Series: Agents of Hel #1
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.
Earlier this month I started reading Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey. I’m a huge fan of some of her other pieces, such as the Kushiel series. I was expecting a lot of the same flavour as that series, but this is very much an urban fantasy series, and it comes across very well as an urban fantasy, while still maintaining some of the same characteristics from the Kushiel series.
Daisy is an interesting character, a half-demon who is Hel’s liaison in the mortal world. While there aren’t many obvious correlations between this series and the Kushiel series, there are the hints of bisexuality that I have fallen in love with in earlier books. Daisy is a caring friend, and a strong, mostly independent character. There aren’t a lot of times when she really needs help, but when she does there is always a strong, handsome man who is on hand to help,
Cory is another interesting character, a werewolf that would prefer that no one really know about his affliction. He’s had his heart-broken before, and is the main crush for Daisy (though not the only one).
What brings this all together is the rich world of mythology that plays out in the underworld in this series. Much like in the Kushiel series, Carey draws a rich world full of mythology that is tweaked just enough to fit in with the modern world, yet fits smoothly. This, I think, is the best part of reading a Jacqueline Carey book. The way she writes is evocative and draws the reader right in, and she blends the real world with mythology so well that it seems beyond realistic.
While this probably isn’t my favourite book by Carey. it’s a solid read and well worth the time.