Naughton’s story of gods, daemons and minions entertains with its dark intensity. Drawing on Greek mythology as a foundation, the story builds momentum throughout. Creative worldbuilding and ever-present danger pull the reader into this mesmerizing tale. The brooding Orpheus is the perfect foil for the lively siren.
Orpheus is a misfit. Half-daemon/half-Argonaut, he is shunned by his people because of his daemon blood. Yet by a trick of fate, he is part of the Eternal Guardians. His quest is to rescue his twin brother from the Underworld, and he needs a special orb to accomplish this. When Orpheus first meets the beautiful siren Skyla, he’s in his daemon form and she tries to kill him — not an auspicious beginning. Skyla joins him on his journey, but with ulterior motives. Although wary of each other, the couple become lovers. But if Orpheus knew her mission was to kill him, he might not be so generous with his affections. The gods and the demons of the Underworld will stop at nothing to gain the orb and keep Orpheus from his goal. (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 416 pp., $7.99)