Published: August 2013
Publisher: Rainstorm Press
Deamhan have survived by remaining hidden in the shadows. Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba, and Lugat have been overshadowed by what humans know as the modern vampire. But what if vampires aren't the real threat?
One woman's search for her mother who disappeared without a trace on the streets of Minneapolis takes her into the precarious world of Deamhan, psychic vampires who rule the underground nightlife in the city's most darkest corners.
She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it s her own father, president of a ruthless organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust.
Deamhan, written by Isaiyan Morrison, is the first book in the Deamhan Chronicles. Twenty years after her mother’s mysterious disappearance Veronica Austin, the protagonist of the tale, sets off on a quest to track her down. Her investigation is plagued by both natural enemies and supernatural enemies. An order that calls themselves The Brotherhood are watchers that research both vampire and Deamhan also attempt to steer Veronica off course from her investigation. While Veronica deals with The Brotherhood, she must also deal with vampires and the more powerful Deamhan.
Morrison weaves an interesting paranormal mystery that keeps the reader wanting to figure out the mystery behind Veronica’s mother’s whereabouts. The main theme seen throughout the novel is that of following the rules and the consequences for disregarding them. The detail that is used to describe each location provides the reader with imagery that paints a clear picture.
What Doesn’t Work:
Deamhan are classified into four different types, each with their own unique way of feeding psychic energy from humans. Veronica also has to contend with vampires. There at times in the story where confusion gripes the reader and he/she cannot remember which type of Deamhan the character is or if they are vampires. Another area is that of the constant reminder that Veronica is a virgin. While it gives the author a chance to write a few lines of rather creepy dialogue, it really is not vital to the plot. Veronica is also shown to be a helpless mortal that constantly is saved by the good Deamhans. Throughout the novel she is told that she is “protected” by an unknown party. Her character development is stagnant up until the third act of the novel and by that point, the changes that she does undergo seem too quick. I didn’t feel too sympathetic about her quest to find her mother mainly because it had been twenty years. The police would treat this as a cold case, but Veronica treats it as though it happened the day before. The relationships between the protagonist and the other secondary characters seemed to fall flat.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to San Diego, California while in the Navy. After serving four years of active duty, she moved to Los Angeles. After a few years, she moved back to Minnesota where she started to pursue her dream to be an author. Her novel Deamhan, is the first book in the Deamhan series. She now resides in Texas with her two cats, a pit bull dog, and two guinea pigs.
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