In Autumn Bones, Daisy discovers that her nice normal boyfriend Sinclair Palmer is not quite as normal as advertised. Sinclair turns out to be related to a powerful judge back in Jamaica who is less than pleased with her son’s bus tour business and choice in girlfriends. This would be ordinary family drama–even with Daisy being hellspawn–if not for the part where Sinclair’s family are also obeah sorcerers and not at all shy about using magic to get their way. (When Sinclair’s twin sister Emmeline decides to strong arm her way into convincing Daisy to help her “convince” Sinclair to go back home, it does not go well for anyone concerned.) Continue reading
With Dark Currents we have the usual paranormal romance/urban fantasy storyline of the babe with a law enforcement job with the usual possible romantic options. There are also some complications concerning Our Heroine’s parentage: our girl is half incubus and her existence represents a danger to reality itself. Daisy Johannsen is the liaison between her tourist trap town’s police department and the eldritch community. More specifically, she works for Hel (Loki’s daughter not her dad’s hometown). Daisy becomes involved with a case involving the drowning of a college student. Since all signs point toward the eldritch community, this is not a good situation for Daisy’s home town or the eldritch community. Continue reading
In this book, Moirin briefly returns to Terre d’Ange with her husband Bao, then ends up traveling through Central America (or rather, Terra Nova) in search of the missing Dauphin of Terre d’Ange. She also ends up acting as a sort of godparent to Jehanne and Daniel’s daughter Desirée and locks horns with her ex-lover Raphael who has put his ability to communicate with ants to very sinister use. Moirin also does her by now usual “fix a society by having sex with a ruler” shtick and manages to make friends in unusual places. (Yes, I am being flippant.) Continue reading
Despite the ending of Naamah’s Kiss, which I didn’t care for I wanted to read this book. (It really annoys me when gunpowder weapons are held to be the Greatest Evil Every Invented. A lot.) As alternate history settings go, Carey’s world is detailed and very interesting, and I really like the main character Moirin.
In Naamah’s Curse, Moirin is in hot pursuit of both her Destiny and her lover Bao, who has run off for the steppes of the Tatars. (He wanted to go off alone due to the rather traumatic events of the last book, where he died and was brought back to life, and their teacher died.) Moirin of course doesn’t want to wait for him, and heads out after him. (Alone. This prompts many of the characters into scolding her because going off alone is stupid. The Reader would be inclined to agree.) Continue reading
Grand Central Publishing, 645 pgs
There is something that is curiously addictive about lush, epic fantasy romances (whether or not actual romance takes place). Particularly if there is strange, intricate world building that turns world history just slightly sideways. (Or, in the case of Guy Gavriel Kay, reinvents it with different names.) Even if I don’t actually like the world building or the characters, I usually end up getting sucked into the story, because there’s usually something about it I find fascinating, or just too weird to look away from.