Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.
The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?
The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.
And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.
Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.
Published – October 12th 2014
Pages – 302
Genres – Fantasy, romance, paranormal
This book was stunning! I could get lost in this world for hours. I was lucky enough to get the first 3 books, Chase the Dark, Bind the Soul and Yield the Night, on NetGalley for free and I binge read them so fast.
A quick run down of the steel and stone world: First of all, daemons! Which are not demons. As said in the book “There were three ‘worlds’, for lack of a better term: Earth, where humans lived, the Underworld, and the Overworld. Daemons came from the latter two and Earth was stuck inter-dimensionally between them. The Underworld wasn’t Hell any more than the Overworld was Heaven. They were simply opposites.” Daemons aren’t evil demons come to steal human souls, although their morality was at times questionable. Both the two main guys Ash and Lyre are Underworld daemons who are scary and freaking badass when they take their glamour away and shade. Glamour is a type of illusion used by daemons to appear human, born from the magic of Earth. Shading is when you should really be afraid of daemons though. Shading is a shift in daemons where they become more instinct driven than logic driven, resulting in a predatory mindset that can be unpredictable and violent. Haemons are half-human half-daemon. They look completely human and they inherit magic from their daemon parent.
I loved the main character Piper and how determined and strong she is. Her dream is to become a consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. She is a Haemon but she doesn’t have any magic which makes her dream that much harder because you need magic to counter magic. Most of the other Haemons perceive her has weak and don’t believe she should be allowed to become a consul. But Piper just ignores them and strives to reach her dream. But that all crashes down when the most powerful weapon in all three worlds goes missing and all the evidence points to Piper. Piper goes on the run along with Ash and Lyre when they are found at the scene of the crime, so she can find out the truth and set her and her friend’s names free. But that’s easy said then done because finding an ally is hard when every daemon in the three worlds want them dead. Even though Piper doesn’t possess any magic of her own, just her fists themselves are forces of the reckoned with. That girl has some serious badass skills!
Ash, Ash, Ash, where do I start? I freaking love Ash to bits! He is an Underworld daemon, but not any daemon, a draconian, which is one of the rarest and most powerful daemon castes. His reputation is off the charts and he is feared by most other daemons. Although he may seem all dark and dangerous, when he lets his guard slip (which although isn’t every often) he is compassionate, kind, protective and fiercely loyal. He and most of his kind are slaves to Samuel, the warlord of the most powerful family in the Underworld. For years he has been tortured and sent around the three worlds as Samuel’s hit man which makes me so sad and all I want to do is cuddle and protect him. I love the colour of his hair and how he always wears a red ribbon braided into it to remember a promise he once made. Lyre is also a Underworld daemon and he is a incubus. He is such a flirt and always teases Piper which I found hilarious but cute. His daemon caste specialises in lust and suduction magic and although there are a couple of Piper and Lyre scenes, I will forever and always ship Piper and Ash because they are always saving/protecting each other and if they let their love for each other free nothing could stand in their way. Seriously, they need to get together and stop being all brooding and ‘I want to be a consul so I can’t be with a daemon’ shush Piper and just accept that you are in love so you can go and live happily ever after. HA! As if that would happen because after reading the next two books in the series, I am seriously wondering if they are both going to make it to the end alive. But I can always hope.
Such an amazing paranormal book with so many twists and turns! I seriously recommend, especially if you are into The Dark Elements trilogy by Jennifer L Armentrout!
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