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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline…

Dark Currents: Agent of Hel (edition 2012)

by Jacqueline Carey

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Title:Dark Currents: Agent of Hel
Authors:Jacqueline Carey
Info:Roc (2012), Kindle Edition, 416 pages
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A really good concept, with mediocre execution and some irritating points.
Daisy is Hel's liaison, charged with dispensing uustice among the supernatural community of a small town. She's half demon spawn, and even has a tail. The major flaw here is she could cause all kinds of trouble by invoking her demonic birthright, and is supposed to be tempted by sin etc. which is super cool- except I didn't buy it. Daisy's a major goody goody, no hint of darkness at all. And didn't seem to have much in the way of passionate fire either, except some very mild outburts of temper to people who deserved it.
Some other things that bugged me:
*The heroine's favourite word "gah"
*The romantic interests (three of them) didn't stand out much
*The 1st person voice wasn't written very well. There were many pointless grating asides to the reader like 'I don't know why blah blah" or "Yes, I....".
*The plot was pretty boring til the very end
*Filled with cultural references, which I usually adore, but they came off wrong here

So as you can see, I was tossing up between 2 and 3 stars. The whole time I kept thinking that this or that fantasy book does this or that WAY better, which speaks to the lack of originality in most ofmit. Ultimately I gave it three stars for the concept (the hellspawn concept, not everything else) behind it but really it's more of a 2.5. Probably won't pick up the sequel. ( )
  Sweet_Serenity | Mar 14, 2019 |
Vacation Town Fantasy? Yes, that's urban fantasy taking place in a small lake town. It's a welcome change from the basic gritty city setting.

Daisy is the goddess Hel's liaison between the human world and that of the paranormal. She's also the daughter of a demon who, if she ever embraces her full powers, could destroy the world.

The thing about this book I particularly enjoyed was the mystery. I didn't figure it out at all and when I learned what was happening... it was almost unbearably sad. I think Carey has a gift for that, the knife to the gut with that little extra twist to make sure you really feel it.

I'd love to see more of these. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
So my love affair with the Kushiel series is well-known.

I legit can't believe this book is written by the same author. It's bizarre. Nowhere does the prose come even slightly close to anything else of hers I've read. The characters are whisper-thin, and the conflict is shallow. And no, it's not like I expected epic, lush worldbuilding and such (being urban fantasy, and the first in a series), but this reads like a first novel, period.

It's not a bad book; it's just weird for her. If you had handed me this book and anyone else's name had been on it, I would have given it one more star, but based on what I expect from Jacqueline Carey, I can't give it any more than 2 stars. ( )
  Dez.dono | Mar 27, 2018 |
I love JC, the Kushiel books are my very favorite!
Dark Currents is a fun, quick read. I didn't rate it any higher because the urban fantasy genre isn't my favorite. When I pick up a JC book I am hoping for more depth and substance.

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  SoubhiKiewiet | Mar 20, 2018 |
I was very ready to roll my eyes at this series... had read some of Carey's Cushiel series - lots of intrigue, high fantasy... this seemed so "lite".
But I enjoyed it. A bit of Harry Dresden meets Rachel Morgan on the set of Grimm... but I like all of those things, and it was not just a rehash.
I'll move on to the next in the series.... ( )
  kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
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It was an idyllic summer evening in Pemkowet the night the Vanderhei kid died.
What with being a goddess and all, albeit a much diminished one, Hel keeps most of the eldritch folk in line. The rune inscribed on my left palm is a symbol that I'm licensed to enforce her rules and act as her liaison between the underworld and the mundane authorities. It works pretty well most of the time, at least with the eldritch who respect order. Unfortunately, there are plenty who prefer chaos. (chapter two)
As he turned to go, one of the protestors found an unexpected surge of courage and stepped forward to confront him. She held up a pendant of her own, a shiny gold cross, thrusting it toward Stefan's face.

'No sanctuary for Satanism!' Her voice shook a bit, and the cross trembled in her hand, but she stood her ground. 'Begone, fiend!'

Several tourists on the outskirts said, 'Ooh!' And I swear to God, a pair of teenage girls were dipping into bags of caramel corn and shoving it into their mouths like they were watching a movie. (chapter 29)
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Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Kushiel’s Legacy novels, presents an all-new world featuring a woman caught between the normal and paranormal worlds, while enforcing order in both. Introducing Daisy Johanssen, reluctant hell-spawn…

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.
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"Small town Pemkowet, Mich., is a popular tourist destination for humans. It's also home to a thriving 'eldritch community' of supernatural entities, thanks to the presence of the local underworld controlled by the Norse goddess Hel. Daisy Johanssen, a half-demon trying to dodge her innate attraction to the 'Seven Deadlies' while functioning as Hel's agent on Earth and the local link between the eldritch community and the human police, is called in to help investigate the drowning of a local college boy when signs of both foul play and magical residue are found on the body."… (more)

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