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Daemon Seer

(The Daemon World #1)

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  47 reviews
As a teenager, Lu Darlington attracted national attention when she and her friend Lisa escaped a sadistic killer known as the Professor of Death. She never told anyone about the daemon who saved her life that day.

Ten years later, Lisa shows up at Lu’s door, fleeing another psychopath stalker. But Lisa’s not the only one seeking Lu after all this time. One by one, the daem
Paperback, 1st, 330 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Cantraip Press
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Mary Maddox
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
it's my book. If I don't like it, who will?
James Goltz
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Daemon Seer is the second published novel by Mary Maddox and a sequel to Talion which was published in 2012. I noticed immediately upon receiving the book that “daemon” was spelled differently, and presumably had a different meaning from, the more familiar term “demon,” the latter a term familiar to most of us as a malevolent spirit capable of inhabiting and causing serious mischief in the human host. Consider, for example, the Gerasene Demoniac in the Christian New Testament, Mark V, 1-17 who i ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was ok for me. I think this book was a bit slow in the beginning but as the book went on it got a little better. I enjoyed the Deamon aspect of the book, I was just wanting more from this author. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Rickus Bookshelf
DNF at 20%
Stephanie Hill
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Daemon Seer is captivating, a dark, mysterious, and riveting book that follows the lives of Luanda and Lisa, childhood friends and survivors of serial killer Rad Sanders. Luanda owed part of her survival to the daemons who saved her life, daemons that have been quiet for years before the beginning of this book. These supernatural beings were her saviors in Talion, but now that they’ve come to exact their price, Luanda struggles with whether she’d rather—and whether she can—live without them, and ...more
The book is somewhat interesting at times but difficult to follow. In the beginning chapters the author doesn't explain things with enough detail for the reader to get a clear picture of what is happening in the story. Instead Maddox provides a little more understanding the deeper you get into the story. If done correctly, this can be both frustrating and genius! In this case, I would say I was left feeling frustrated and wondering what was happening and why the characters responded a certain wa ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started reading this book, I was not aware that another had been written that took place before this. I didn’t have an issue reading this novel and keeping up with what was going so I personally don’t feel like you have to read Talion to know what is going on is this novel. But, if you would prefer to do so, then by all means, go ahead!

I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. I finished it in one day and as I have had very limited time for reading lately, this is a h
Tahlia Newland
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I can't believe the slew of low starred reviews of this one. No book is everyone's cup of tea, but reviewers are completely overlooking the fact that even if they aren't comfortable with the story - it is dark - this is a brilliantly written book. It's even received an AIA Seal of Excellence, and rightly so. I don't usually go for dark books, but this one is not without light. The 1 and 2 star reviews here are totally unwarranted.

Daemon Seer is an expertly written, highly engaging page tur
Catherine Putsche
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

Luanda and Lisa share a devastating history with one-another that connects them in ways they never thought possible-they were both abducted and tortured by the same serial-killer several years prior. Luanda has the ability to enter Lisa’s mind, when Lisa allows her to and also feels her friend’s deep tormented emotions. Lisa is able to paint the demons that torment Luanda unaware that these demons are real in her friends mind and that they are threatening to change the course of Luanda’s exi
Pretty Sassy Cool
x stars.

This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool.

So, the cover and blurb is what made me excited to read this book.

The first chapter is interesting because I thought it would start off from a flash back or prologue, but nope it goes straight into the present and little by little it gives you tidbits of the past. Unfortunately, it didn’t keep me interested—I feel like I remember reading something with a similar plot, and I barely went past the first chapter or first pages of the chapter.

Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Older young adults
I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lu and Lisa, thrown together in life by a serial killer intent on making them his next victims. 10 years after their escape finds the girls on their own paths in life, suddenly thrown back together. Another madman is stalking Lisa, and Lu knows she needs to protect her....See...something happened out there on the mountains, with the serial killer, Rad. When they escaped, Lu knows they were really saved by a daemon, Talion. Tali
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Daemon Seer provides the stuff that superior horror is made of, with more than a dose of fantasy thrown in to capture audiences outside of the usual horror circles. They are stories of bonds forged and broken, heritage challenged, human killers encountered and fought, and the costs of love, marriage, and bondage.

Here, also, are gifts that come with consequences, ribald language (be forewarned), psychos and killers (both human and not), attempted rape, and scenarios where the perceived good guys
J Webster
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Different and Interesting !!!

This book starts off with Luanda who is one of the main characters who lives on hr own and just trying to get through life. Fast forward 10 years late, Lisa shows up at her home seeking her help and fleeing from a psychopath stalker. Luanda and Lisa share a tragic history together they both escaped from a sadistic killer named Professor of Death during their teenage years.

Luanda has never told anyone about the daemon who saved her life that day. Now Tailon is seeking
Jun 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I love the cover and the premise of the novel intrigued but it just didn't deliver for me. The writing felt stilted, with no flow, and the connections between scenes were not handled well. The daemons seemed to pop up randomly, throw out some orders, then disappear with no further explanation and the 'you must get pregnant because we said so' storyline held no appeal for me.

For me, the interesting bit of the book was the kidnapping of the girls by the Professor of Death. Now that story, I'd lik
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: keep-an-eye-on
If you having a really bad day and in need of cheering up this is not the book for, boy I know I like my books a bit black, but I think the life was sucked out of me in this one. Even I like a HEA and I know that is pathetic but that's how it is, but like a wound that hasn't healed for some reason I want to know what happens next. So if you are feeling in the mood for a bit of depression with a swirl of misery this one is for you.
Joe Heumann
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to see clear and powerful prose and this books delivers. The characters are well drawn, the story is well imagined and the author's worldview, however dark, is acutely detailed and sensitively rendered. Genre fans should really enjoy the ride. It delivers what it promises and also is a relentless page turner.
Hope Sloper
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I can’t say that I enjoyed this story. It has all the components of a great story; however, I feel it fell very short of that. These two girls are bound together by a tragic past, yet as a pair, there is zero growth in their relationship.

Read more of my review at
Daiva Markelis
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-paced, beautifully written novel that has two great women characters, (not to mention lots of interesting demons.) I wish more fantasy writers took time with their prose. Maddox is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, which will come as no surprise to readers of this book.
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story. The daemon world that the author builds is different from any others I've read.
Gerry Hvozdovich
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very strange book and extremely difficult to review. First of all had I known there was a previous book, it would have explained why I was so confused. I felt like I had arrived in the middle of the movie. Luanda and Galen are star crossed lovers being manipulated by daemons. Unfortunately I was confused by who the daemons were exactly, and what their relationship was with the human characters and to each other. The plot is absolutely out of this world and ends sorta up in the air. More coming, ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't know but this story seems like it's psychological torture. You can feel it. Lu is strong. She has stood up to this for a long time. First her Mom then the psycho who tortured her and her cousin. Then the Daemon and I can't tell if it is one or two. These kind of stories I try to stay away from. Something about this one. It caught me from the start and will not let me go. Very scary and I could see it happening. I received a complimentary review copy of the book and I am voluntarily leavi ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
*Review copy provided by publisher through Netgalley*

Daemon Seer takes seeing daemons to a different level. The story follows a young adult woman named Luanda as she tries to live a normal life. Luanda keeps her real identity and past to herself, because if people were to find out that she was a survivor to a horrific attack by a psychopath people would look at her differently. But Lu is different. She had help surviving the attack however. She’s a daemon seer. Meaning she is the tether to Earth
Books In Brogan
Mar 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: blog-reviews

As a teenager, Lu Darlington attracted national attention when she and her friend Lisa escaped a sadistic killer known as the Professor of Death. She never told anyone about the daemon who saved her life that day.

Ten years later, Lisa shows up at Lu’s door, fleeing another psychopath stalker. But Lisa’s not the only one seeking Lu after all this time. One by one, the daemons descend:

Voracious Chama. Sinister Black Claw. Beautiful Talion.

Chama wants Lu, but Talion claims her. The women of

Lari Smith
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

Upon finishing 'Daemon Seer', I discovered that Mary Maddox had previously written the novel 'Talion' (which I would recommend reading first as it is more of a prequel to this series, I am gathering?(haven't read it yet))). If I had read it, it may have changed my overall impression of Daemon Seer.

As it stands I was somewhat lost in the context and concept of the whole premise. The novel is based around Lu and what happened to her and her cousin(?) friend(?) acquaintance(?) Lisa (I stil
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Maddox. I wondered if, not having read Talion, I would feel a bit lost. However, I can confirm that this book is the start of something new, even though it carries on, in some ways, from the earlier book. Maddox makes a point to give us plenty of detail and description to bring the characters and world to life. She then blended it with a unique and exciting blend of horror and fantasy. I loved it. I would say, after going back to read Talion, that it is more fun when you ...more
Awesome Indies Reviewers
Simply excellent.

Daemon Seer is an expertly written, highly engaging page turner that is much more than a simple thriller. Its smooth prose and superb handling of the nature of drug addiction and the after effects of trauma give it the quality of literary fiction. Daemons normally mark a book as fantasy, but this novel is too real for that label to do it justice; the daemon’s relationship to human depravity gives their presence more a metaphysical than a fantastical function.

The story is tight,
Mar 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was not the story for me. I don't mind dark - I actually prefer it - if there's some light, some hope to be seen. This had to be the first of a series, but if they are all like this I can't imagine why anyone not suffering from suicidal mania would read them. The main character, Lu, is in a terrible position, but she either doesn't have or won't accept any agency in her life. (view spoiler) ...more
Tiffany Harrison
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Daemon Seer is the first official book in the Daemon World series by Mary Maddox. However, it has a prequel Talion that takes place ten years before the events of Daemon Seer.

Daemon seer begins with Lisa seeking refuge at Lu's from yet another stalker. This one is a cop, and a dirty one at that. He's planted drugs in Lisa's home and now has a warrant out for her arrest. She can't seek help from her family, who just wants her in rehab for her drug problem. Her only choice is to visit Lu, who she
Received this free in exchange for honest review.
So the cover and blurb made me want to read it

The Blurb: As a teenager, Lu Darlington attracted national attention when she and her friend Lisa escaped a sadistic killer known as the Professor of Death. She never told anyone about the daemon who saved her life that day.

Ten years later, Lisa shows up at Lu’s door, fleeing another psychopath stalker. But Lisa’s not the only one seeking Lu after all this time. One by one, the daemons descend:

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