Review: Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey

October 31, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 8 ★★★★

Autumn Bones

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 tragedy befell the resort town she calls home. Things are back to normal—as normal as it gets for a town famous for its supernatural tourism, and presided over by the reclusive Norse goddess Hel.

Not only has Daisy now gained respect as Hel’s enforcer, she’s dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice, seemingly normal human guy. Not too shabby for the daughter of a demon. Unfortunately, Sinclair has a secret. And it’s a big one.

He’s descended from Obeah sorcerers and they want him back. If he doesn’t return to Jamaica to take up his rightful role in the family, they’ll unleash spirit magic that could have dire consequences for the town. It’s Daisy’s job to stop it, and she’s going to need a lot of help. But time is running out, the dead are growing restless, and one mistake could cost Daisy everything……


​​​​In Autumn Bones, the second book in Jacqueline Carey’s ‘Agent of Hel’ trilogy things really start to heat up. Now when I say this one starts off with one kinky night at a nightclub, I really mean it!  I won’t go into details other than – WOW that was one heck of a way to start us off. Daisy is exploring romantic possibilities with the smoking hot human guy, Sinclair that she met at the end of Dark Currents. His paranormal tours are a big success and the tourist season should be coming to an end soon. But really it is only just beginning. It seems Daisy isn’t the only one hiding secret and the one Sinclair has hidden just might spell disaster for the whole town of Pemkowet!

On the romantic front: some very interesting developments take place between Daisy and each of her 3 love interests. I have to say my head was turning. You go girl! Even tho there are three guys somehow it didn’t seem unrealistic. I could totally see the draw of each one of them. I dare say nothing can confuse a girl more than being interested in several attractive men at once and not really knowing where you stand with them.

When the town of Pemkowet gets a few unexpected visitors everything seems to get crazy fast. And we get to witness Daisy and Cody’s own little rendition of the Ghostbusters. While I really enjoyed this story – I think during the middle portion lost a bit of momentum and there wasn’t as much tension there in the middle as I would have liked.

But there is a definite climax looming over Daisy’s head as the end of the book and Halloween draws near. She makes quite a few blunders in Autumn Bones that she can not easily get herself out of. I was impressed that she wasn’t a total kick butt take names heroine like I so frequently see in urban fantasy. She has her strengths but they are far outnumbered by her weaknesses and inexperience. This makes her a great character to read and I really do adore her personality and spunk.  Autumn Bones was an excellent continuation of her story and I am itching to get my grubby little hands on the third and final book!!

Read my review of Book 1: Dark Currents


Autumn Bones (Agent of Hel #2)

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• A copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review. Quotes come from the published edition. All opinions expressed are my own.

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8 Responses to “Review: Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey”

  1. Jaime Lester

    Yeah, I think that I will try this series out. Although I gotta say that the 3 love interests kind of concerns me a little bit. But, I trust your opinion, so I am going to give it a shot anyway….

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Well ok I think in some urban fantasy that can be normal. Maybe I exaggerated when I called them all love interests. You’ll see what i mean when you read the books.