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A Legacy of Daemons [Mass Market Paperback]

Camille Bacon-Smith

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super urban fantasy 7 May 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
They are upscale Philadelphia private investigators specializing in all things supernatural, but that is mostly because the three partners are part of the paranormal community. Brad and Lilly are full blooded daemons of the house of Ariton who live in their spirit form in the second celestial sphere; the one closest to the first sphere which contains earth. Evan Davis is a half-breed son of Brad, an abomination who should not exist, but for now Ariton is staying his hand and will not kill him.

Everyone is shocked when Matt Shields (who is really a daemon) asks Evan to bid for a box at Sotheby's. He was a daemon who was forcibly bound to the evil Donne family forced to do their biding. Now that the last Donne is dead he is still bound to the box and can't leave the earth for home. Inside the box is another daemon who has gone mad from centuries of captivity. Bound by the contract Evan signed and their Princes of the Host s agreed to. The trio must find the box and free the daemon trapped inside. There are many obstacles and enemies to overcome in order to get the box. Evan remains ignorant how much power he possesses to destroy his adversaries, but makes the wrong move when challenged by the Princes of Ariton and Paimon.

This urban fantasy like its predecessors (see Eye of the Demon and Eyes of the Empress) is loaded with action, but is character driven. Brad to his shock has feelings towards his offspring although he refuses to admit they exist even to him. Evan feels upbeat to learn he is not insane as his differences are due to his legacy not his brain failing him. Lilly and Evan are lovers who make a formidable pair and she is incredibly powerful as is Brad who is part of their "family" unit. Camille Bacon-Smith affirms she is a great fantasist who pioneered the urban fantasy genre.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read 1 Jun 2010
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book picks up almost directly after the previous novel. It is not truly a stand alone and I highly recommend that you read the first book to understand some of the context of this one. That being said, as a follow up to the previous book, this was excellent. The plot was interesting, we continue to learn a bit more about Evan, Brad, and Lily, and there are some new developments which complicate their interpersonal relationships. Evan had the most character development in this story which makes since as he is the only one of the 3 main characters who is human, at least partly. As essentially timeless, immortal beings, Lily and Brad should stay somewhat static and observers of the world. They should not be overly affected by it. I think the author does a great job of this for the most part. I never get the feeling that she forgets exactly WHAT these creatures are. The new supporting characters in this story are interesting. I really enjoyed the characters of Mat Shields. And also Uncle Ray was amusing. I hope he shows back up in a later book. My only criticism would have to be with the ending of the story. I won't go into detail but it did leave with with a since of dis-satisfaction. Nothing was wrapped up well IMO. I understand leaving cliff hangers but this felt more like we stopped mid story.Still, I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next.
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read book -try to read in order. 20 Feb 2014
By ilovetoread - Published on Amazon.com
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Please, let my comments be enough to inspire you to read the first book thru this one. I hope author continues the story line.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good . . . . . but not great. Meh. 28 Jun 2011
By C. Good - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
_A_Legacy_of_Daemons_ by Bacon-Smith is part of an ongoing series. Not having read previous books in the series, I can say that this book stands up pretty well on its own.

While it is set in the present day, Bacon-Smith's Earth is the result of a cosmic accident. It is the result of an unintended breach between the second & third heavenly spheres. While humans are vastly weaker than the daemon lords of the seven heavenly spheres, humans are also the only creatures in the spheres that take material form & some humans have the ability to summon daemons to earth & bind them here. (The daemons in question are not evil demons, but angels & demons and God & Satan do also exist in Bacon-Smith's creation as well.)

The main character is Evan. He is half-daemon and there are a number of daemons and other supernatural beings who would be happier if he was just killed off. As a human, he has a connection to the third sphere (it was curiosity of the denizens of the third sphere that created a hole between the spheres and earth is the patch that fills that hole, so all humans are part of the third sphere in a way) but his daemon half comes from a daemon parent of the second sphere, so theoretically if anyone is going to re-open the hold between the second and third spheres it would likely be Evan.

I gather that in previous books, Evan was unaware of his half-daemon side, but was kidnapped & tortured by those who were, so on the whole was quite insane for a good part of his life. He is now sane -- although prone to distressing flashbacks at times -- and has formed a detective agency with Brad/Badad and Lily/Lirion. Brad & Lily are the human names for Badad & Lirion, two daemons of the second sphere. Badad is Evan's daemon parent; both he & Lirion protect Evan as well as evaluate him to decide if he indeed should be killed after all.

The book begins with Evan being approached by a daemon of another sphere, bound in human form, who wants to commission the detective agency to purchase a chest that is coming up at an estate auction. Things are not always what they seem, there's a family who have been summoning & binding daemons since the Black Plague, and there's lots of other secondary players too.

The writing is great, and the writing by itself would get five stars. But the plot, pacing and characterizations . . . at times great, at times not that great. To me Lily/Lirion was pretty much a cipher. She likes stealing stuff because it's a challenge, she enjoys having sex with Evan because human bodies are designed to enjoy sex, she has a bad temper and she hates priests because one tried to bind her in a Russian forest a couple of centures back. That's it. She really is a non-human otherworldly creature who wears a human body for a while but is fundamentally not human. Brad/Badad, even though he is a daemon, during the course of the book starts to experience some emotions that come dangerously close to human. He worries about Evan; at one point meeting someone who mentions they know what Evan is and have been keeping their eye on him for a number of years, all Brad/Badad can think of is "you watched for *years* while my son was held hostage & tortured and did *nothing*???" in a red rage. There comes a point during the book when both Brad & Lily are convinced that Evan has been killed. Lily wants to start a war between the spheres & wipe all life off earth and be done with it, while Brad wants to find the specific person who killed Evan. The other daemon lords of the host of Ariton -- Brad/Badad's & Lily/Lirion's daemon Prince -- become so concerned at Badad's increasingly human feelings that they begin to shut him out of deliberations of the host of Ariton. Lirion is still a member of Ariton in good standing.

And that brings up the other thing that after a while starts to raise some serious questions about the whole premise: daemons are horrendously powerful supernatural beings. Daemons are so powerful that one angry demon should be able to completely eliminate a fairly large city, and a host of angry daemons can destroy all life on earth without even tiring themselves out. Humanity & the material world occasionally intrigue them, but to be bound to the human realm or to a material body is torture to a daemon. But humans *are* summoning & binding daemons, and have been since at least Roman times. So, on the one hand, there is this constant worry by the main characters of not angering this or that daemon host, or finding a way to safely bind or release an angry daemon, and it's all very important because daemons are so powerful. But if daemons are so powerful and quick to anger, how in the world has humanity survived until now? It's like reading a book where humans discovered how to make nuclear bombs back in the 1200s and has been making them every generation since then but miraculously not once in 800 years has anyone ever set one off.

So, the writing is five stars, but the plot and characterizations and pacing (the book drags a bit around the middle) are three stars. So I'm averaging it out to four stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A continuing enjoyable urban fantasy series 12 Jun 2011
By K. Maxwell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a sequel to Daemon Eyes and as such is not really a stand alone book and if you haven't read the prior book I would advise you do so before picking up this book. I was actually surprised and glad to see another book in this series. This takes place a few months after the end of the previous book when Bradley, Ryan and Davis are approached by another daemon lord to buy a locked box at auction for them. However, this box conceals more secrets than it's appearance implies. In this book you really get to know Evan much better than in the previous books. He is now sane, with a good understanding of his own heritage and it's dangerous implications. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to more installments in this series though hopefully the next book won't take as long as this one to get written. If you look an enjoyable urban fantasy with magic and detectives these books are worth picking up.
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