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Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey


Daisy Johanssen is back in "Autumn Bones" the second supernatural urban fantasy adventure in Jacqueline Carey's Agent of Hel series. It is a read to you drop off to sleep, wake up and read again until done type of book. Especially if you like action, romance and things that go bump in the night.

Daisy lives in Pemkowet, a town in the Midwest that has become monster central - werewolves, vampires, sprites, demons, ghosts and gods all make their home there, including Daisy's liege, the Norse Goddess Hel. Daisy, who acts as an enforcer for Hel with the supernatural inhabitants of Pemkowet, also helps out the cops, with her partner Cody Fairfax, a werewolf, when an investigation take a supernatural turn. Daisy herself is the daughter of a demon.

While Daisy has been dating Sinclair Palmer, a nice normal human guy from Jamaica, she still has the hots for Fairfax, a boy she had a crush on in school. But Fairfax has to marry a were so is supposedly not interested in Daisy. Or is he? Then again Daisy could also end up with a ghoul, a supernatural undead being who has been rejected by both Hell and Heaven and feeds on human emotion. It seems that Stefan, the 600 year old leader of the ghouls is linked to Daisy, and also has the hots for her. Its a classic supernatural plot line -- who will Daisy end up with - the wolf, the ghoul or the human.

Hold everything, because Sinclair's sister Emmy visits Pemkowet with a threat to Daisy and the inhabitants. It seems that Sinclair is the scion of a powerful sorceress and Emmy -- is the evil yin to her twin brother's good yang. She needs him back in Jamaica to reach her potential. She and her mother threaten to use black spirit magic to wreck ruin on Pemkowet and force Sinclair to return to Jamaica.

Daisy is also involved in creating a computer list to keep track of all of the various supernatural beings and the debts she owes them and vice versa. She teams up with Lee, a computer wunderkind from high school in a fun side note to the main story. Lee will get more than he bargained when he teams up with Daisy.

Throw in Jen's best friend's sister who has been made into a vampire, a suspicious character in town, who is using demon skills to influence the human inhabitants to sell property, a jealous little sprite who attacks Daisy over her affair with Sinclair and a local coven of witches, who will have to fight Jamaican magic, and you have a veritable witchy brew of magic, mayhem and supernatural characters to dine on. Add in Carey's distinctive writing and its bound to be good.

It is fun. Some may think the story is marred a bit by the romance angle. Somehow, a lot of these supernatural books turn to romance as an essential part of the plot. But this book is too good. It is such a fast read, and Carey has got good characters, good action and a good heroine.

I will be visiting Pemkowet again and often. So should you.


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