Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey (Agent of Hel #1)

Dark Currents (Agent of Hel, #1)

Finally finished this one! I was trying to read it before ARCHON (beg. of Oct.), where I had a chance to meet the author, but only made it five chapters in before the event. When the Kushiel series first came out, I was not a fan as the subject matter didn’t sit well with me in high school; however, I find myself wondering if now might be a good time to try again since I really enjoyed Dark Currents! Once I had time to just sit and read, this went really quick. I’m not sure I can say that this urban fantasy does anything particularly different or wonderful that other authors haven’t already done, but I did enjoy the story. And the characters were a lot of fun 🙂 I look forward to reading the rest of the series, and maybe it will get better as it ages. Here’s what you need to know!

Pros:
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

Cons:
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, the portrayal of ghouls, and the pop culture references. Maybe not a series for everyone, but definitely give it a try.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Midwestern resort town of Pemkowet boasts a diverse population: eccentric locals, wealthy summer people, and tourists by the busload—not to mention fairies, sprites, vampires, naiads, ogres, and a whole host of eldritch folk, presided over by Hel, a reclusive Norse goddess.

To Daisy Johanssen, fathered by an incubus and raised by a single mother, it’s home. And as Hel’s enforcer and the designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, it’s up to her to ensure relations between the mundane and eldritch communities run smoothly.

But when a young man from a nearby college drowns—and signs point to eldritch involvement—the town’s booming paranormal tourism trade is at stake. Teamed up with her childhood crush, Officer Cody Fairfax, a sexy werewolf on the down-low, Daisy must solve the crime—and keep a tight rein on the darker side of her nature. For if she’s ever tempted to invoke her demonic birthright, it could accidentally unleash nothing less than Armageddon.  (From Amazon.com)

Links to the rest of the series (no reviews at this time)

Book 2: Autumn Bones

Book 3: Poison Fruit

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