Monday, November 12, 2012
Book Review ~ Dark Currents
by Jacqueline Carey
published by Roc
genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
My Thoughts: This was a great start to a new series (author's site states at least 2 more to follow). I loved the setting, small tourist town in MI, and the integration of the underworld with the town. I wouldn't call this UF, it definitely has that small town feel to it where everyone knows everyone else.
While there are werewolves and vampires this book has so much more than that. From the biker gang ghouls to B movie start Lurine, to too many more creatures to name in this post, there is something for everyone's taste.
I liked Daisy as the main character. Reading about her struggles to control any emotions associated with the seven deadlies was an interesting side effect of her being a halfling. Her role as liaison for Hel added another dimension to this character.
Story wise, I always love a good murder mystery book and this delivered on that front as well. Trying to figure out which of the "bad guys" was the actual murderer and all the events that lead up to that discovery was entertaining. If this is how the series is going to go moving forward I will definitely be reading more.