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(Nerys Newblood #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  346 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Nerys Newblood was convinced that there was nothing special about her and for most of her life, she was fine with that. She had her best friend and that was all she needed. But, when circumstance takes over and Nerys is given a spirit guide, she finds that being a daimon is not what the legends and old stories proclaim it to be. It's not heroic or glamorous.

It's terrifyi
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published March 2020 (first published August 31st 2017)
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Nerys never really had a "normal" life, but when she finds herself the owner of a spirit guide she longs for the days of her normal. She ends up on the run with her best friend Coen and a few more friends she picks up along the way. Nothing can ever be simple for Nerys though. Not only does having a spirit guide make her special, her spirit guide is special too. Something is wrong and Nerys has to find out what it is and how to fix it. All of this while running for her life, learning who to trus
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-rh
4.5 stars!
Tate James
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DAIMON is the first book by author Lucy Smoke, and I wasn't totally 100% sure what I was expecting... but... it wasn't what I got. In a good way. Here are some Pros and Cons:

#Nerys don't need nobody, she's an independent woman (thank God)
#It's Reverse Harem, meaning all these awesome dudes she meets, she gets to KEEP!! ALL OF THEM!!
#Nerys is a bit of an awkward penguin, which is great. It makes her real.
#There is some incredible world building and ORIGINAL concepts (wi
Mar 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Jennifer G
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nerys is an orphan educated by the holy women. Completely normal. That's a good thing living in a kingdom where getting noticed can be dangerous. She has her best friend Coen and that's plenty. That all changes when she receives a spirit guide, the inky man. She's a daimon and that can get her killed. Nerys and Coen decide to escape the kingdom and are unexpectedly joined during the escape by two men, Holden and Titus. These two turn out to be invaluable. The four travel to Ragnarok to seek shel ...more
Liv Evans
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-pile
This is the first novel I have read written by Lucy Smoke/Lucinda Dark. As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to give Daimon a go. The concept sounded original and enthralling, and the prospect of a story with polyamorous relationships is always a winner- who needs a love triangle? Just pick them all!

I was not disappointed. The world Daimon is set in is gorgeously described and well-developed. Some of the descriptions created vivid and unique mental pictures as Nerys and her 'guys' went on t
Well, I sure as hell took my time with this book. It doesn't usually take me this long to read a book, but I'm actually happy that I managed to draw out the experience.
I liked the mood of this story, it kind of sucks you in from the beginning. And I also think that the set of characters here was pretty good, I enjoyed getting to know them.
However, I wouldn't have minded (at all) learning more about the world, like what kinds of magical beings there are and what kinds of ruling systems operate
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a new favorite!!

I so very (if ever) rarely write reviews but this was just so good I needed to. This is a RH and its a great one. I'm a huge fan of The Academy series and Curse of gods, now I have Nerys Newblood to add to my favorites. Though RH books are becoming more common, it's so hard to find really good ones in my opinion. So I'm so glad Ms Smoke wrote this. Please release the next one real soon, don't leave me hanging for (what feels like) decades!
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, harem-reverse
So boring.... I should have stopped half way through...
Cassie Guest
The overall story was interesting, but it was also all over the place. It seemed that the story was more focused on ending than it was details. I did not even know most of the main character's story until the ending of the book. Also, the males surrounding the heroine were hard to differentiate, because they had no unique attributes that were distinguishable. ...more
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Marguerite (M)
Rating : 3.5 stars

Really entertaining with a really good protagonist. The male characters - except for Luca - are not as endearing as Nerys, but i have high expectations of them!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how different this reverse harem book was! Lucy does an incredible job bringing these amazing characters to life. I couldn't put this book down, to be honest. It was one of the biggest surprises for me this year. I liked how vulnerable Nerys was but still totally kickass. I loved her protectors, I couldn't get enough of their interactions. I liked how the drama unfolded between the group, yet everyone started to open up to each other as the story went on. I don't want to give too much aw ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, just-no, pnr
DNF 40%. I’m am absolutely missing the plot of this story. It starts off with what’s her face trying to escape a walled city (forgot name) with her best friend Coen. They pick up 2 addition guys while doing so. She needs to get out because she is a spirit guide and those of her kind are hunted and killed in the city. Okay in still following up until now. The king doesn’t know about her and she would like to keep it that way. Couldn’t agree more. The things start to get a little murky. There is n ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reverse-harem
I received a free advanced reader copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it

Nerys Newblood is in trouble, she needs to escape. She has a spirit guide and where she lives that is enough to get her killed by the evil king.

Nery's and her best friend Coen try to escape, and along the way she makes some new friends/protectors. She is a strong and feisty but she also has a vulnerability about her making her a great heroine

There is action, adventure, twists and turns and plenty of danger as
I enjoyed this quite a lot. As others have mentioned, yes, there were some errors but they weren't frequent or glaring, at least I didn't find them to be. And, yes, there were plot holes; however, I found this to be steaming with potential. Enough so that I'm looking forward to the next book in this series. The world was interesting, the idea was good, the characters are intriguing, and the author can write. The dialogue didn't make me want to scream, which for YA/NA is something to be applau
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So glad I gave it a try

I was hesitant to pick up this book, though I’m not sure why - I’ve really enjoyed this author’s other work. Something just kept me from reading. I finally decided to give it a try, and I’m oh so glad I did. I absolutely fell into this story, totally engrossed and didn’t want to put it down. I’ll admit the beginning was a little hard to get into at first, but I pushed through and soon I was engaged and invested in these characters. There were spots I felt like I was missin
Rebecca Moseley
So many errors....

The story was good, but there were so many errors. It was very hard to finish. Parts of the story contradicts itself, it makes you have to go back and re-read some chapters to make sure you didn't miss anything. One example was with Booker when he first meets Nerys and finds out she's a daimon. He says he met one once while traveling. Later he tells her that she is the first daimon he had ever met. There are many of mistakes like this. Hopefully the editing will be better with
Tara Hawkins
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Lucy Smoke!

This author has come to be a favorite of mine. She always creates well developed characters that draw you in and make you fall for them. Her storylines are amazing and the worlds she creates for those characters are just as inviting. Her MC’s are quick witted and strong. This obviously applies to Nerys Newblood as well. Fighting for her life and the lives of her friends and spirit guide she perseveres regardless of the obstacles. I hope the the second book proves to be as aweso
Brittany VanLanen
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting

What an interesting concept. All the old meets new in the same time space. I didn't get sucked into the story right away and I would have potentially liked some relationship things to have been taken care of in the first book but I'm interested to see where it goes. I am also very curious to see how Coen's situation unfolds and I'm not sure what to make of his jailer!
Kim Latham
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daimon is not just another RH

This was an amazing story and clearly not the end. This book is emotional and heart felt throughout. Loved... Absolutely loved... the characters and the storyline. Her words echoed off the pages leaving me in love and heart broken at the same time . I can not wait to see what happens next.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story. Interesting plot and very likeable characters.

Nerys is a strong heroine. She might not be a hero that is able to fight her way through everything but her resilience and determination makes her strong.

I think we will see her growing into a tougher character the more the story progresses.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pacing was slow and I definitely prefer Lucy's other series, Iris Boys, but I found myself enjoying this story. I like the world she built around Nerys and all the really cute boys in her life. I hope everything works out for her and I cannot wait for the release of the second book in the series, Necrosis. ...more
Natasha Maltman

1 Star = DNF.
2 Star = Finished. Didn’t really enjoy.
3 Star = Finished. Story was neither good nor bad.
3.5 Star = Finished. Story was neither good nor bad. Will probably pick up next in series if there is one.
4 Star = Finished. Enjoyed story & would reread.
5 Star = Stole my heart! ❤️
I CAN NOT wait to read the next book!

That being said I felt like some of Nerys inner thoughts got a little repetitive. That's the only negative thing I feel about the book. It's a fascinating and engaging story. The characters, even though their characteristics and relationships are developing as you read, you can tell are people you want on your team.
Alyssa Marie
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!

Ugh this story was so good! I love the sense of adventure our little FMC has! She’s one tough cookie and really cares deeply about the protectors she’s gathered around her. I love the whole group works as a family; these guys simply can’t help but take care of Nerys. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
Pamala Hunt
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next book

I need the next book! I love her guys and Nerys need to help her friend! The ending was unexpected, I was going to cry...until the very end. You will have to read to understand. 5 stars Lucy!
Melissa Hickman
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

I really enjoyed being introduced to Nerys world. This author is extremely talented at world building and storytelling and I will absolutely be buying the second book in this Series!!!!!!
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good story but needed more

I really liked this story, but it needed more romance and relationship building. I just didn't feel the connections. I will certainly be continuing this series, though.
This book has sooooo much potential as well as an excellently original story and cast of characters. The only reason I gave this book three stars was because there is a painfully obvious lack of editing.
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Lucy Smoke is a USA Bestselling Author most known for her Iris Boys series.

Lucy is a writer of dark romance, new adult and young adult romance, and various other sub-genres therein. Her main writing focus is on various forms of romance. She loves to experiment with her characters and shine a little light on things that catch her fancy.

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