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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
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Praise for Dark Currents
“Carey’s first urban fantasy turn is as fun and fantastic as her previous efforts; fans will definitely want this, and pronto.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Beautifully articulated and intriguingly populated: altogether, an arresting kickoff.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This is a very promising start for a new series....The conflict between the otherworld and humanity feels real, and the resolution to the central mystery of the novel is utterly heartbreaking.”—RT Book Reviews
“A terrific paranormal whodunit…action-packed.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
“I loved all the detail that went into Dark Currents. Jacqueline Carey paints such a vivid picture that it makes you feel as if a town like Pemkowet, with all its fantastic creatures, could actually exist. A mix of fantasy and urban fantasy, Dark Currents has a lot to offer and I think if you’re a fan of both genres, you should check it out.”—Paranormal Haven
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, the Sundering epic fantasy duology, the postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray, and the Agent of Hel series. Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China. She currently lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.
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I am a faithful Jaqueline Carey reader. I've read everything she's written in the Kishiel's legacy series and followed them up with the three books in the Nammah's series. I love her writing, I also love her view of the world. This is a woman that has a true grasp of the words tolerance and acceptance. It makes me happy to know that there are people in the world who believe that love, in any form, is precious and beautiful and worth respecting.
All of that said, this is a "Dark Currnents" review. I'll start with what I didn't like.
-Our protagonist, Daisy Johanssen, repeats herself way too much. I'm now halfway through the second book, and I think if I hear the words "occasional incubus" one more time I'm going to grow bat wings and search her out with my own fiery whip!
-Daisy is a bit too childish for a liaison to a "goddess of the underworld". There is a scene which was written beautifully, about elemental fairys and the majestic Oak King, that is, until she opened her teenaged sounding mouth. Oh it could've been so much better.
-This book feels steered toward a much younger audience. My previous experiences with Carey's writing have felt like brilliant, intelligent, thought and emotion provoking works that leave you emotionally drained, then satisfied, but, wanting more of the characters at the same time. This, in comparison, felt a little juvenile.
That sums up my problems. This may sound like I didn't enjoy the book. That is not the case.
What I did like:
-The boys! Ms Carey still knows how to write a sexy, sexy man! Or woman for that matter. You can tell in each scene, that the passions she feels for each one of the objects of her affection are real, regardless of the fact that there are more than one. No, it does not make her a tramp, it makes her human. No one does that better than Carey.
-The creatures: without getting into too much detail, her use of the fae and all things magical and mystical will not leave you dissapointed. I found myself exclaiming "it's a freaking *******" ! No, I'm Not going to tell you, read it yourself.
-Her ability to make you sympathize with the villians. There are bad guys, but you can always see just a little glimpse of humanity in every character. You may even root for them.
-Her world building. Ok so this is Michigan, (eh) but it's fairy (made up) Michigan. She did a good job at "sort of" building a ficional town. Trust me, a freind and I pondered over the suspected location for quite a while before we came up with where we believe the secret location to be. But in fairness, the freind is from there so... Cheating... Anyway...I digress...
I enjoyed the story, the plot twists, and most definatly the boys. I'm looking forward to finishing the series and seeing what she does next.
Some of the characters I really liked and some were too stereotypical. The officer Cody feels like a typical repressed lycanthrope. While I enjoyed Lurine quite a bit. Daisy herself is a let down. As of this book she never develops into anything. The use of Hel and the unique integration of Norse mythology was really good. Yet as Hel's liaison, it pretty much means nothing at all. The supernatural are afraid of Daisy with no reason why. She's rather weak and even when
she's given a means to defend herself it doesn't really amount to anything.
Daisy is a half demon that might as well be human. Her birthright is an interesting angle but it's way overplayed. If she gives in its the end of the world. Well we all know she won't give in. So I have no idea why it comes up so often. All it does is remind us how boring Daisy is. For some reason Daisy has to resist giving into the 7 deadly sins. Which I found really interesting. Except the author never explains why. When Daisy gets mad she starts to go all Carrie but mother ever happens. It's never useful.
It feels like this book just teases you with how good it could be.
Loved the pop culture references and didn't hate their in-text explanations (i.e. Last Unicorn, Twilight)
World building made sense and was well thought-out
Easy to read writing style
Inclusion of various mythologies (Norse, Christian, Russian, etc.)
Strong character building for female characters
Only minor romantic tidbits
Almost all the men mentioned were "hot" or attractive
Most of the women were as well
Mystery element was a bit weak
Overall, this is a fun, fluffy read (although the subject of rape does come up), and I found myself enjoying the story. I think my favorite bits would have to include the lamia/horror starlet and the pop culture references. Maybe not a series for everyone, but definitely give it a try.