs them and if she has to become their property then she’s ready.
From fast cars to murder to expelling daemon worms the story gets pretty action packed. However, there were some parts that I didn’t relate to. The part where Lu tells Galen that she sees daemons and that he’s been possessed by one is a little unrealistic. She tells he was used so she could have a baby…to tether these daemons that possessed both of them during their ‘acts’ to Earth. He took it really well a little too well. Lisa on the other hand has been through a lot and ever since Lu and her awful experience with that killer she’s a little more open. But even though she can see the daemons through Lu’s head and draws them there is no shock or denial of the fact that daemons are real.
I did enjoy that book up until all the details started to spill out and their reactions were basically, okay daemons are real, you can see them and they possessed me. He was present and could feel them possess him, but afterwards they had normal conversations and it seemed awkward.
On the plus side the background to each characters and their personalities were well written. Each person had their own story and even if two characters stories merged you could still read within the lines each characters defined personality. There was a book before Daemon Seer, which I didn’t realize and don’t believe you would have to read before this novel, however, it may give you more insight on Luanda herself.