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Dark Currents

(Agent of Hel #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  8,461 ratings  ·  1,045 reviews
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 peopl
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Roc Hardcover
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
And the moral of this reread is: can't really go wrong with a deliciously flawed heroine who's part Hell-spawn, rocks a tail, and thinks drinking twelve-year-old single-malt scotch in paper cups is bloody shrimping sacrilege, if you ask me. Now let's dance and stuff.

You ladies sure know how to strut your decadent 80s stuff on the dance floor. Keep it up and stuff!

[February 2016]

BR with my MacHalo Freaks and stuff.

This review is dedicated to barnacles everywhere.

It worked! It worked! The pr
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
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Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

I read Jacqueline Carey’s Phèdre Trilogy when I was in the midst of my “Give me High Fantasy, or give me DEATH” phase about ten years ago. It was strange and dark and sexy and disturbing. Only twice in my entire life has a book been so bleak for so long that I was compelled to skip ahead. One of those times was a Phèdre book. I only skimmed enough text to glean that, yes, the end of the pain and suffering was in sight,
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
If Charlaine Harris and Kim Harrison had a baby and if that baby were slightly less concerned with who the main character was currently bedding and if the entire attitude of the baby was slightly less morose and dark and instead highly readable, entertaining, funny and yet steeped in really cool, old mythology, solid writing and a female lead who actually enjoys the power she has? The baby would look a lot like "Dark Currents" the first in what I hope will be a long series in the "Agent of Hel" ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
OKAY so one of my FAVE authors delves into one of my FAVE genres! Result? Mmm, I liked it a lot, not a rave for me, but certainly enough that I really wanna know more and will be in for whatever she writes in this world!

I mean, not to say it's not well-executed, nicely written, good characters, but I feel like I've read SO MUCH in the genre, that I gotta be knocked out with something super different to really have it stand out. And I kinda expected the sexy-stuff factor to be higher, and this w
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A fun buddy read with my Ghoul loving friends at the MacHalos!

This was much more fun than I expected. Urban Fantasies tend to be very hit and miss, but this one was one of the good ones:)

A Demon Spawn, literally, half human on her mother's side, lives in a small town on Lake Michigan within a community which is uniquely positioned on top of a shallow border with the underworld, thus being able to support many paranormal creatures and menagerie of mythological persons and gods... This
Jul 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5 I tried, I really really tried!

Gah, the characters were so damn annoying, they didn't know what the hell they wanted and why they were doing what they were doing!

I got to around 40% and I just couldn't take it anymore. Too bad, the idea could have been decent. And it's almost impossible to write a bad PNR... But ah well, I guess everything happens at least once in your life.

If you've read any other PNR, stay away from this one. Just no.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Buddy read with the Machalos

Okay. Some books just "get me", where I have instant fall-in-love right away chemistry. This was one of those books that charmed me first sight, no questions needed later. Clearly it's not that perfect for every one, but it was so up my alley it needs to rent a permanent parking space in there.

The book has cute humor, but to me this wasn't overbearing - I generally dislike books that lean too far in the cutesy direction to where they become fluffy stories and lack any
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This got off to a slow start, but ended up being a lot better than I expected. The first 50 pages of the book were slooooooooooow. It took me around a month, reading a page at a time, because it got off to such a bad start, and the premise didn't seem as promising as the blurb read.

Daisy is the daughter of a minor demon and a human woman whom it sounded like he raped. She lives in the town of Pemkowet, which exists in a world that knows of the existence of supernatural creatures. It's not an alt
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I don't know why I liked this. LOL. A murder mystery, a supernatural-ridden city, and even a love triangle- Dark Currents resembles every urban fantasy we've read. Though Jacqueline Carey does differentiate hers in some ways: supes attract tourists, and protagonist Daisy confesses to her crush instead of waiting five books.

But hellspawn Daisy's also a goody two-shoes. If she gives into her baser urges -the "Seven Deadlies" provide her moral compass; talk about a bandaid- she'll trigger Armagedd
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Brigid by: Kat Kennedy
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Why did I try out Dark Currents, you ask? Because of a little comment dearest Kat made:


Thanks to Kat, I picked up this glory of urban fantasy novelization (It's a word. I'm sure of it).

I now bow to your great scepter-ness (according to my mind, this is also a word. I dare you to defy me) Kat. Your welcome.

*Kat and her sceptor-ness take no prisoners.*

She's really a nice person, ignore Katy Perry's bitch glare.


A half-demon.

A mermaid.

A goddess of the No
Oct 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
What happened to the eloquent style of Jacqueline Carey? Where is the intricate character development? Where is the world-building? The political intrigue? Where is the attention to detail?

Daisy the "heroine" is a flat, pathetic shadow of Anastasia Steele from the Shades of Grey trilogy (the only positive comment I can make about Shades of Grey is that the sentence structure was decent). The language is simplistic and repetitive. Daisy's dialog is particularly annoying, littered with clichés and

If you’re vacationing in Pemkowet, or anywhere on the planet with a functioning underworld, do not mess around with a Ouija board. The spirit you summon might just pay a visit. Mom learned that the hard way, and I’m living proof of it.
Daisy Johanssen, reluctant hell-spawn. That’s me

Le iba a poner 3,5 estrellas, pero considerando el buen rato que pasé leyendolo, lo dejo así.

Pemkowet es un pueblo pequeño a lo Bon Temps (versión TrueBlood), con una variada (enfasis en variada) comunidad paranormal
This was one of the best UF books I’ve read in a long time. It was engaging and original. For once it didn’t feel like I was reading about the same old regurgitated tropes. Best of all it didn’t have a special snowflake, and it easily could have gone in that direction since Daisy is half human and half demon.

The world was unique. Random places around the world have pockets of hell that overlap with Earth. Supernatural creatures gathered in those places because their magic didn’t last long outsid
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Let me start by saying that this is NOTHING like Jacqueline Carey's other books. If you're reading this for the intrigue and the politics, you'll be sorely disappointed. This is light Urban Fantasy at its best.

Daisy, our MC, is the daughter of a human and a demon/incubus. As a result Daise has a tail (A TAIL!), a terrible temper, and has to carefully control herself to not fall for the seven deadly sins. I really really liked her; she's so... nice. So refreshing! She doesn't have all the answer
Oct 26, 2017 added it
EDit: since no one jumped in to tell me the book becomes wonderful later, I'm DNFing it at page 95.
There was a clue in their weak-ass investigation of the lame mystery, and it promises to be even more boring, so...
So, people who have read this -- does it become more original? So far it feels like paint-by-numbers UF. Like, she got an outline to follow, as one (allegedly) does for various Romance imprints. Is she spoofing the genre, or something? It's hard to believe this is from the same auth
In a nutshell: If you like urban fantasy and need a new, quick read, I'd grab this one from the library and wait to see if later volumes in the series improve. If you want something more substantial, re-read Emma Bull's War for the Oaks.

I kept on wanting to not be disappointed by this book, but it just got more and more mediocre as it went on. Now, since it's Jacqueline Carey, her mediocre still trumps a lot of what's out on the shelves, but it's absolutely the weakest book of hers I've read (I'
Jacqueline Carey doing urban fantasy. I'm intrigued. Wish it was out sooner ....

This series introduces a new open urban fantasy universe, where members of the eldritch community tend to cluster above cities and towns with functioning underworlds. Pemkowet is a Midwestern resort town that is ruled by Hel, the Norse goddess of the dead.

Daisy Johanssen, the lead female point of view character is Hel's enforcer. Her mother is fully human. Her father an incubus. As such, Daisy has a hell-spawn herit
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
I expected so much more from Jacqueline Carey. She's already proven that she can create compelling characters with her other series, which is why I'm baffled as to how she found it completely impossible here. Her main character, Daisy, is a 14 year old goth chick's Mary Sue wet dream--all she needs is violet eyes that change color and we're set. In an attempt to make the character 'modern', the page is peppered with really offputting turns-of-phrase; she constantly refers to the 'Seven Deadlies' ...more
Didn't work for me. Read like a YA Charley Davidson. Silly, punny, and the snark just wasn't sharp enough. Not horrible, I just can't spare a care for any of the characters. ...more
The Good, The Bad, The well I am buying the next book..

Let's begin..

(Were going in different order)

The Bad

So okay I started this book once upon a time ago. I think it was last year, I stopped reading it because I think I got bored. I put in on my stacks determined not to read it again. I got through 25% and called it good. So I dropped it. I don't know what made me pick it back up but there you go. There honestly wasn't much bad. I think there were a few moments where I rolled my eyes. She
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pemkowet is the setting of Jaqueline Carey's very entertaining urban fantasy murder mystery. The setting and backdrop for the story is very strong. There is a thin line in Pemkowett between the Underworld and our world. A werewolf pack has a home in the forested area out outside the town. Fairy's are attracted to spells. Naiad's inhabit the rivers, a ghoul biker gang that feeds on human emotion is a major criminal element and there is even a vampire house where bespelled humans are the fodder fo ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Sadly disappointing. I wanted to like it so much better than I actually did, but such is life.

1. The plot is... sparse. There's not a whole lot too it.
2. That would be ok if the novel were more of a character study. I love those! But it wasn't. We get to know Daisy decently well, but she's sweet and boring, and we don't get too much in depth with the others.
3. It feels like Carey just decided "Hell with it, paranormal romance is raking it in, I need a paycheck" and chucked this out.
4. I hate to
I don't rate books I don't finish and BOY do I have a lot of those lately.

I made it 50% in. What was wrong with it? Nothing, really. It just didn't grab me. The heroine is likeable, but the world didn't draw me in. I probably would have made it if it weren't for the narrator.

She's the same one that did Shelly Laurenston's Crow series and seriously messed with my enjoyment then. It could be just me, but I can't stand the way she narrates. There's this Valley Girl type of quality to her voice and
Throw your idea of the normal supernatural regulars out with this book. There are more varieties and they are unique; Werewolves, Brownies, Vampires, Ghouls, Mermaids and more. The head Ghoul, is sexy with a beating heart and blood in his veins. Hel is a Norse goddess who rules supreme over the edritch (supernatural others) that live there.
Daisy is a half demon and agent of Hel. She was raised by her mother, and taught to be 'good.' She has to avoid temptation, called the seven deadlies. If n
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy See site review for similar titles

Full of unexpected twists, cliche-free characters, and a fantasy infused Midwestern town shaped by Norse mythology, DARK CURRENTS (Agent of Hel #1) is a fantastically fun paranormal crime thriller that brought to mind several of my favorite urban fantasy series including Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs and Rachel Morgan/The Hollows by Kim Harrison.

The story centers around Daisy Johanssen, half-breed demon who works a
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who have seen Thor
While this does make use of some of the same tropes and motifs found in too much Urban Fantasy today, it is a cut above. If you are thinking it will be like Carey's Kushiel books, think again. There is a hint at a romantic many sided figure, but just a hint, the main focus is a mystery. So while the heroine, Daisy, feels lust, she doesn't act on it.

So Daisy is a special girl because she is the offspring of a human mother and demon father. I have to say that as much I as enjoy Armstrong's Women
Dichotomy Girl

Original Review 4/21/14:
So, I enjoyed this...but..... It just didn't feel like a Jacqueline Carey Book! First off, it was only 350 Pages, so it was missing at least 500, and It left me feeling like I only got half the story. I mean, a Carey novel, brings you there slowly, from the beginning of the heroine's life. (sometimes before it ala Santa Olivia).

Therefore, it wasn't really possible to know Daisy in the same manner one can know Phedre, or Imriel, or even Loup. So I'm left feeling like I
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4.5 stars

This review was posted at Under the Covers

I have wanted to read a Jacqueline Carey book in what seems like forever. I've been attracted to and purchased quite a few of them, but never managed to set aside the time to read them. Then this book comes along with this beautiful and fun cover and I just caved and had to read it.

I think I'm in love. This book is not the dark and gritty urban fantasy I thought I would get by reading a Jacqueline Carey book and for me, in this story, it worked
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
(NOTE: this review is from a pre-pub galley.)

Official Review Title: Fifty Shades of Gah!

Gah ... this book was, OMG .... gah ... GAH! Annoyed yet? Yeah, so I was while reading this otherwise awesome book. Carey has an EXTREME verbal tic here with the word "gah". It's uttered out loud or in the heroine head every other page. Gah! It really is that prevalent and that distracting. Which is a crying shame, because otherwise this is damn near perfect book.

In brief: Daisy Johansson, half-breed human/he
I have mixed feelings about this book. At the very least it held my attention and I pretty much read it in all of one sitting. On the other hand, I don't feel all that emotionally invested in the characters or what's going on in their world. There's a great deal of distance felt between myself and the characters, which is sad because I want to be invested in them. I want to love them and root for them. Instead, I just sort of like them.

One of the issues is that Daisy, the main character, needs
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Jacqueline Carey (born 1964 in Highland Park, Illinois) is an author and novelist, primarily of fantasy fiction.

She attended Lake Forest College, receiving B.A.'s in psychology and English literature. During college, she spent 6 months working in a bookstore as part of a wo

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