Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone #1) by Annette Marie
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
4 ½ stars!
Apprentice Counsul Piper Griffiths wants one thing, to be a full fledged Counsul to the many daemons that visit their Counsulate – an embassy or safe haven for them with the safety of their own kind at the helm. But seeing as Piper is a haemon – half daemon, half human – she hasn’t come into her magic, and to be a Counsul, magic is a must to be able to counter the magic she’d encounter with the daemons…well, that and the Head of the Counsulate who would decide her fate just happens to be her father.
But on the night that a very important meeting to move an important artifact, an attack occurs and her father is missing, his magical signature is present at the scene of the brutal attack, and seeing as he’s missing, the finger is pointed right at him and Piper. But with the help of the last beings she ever would want assistance from – an Incubus Daemon named Lyre and a Draconian Daemon named Ash. They are both very good looking, but very scary and willing to help her figure out whom attacked the Counsulate, leaving behind a wake of bodies in their path. But Ash has so many secrets, can Piper truly trust either him of Lyre – who’d prefer bedding her, but he’ll settle for helping her – even if he does continue trying to get her clothes off.
But when you are trying to stay hidden in the daemon world, all the while with the prefect (the police of the daemon community) on their heels is hard – even with all the contacts Ash and Lyre have is difficult. Between staying off the radar of the prefect, the missing jewel, Piper’s father presumed dead, and her uncle in the hospital having survived the attack – it’s a hard life for a haemon girl like Piper. Can she figure it all out before she runs out of time?
I really like Piper’s character – she’s strong, smart, and can kick some major butt when she needs to, but she is also a deeply caring person who wants the best for the daemon and human communities alike. And I loved seeing the developing relationships between her and Ash, and her and Lyre. While Ash tries to act like he is overly protective of his image and past, Piper is slowly able to start figuring out more about him and his past. This was a really good read, with a lot of great potential for the continued story in the next books. It has a great blend of paranormal, action, and a dash of romance thrown in for good measure. Keep kicking butt Piperel Griffins!