Poison Fruit: Agent of Hel

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The hot-as-Hel series with the “Sookie Stackhouse type of vibe” (Paranormal Haven) is back—but this time the paranormal Midwestern town of Pemkowet is feeling a frost in the air and the residents are frozen in fear....

The Pemkowet Visitors Bureau has always promoted paranormal tourism—even if it has downplayed the risks (hobgoblins are unpredictable). It helps that the town is presided over by Daisy Johanssen, who as Hel’s liaison is authorized by the Norse goddess of the dead ...

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Overview

The hot-as-Hel series with the “Sookie Stackhouse type of vibe” (Paranormal Haven) is back—but this time the paranormal Midwestern town of Pemkowet is feeling a frost in the air and the residents are frozen in fear....

The Pemkowet Visitors Bureau has always promoted paranormal tourism—even if it has downplayed the risks (hobgoblins are unpredictable). It helps that the town is presided over by Daisy Johanssen, who as Hel’s liaison is authorized by the Norse goddess of the dead to keep Pemkowet under control. Normally, that’s easier to do in the winter, when bracing temperatures keep folks indoors.

But a new predator is on the prowl, and this one thrives on nightmares. Daisy is on her trail and working intimately with her partner and sometime lover from the Pemkowet PD, sexy yet unavailable werewolf Cody Fairfax. But even as the creature is racking up innocent victims, a greater danger looms on Pewkowet’s horizon.

As a result of a recent ghost uprising, an unknown adversary—represented by a hell-spawn lawyer with fiery powers of persuasion—has instigated a lawsuit against the town. If Pemkowet loses, Hel’s sovereignty will be jeopardized, and the fate of the eldritch community will be at stake. The only one who can prevent it is Daisy—but she’s going to have to confront her own worst nightmare to do it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
Though some whimsy still comes through in the final book of Carey’s Agent of Hel suburban fantasy trilogy (after Autumn Bones), a darker, wintertime mood pervades the intimate story. A persuasive demonic lawyer begins to purchase large pieces of tiny Pemkowet, Mich., in the service of an unknown power, leading Daisy Johannsen to wonder whether she should claim her half-demonic heritage, an act that would give her more power to defend Pemkowet but might destroy the world. As eldritch advisor to the town police and liaison to the goddess who lives underneath the town, Daisy also confronts the unpleasant backlash of Pemkowet’s encouragement of supernatural tourism. On the personal front, she debates the relative benefits of two possible romantic relationships. Fans of the lighter parts of Carey’s world will enjoy the continued influence of the town’s quirky coven and the introduction of beer-swigging bogle Skrrzzzt, while those more interested in Daisy’s personal arcs will be happy with the emotionally satisfying closure to the series. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-24
Third in Carey's supernatural urban fantasy series (Autumn Bones, 2013, etc.) set in Pemkowet, a small resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan.In summer, tourists pour in to marvel at Pemkowet's eldritch community—fairies, ghouls, vampires, bogles and so forth—whose benevolent supervisor is Hel, the Norse goddess of the underworld. Now it's November, and things are quieter, so Daisy Johanssen, hell-spawn daughter of a demon and a human mother, Hel's enforcer and designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, devotes her energies to unscrambling her sizzling but problematic personal life. First up is her partner, red-hot werewolf Officer Cody Fairfax; the lust is mutual, but traditionalist Cody wants a family and so must mate with another werewolf. And then there's equally red-hot Stefan Ludovic, 600-year-old Bohemian knight and leader of the ghouls, or Outcasts, who, rejected by both heaven and hell, are immortal and feed on emotions. However, with Stefan away in Poland on private business, Scott Evans, a veteran with severe PTSD, complains to the Pemkowet PD that he's being haunted by a witchlike, soul-sucking Night Hag. And then hell-spawn lawyer Daniel Dufreyne wallops the town with a massive lawsuit. The really bad news is that Dufreyne, having accepted his birthright, has demonic powers of persuasion. Daisy isn't sure how that works: She's refused to claim her own birthright despite frequent urgings from dad, the lesser demon Belphegor, lest she unleash Armageddon. Steamy sex, meddling monsters and a hell-spawn heroine with a volcanic temper: Even in the off season, there's nothing dull about Pemkowet.What more could series addicts ask?
Library Journal
09/15/2014
A slick lawyer in Pemkowet, MI, is buying up property, and Daisy Johanssen (half-demon agent of the Norse goddess Hel) is tasked with uncovering what purpose he has in town and whom he represents. Her investigation is diverted by a predatory creature of the fae who feeds on nightmares, literally scaring one poor person to death. As the liaison between Hel and Pemkowet, Daisy is responsible for managing any supernatural dangers to the human residents, but the distractions of two very different men in her life make it difficult for her to do her job. VERDICT This third urban fantasy series outing (after 2013's Autumn Bones) is the opposite of Carey's epic fantasies (Kushiel's Dart), but it is light and fun. With Daisy's romantic triangles, she will appeal to readers who miss Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse. The small-town setting and variety of inhuman creatures keep things lively.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451465313
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: Agent of Hel Series , #3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 82,630
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Carey

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed Agent of Hel series which includes Autumn Bones, the 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 lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    When I started this book, I didn't know it was the final book in

    When I started this book, I didn't know it was the final book in the series.  An excellent read, but I wasn't ready for the series to end.  Sigh!
    Definitely worth the money though.  Everything wraps up...no loose endings....honestly, the best book in the trilogy.  Still wish it wasn't the last!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2015

    Another great story in this series

    Ms Carey continues to provide an outstanding story line for this genre book. Fully enjoyed all 3, as well as her other series. A great read if you enjoy this type of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2014

    Awesome!

    Jacqueline Carey never disappoints!

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    Posted December 10, 2014

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blo

    ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Another sad day for me.  I wasn’t aware before I started reading this book that this would be the end of the series.  It’s bittersweet to see some of my favorite characters put on the shelf, but in POISON FRUIT, they went out with a bang!  As much as the greedy reader in me is not happy.

    When we left Pemkowet last, there was a lot of turmoil in Daisy’s life.  Especially when it comes to her love life.  AUTUMN BONES brought a lot of developments in that area and it’s left Daisy a bit confused.  I admit I was too.  I had my “team” picked out but there were always things that made me wonder if they could overcome the rules of their separate species and be happy together.

    So in POISON FRUIT Daisy has to deal with a lot more of that!  But let’s not forget that Daisy is Agent of Hel and pretty kickass herself.  She’s faced with multiple supernatural problems threatening the town of Pemkowet.  I admit I was thoroughly freaked out by the first one they faced.  Without spoiling what it is, the fact that someone can pretty much be scared to death in their sleep gave me all kinds of heebie jeebies.

    But the plot in this book is a lot bigger than solving a simple supernatural mystery and keeping the town safe.  There are much larger supernatural forces at play in Pemkowet and they are trying to take over.  It is up to the Agent of Hel to stop them.  One thing that I’ved loved about this series is the author’s ability to weave in multiple complex storylines that give this series so much more depth and layers.  They each put a different part of our main characters to the test.

    POISON FRUIT was no exception.  It is a thrilling, edge of your seat ride!  And one of those few books in a year that I gobbled up whole, in one sitting.  I quite literally had a hard time putting it down for long.

    If you haven’t read this series yet, then I highly recommend you give it a go!  If you like your genres mixed a little, with some romance and humor to your urban fantasy, then this is for you.  If you like a heroine that is kickass and confident, but also very down to earth and relatable, then you will love Daisy as much as I did!  If you were a fan of the early Sookie Stackhouse books, then you will love Agent of Hel.

    I am happy to see where the characters ended up.  As I said before, without knowing this was the end, I was surprised when I got to the end of the book and thought “Wait a second, this is the end of the series! NOOOOOOOOOOO”.  I could’ve read about Daisy’s adventures for many more books to come.  But I’m also happy to see this whole series have stayed and end on a really high note.  And I can’t wait to see what the authors does next.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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