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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel Hardcover – October 2, 2012
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“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.
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She is also the paranormal liaison for the Norse Goddess Hel. As such she advocates and polices the local paranormal community. When a body is found with a high degree of magic attached she must begin an investigation with a local officer as her partner. What they find, the people they encounter, and the mystery they need to solve form the crux of the story. With strong world building, well drawn characters, and a slick plot the story keeps you involved. I'm thrilled that I read this and already have the second one waiting on me.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Before I got mired down in the mystery and ghostly farts of Temple Secrets, I finished reading Dark Currents. I bought the Kindle and Audible versions a long time ago (a year, I think). I finally got into it, Friday, I think. It seems so long ago. Wish I would have remembered to write the review right after, but something happened and I only just saw that I hadn't given this book it's due.
First of all, I love Jacqueline Carey's writing. I read almost all her stuff a while back. I still love her Kushiel's Legacy series the best. This is a little different in that it is more on the lines of the demony-werewolfie stuff I have been reading a lot lately (wave to Sara Reine). Still Ms. Carey had a new take on the genre. I loved her characters and world. It all seemed believable, well, sort of.
Second, the narrator, Johanna Parker, was fantastic! She could change her voice according to character or mood and keep the story moving.
Oh and a note about the cat. Geeze, now I can't remember his name. He was adorably real among all the werewolves, mermaids and other fantasy beings. As tense as the story got sometimes, Ms. Carey kept the banter light enough to not get to be too much.
There is a bit of romance but not sickeningly so. Mostly it is about Daisy, the half-demon, Hel's agent (the goddess not the place), trying to live a useful life in this town full of fantasy creatures. And she and her partner have to solve a murder. Difficult enough with merely humans involved, but how did the boy die in salt water in Lake Michigan, fresh water?
Though the book didn't leave us on a cliffhanger, I find myself wanting to enjoy the characters and the town more. So Now that I have my free credit on Audible I will download that version and buy the Kindle version when I get paid. I look forward to more.
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.
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.
I have to say it was just ok
I wanted it to be so much better
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