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4.0 out of 5 stars "Agent of Hel" series book 1, 5 Jan 2014
This review is from: Dark Currents : Angel of Hel (Agent of Hel) (Mass Market Paperback)
In the charming little resort town of Pemkowet lives Daisy Johanssen. She isn't actually the spawn of Satan as technically her father is Belphegor, a lesser demon and occasional incubus. He managed to have his wicked way with her mother, yet raised in love Daisy tries to steer clear of the seven deadly sins; unwilling to embrace her demonic heritage and unleash Armageddon.

When a young man is found drowned, the family just want to move quickly past the incident and grieve. Yet Daisy has suspicions that this isn't the straightforward case it appears. There are hints that the eldritch (supernatural) community is involved, and as the special liaison between human and eldtrich, plus the fact she has been personally selected by Hel (the Norse Goddess of the dead) as Her agent to enforce Her laws, Daisy and police officer Cody Fairfax (who just happens to be a werewolf and Daisy's secret major crush) are determined to uncover the truth.

The world building is well down. Pemkowet may be a small town, but is has a vast array of supernatural inhabitants; from traditional Norse mythological figures to vampires, and from ghouls to fairies, ogres and nymphs. This author does a good job of incorporating these different supernatural/paranormal elements together. I also thought Daisy an interesting and entertaining leading lady. She is suitably feisty when required, yet the reader soon learns that it's not good if Daisy loses control of her emotions; particularly anger. There are a few love interests introduced, but there are serious obstacles to overcome if Daisy wants something permanent with any of them. I did however expect a punchier plot line. Despite all the magical elements, the investigation to uncover the truth unfurled at a somewhat pedestrian pace. I also think the reader would have benefited from a little more history surrounding Daisy and her connection to Hel.
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