The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.
What an awesome, amazing book! And while it has been a while since I read the story story prequel Daimon, that doesn't mean that this book wasn't as addictive as Daimon was, in fact, it was more so, because 1. It was longer, 2. We got to know more characters, 3. There was romance, and yeah, it was freaking good!
Alex has come back home to the Covenant after 3 years of running, after her mom is killed by Daimons. But in order for her to stay there, she has to have summer training to make up for the lessons others her age had. But her trainer, Aiden, a Pure, is different from the other Pures, he's nice, and considerate, like after a few training sessions, when he sees her back with a wall-papering of bruises, he puts salve on it so they could heal faster. And he's quite a specimen for good looks, too!
Tension heats, and then there's the whole mystery around why the Apollyon was assigned to Lucian when he has all the Council protection, and it turns out it's because of her, because she's going to be a second Apollyon, and after she gives her powers to the First, after she turns 18, he'll become a God-Killer. Which Alex does not like-she'd be giving up her freedom, basically, and herself. And all the belonging to each other thing, yeah, doesn't like that at all.
And when it comes out that her mom was made into a Daimon instead of killed, well, Alex breaks down a bit, but she comes up with a plan so she can let her mom rest eternally on the other side. And there was a lot of conflict, but she makes it, which shows her strength of character, even if her mom really wanted it in her final moments when she was herself, and yeah.
This was a great book, addicting, and I read it so fast, and yeah, it was really good! Check it out!!!
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Convenant #1
Read: April 12th, 2012
Reason Why: I read the short story prequel Daimon, and it was really great, so I had to read this, and it's a LLFL book!
Publisher: Spence Hill Press
Published: October 18th 2011