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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: ROC; Reprint edition (4 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451465210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451465214
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Autumn Bones "
"Carey's gift of storytelling ensure that every scene is immersive and engaging as she slowly builds to a surprising climax that will have readers starving for the next installment in this wonderfully imaginative series."--"RT Book Reviews"
"[It]'s supernatural chick lit, magical smalltown slice-of-life drama...a lighthearted cozy mystery...offers promise for future volumes."--"Publishers Weekly"Praise for "Dark Currents"
"Jacqueline Carey proves her versatility with this compelling and delightful piece of urban fantasy."--#1 "New York Times "Bestselling author Charlaine Harris
"Since the advent of Carey's 'Kushiel Legacy' historical fantasy series in 2001, fans have come to expect the amazing from this author, and her new urban fantasy won't disappoint them. . . . Carey's first urban fantasy turn is as fun and fantastic as her previous efforts; fans will definitely want this, and pronto."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Carey turns to contemporary fantasy, showing off her talent for building engaging, detailed settings that feel utterly natural despite their inherent strangeness."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

Praise for "Autumn Bones "
"Carey's gift of storytelling ensure that every scene is immersive and engaging as she slowly builds to a surprising climax that will have readers starving for the next installment in this wonderfully imaginative series."--"RT Book Reviews"
"[It]'s supernatural chick lit, magical smalltown slice-of-life drama...a lighthearted cozy mystery...offers promise for future volumes."--"Publishers Weekly"Praise for "Dark Currents"
"Jacqueline Carey proves her versatility with this compelling and delightful piece of urban fantasy."--#1 "New York Times "Bestselling author Charlaine Harris
"Since the advent of Carey's 'Kushiel Legacy' historical fantasy series in 2001, fans have come to expect the amazing from this author, and her new urban fantasy won't disappoint them. . . . Carey's first urban fantasy turn is as fun and fantastic as her previous efforts; fans will definitely want this, and pronto."--"Library Journal" (starred review)
"Carey turns to contemporary fantasy, showing off her talent for building engaging, detailed settings that feel utterly natural despite their inherent strangeness."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

Praise for "Autumn Bones"
"Carey's gift of storytelling ensure that every scene is immersive and engaging as she slowly builds to a surprising climax that will have readers starving for the next installment in this wonderfully imaginative series." "RT Book Reviews"
"[It]'s supernatural chick lit, magical smalltown slice-of-life drama...a lighthearted cozy mystery...offers promise for future volumes." "Publishers Weekly"Praise for "Dark Currents"
"Jacqueline Carey proves her versatility with this compelling and delightful piece of urban fantasy." #1 "New York Times"Bestselling author Charlaine Harris
"Since the advent of Carey s 'Kushiel Legacy' historical fantasy series in 2001, fans have come to expect the amazing from this author, and her new urban fantasy won t disappoint them. . . . Carey s first urban fantasy turn is as fun and fantastic as her previous efforts; fans will definitely want this, and pronto." "Library Journal" (starred review)
"Carey turns to contemporary fantasy, showing off her talent for building engaging, detailed settings that feel utterly natural despite their inherent strangeness." "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"

About the Author

"New York Times" bestselling author Jacqueline Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed Kushiel s Legacy series of historical fantasy novels, the Sundering epic fantasy duology, and postmodern fables "Santa Olivia" and "Saints Astray."Jacqueline enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China.She currently lives in west Michigan. Although often asked by inquiring fans, she does not, in fact, have any tattoos."


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This is the second book in Carey's 'Agent of Hel' series. I really enjoyed the first one so I was really excited to get to this. I loved getting to see more about the various potential romantic interests in Daisy Johanssen's life - all of whom have a lot of complications! Particularly this book focuses on Sinclair, who is her sort-of boyfriend for most of the book. I've heard a very little bit about obeah magic, and it was really interesting to learn more. I haven't read many books with supernatural elements that utilise magic from Caribbean culture.

I found the mystery of this book - who was responsible for setting the evil spirit on the town - quite interesting. There are two big enemies facing and her friends in the story, the person setting the evil spirit, and Sinclair's family. I think that made it more interesting. It wasn't just a two strand story, mixing Daisy's personal life with a fight against one bad guy. It made it a more complex story, which is always good.

My favourite of Daisy's potential romantic partners is Stefan the ghoul, who can feed on her enhanced, otherworldly emotions and help balance her out. I loved the glimpses of him in this book and the progression in their friendship and working relationship. I finished the book really hoping that more would happen between the two of them soon.
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After devouring the first Agent of Hel book, I was addicted and dived straight into the next one. It's been around a month since the events in Dark Currents and Daisy is now dating Sinclair, the supernatural tour bus guide. In the middle of a relaxing Labor Day weekend, Daisy is called by sometime partner Cody to back him up at Rainbow End, a local gay club. Something strange is going on there; the air is redolent with the smell of sex and pheromones. And amidst the mayhem there's an orgy going on. At the centre of it is a member of the eldritch community, a satyr deep in rut. Unsure what the hell is going on, Daisy calls in ghoul Stefan to help draw the emotions away.
After the event, Daisy consummated her relationship with Sinclair, but is disturbed to find out his Mom is an Obeah woman, a magic user darker than Voodoo. He also doesn't bother to tell her he has a twin sister, which Daisy finds out when Emmeline turns up unannounced, threatening Daisy and insisting she dump Sinclair so he can return to his native Jamaica. At the same time, an out of town investor is buying up river front pieces of property setting off alarm bells for Daisy.
After another rollicking adventure with Daisy and the Scooby gang, I am again convinced that this is one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there. Tension, fighting, magic and mayhem, this has everything.
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In the second part of this supernatural romance series, Daisy Johanssen (the reluctant spawn of a lesser demon) is in a heated new relationship with Sinclair Palmer; unaware that this will result in a major threat against her small town of Pemkowet. Sinclair comes from a powerful magical family who not only want him back in their folds to embrace his heritage, they certainly don't want him in a serious relationship with a half-demon.

This is definitely a make it or break it moment for Daisy and Sinclair, and as an increase in ghostly appearances occurs, plus bodies begin to vanish from the cemetery, Daisy has some serious dark magic targeting her and her town. She has everything planned out, she just doesn't anticipate a jealous fairy wrecking those plans, creating more havoc and Daisy facing the possibility of losing her position as Hel's Agent if she continues to disappoint the Norse Goddess of the dead.

The ideas continue to entertain plus the cornucopia of supernatural beings and mythologies in the plot can't fail to meet what fans of this genre want. Daisy's love life continues to remain tangled; her attraction to 3 very different men each has its own particular hurdles to overcome. The plot certainly has a bit more oomph than its predecessor, and moves at a twisting pace that keeps you thoroughly hooked. Daisy's history is expanded upon a little more, but there still remain some blank spots concerning her connection to Hel.
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A late Christmas gift for my daughter, she loves it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9474b6e4) out of 5 stars Bridget Jones: The Bumbling, Insecure, Incapable Agent of Hel 18 Jun. 2014
By Carey G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book isn't Urban Fantasy and certainly not for hardcore fans of the genre. Anyone looking for that -think Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series- had best look elsewhere. Some call it "Lite Urban Fantasy," I'd call it what it is: Paranormal Romance with some Chick Lit. flare.

To be clear, I have no problems with Paranormal Romance. None. But this series is billed as Urban Fantasy when it really isn't. This is especially true when we compare the second book with the first in the series, with the latter feeling more like Urban Fantasy, but still not quite. Overall, it's like getting your mouth ready for a seriously delicious slice of totally bad for you cheesecake, and instead you get some fat-free, sugar-free "diet" cheesecake that pales in comparison to the original, and is "cheesecake" in name only.

The series lead, Daisy, is... unimpressive as a hero, and a tad underwhelming. Charged with "keeping the peace" between the supernatural and normal worlds, she's more often than not bumbling, terribly insecure, and a bit inept as the Norse goddess of death's emissary: charged with dealing out death if need be to enforce eldritch law. That she's tasked with keeping order is a joke as the villains in this book walk all over her like a doormat. She's constantly being saved or bolstered up by the harem of incredibly hot, brooding, supernatural supermen that surround her. A lot of what Daisy actually does in this book feels like false bravado and empty posturing, trying to appear tough and together (fake it till you make it?). The overwhelming majority of her time is spent handwringing over which totally hot dude from her harem of supermen she's gonna hook up with next (or again) or related relationship issues with said brooding, complicated supernatural supermen. Did I mention she has relationship issues?

Much is also made about Daisy being the offspring of a Demon, and woe is the world should she decide to accept her birthright(?), fall victim to the Seven Deadly sins, and go all demon-y, thus dooming the entire world. As readers we're told this is bad (for... Reasons) and that it's something to fear, but in actuality, it's laughably overwrought and driven into the ground. The books tone, nor Daisy's character give any sort of weight to this Sword of Damocles, which makes it laughable.

Basically, this is the book in a nutshell: Daisy's love life and relationship issues with a bevy of hot, supernatural supermen that surround and adore her (Sookie Stackhouse much?), Oh, and along the way some kinda bad stuff happens... but whatever. Any tension in this book felt contrived, without weight or consequence/tension. Any villains or villainous plots in this book were secondary to Daisy's man troubles, their purpose being to move the story along from one relationship to the next.

Sadly, one character I really enjoy, Lurine, does not appear as often as she did in the first novel of the series, which is a shame as I love her. Outrageous, strong, and fabulous, Lurine is a really great character, and in all honesty, I wish Lurine the Lamia had a book series all to herself. Now THAT would be a fun romp to read about!

So, to recap: If you're looking for true Urban Fantasy look elsewhere. As PNR it's an OK diversion for reading on the beach or on a plane trip, but it's no slice of cheesecake.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9474b738) out of 5 stars Not the Carey I've come to love... spoilers ahead 19 Dec. 2013
By Kat D - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not the same writing I have come to expect from Jacqueline Carey. Book starts out with a massive rape scene (you cannot give consent if you are under the influence of something. Desire does NOT equal consent. Sex without consent IS rape. I hate this trope), which somehow leads Daisy to jumping in bed with Sinclair, then slut-shaming herself for the next few pages. Then a fairy jumps out of the woodwork to add to it. Later, she then jumps into bed with Cody, and somehow expects this to mean they will now have a relationship of some sort, despite the fact he has told her multiple times it's not going to happen, since he wants children, and can only have them with another werewolf. Sorry, Carey, sex does not equal love, and the "we've had sex, maybe NOW he'll love me thing" is old and doesn't work. And of course, she is continually ashamed she had sex every time she thinks about it... but not because she took advantage of him, which would actually be a good reason. Other people jump on the shaming bandwagon. To top it off, the reason they don't catch the bad guy sooner is because they were having sex.

The paranormal romance tropes continue to roll out throughout the book: All teh menz (and magic women) want her, she's super-duper speshul, there's a gay cross-dressing man that says "dahling" all the time, etc.

I am completely surprised and disheartened by the constant underlying theme in this book, that a woman enjoying sex is shameful, especially from the writer of the Kushiel series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9474bb70) out of 5 stars 3.5 stars; decent light urban fanasy 21 Nov. 2013
By Karissa Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in the Agent of Hel series by Carey. I was a huge fan of Carey’s Kushiel’s books and enjoyed her Santa Olivia series as well. I don’t like this series quite as well as those two, but overall this is a well done urban fantasy series. The third book in this series, Poison Fruit, is scheduled for an October 2014 release.

Things are settling down for the town of Pemkowet. Daisy has gained respect as an Agent of Hel and is continuing to work as a liaison with the police department. She is also happily dating normal human Sinclair Palmer. At least she thought Sinclair was normal, until his secrets start coming to light. Ends up Sinclair’s family has a history of Obeah sorcery and they want Sinclair to come back to Jamaica. They will destroy Pemkowat if necessary in order to gain Sinclair’s cooperation.

There are some other side storylines going on as well. There is a mysterious lawyer of demonic origin who is trying to buy up property and of course Daisy's struggling to balance her good and evil side.

Daisy has grown some as a character from the first book. She is more comfortable in her role of Hel’s Agent and is learning how to protect herself better from outside influence (both physical and magical). She’s a mostly happy go lucky girl, who just happens to be half-demon. She is continually struggling with her demonic nature, although we never see much of that in the story. Honestly she is probably the least interesting character in the book

However the side characters are very interesting. Sinclair obviously has some deep secrets and those are revealed in this book (although they aren’t as deep and dark as I had hoped). Cody is your typical werewolf, but him and Daisy have some history and I am interested in why he refuses to get serious with Daisy. We also spend a lot more time with the local coven and that was enjoyable as well.

The best side character by far is Stefan. He is the ghoul that has been helping Daisy out. I love the way ghouls are done in this book. They are basically emotional vampires, but it is more complicated than that. They are Outcast, stuck between heaven and hell forever. They cannot die and they cannot fully live. We learn more about Outcast and how Outcast become that way. There is a lot of tension between Daisy and Stefan. However, Daisy always holds back because she is worried about the temptation outing her demonic side.

This is a decently written and overall enjoyable urban fantasy (but set in a small town). It’s definitely a light urban fantasy (not really fluffy, but definitely not dark). There is some romance and some action as well; mostly this is a mystery though. The story can get a bit scattered at times. There is a lot going on here and it’s not tied together as well as it could be.

Overall a decent urban fantasy. There are a lot of elements I like here. I like the different races, the mystery, and some of the side characters. However, I am not a huge fan of Daisy. Daisy complains about struggling against her demonic nature, but we don’t see this a whole lot in the story….things stay pretty light throughout.

The writing is not nearly up to the same beautiful quality as the Kushiel’s books, it is much more casual...which I guess fits this type of story a bit better. Still you can write something that is more casual and still generate good imagery (which is not done here). I do love the world of little town Pemkowet. I would recommend to urban fantasy fans. Give the first book a read and if you like it, this book is more of the same.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9474bf3c) out of 5 stars UTC's TOP Pick 6 Oct. 2013
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

AUTUMN BONES is another unexpected ride, full of ups and downs and a lot more twists than I thought I could handle. I was unprepared by how much I enjoyed this sequel. I am quickly becoming addicted to anything and everything Daisy related. She's one of my favorite heroines this past year!

This book is the perfect combination between Daisy's personal life and romantic messes while dealing with supernatural chaos in Pemkowet. Voodoo, a bit of magic and...a satyr! AUTUMN BONES doesn't have one page of boring in it! The storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the action, and at the same time it'll leave you wanting more of it!

On the romance front... it's complicated! Very complicated. And while this book may come across as Daisy being a bit of a ho-bag, I actually didn't feel that because I was right there along with her with her choices! I can't help but feel like Daisy is my friend, whom I'm very jealous of at times. I understand her and admire her, even as I want her life!

If you're tired of all the same old, same old urban fantasy out there then you have to read this series! It's a breath of fresh air for anyone looking for a less gritty urban fantasy. Jacqueline Carey has me hooked!

*ARC provided by publisher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9428d03c) out of 5 stars Not her best, but Carey is still awesome. 11 Oct. 2013
By Sarah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Long time J. Carey fan. She's a fantastic writer and I will read anything she puts out. That said, I didn't think this book was as good as the first one. Again, writing is awesome, I always find myself immersed, but one of the things I've always enjoyed about Carey is her ability to make the choices and events that happen seem realistic and natural, and there were a few times during this one where I would stop and think "C'mon, that wouldn't have happened", or maybe "there would have been more repercussions for something like that."
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