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Autumn Bones

(Agent of Hel #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  4,915 ratings  ·  414 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Carey returns to the curious Midwest tourist community where normal and paranormal worlds co-exist—however tenuously—under the watchful eye of a female hellspawn…...

Fathered by an incubus, raised by a mortal mother, and liaison to the Pemkowet Police Department, Daisy Johanssen pulled the community together after a summer traged
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Roc
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
My name is Sarah and I just gave 4 stars to a book with a Love Quadrangle of Death, Doom, Destruction, and Immediate Extinction of All Life on Earth (LQDDDIEALE™).

Scary, I now.

I wanted to trick you into thinking that it wasn't really me writing this review right now. That my account had been hacked by my evil twin. The plan was to tell you that if my evil twin hadn't taken over, I would have stamped on this book, shot it and then killed it with fire for good measure, instead of giving it 4 frea
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

For years now, it's seemed that nine out of ten UF series must have at least one gratuitous “Voodoo” installment. I say “Voodoo” b/c it might not actually be Voodoo. It may be Hoodoo or Santeria or any number of other folk magic traditions that are necromantic in nature, for instance–Obeah. Anyway, as frequent an occurrence as this is (roughly nine out of ten), lots of people out there in the book-reading universe are obviously down with the zombies and the Voodoo.

I, sadl
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
We read this book for my book club last month, Vaginal Fantasy. It's the sequel to "Dark Currents" the first in the series. I really loved this followup, somehow even more than the first. Daisy was a lot more compelling a character, I felt like she was proactive, competent, vulnerable when she needed to be, and really connected to the fabric of this really interesting town, where fairies and supernatural creatures are "out and about".

There were some interesting explorations with the various lov
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
*** 3.66 ***

A tiny buddy read with my MacHalo Freaks!

The second book in this Urban Fantasy Trilogy turned out to be almost as much fun as the first! The demon spawn Daisy, the Wolf next door, the new vampire, the cursing pixie, the IT genius, the rutting Satir, the sexy Lamia, and the local goddess of death are only the core of characters trying to keep the law and sanity in the little town on the lake Michigan. As we well learned in the previous book, this town is a smorgasbord of human and aes
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I devoured this one and the one before, and will probably be doing the same with the next one too. What can I say? They're fun, they're well written... can I have more like these please?!

Daisy is still an awesome character, I have to say I'm pretty much in love with her by now. I love that she's exploring the romance angles at a nice pace and that's there no drama in that front.

The plot was a bit weaker (it was pretty obvious who the bad guy was) but still really entertaining.

And now, to the n
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: "Jacqueline Carey and Urban Fantasy? Yes, please!" Being a big fan of Ms. Carey's epic Kushiel Universe, it didn't take much convincing for me to dive into the first Agent of Hel novel when I found out she was working on this new UF series. And I was not disappointed; the first book called Dark Currents can stand on its own next to all of the great urban fantasy and paranormal titles
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Autumn Bones left me in exactly the same predicament Dark Currents did.

This is a fun, light(ish) UF that hints at possible gritty dangers, while always keeping to the light (but at least not fluffy) side.

Again I'm hooked by the world or the idea behind the book, but the novel in itself doesn't scream "love this series".

Daisy is still a character I can't root for. Young, inexperienced, unskilled. Even the "root of Armageddon" angle sounds false to me. I never really see her struggling with t
Jun 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
Update:February 2015

I finally managed to get through this book, partly because the third one looks interesting. Carey finally got through the slut shaming to have her vampire character become an actual person after being changed, so that is something; but I can't find it in my heart to feel like it was enough. The inter-racial romance was shut down by family members, but at least the female lead is being allowed to explore multiple relationships and take pleasure from unlikely sources without ce
2.5 stars

How did this series go so wrong so fast? Dark Currents was awesome, but the things I liked about it weren’t in this. The romance played a big role, and lots of drama ensued. None of which was remotely interesting. I hate love triangles, but I would have been soooo much happier if this had been a love triangle. But no, this was a love quadrangle. Yeah that’s right; there were three love interests. I only really like one of them. I might have been okay with the relationship drama if it we
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Trilogy Review: “Agent of Hel” is a trilogy about a half-human, half-demon woman named Daisy, whose heritage earned her the job of liaison between the human world and the supernatural kingdom. It’s a job that gets particularly complicated when citizens start showing up dead by supernatural causes…

Jacqueline Carey is one of my top authors, specifically for her “Kushiel’s” and “Imriel’s” Trilogies (which contain some of the best writing I’ve ever read, although I’d recommend it with a strong discl
I enjoyed this more than the first installment. Not that the first installment was bad, but this is better.

Daisy has problems, but they aren't romantic, at least not really. The attempted triangle doesn't feel forced, it just feels perfunctionally. The best selling point about this series is Daisy's relationships with other women - the true friendship and love that exists in those networks. Not many UF authors showcase this, but Carey does.

There are some nice touches on race and abuse, but the
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a good time with the first volume and it’s true that I was curious to see how the history of our beloved Daisy would continue. Oh yes because Once upon a time was a heroine who had three lovely pretenders, or is it finally two? And she does not know exactly the one she wants. What a dilemma would you say? Oh yes very difficult thing! So of course, the « lived happily ever after » is not close to being there. How could this be the case between a ghoul wh
I really loved the first book and have been super excited to start the second, so when I finally got my hands on the audiobook for this I was totally ready to delve back into Daisy's world. But I was let down by this installment big time. There was too much of everything going on all at once - romance, plot (there were like three different plot-lines going on and they were all so vague!), supernatural elements. It just felt like a jumble of a bunch of random shit the author put together and call ...more
Dichotomy Girl
Original Review 5/16/14:
3.5 Stars

These books leave me so confused! This book was like a cross of an early Sookie Stackhouse and an early (But Lighter) Anita Blake. And whereas I enjoyed both of those, it's NOT what I've come to expect from Jacqueline Carey.

I LOVED the Kushiel Series', these were deep and multilayered, and vibrant, and the characters were intimately painted. (Not to mention 3 times as long).

I feel almost as if the author thought "why am I spending so much time on these deep long
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a light, easy, and fun read. And that's really all I can say about it. It's not epic fantasy like Jacqueline Carey's other works. Its really a typical urban fantasy sort of book. A love triangle, a special type of character, ghouls, vampires, and all that. For people who are fans of the genre thats probably what they want. I do like some of the books in urban fantasy. I am actually disappointed in this book. I just felt it tried to cover to many things in a short amount of time. And I gu ...more
Kirsten Bailey
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vaginal-fantasy
I enjoyed this one a lot, and found it quick and easy to get through. I think this was partly because I read it straight after the first one, so I was already 'in the world' of this book. Could do without the cliche love triangle but otherwise, I really liked it.
This is one of those "if you liked the first book, you'll probably like this" books. And one of those four stars for me where the book is pretty good and I wasn't tempted to stop reading, but neither did it keep me up past my bedtime.

The romance story (view spoiler)

Daisy Johanssen is back in "Autumn Bones" the second supernatural urban fantasy adventure in Jacqueline Carey's Agent of Hel series. It is a read to you drop off to sleep, wake up and read again until done type of book. Especially if you like action, romance and things that go bump in the night.

Daisy lives in Pemkowet, a town in the Midwest that has become monster central - werewolves, vampires, sprites, demons, ghosts and gods all make their home there, including Daisy's liege, the Norse Goddes
Alyssa Nelson
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Autumn Bones follows Dark Currents in the Agent of Hel trilogy, and while it’s been a while since I read Dark Currents, I think this second book is a vast improvement over the first. Rather than spending a lot of time developing the world, culture, and mythology of the story, this book had a lot more focus, so it read more like a thriller than a meandering fantasy. We see Daisy flourish in her role as Hel’s liaison; she’s starting to learn the ropes and make important connections for her future ...more
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Another YA book from Ms. Carey. Will it be similar to Santa Olivia ones? Those were fabulous. The grittiness of it. This one, I'm mixed about. Full disclosure, I didn't read the first book. I have it but I'm reading out of order by accident.

Daisy is slightly ditzy. I don't mean as dumb. I mean as clueless and just not with the program. She's landed a job which is pretty important yet she constantly goofs up. She's also torn between three different men - all of them unsuitable. Not sure I like t
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Unfortunately I didn't really feel the connection between the characters this time round. Conversations fell flat and eye rolling behavior was everywhere.
Amanda Van Parys
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy
Fun paranormal romp! I enjoyed the branching out of Daisy's friendships and relationships. We got heaps of sass, romances, and tail (literally and figuratively). I'm usually not into paranormal romances, but Carey is one of my favorite writers, so she gets a pass. And the book was decent as well.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

There's nothing especially wrong with this series. There's just...nothing that I'm grabbing onto. I don't care as much as I should for the characters, I'm not particularly pulling for them and so I'm just on the edge of entertained. It's fun, and I can see maybe others liking it more, but personally, it's just this side of cliche, especially the heroine and her love problems.

UNPOPULAR OPINION: (view spoiler)
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was frankly disappointed with this book.

The plot itself was slow to start. For the first part of the story we seem to be wandering around, and the mystery around which the plot officially revolves only starts a good third of the way in. I say "officially", because the major focus of the plot, actually, seemed to be Daisy's love quadrangle and all her angsts on the matter.

I enjoy romance, and I have nothing against books which have a thin plot to allow them to focus on the romance. However, t
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Stephanie  G
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Last year I read and enjoyed Jacqueline Carey’s foray into Urban Fantasy with Dark Currents and Autumn Bones is the second book in the Agent of Hel series. The series /characters have a vaguely Sookie Stackhouse type of vibe, including the small town setting of Pemkowetand various monsters ranging from Daisy’s crush, werewolf Police Officer Cody Fairfax to the ghoul that shares a bond with her, Stefan Ludovic. It has more of a light hearted feel to it than a lot of the current UF that’s on the m ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could read this series nonstop, and that's exactly what I did yesterday, from about page 50 until I finished it. I just love Daisy. Who isn't trying to find their balance between hell-spawn and human? She's completely relate-able but different enough to be interesting. She knows that being true to herself isn't a one-step process, but something that's difficult, has to be worked on daily, and is subject to change. I'm also impressed that she doesn't let romance, or the possibility of romance, ...more
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Katherine by: vaginal fantasy
I really want to like this series but I just can't quite get into it. I like a lot of the set up but don't really like Daisy.

I admit I struggle with book series that focus on one main character and she has three or more love interests floating about (especially this one where she's all I've not had a serious relationship ever now I'm choosing between three) mostly because I get attached to the love interest that the author is less fond of...

I also had issues with the portrayal of Sinclair's mot
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really enjoyed Dark Currents, the first book in the trilogy, and had this second book on order very soon after having completed it.

There are three men in Daisy's life: Cody the werewolf who can only have a relationship with another of his kind; Stefan the ghoul who doesn't age but is offering as much as she wants to take; and Sinclair the seemingly normal, human, Jamaican manwho is offering some much needed stability.

At the end of the previous book, Daisy chose Sinclair, and the start of this
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Vampire in real life aren't like the ones in the movies. They weren't going to be playing baseball in a thunderstorm.”

I loved the first book - fell head over heels - and while this second wasn't QUITE as good as the first, it was still a worthy continuation.

Daisy is likable - she has the potential in her to be an apocalyptic timebomb (literally), but she stays loyal and fights the dark side to do what's right. As a main character, she works since she's different enough to stay intriguing and r
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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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