Title: Chase the Dark
Author: Annette Marie
Published: October, 2014
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.
Characterization and badassery
Piper doesn’t have magic, like other human-demon hybrids, but she has a determination to prove herself. She fights hard and has an instinctive loyalty who people who show they deserve it. She also has an instinctive distrust for people who haven’t behaved on the up-and-up. I liked that she wasn’t blinded by her relationships to people, and her willingness to step up to a fight she knows she can’t win.
Plot and pacing
I burned through this book in a day and a half, so it did progress well. There were a couple of points where I had a vague remembrance of a Transformers movie, with the constantly on-the-run scenario, but it worked nonetheless.
I love a good fight scene, but some of the ones in this book dragged a little too long. Overall, though, the pace worked.
Prose and editing
This story had a good blend of elements, and most of the time I didn’t notice the editing – which is great.
Annette Marie did particularly well at crafting likeable characters, and having them interact in believable ways. I look forward to seeing more of Piper, Lyre, and Ash.
A little, in good places.
“He was pure badassery hidden behind a sweater vest and he was losing his shit over a pet frog?”
This book is a bit more urban fiction than I tend to go, but it ended a two-week slump for me. I just couldn’t find something to review. I got started on this one and kept going through. The author’s voice is strong, clear, and compelling.
I really enjoyed this one, and already have the second book in the series on my Kindle. I look forward to get started on it.