Demon Song Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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“Urban fantasy gets a noteworthy talent boost as Adams--C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp--launches a vibrant new series featuring an indomitable and likeable heroine. As Celia's world darkens and intensifies, witty dialogue and introspection keep the story flowing. Grab some snacks and settle in for a wild ride!” ―RT Book Reviews on Blood Song
“Adams and Clamp are adept at writing intensely sensuous scenes, but where they really shine is in the creation of an unforgettable world. Laurel K. Hamilton readers will enjoy this.” ―Booklist on Moon's Web
“Action-packed and sexy, a tense and thrilling joyride. Will have readers holding their breath from the first page to the very last.” ―Yasmine Galernorn, New York Times bestselling author
“Cold Moon Rising [has] plenty of action, a wealth of detail, and supernatural features that are just plain cool. In fact, I'm a little envious. I wish I'd thought of some of this stuff.” ―Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
CAT ADAMS―Cie Adams and Cathy Clamp―is the author of the Tales of the Sazi, including Hunter's Moon and Howling Moon. Siren Song is the second in the Blood Singer series, which began with Blood Song. Adams lives in Denver, Colorado; Clamp lives in Texas.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Being around Celia Graves is hard - heck, BEING Celia Graves is even harder.
Celia is getting used to being a half-vampire siren. As if that wasn't enough, she has faced off against both a Siren Queen and a demon who wants her dead, and she's done all of this while dealing with a heart that's been broken twice by the same man.
Just as we think Celia may get a little rest, she learns that an ancient rift between a demon dimension and our own begins to open. With all of the life-and-death struggles that she's going through, she is actually uniquely gifted to handle such a problem.
But she's still going to need help from friends - as well as from people she no longer trusts.
How many ways must I say how awesome this series is before everyone believes me? Suspense, drama, action, and even a little romance thrown in just to spice it up a bit. Very few authors come close to writing stories such as this. I've seen few movies that I actually enjoy as much as the BLOOD SINGER series.
Cat Adams is a joy to read each and every time. With these books and this author I know that my interest will be held and my expectations exceeded before even opening the cover. Definite Gold Star reading material!
Reviewed by: Breia "The Brain" Brickey
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
While the overall storyline is interesting, and the developing romance between Creede and Graves had it's moments, everything else seemed to be too much. I feel like this series has too many ideas and not enough movement. In this book alone we dealt with the overall plot, found out why all that money was left to the family from the south, started a new thread about Celia's mom and her imprisonment, explored the mental health issues of Dawna and Emma.... Well there's a lot going on on top of the main plot points. It was nice to see Graves get to know Creede a bit better, but seriously I wish Adams would pick up the pace. The love triangle with Bruno is completely stalled. After a whole book I feel like we got nowhere in Celia's love life. We are exactly were we left off at the end of Siren Song, on the cusp of a possibly very interesting triangle.
Unfortunately with all the different threads, Celia's part vampire, part siren, and ever evolving powers, it just seems like there are too many ideas here and no editing. Everything plus the kitchen sink gets confusing, and all the great ideas, plots, and subplots are beginning to get muddled. Plus even though multiple story lines are getting resolved the shear abundance of happenings within these books is keeping the larger points of interest stagnant, like the romantic interest, or character development, and I'm still not sure what the overall series arc is. At this point three books in, we should have some clue.
So in summary Demon Songs' story arc is quite good. As for the romance, lets just say Demon Song is one step above being YA, though most YA relationships will probably be married with children by the time Celia's love life finally takes off. I find it sad to say that some teenage characters have steamier relationships than Celia. Sad but true. Too many threads and overcomplicated ideas, can at times make this book confusing and muddled. It seems the heat created in Blood Song is progressively cooling off with each edition of this series. Demon Song was a lull in the series, and I hope that it's follow up brings back some of the fire.
However, instead of R&R adjustment to her new skills and a chance to lick her wounds, Celia finds out that an ancient portal closed when Atlantis died is tearing the dimensional barrier asunder. If so demon hordes will invade the mortal world killing and enslaving humans. She needs to interpret prophesies left behind by a dead friend and obtain allies, several prejudiced against vampires and others against her in particular, to reseal the widening gap before it is too late.
The latest Adams urban fantasy (see Blood Song and Siren Song) is a great entry that moves forward on two interacting fronts. The heroine copes poorly with her mental adjustment to the changes made worse by Posttraumatic Stress Disorder while the demons are coming, the demons are coming. Fast-paced and loaded with action, readers will relish Celia's latest grave crisis when all she wants to be is a human woman and not siren-vampire save the world heroine.
In this book, bodyguard turned half-vampire Celia Graves stumbles from one ramdom incident ("magic wine!", "drug mules!") to another with anything resembling a coherent plot only gelling in the last quarter of the book, and even that is beset by incoherent digressions (the whole land purchase, Atlantean heritage thing), and a totally arbitrary (and not well justified) "sacrifice" by two very minor characters.
Perhaps the worst random incident is Celia deciding to take on a vampire pack, on a whim when she heard about them menacing the Mexican restaurant where she had gone for dinner. Hello, she's supposed to be a pro. First of all, it's not her job. This setting has magic using cops. Calling them should be the obvious first step. *If* for some reason they can't handle the problem and Celia wants to help out her aquaintances (they don't seem to be actual friends with whom she hangs out), making a real plan would be the next step..
Along the way in this book, Celia's world starts making even less sense with the fact that Atlantis existed in historical times simply dropped on top of all the other unlikely history. Atlantis existed and Atlantean survivors settled in England and colonized America? And we never heard of this before and the US seems to exist with basically the same history and structure as in our world? Really? I just couldn't believe in it at all any more.
The constant theme of therapy got old very quickly even in book one. By now it is eye-gougingly annoying. Yes, in real life, people to whom traumatic events happen have trouble dealing with it. That doesn't mean it works as a major element in an action, adventure story.
While I was struggling through this book, which seemed to take forever, the next Ilona Andrews "Edge" book arrived from Amazon. Somehow it ended up in my car instead of this book when I needed a book to kill some time. It was so much better, and so much easier to read, that I really had to force myself to put it down when I got home and finish this one. In retrospect I should not have.
I'm loving the relationship that is brewing with John Creed. I think it could go places. He accepts who she is and even helps her with gadgets and missions.
It's good that Bruno has apologized, but I don't believe he will change. As Celia said he is used to the female being at home raising the kids and running the house not running around fighting demons and protecting lives. I'm glad that Celia has accepted the apology and they are going to be friends, it's good she hasn't accepted him back. Maybe a menage. Especially if the guys can work together.
I love all the gadgets that the magi come up with and I'm also really enjoying all the different mixes of paranormal. Siren's, demon's, vampires and wolves. I'm love all the different faction's that Ms Adams is involving in her stories. The Catholic church is involved with Matty being around a lot, but also the Archbishop and Vatican was a helping factor in this novel. The vice president showed up and helped co-ordinate the final battle.
I also liked the different things that were going on. Not just the demon part. The history about the Pagan land rights, the history of Atlantis seen in a different light. It not being sunk at the bottom of the ocean but shifted dimensions. Her mum going where she needs to be to get better. Her gran moving out of the house into assisted living and all that entails. Keeping us up to date with everyone from the previous stories.
A wonderful story teller and fantastic imagination.
Going to start The Isis Collar. Book 4