Review: Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

October 30, 2013 4 stars, Book Review 19 ★★★★

Dark Currents

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.


​​​​The start of a new urban fantasy trilogy, Dark Currents is definitely headed in the right direction! Taking place in a small tourist town of Pemkowet on the shores of Lake Michigan, I absolutely adored the feel of this community.  Everyone knows everyone else and yet its not as low key as you would think because it is a bustling tourist town. It’s major draw is that it has an “Underworld” ruled by a Norse goddess, Hel. Her presence makes it possible for other creatures and people of the magical persuasion to exist in the mortal realm.

Now everyone knows humans love the magical and mystical creatures of any kind so this makes Pemkowet an attraction for lookie loos to hopefully catch a glimpse. The main character Daisy happens to be a half human, half demon that functions as Hel’s liaison between the Underworld and human community’s.  She’s young and still learning the ropes of her job. Along with having an extremely hot temper she has to contend with constant temptation from her inclinations towards the seven deadly sins. Don’t start thinking Dark Currents is one of those Heaven vs Hell stories because it really isn’t – or at least I didn’t get that feeling. Daisy has a whole barrel of issues to deal with, from discrimination, her temperament and temptations possibly setting off Armageddon to having the hots for a certain werewolf in hiding coworker.

Dark Currents is one that stands out amongst the many urban fantasies I have read because while it had all of the elements there that an urban fantasy reader would look for, it still manages to bring something fresh and unique to the table. There is a wonderful mixture of lore from various cultures as well as a new type of creature I have definitely not seen before. Daisy has a strong personality that is equally matched by a great cast of supporting characters. Not to mention the sexy sizzle factor from a few of them. I can’t get my hands on the next book soon enough!

Be sure to come back on Nov 1st for my interview with Jacqueline Carey!

Dark Currents (Agent of Hel #1)

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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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19 Responses to “Review: Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey”

  1. Anne

    I gave both this one and The Autumn Bones (book #2) a 4 star rating. I really enjoyed it. Daisy isn’t always the most kick ass heroine, but it’s a refreshing change.

  2. Cali W.

    Good review! sounds like this book has a lo of fantasy creatures that I like to read about. <3

  3. Steph Johnson

    Sounds good! I like the fact that it’s not the big Heaven vs. Hell; cultural references are always a plus 🙂 Will look it up!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! It was so refreshing that it wasn’t just a heaven vs hell – I really get tired of the old typical good vs evil books. So this was a nice read indeed! I hope you check it out!

  4. Jaime Lester

    This comment will be short. My thinking processor is down I think. I have been wanting to try giving some urban fantasy a chance, and this one sounds like it would be a good one to give a go. I like all the creatures that get thrown in. Makes for a very interesting read. Yep, I will try this one out. I will say though, I am so not a fan of this cover…..

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Hah! You don’t like the cover? I think it fits in with the trend in urban fantasy covers. I’ve noticed you read a lot more YA – what are some of the adult fantasies that you’ve read? I LOVED the paranormal creatures in this!

      • Jaime Lester

        My favorite would definitely be The Immortal Empire series by Kate Locke. Vamps, weres and goblins. I love that series. The final book comes out in a few days, and I am super stinkin excited!

  5. Tabitha the Pabkins

    Hah! You don’t like the cover? I think it fits in with the trend in urban fantasy covers. I’ve noticed you read a lot more YA – what are some of the adult fantasies that you’ve read? I LOVED the paranormal creatures in this!