Title: Daimon: The Prequel to Half-Blood
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub Date: April 19, 2011
My rating: ♥♥♥♥
Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing ‘I smite thee!’ as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life. 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.
Alex short for Alexandria, is the daughter of a mortal and a Demigod. Her life is everything but quiet. She’s been living around mortals for three years now, and her and her mother always have to be on guard – never staying in one place for long. Alex has always wondered if leaving the Covenant was a good idea, and whether or not she should’ve reported her mother to the council. Alex doesn’t fit in with the mortals, they know she’s different. It wasn’t until it was too late to do anything, that Alex realizes that it’s too late to fix mistakes. Even as an untrained, inexperienced student, she has managed to kill multiple Daimons. She works her way back to the Convenant – only to be intercepted by none other than Aiden St. Delphi.
I originally read Half-Blood first – and loved it. The moment I got my hands on a copy of Daimon I started reading. I enjoyed reading about Alex’s life before she runs into Aiden in the beginning of Half-Blood. The book allows you to delve deeper into the actions that makes Alex who she is. You also get to experience the relationship that she has with her mother. It may not have been the lovey-dovey relationship that all mothers and daughters want to have with each other, but they were there for each other. You learn that Alex never truly forgave her mother for taking her away from the Covenant. You see how having to hide who she is impacts Alex. It’s not till the Daimon’s attack her and her mother, that you get to see who Alex really is – bass ass.