Dark Currents: Agent of Hel

Dark Currents: Agent of Hel

by Jacqueline Carey
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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel by Jacqueline Carey

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451414830
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Series: Agent of Hel Series , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 467,114
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed 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 currently lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos.

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Dark Currents: Agent of Hel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
DARKFAN More than 1 year ago
As with most people, my time is at a premium. But, I felt I had to take the time to spread the word on Jacqueline Carey's "Dark Currents". When I hear of a new Urban Fantasy series, I will admit, I cringe. Most often, what you get is a Paranormal Romance where the main character is, quite suddenly and without prior experience, able to make a Navy Seal run in the other direction or a book where there are no surprises and you can lay out the plot for the rest of the book after reading the first three chapters. What you get with Carey's new offering is a character who falls down alot, but you will find yourself cheering for each time she gets back up and a plot that will keep surprising you even as it draws you into her world. This is best first book of a new series that I have come across in quite a long time. It will be well worth you time. Can't wait for the next one.
Lyn13 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Jacqueline Carey's books and expected nothing short of another excellent and exciting read. What a remarkable writer Ms. Carey is and will continue to be. This book is different that the former books written in my mind but still unique in the type of books I read. Can't wait until another Jacqueline Carey novel is ready.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very different from her Kushiel books, but so good. She created this world that is so different from any other and I'm starving for more. Maybe the lead vixen can get some action next go round..
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
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.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by stating that aim a HUGE fan of Ms. Carey's Kushiel's Legacy series, as well as Santa Olivia (the sequel of which, "Saints Astray," I've yet to read), and I began to read from The Sundering series but got distracted and need to get back once I can separate the disraction from the books. . . So this shows that while I'm rabid about some of the author's work (most), a few don't seem to grab me the same way. I almost cried for joy upon learning that I was one of the lucky winners of the "Dark Currents" ARC giveaway here at Goodreads. I'd been so excited to see the book listed that I went online in an attempt to buy it (as often times giveaway books are already for sale, or available online), only to discover that it really was an ARC. So on to the meat of the review. If you've read any of my other reviews you'll know that I try to avoid giving a summary of the book. Read the back or inside jacket for the teaser synopsis - this is not filling that role. My initial reaction to the first thirty pages or so was one of disappointment. It wasn't that I was not enjoying the material, I just wasn't as awed by the characters and storyline as I'd hoped to be. I'll admit to harboring unrealistically high expectations. This book reads more like "Santa Olivia" than "Kushiel's Dart," and that is what had me feeling let down (not that "Santa Olivia" isn't good, it just isn't "Kushiel's Dart" good). But as the book progressed, so to did the characters. And I found myself feeling more interested in them and in the plot as it began to unfold in myriad ways. I did notice that the main character, Daisy, has a sexual freedom (at least mentally) such as you would find in almost any of the characters from the Kushiel's Legacy series - in particular the first trilogy in that series. However please don't think that this book is filled with sex scenes, as it isn't. At all. All I meant is that Daisy has a running attraction to a solid half the beings she meets, not that she acts on those attractions. While the characters grow on you, the book just doesn't feel as original to me as the Kushiel's Legacy books. It is well written, and I only found one glaring typo (in an ARC copy), but lacks that completely unique aspect that the Kushiel's story has. Again not to say that "Dark Currents" doesn't have a distinct personality of its own, just that it is more similar to other books I have been reading of late than dissimilar. Once the story gets going there is a nice, steady pace throughout, and enough forward action to allow for some interesting introspection by Daisy, who still has a great deal to learn about herself - on several levels. She is a relatable character, and someone that I envision as a friend. Her story, as well as those of numerous other characters, drive the plot nicely. And all this combined left me wanting more, as there is plenty ahead for Daisy and her reader friends to learn, together. And hopefully Daisy is as excited about that as I am! Definitely looking forward to the next installment in this series, and wilting at the thought of having so long to wait to find out what is going to happen next!!! A "goodread" all around!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story.
RaveninNC More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, but was always attempting to reconcile this books writing with other works by this author. This is more of a young adult book in my mind and if you are looking for a work similar to the Kushiel series or the Saint's series, you might be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again JC ruins me on other authors! Each time I read another one of her fabulous books, I spend weeks afterward unable to engage in another book, and this one is no different. While unlike the Kushiel series, it still contains all the elements I count on from her writing. Wonderful character development, amazing command of language, well paced story....all present in this latest offering. Buy it....you won't be sorry!
Sr_rp More than 1 year ago
I picked up Carey's other series, the Kussel's Dart ones, and I could not get into them. Simply couldn't but I thought I would give this one a try and it is completely different! I started with the sample and I love this one! There are so many dimensions to these characters and I love the idea of it. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay story. Okay characters. Just okay. Finished it. Doubt if I will read any subsequent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author, truly. I got this book because I love her style. This book is not her best. It's not a bad story. It was interesting enough to read from start to finish, but it was predictable and and a bit simplistic. I honestly feel that this book was written because of the popularity of Twilight style stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of my favorite authors. the only author who's love triangles or squares do not make me want to scream. strong honest heroines. imperfect lovable heroes. mystery, magic, love, friendship, she tells great stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great start to a new (to me) series. Well written with an original heroine and a story that had me hooked instantly. Excited to see if the next one is as good as this one.
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Banethiel More than 1 year ago
This series is easily one of my favorite series of all time.  The story, characters and the manner in which Ms. Carey works them continuously makes me giddy every time I see another of the series coming out.  I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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