Chase the Dark by Annette Marie (Steel & Stone #1)
Published October 17, 2014
Copy provided by NetGalley and Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are three obstacles in her way.
The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her. The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive — and scary. Did she mention scary?
The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.
And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes.
Now she’s on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She’s dead on her own, but there’s no one she can trust — no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons … See problems one and two.
How goes it?
There was a phase I had a few years back when I read a whole lot of urban fantasy books, mostly by Jeaniene Frost and Chloe Neill. I stopped after reading the 3rd book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series, and this is my first urban fantasy since then. While most urban fantasy novels are for adult audiences, this one is YA! I never knew I wanted an urban fantasy YA until this one came along.
There are certain elements of urban fantasy I like: the hot heroes (no, really, the vampires, werewolves, demons, etc are and should be ridiculously good-looking), the kick-ass heroine, and a plot that’s full of action. Chase the Dark has all those, plus a pet dragon.
I think my favorite part about this is that it has all the elements of urban fantasy, but geared towards a younger audience. Except of course, the sexy times, but there is some delicious sexual tension, so there’s that.
Basically, our heroine, Piper, is unwittingly made the keeper of the Sahar Stone, a magical WMD, and when it’s stolen, she’s made to take the fall. Her only friends in this are Lyre and Ash, and the pet dragon, Zwi (I really have to mention Zwi, because pet dragon you guys.) As she tries to find out who exactly stole the stone, she uncovers more things than she expects she would.
The action scenes are some of my favorite – you can’t turn the page fast enough once they start, and while you’re reading them it makes your heart pound. I always say I don’t particularly like action scenes, but when they’re done well, I love them.
The problem though, with urban fantasy series, is that you can’t really read just one, because the plot stretches throughout several books. So if you like standalones, or don’t like ending things on cliffhangers, this probably won’t be your cup of tea. But at least this series is finished! So if you like this, give it a try anyway. Consider this an urban fantasy 101 sort-of read, if you haven’t read one before!
4 paper stars! I’d recommend this to you if you like urban fantasy, but for a younger set, or if you need to get broken in slowly to the genre, heh. Also, for the pet dragon.