75 in ’13: Dark Currents

The closest thing to a normal pose on a book cover by a woman that I have seen these many years.

The closest thing to a normal pose on a book cover by a woman that I have seen these many years.

For the sixty-sixth book in the challenge, I read Dark Currents, the first book in the Agents of Hel series by Jacqueline Carey.

I immediately liked this book. I liked the characters. I liked the world-building. I liked the tone and the sassy dialogue. I liked the entire premise, although the half-demon thing gave me pause. I kept waiting for the other shoes of stereotype and cliché to drop…but they didn’t. I liked the main character, Daisy Johanssen, and her singular ability to be a voice of reason in terrible situations (unlike so, so many other main characters in this genre), and to also be a rounded person with flaws and baggage and needs. At the same time! Together and simultaneously!

what

You know what else happens? There are other women.

really

RIGHT?!
I KNOW!!!

Other women WHO ARE NOT CARDBOARD CUT-OUTS WITH NO OTHER PURPOSE THAN ARTIFICIAL AND INEXPLICABLE COMPETITION!

hugitoutbro

I know! I know. A supportive parent! Another helpful and supportive older woman! A best friend who isn’t just there to illustrate how awkward/unattractive/unsuccessful/inferior the heroine is by comparison, but is an actual character in her own right, with her own issues and stuff going on.

It’s heavy with Norse mythology, but I don’t think that’s the only mythology going on. I think there are other mythologies hanging about in the world, but we just haven’t really seen them yet because this is Hel’s territory. I love a good mythos-mixup in a world. It makes everything so much more complex and textured.

I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

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