Series: Agents of Hel
Published by Roc on October 2nd 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy novels, presents an all-new world featuring a woman caught between the normal and paranormal worlds, while enforcing order in both. Introducing Daisy Johanssen, reluctant hell-spawn…
The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload; not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.
To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.
But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.
I have a bad habit of jumping between multiple books, my current reads are The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, and Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey. Today’s mini review is for Dark Currents.
So far Dark Currents is an intriguing urban fantasy, full of interesting characters. It’s a huge change from her other series, which I was a huge fan of, but in many ways it stays the same, and certain themes carry through, such as the idea of sexuality being fluid. While this may offend some readers, I love it. I identify so much more with the characters this way.
I’m only 30% of the way into this book, so there is a lot more to come, but from what I’ve read so far there is an interesting mystery that is plaguing the supernatural (and not so supernatural) community. A young man has drowned in the middle of the river, and while things seem to be accidental, Daisy (a half demon in her own right) has been called upon to help solve the case, alongside her hot crush, Detective Werewolf. Okay, so not his real name, but still. Hot werewolf who keeps that fact tightly in check (the werewolf part, not the hotness, because that part is obvious).
Daisy is relying on her friends in the supernatural community to help solve the case, seeking help from naiads in the river, and more. And it’s not helping that the drowned man came from a family who is strongly against the supernatural community and would like nothing more than to see the entire town destroyed and for non-humans to suffer.
But are things truly as they seem? I need to finish reading this book to find out! Hopefully when it’s done I can give you guys a full review of this book