Book Review

by Jacqueline Carey

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

RT Rating

This is a very promising start for a new series. Daisy Johanssen, the protagonist, is neither overpowered nor an orphan. She tries to think before she acts, and she has a strong sense of ethics. The conflict between the otherworld and humanity feels real, and the resolution to the central mystery of the novel is utterly heartbreaking. Be warned, however, that there are scenes of sexual violence, which may make some readers uncomfortable.

Pemkowet, Mich., has a diverse population of human and otherworldly residents, much to the dismay of surrounding communities. Daisy, half human and half demon, is the liaison between the local police department and Hel, the reclusive Norse goddess in charge of the underworld. Daisy is usually nothing more than a glorified file clerk, but when a young man from a prominent local family turns up dead — possibly at the hands of an otherworldly assailant — she ends up investigating a case that is more complicated and disturbing than anyone could possibly suspect. (ROC, Oct., 368 pp., $26.95)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: ROC

Published: October 2012

Reader Rating

4.5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.5 Stars
(2 ratings)

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Dark Currents

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on November 21, 2012 - 9:29am.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer - Tanya C:

Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey is the first book in her new series
Agent of Hel and it quickly became one of my favorite books of 2012.
Each character played an important part in the overall story but
Daisy, the main female character was by far my favorite because she
kept things from getting too serious with her sense of humor. The main
male character Cody evened things out with his alpha male personality.
I loved the relationship between Daisy and her mother because it was
so easy going and they almost seemed to be more like best friends
instead of mother and daughter.

This book has almost any paranormal/supernatural being you can think
of which is just one of the reasons I found it to be such an enjoyable
book. Most books of this genre focus on one paranormal/supernatural
being but Jacqueline Carey has given us an incredibly well written
book with these amazing characters you can't help to like. Another
thing that I thought was great was the fact that the story focused on
the case instead of a potential romance. I found that to be refreshing
and very different. The pace of Dark Currents was just right and
Jacqueline Carey made sure that the mystery lasted throughout the
entire story.

LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer gives Dark Currents 5 Skulls.