- Series: Agent of Hel
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Roc; 1st edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451465180
- ISBN-13: 978-0451465184
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Pros: Daisy is a different sort of urban fantasy heroine. She doesn't really have many powers, she doesn't know that much about magic, and she doesn't know how to fight. It's refreshing to read about a strong female character who isn't a superhero and who depends on her friends to help her out. The relationships in this book come across as deep and real. Carey has done a superb job of making you feel like you dropped into the middle of Daisy's life. Her old friends come across as true friends with their own ups and downs instead of tropes created for the UF novel. The story meanders in a pleasant way. Daisy, as a cop, has a lot of different things on her plate, so neither book in the series is a true get-the-one-bad-guy/fight-an-epic-battle type of book. There's sex but it's not the focus of the story, and her relationships with the other characters are never predictable. This book is essentially a continuation of the first book but with a badder bad girl that Daisy has to go up against.
Cons: I wished it was a little longer since there's only 1 more book in the series. Daisy has a lot of internal struggle, as well as the threat of claiming her demonic birthright. Her romantic life is still in its infancy and we are waiting for resolution of many things. Her relationship and responsibilities for Hel are also a little underdeveloped. I'll be sad to see the series end. I feel like the next book will either end up tackling too much material in order to tie up loose ends or it won't be satisfying and leave the readers hanging.
All UF fans need to pick this up!
The paranormal romance tropes continue to roll out throughout the book: All teh menz (and magic women) want her, she's super-duper speshul, there's a gay cross-dressing man that says "dahling" all the time, etc.
I am completely surprised and disheartened by the constant underlying theme in this book, that a woman enjoying sex is shameful, especially from the writer of the Kushiel series.
Things are settling down for the town of Pemkowet. Daisy has gained respect as an Agent of Hel and is continuing to work as a liaison with the police department. She is also happily dating normal human Sinclair Palmer. At least she thought Sinclair was normal, until his secrets start coming to light. Ends up Sinclair’s family has a history of Obeah sorcery and they want Sinclair to come back to Jamaica. They will destroy Pemkowat if necessary in order to gain Sinclair’s cooperation.
There are some other side storylines going on as well. There is a mysterious lawyer of demonic origin who is trying to buy up property and of course Daisy's struggling to balance her good and evil side.
Daisy has grown some as a character from the first book. She is more comfortable in her role of Hel’s Agent and is learning how to protect herself better from outside influence (both physical and magical). She’s a mostly happy go lucky girl, who just happens to be half-demon. She is continually struggling with her demonic nature, although we never see much of that in the story. Honestly she is probably the least interesting character in the book
However the side characters are very interesting. Sinclair obviously has some deep secrets and those are revealed in this book (although they aren’t as deep and dark as I had hoped). Cody is your typical werewolf, but him and Daisy have some history and I am interested in why he refuses to get serious with Daisy. We also spend a lot more time with the local coven and that was enjoyable as well.
The best side character by far is Stefan. He is the ghoul that has been helping Daisy out. I love the way ghouls are done in this book. They are basically emotional vampires, but it is more complicated than that. They are Outcast, stuck between heaven and hell forever. They cannot die and they cannot fully live. We learn more about Outcast and how Outcast become that way. There is a lot of tension between Daisy and Stefan. However, Daisy always holds back because she is worried about the temptation outing her demonic side.
This is a decently written and overall enjoyable urban fantasy (but set in a small town). It’s definitely a light urban fantasy (not really fluffy, but definitely not dark). There is some romance and some action as well; mostly this is a mystery though. The story can get a bit scattered at times. There is a lot going on here and it’s not tied together as well as it could be.
Overall a decent urban fantasy. There are a lot of elements I like here. I like the different races, the mystery, and some of the side characters. However, I am not a huge fan of Daisy. Daisy complains about struggling against her demonic nature, but we don’t see this a whole lot in the story….things stay pretty light throughout.
The writing is not nearly up to the same beautiful quality as the Kushiel’s books, it is much more casual...which I guess fits this type of story a bit better. Still you can write something that is more casual and still generate good imagery (which is not done here). I do love the world of little town Pemkowet. I would recommend to urban fantasy fans. Give the first book a read and if you like it, this book is more of the same.