Series: Agent of Hel #1
Published by Roc on October 2, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
Dark Currents is such a fun and original book. Its heroine, Daisy Johanssen, is half human and half incubus, and an agent of the Norse goddess, Hel. She’s basically the supernatural police in the small town of Pemkowet, a hotbed of otherworldly activity. A murder of a mundane, or human, has happened and it’s up to Daisy and her werewolf partner (and crush), Officer Cody Fairfax, to find the murderer. Daisy is a unique supernatural. She has a tail! Daisy also has difficulty controlling her anger (it’s the demon side of her) so she’s constantly on the precipice of going over to the “Dark Side.” Daisy is engaging and smart, and I thought this constant battle within herself to avoid succumbing to darker instincts was a nice dichotomy that kept her interesting.
While there is a lot of light eccentricity in this small mid-western town, the mystery at the center of the murder is very dark and very disturbing. Carey reminds you that there’s evil on both sides of the line that separates the mundane from the supernatural; she does a good job of keeping the mystery moving at a good pace and keeping me, the reader, guessing.
One of the things I most appreciated about Dark Currents was Carey’s original take on some of the supernatural communities in Daisy’s world. By far, my most favorite group was the ghoul community. I never thought I would find ghouls compelling or, dare I say, sexy, but Carey pulls it off with the character of Stefan. That man, or ghoul, defines intriguing.
Dark Currents is a fantastic introduction to a new urban fantasy series and I am seriously looking forward to book two releasing in October. 4 Howls!