Book title: Daimon
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Covenant, #0.5
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: May 2011
Format: Paperback, 62 pages
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.
Daimon is the prequel to Half-Blood, and is actually a short story. I’m not someone who gravitates toward novellas and short stories that enhance their previous books’ world and give more information — or that are, simply put, for the fans. (The only one I can remember reading was Fairest by Marissa Meyer — which I actually loved.) But I love Jennifer L. Armentrout and was quite pleased to see that my library has her entire Covenant series — short stories, too. So I said, why the heck not? I can read it in one sitting and get a little more daimon butt-kicking time.
Daimon is about Alexandria’s life in the mortal world, and takes place just shortly before the events of Half-Blood start. Alex is a half-blood and her mother has decided that hiding among humans is their best bet. She doesn’t want Alex stuck in the dangerous world of gods and demigods, not when half-bloods’ only uses in that society are either to work as servants or hunt and kill daimons (which may very well get themselves killed). What mother would want her child to live a life in servitude or constantly with the threat of death?
Daimon does a good job at showing us Alex’s challenging life among humans, hints at her crush on a guy who will become very important in the rest of the story, and conveys the pure trauma of the daimon attack on her mother. I’ve got books 2 and 3 ready to marathon and book 4 waiting at the library for me — I think I’ll read them all this week. Review copies, you’re going to have to wait a little longer! Because all other life goes on hold when it’s binge time. ♦
So tell me…
Have you read Daimon? If you haven’t, would you be interested to? What was the last series prequel you read? What was the last short story you read? Comment below letting me know! And, as always, happy reading!