Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

Here is the summary from the inside cover-flap of Dark Currents, first book in the Agent of Hel series by Jacqueline Carey:

dark currents coverThe 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.

Up until now, being Hel’s liason has basically meant chasing off the occasional nasty fairy and doing extra paperwork down at the police station. But thanks to a recent murder that appears to have eldritch involvement, Daisy must step in to solve the case. Partnered with long-time crush and closet werewolf Cody, Daisy must solve the case before the “regular” humans decide the eldritch community is too dangerous and throw them out of Pemkowet forever.

I absolutely loved this novel. Daisy was a wonderful character that I really connected with. She was young, smart, knew her weaknesses, and worked hard to fix them. Since giving into temptation and choosing to be like her demon father instead of her human mother would cause Armageddon, this was a pretty big deal. She was also willing to admit her mistakes and fix them, like telling Cody not to date her best friend Jen, which caused quite a bit of friendship drama.

I liked the world building in this novel, and how the supernatural was mixed in with the normal. A city needs a functioning “underworld” controlled by a deity in order to sustain the eldritch–supernaturals–who live there. The underworld in Pemkowet is controlled by Hel, norse goddess whose body is half beautiful woman and half decomposing corpse. It threw me off at first to read about a relatively nice goddess Hel. In most of the books I read that feature Hel, like the Iron Druir Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, Hel is an evil goddess out to kill everyone and take over the world. I’m not sure what I thought about this incarnation of her, but it worked alright, and it wasn’t like she was cute and playing with kittens or anything, which would have been really unbelievable.

This book just seemed so fun and easy to read, and I couldn’t find many faults with it. I met a character I really liked, and visited a world where I could picture myself living. No complaints, and I’m really looking forward to the next book.

Happy reading,



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