Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely 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.
5 Out of 5 Stars
Genre:Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Dystopian
The world erupted into war, and the only way for it to end was when the daemons announced their presence and wiped out the World leaders. The remaining governments had to scramble to set up a hierarchy with the daemons in it and that was when the Consul developed, a neutral ground for negotiations ran by haemons, half human half daemon hybrids. Piper is an apprentice Consul, which is much harder for her than anyone since she has no magic. When a magical artifact gets stolen and her father, the current Consul, is missing, Piper is the main suspect. With her life on the line and two allies she never trusted, Piper needs to clear her name and find out what is really going on.
Oh my God, I loved this book! I had no real expectations when I started reading and I got all wrapped up in the story. This was such a good Urban Fantasy, and I would put it up there with my two favorite authors Ilona Andrews and Karen Chance. The world building was amazing, from the history of the world, the types of daemons, to the hierarchy, and the fighting. The descriptions were so well done I could picture these otherworldly beast so easily. I ate up every moment of this book and I can’t wait to read more.
Piper was so incredibly kick butt. She lacks any magic, which puts her in a disadvantage in the world, especially with the job she longs to do. But instead of admitting defeat, she learns any and all forms of physical fighting to help her handicap. This entire book was her jumping from one mess to another, never having a moment to breathe. Even when her world is falling apart around her, she only had a breakdown once. I rooted for her to stay strong, and even when she made poor judgment calls and missed subtle things from others emotions, I still liked her. Way to make a tough female character who may have been repeatedly saved by her male companions, but she saved them right back.
Lyre was fun, but I could not really get a handle on his true feelings. I was really confused if he had a thing for Piper or if he is just an incubus and was flirty with all females period. He brushed off his more severe reactions, but just under the surface a few times he slipped. Ash. Sigh, Ash. I don’t care if his true form is a big scary demon who terrifies all. I loved him. I was already sold on him in the beginning when I 1)Read his name (I am a sucker for a boy named Ash) 2) he was described as uncaring and dangerous, and 3) he had a pet dragon thing. He was my absolute favorite character even though he is still surrounded by mystery and deceit. I think that Ash is the boogeyman for so many, yet he was a marshmallow for his pet and would risk his own life (a lot) to save Piper. My favorite scene in the book was when Piper was fighting in the club and the end to her fighting was the best! I never saw it coming but man was that a sneaky smart move on her part with Ash.
This is my current favorite book and the best book I have read so far this year. I would recommend this to any and everyone who likes urban fantasy full of monsters and action. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book and see what kind of mess Piper gets into next.
I received this title from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.