- Series: Agent of Hel (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Roc (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451464788
- ISBN-13: 978-0451464781
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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Praise for Jacqueline Carey
“A writer to watch—as the cliché goes—but more important, a writer to read.”--Storm Constatine
“[Jacqueline Carey] has a flair for character development and intricate plotting and world-building that recalls [George R.R.] Martin’s.”--SF Reviews
"Carey's storytelling ability is top-notch."--Publishers Weekly
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 and postmodern fables Santa Olivia and Saints Astray. 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.
Top Customer Reviews
Carey's writing style does not do "Dark Currents" any favors. It is simplistic, overly repetitive, and totally indistinct from the hundreds of other Urban Fantasy novels out there. In fact, the writing feels pretty lazy. The reader frequently gets told what Daisy, the protagonist, is wearing (either directly or using the "character stands in front of the mirror and describes themselves" routine) and, when something makes her angry or aroused, her tail twitches. Her tail twitches a lot throughout the book. Pop-culture references are common, with mentions of "Twilight" and Sookie Stackhouse. While these references may make Daisy seem more relateable to the reader (look, she sniggers at "Twilight" too!), they also cheapen the work, and will quickly date it.
The mystery is not too much of one. The protagonist's mother has a set of fortune telling cards which spell out what happened all too literally. Because of this, Daisy is not required to think, she just has to follow the images: there is a spider card and there is a guy with a spider tattoo! Maybe he is involved somehow....
"Dark Currents" gives Daisy not just two love interests but three -- all of which are totally hot in different ways. There is the dark, sexy, and mysterious ghoul, the hot boy-scout werewolf, and the flirtatious and friendly tour-bus driver who can see auras. The reader is constantly told that they are hot. Constantly. If you did not get the idea that they were hot the first three times they were mentioned, that is okay, because Carey will tell you again, and again.Read more ›
Dark Currents, on the other hand, has none of these positive attributes. Everything about it fell short: the setting is not well-developed, the main character Daisy is not especially loveable (I was totally ambivalent toward her), and everything from the love interests to the humor felt incredibly recycled. I felt like Carey's incredible writer's voice had been lost in this stupid main character, who says "Gah!" when she's upset and talks way too much about her tail, which she hides between her legs when she wears jeans. The first-person narration was full of random and often juvenile asides to the reader that were supposed to be funny but just came off as strange--for example, at one point Daisy interrupts the storyline to say of her tail being between her legs, "And yeah, in case you were wondering, it does feel kind of good tucked up there" (paraphrasing). Ugh.
But my biggest problem with the book was that there was no character development whatsoever! I mean, AT ALL! The saddest thing was that I could tell Carey was trying, and there were lines now and again that implied she was trying to make Daisy grow in some way, but at the end of the book, Daisy was exactly the same as when she started. For example, the last line of the book (don't worry it's not a spoiler) is something about how she's okay with being "just nice"--and that's supposed to be some huge revelation for her character.Read more ›
The best thing I can say about this book is that it is mediocre. There is a lack of world building, a predictable plot and underdeveloped and unengaging characters. By far the worst aspect of the book is the main character, Daisy. Among Daisy's many faults is that she is incredibly emotionally immature and juvenile, to the point where you have to constantly remind yourself that you are not reading a YA novel. This immaturity combined with Daisy's consistently stupid decisions and lack of personal growth make her a character I cannot empathise with.
This book could have been so much better than this with a different main character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well paced and engaging, this book is worth a read. The creatures are a fun mix of mythologies leading to some cool interactions. This is a police procedural with monsters.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read the Kushiel series and loved it so wanted to read a more recent Carey book. It's an okay plot with kind of generic characters and like something that's just been done too... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Don't let the three stars fool you. I wish I could add a half star to the rating but I don't believe Amazon will allow it.
I am a faithful Jaqueline Carey reader. Read more
Love this series better than the Kushiel set. Not into the S&M thing that was so prevalent and graphic in that set. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Deonet
This is a good beach read. The characters are likable. It is well written, moves along briskly and pokes fun at itself on occasion.Published 5 months ago by Geri
I read Carey's books avidly. This book is an urban fantasy that occurs in a small town, present day. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Figueroa
I'm glad i got this from the library. i read the kushile series a long time ago and i loved it .this was really lacking in detail and had a poor story line ill probably read the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think some other reviewers have already done a great job describing how pedestrian and uninspired this book is. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Justin