Deamhan by Isaiyan Morrison is a fantasy novel where Deamhan and Vampires are very powerful creatures that are now running amok in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protagonist, a head-strong, impulsive woman named Veronica has return to Minneapolis in search of answers about what really happened to her mother. Her father, the powerful leader of a group known as The Brotherhood, uses his organization’s resources to ensure his daughter never finds out the truth.
The story started off very slowly (too slowly for me at times). It was difficult to understand Veronica’s motivation initially. And I found it very easy to write her off as another head-strong but spoiled character that jumps into trouble without thinking of the larger complications. You have to make it about 3/4 through the book before you begin to understand what is pushing this woman to throw caution to the wind the way she has. And even then you aren’t sure it’s worth it – until the end and you see what so much corruption and hatred has caused and then you’re like “Oh I see it now!”
Overall, this book isn’t necessarily my cup of tea, but I can’t say that it’s a bad book. On the contrary, the world Morrison creates is believable and complex. Her writing style is easy to follow and digest. For my money I would have like to have seen more about the underground, but perhaps that will come as the series develops. I give this book 3 stars.