Jennifer L Armentrout
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Date I Finished: November 7, 2011
From Goodreads:I really enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Usually I don't enjoy prequels all that much as I feel like it's just an introduction into the 'real' story beginning. This one is definitely the exception. I really enjoyed Daimon. I thought it was a great start of a amazing story and I found myself getting completely hooked.
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 is a Half-Blood. She is a descendent of the Gods, but her father was a mortal so that leaves her with two options, become a slave for the superior Pure-Bloods or become a Sentinel, a protector of the Pures, and fiht against the evil Pures-gone-bad Daimons. But that was before her mother pulls her out of training and goes on the run hiding from everyone from her old world, the Gods, the Pures and the Halfs without any explanation why. Alex doesn't feel like she belongs in this mortal world and then the unthinkable happens, the Daimons find her and Alex finds herself alone and fighting to get back to the school and the world in which she belongs.
I think everyone planning to read this series should definitely read this before Half-Blood. I don't think my feelings while reading Half-Blood would have been quite the same if I hadn't read this before hand. It made the storyline that much more touching and at times heart-breaking.
This prequel was incredible as far as prequels go and it's definitely the best prequel for a series I have ever read. It wasn't a boring introduction to the characters and the world as some prequels are. Yes it introduced you to the lead character but it was action-packed and fast-paced and I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting and it left me reeling and I had to pick Half-Blood up straight away.
An incredible start to an action-packed emotional series. I can't wait to see how things escalate from here.