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Boulder, Colorado is too quiet, and no one needs to remind Cole Spires how unnatural that is.

In the aftermath of Dracon’s death, the Daemoneum have gone into hiding. Every known Hive has been shut down and evacuated, and for the first time in Cole’s memory, the Brotherhood, Kinship, and all common houses across the country and abroad are considering lockdown. Leygates are being systematically closed around the world, and the Primordial are waiting …

In the bunker underneath the Brotherhood, Kade Sparrow is as safe as she can possibly be, or that's the idea, but no one can explain how her Astrum necklace found its way into her bedroom. There were no footprints, no traces of breaking and entering, no evidence of any kind that someone had infiltrated the Brotherhood common house. Yet the necklace still sat on her night stand, wound in a perfect circle of gold, the tiny star glinting on its chain. And the only person who could have put it there … is dead.

In the second installment of The Primordial Principles, strange occurrences are happening across the globe. Relationships will be tested, old players will become new, foes will turn into allies, and an unlikely adversary will force Cole and Kade to go on the run.

As the fallen rise, the Primordial must unite as one.

Or all could be lost.

361 pages, Kindle Edition

Published July 22, 2016

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Laney McMann

12 books145 followers
I write young adult dark urban fantasy mixed with a spike of paranormal romance, a touch of history, and a dash of mythology. I'm a dreamer, an over thinker, and a myths and legends believer. Nothing moves me more than writing fantastical stories. And reading them.

I am the author of:

The Fire Born Novels, The Primordial Principles, and The CrossWorld Chronicles

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Profile Image for Kel (Faerie-bookworm).
773 reviews61 followers
August 17, 2017
Title: Daemoneum
Author: Laney McMann
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Format: Ebook
Pages: 361
Rating: 5
Heat: 1

Thoughts: Wow, this was just as good as the first book with so many new surprises. The story flowed along at a nice pace until close to the end. Then it was so full of excitement that I swear I read faster to try to keep up. I went from "WHAT?" to "OH NO!" back to "WHAT?" then "AWWW THAT SUCKS!" in just a few pages. It was awesome! And the characters are just as enthralling. The little side stories and relationships were very interesting. The thing with Giselle actually made me feel stupid for not even thinking about the possibility earlier and totally made sense. Danny is like the coolest brother ever and one of my favorite characters other than Cole and Kade of course. Cade’s uncle, Heru, cracks me up. I want an uncle like him! We also kinda meet Cole’s however many great grandmother who at first you think you’re going to hate but somewhat redeems herself. I hope we see more of her in the next book. And speaking of the next book…. 2017!! Do I really have to wait that long??!! This is such a refreshingly new urban fantasy story with some new types of characters along with some old mythological characters. Part of me says “Grab this now!” while the other part of me says “Wait for all the books”. But who knows how long that could take lol. Ah, the joys of waiting for the next book.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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514 reviews73 followers
February 12, 2017
Okay, so let me start by saying I enjoyed Crystallum, the first book in the Primordial Principles series, a lot, but I LOVED Daemoneum!

I fell even more in love with the Primordial Principles series after reading Daemoneum. Laney McMann has created a world and characters who are captivating. The story has the perfect balance of action, fantasy, and romance.

Kade and Cole's relationship really progresses in this book, which I really enjoyed experiencing. Kade still gets extremely jealous of Cole's past with Tiffany, which I can sort of understand because we all get jealous at times. At the same time, we all have a past and Cole is literally risking EVERYTHING protecting Kade, so I felt bad for Cole when he had to deal with her crying and stomping out of the Opera when she found out Cole had been there with Tiffany before. I mean come on taking Tiffany to the Opera was arranged by his grandfather and taking Kade was arranged by Heru as a distraction so they could escape Verona. It's not like he was purposefully taking her somewhere he had taken Tiffany. Give the guy a break.

One of my favorite parts of the book were the tidbits that relate back to mythology and the gods. Finding out about Heru and Osiris and their relationship to Cole helps explain how he is such a powerful primori. The biggest shock to me though was the discovery that Giselle was in fact one of Dracon's test subjects as a baby. I feel bad that Giselle feels like such at outcast in her family, but I hope that she will find some peace and accept herself now that she knows the truth.

The only issue I have with finishing Daemoneum is that I have to wait until 2017 to for the next book in the series to come out. I can't wait for it to be released and find out what happens next!
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Alexander Nader.
Author 24 books94 followers
March 11, 2016
Just finished this book and wow, what a sequel. The story moves along smoothly, building to a wonderful crescendo. The last 20% of the book is almost impossible to put down. Seriously, I missed my morning workout because I was too busy trying to hurry and finish the story. I'd tell you more, but then I'd spoil the fun. Just trust me when I say, if you enjoyed the first book, you are going to love this one.
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503 reviews7 followers
August 3, 2016
‘Daemoneum,’ sequel to author McMann’s ‘Crystallum,’ is another exciting adventure. Set just days after the first book leaves off, Kade, Cole, and their friends are searching for answers while trying not to tip off the entire Primordial race that the danger has escalated.

This book, the second entry in ‘The Primordial Principles,’ adds several point-of-view narrating characters, through which readers get to see a bigger picture of everything that happens, rather than just from Kade or Cole’s point-of-view. McMann continues to build on the intricate world of angels and demons that she has created.

I recommend this page-turner to any reader who enjoys YA, supernatural, and fantasy.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Profile Image for Chelsies Reading Escape.
631 reviews363 followers
August 23, 2016
NOTE: My 2 Star Rating doesnt mean I didnt like it. It means that I only enjoyed some parts and had a lot of issues with it.

I recently finished the first book and had a lot of mixed feelings about it. However by the end most of my issues were resolved so I thought it would all be smoothed sailing from here, right? The characters and the world had already been explained and theres this big threat that should lead to some exciting action.

I figured it couldnt dragged nearly as much as the first one did. Sadly, I was wrong. The first 30% was pretty much a recap of the important info we learned in the first book. Thats pretty much it. Ok seriously. Maybe there was a little bit of intrigued and some romance but certainly not enough to keep me interested.

I cant say much about the story since its a sequel but Ill do my best to summarize. Its about a girl who is super special but thinks shes a monster. She doesnt really know who she is. All she knows is that demons want to use her to destroy the world. She falls in love with a Primordial boy whose wanted to protect her ever since he met her. In order to keep her safe they decide to go into hidding.

People who prefer characters over plot might enjoy it more than I did. This could easiky be a 4 or 5 Star book for some people. For me personally I need more plot developpement. If I want a good character developpement story Ill go with a memoire or litterary fiction. Fantasy I read for the adventure. I dont know maybe Im just getting tired of the same old urban fantasy, especially ones with insta love.

This series reminds me a lot of Mortal Instruments and I didnt even like TMI that much. If your into the whole shadowhunter fandom than I would recommend this series because despite my personal preference I think its still a book many people could enjoy. I just found it too slow for my taste but it does a bit better about half way through.

The family dynamics were entertaining. Coles grandfather and uncle were fascinating characters. I think I liked them the most. I also enjoyed Cole and Kades relationship but it was too perfect to feel realistic. They were still cute together but 2 pages about them kissing is a bit much. I know some people enjoy the romantic tension. I was just impatient by then and wanted some real action.

The struggles Lindsey and Giselle faced as a couple were more realistic and relatable. Its important for people to see the struggles gay couples face. I understand why Giselles was in a bad mood for most of the book but her complaining drove me a little crazy. I still enjoyed getting to see her and her brother Dannys relationship.

I also noticed a few errors in the text that will probably get fixed during the editing process. Nothing major.

Review copy provided via Netgalley
Profile Image for Gretchen.
423 reviews4 followers
July 7, 2016
This book was so good! I enjoyed the unfolding of the plot and the different viewpoints of the characters.

I really think the different viewpoints helped drive the plot in a non-telling way (where the character would have to report to another). I also think it created character development in a way many stories lack. Unfortunately, that did to lead to some repeated info as the character that discovered something had to report it to others creating a slight redundancy; this was dealt with by adding emotion to the delivery and responses.

The relationship between Kade and Cole to me is a bit overdone. I get that they love each other, but it is not a deep love yet and one that they are still clearly learning about. Jealousy flares VERY easily and things are easily blown out of proportion. They are red hot for each other and honestly them having their hands all over each other, while age approriate, got a bit annoying. I think they can grow into something more mature, but at this stage it feels just red hot with the possibility of flaring out.

The emotional roller coaster these characters, Cole especially, have gone through has created a dynamic experience for the reader.

Good/Evil, Right/Wrong...they all have shades of gray and make you question which side should humanity be on.

I'm looking forward to the next book!
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1,739 reviews222 followers
July 29, 2016
I didn't like the first one, so it comes as no surprise that this one follows the same path. The characters are as plane as in the first book (Cole being as prickish "c'mon look at me, I am the supposedly attractive guy and a daredevil", with his very own sidekick and the girl he likes but ignores him) and the plot has some ridiculous twists, such as: "we just skydived into the Abyss and merely made it out alive and instead of talking why we are such morons or why the everloving hell did we do that when there was no apparent need, we should bicker about taking driving turns. Because it totally makes sense".
Sorry, this book is not for me.
Profile Image for Carol Brown.
3 reviews
July 4, 2016
Loved this sequel to Crystallum. Many questions from the first book were answered, and new mysteries and details were introduced that pulled me breathless to the end. The characters I grew to know like family from Crystallum gained even more depth and individuality. Their reality became mine--what more do you want from a book?
Except, of course, knowing how the third book will unfold :-)
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162 reviews8 followers
March 21, 2017
I received this copy from Netgalley in return for my unbiased opinion. I was left with a sense of anxiousness when I finished the first installment of the series, anxious to see if the book would build up to what I know it could be or if it would be like the first. I do have to say I enjoyed the pace of the second book a lot more than the first. The book starts off with answers being searched for and the continuing plot boiling at the seams to capture it’s reader within the pages.

This book did just that, though I will say though I found this one a little harder to put down, I still had this longing sense for more. More from the plot, more from the characters, just something that would spark the flame and keep it burning. I did like this book, but it was just that I liked it. Would I recommend this to others? Yes, of course, everyone has their own opinions and know what they might find enjoyable to read.

I would recommend this to others, but also I highly recommend reading the first book first, I would not read this book, unless you have read through the first installment, as it can be a bit difficult to pick up where it left off previously.


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895 reviews16 followers
June 30, 2016
I was so looking forward to this book and it did not disappoint. I love Cole and Kade as a couple and just how good they are together. We learn so many things and get surprises here and there. And when we find out who the real bad guy mastermind is, honestly, I didn't even think it could be him. We get some new characters who are important players as well. One who was amazing and one who is a complete dick. Cole gets the brunt of the pain here, suffering devastating loss and the shock of a lifetime. But his determination to protect and save Kade will always rule his decisions.

It's been a few days since the end of the last book and Kade has been living with G in the underground bunker. Her and Cole are having a hard time dealing with not being able to be together and having to pretend they are enemies at school. But when a summons from the Eldership for Kade to appear before them comes, things are about to change. Fleeing with Cole in the middle of the night they find sanctuary and protection with his uncle Heru. Who ends up being a ancient god with vast power and knowledge. Definitely someone they want on their side. Together, Kade ends up experiencing so many things she never even dreamed about. But all is not peaceful because Cole and Kade are still being hunted. Not only by the Eldership but also by the nefarious. The latter of which finds them first. When they find themselves cornered by them is when we find out exactly why everything is happening and the bad guy's end goal. Needless to say, both Cole and Kade play pivotal parts in the whole scheme. And when Cole doesn't agree with his demands, something gets destroyed that has ramifications on more than just Cole.

While most of the book is from Cole or Kade's point of view, we do get some parts from the secondary characters. Like Danny, Heru, ect. I thought it was great because so much more was going on than just what we see with our couple on the run.

Like I mentioned before, I love Cole and Kade as a couple. Cole has so many sides to him but each one is endearing. But his sweet side is the most. The way that he loves Kade and isn't afraid to show it, how he wraps himself around her, just how he's always putting her first is so swoon worthy. Kade is the same, and can't help but defend him when any threat is made to him. They feed off each other and their determination to stay together despite all that's happening to them, is amazing.

This story continues to grow and I'm looking forward to the next one.

ARC provide by publisher via Netgalley.

Profile Image for Hannah L (Reviewer).
325 reviews43 followers
May 23, 2017
The second instalment of the Primordial Principles continues the story of Kade and Cole as they are on the run and are in hiding from the Daemoneum. After the events from the first book Kade is being hunted, but Cole and their friends refuse to let anything happen to her. Her unique self not only attracts negative attention from the demons, but also from the very people who are supposed to be the good guys.
This book was meh. I was not very impressed by or invested in the story. The story seemed to be filled with pointless and boring details that slowed down the storytelling and made it hard for me to keep my attention on the plot. Romance wise, the novel was still pretty cute with Cole and Kade being perfectly in love. I did like most of moments between them, but they seemed to have too much back and forth that didn't further the plot in any way. I also found that the overuse of made up words that were long and complicated made it hard to follow what was going on and to adapt to the fictional universe. This also effected the readers ability to connect with the story and the characters inside it. I was unimpressed by this novel, even though I loved the previous book in the series and I give Daemoneum the rating of THREE STARS OUT OF FIVE!
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June 30, 2022
Unfortunate that the author is MIA, looked forward to finishing this series
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