Given the likelihood of eldritch involvement in the case, and the bigoted views toward that community held by the victim’s parents, the chief wants Daisy to work with Cody, an officer and “private” werewolf, whom Daisy also has a long-term crush on, dating back to when they were kids and he stood up for her. The ensuing investigation involves various segments of the eldritch population, including naiads, undines, ghouls, and vampires, as well as humans. Aside from solving the mystery, Daisy also needs to contain her temper and not call upon her father, an action that would have dire consequences for the eldritch and human communities.
Carey perfectly balances the ongoing mystery with the exploration of the fascinating eldritch world she creates, in which supernatural populations of cities and towns exist due to a literal below-ground realm ruled by a powerful being. Vivid depictions of the eldritch population and their interactions in the human world allow the reader to feel as though they are right there observing the story unfold in front of them. Daisy proves an intriguing and very likable protagonist, with an unusual physical characteristic which shall not get spoiled here. Secondary characters, eldritch and human, all add dimension and in some cases a nice dash of humor to the narrative. Dark Currents, a splendid beginning to the Agent of Hel series, receives this reviewer’s highest recommendation, and will please urban fantasy fans, sending them immediately in search of book two, Autumn Bones.
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Roc (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451414837
- ISBN-13: 978-0451414830