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Autumn Bones: Agent of Hel Hardcover – October 1, 2013
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The second installment of Carey&'s suburban fantasy series (after Dark Currents) can&'t quite decide whether it&'s supernatural chick lit, magical smalltown slice-of-life drama, or a lighthearted cozy mystery, but Carey&'s ability to create a diverse, enjoyable cast of characters in a setting that feels natural to all of them carries it through. Though still attracted to werewolf cop Cody and psychic vampire leader Stefan, Daisy Johanssen—half-demon advisor to the police of Pemkowet, Mich., and liaison to the goddess of the tiny underworld that lies beneath it—is enjoying the human normality of her new boyfriend, tour bus driver Sinclair Palmer. Then his mother releases his grandfather&'s duppy on the town to convince Sinclair to return to Jamaica. Carey&'s nonhumans, especially the Outcast (immortal ghouls who feed on emotion), are neither goofy caricatures nor grandiose and unapproachable, and she has fun with minor characters like the funky rutting satyr who causes a gay club orgy. This visit with Daisy and friends, with their mostly solvable problems and relationship drama, is enjoyable in its own right and offers promise for future volumes. (Oct.)
Praise for Dark Currents
“Jacqueline Carey proves her versatility with this compelling piece of urban fantasy.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
“Fans have come to expect the amazing from this author and her new urban fantasy series won’t disappoint them.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Beautifully articulated and intriguingly populated: Altogether, an arresting kickoff.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Electrifying urban fantasy...that will have you racing to get to the last page. I am excited for this new series.”—Night Owl Reviews
“A great new series…that is insanely addictive.”—The News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, WV)
“Delightfully distinctive.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Daisy is a great character...reminds me of early Sookie Stackhouse.”—Dangerous Romance
“Carey knows her fantasy and this latest trip into fantasy realism is a page turner.”—San Francisco Book Review
“Unique and entertaining...this was a masterpiece.”—Under the Covers Book Review
“Full of unexpected twists...fantastically fun...I’m more than ready to jump back into this world as soon as possible.”—All Things Urban Fantasy
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The story began with a satyr showing up at a night club and causing some problems that had me laughing out loud, and really glad I'd finally gotten around to reading this. I also found that while Sinclair still just bores me to tears, the other love interests may not be out of the picture. Daisy seems to be infatuated with all three potential love interests, every bit as much as she was in book one. Her decision to date Sinclair doesn't seem to have turned her away from Stefan or Cody. I admit that I immediately began hoping that Sinclair would go away.
Unfortunately for me, this book had a LOT of Sinclair in it. If you like Sinclair, you're in luck! And I don't dislike him. There was a new character introduced whom I do like quite a bit, and that's Lee, basically a computer genius, video game designer. He's not as ridiculously good looking as the love interests, and feels much more, well, human.
There were some interesting developments with the plot and regarding Daisy's love life by the end. There are a lot of unresolved issues. This one also ended abruptly enough that I immediately downloaded the next one. This installment is also a bit steamier than the previous book, which might make fans of the Kushiel series happy.
For what it's worth, I'm on Team Stefan.
No spoilers. But...I want to say I don't see any of the Slut Shaming or "rape" theme some other posters claim. First, having a higher level of desire didn't Cause the event; the emotion was still controllable. Daisy is a "normal" 20 something hell spawn who is trying to be good, who slept with someone knowing his feelings didn't match hers. She had a perfectly normal reaction to that event and questioned herself.... BRIEFLY. She resolved her feelings in a logical manner and moved on. There was no overwhelming "OMG!" Angst about the events that went on ad nauseum.
These books are not high literature. They're a fun escape, an ice cream cone at the fair, a piece of cheesecake during a chick flick. All those are enjoyable moments and nothing to be ashamed of, even if they're not an evening at the opera. Expecting the same Stye and Prose as Kushiel is rather unreasonable, IMO.
What Carey HAS done for me, is save the preternatural genre. Her books actually follow a reasonable plot with a logical crime to resolve; the characters don't just wander around, have loads of bad-bad sex and engage in stupid political squabbles with other preternaturals doing esstentially Nothing until the solution falls in their lap--they go out, find clues and try to solve the Crime; The heroine isn't Perfect and makes mistakes, and has to face actual consequences for those mistakes; and not everyone is Mad In Love With Her Mary Sue'ness --ex. Ex-BF is fine with the breakup; Former HS crush is probably going to date her best friend and she encourages it; dashing werewolf has made it clear he's not interested in long term and she's coming to terms with that; and lastly, she doesn't pull a magic power out of her butt every time something goes wrong, and the one time she did, it backfired and almost got her killed. She talks like a real human and uses words above a 5th grade reading level. Rather than wallowing in some juvenile "oh woe is me I don't trust anyone because (insert childhood trauma)", she listens to wisdom, has strong family bonds and realizes her father being a demon isn't her fault and doesn't effect the final outcome of her Soul. It's Refrehing to find a heroine who doesn't run around with a juvenile chip on her shoulder acting bitchy at every turn, trying to prove the size of her balls are bigger than everyone else's but who can still be strong and resolute when needed. And, Someone actually edited these books for spelling, grammer and content mistakes.
After the fiasco of some other preternatural series in the same vein that have become so disappointing one wonders why a publishing house would print that drivel, Carey has renewed my faith in Preternatural writing and the publising industry
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I read the first book in this series, Dark Currents, back in 2012 and loved it.Read more