Third in Carey’s supernatural urban fantasy series (Autumn
Bones, 2013, etc.) set in Pemkowet, a small resort town on the shores
of Lake Michigan.
In summer, tourists pour in to marvel at Pemkowet’s eldritch
community—fairies, ghouls, vampires, bogles and so forth—whose benevolent
supervisor is Hel, the Norse goddess of the underworld. Now it’s November, and
things are quieter, so Daisy Johanssen, hell-spawn daughter of a demon and a
human mother, Hel’s enforcer and designated liaison to the Pemkowet Police
Department, devotes her energies to unscrambling her sizzling but problematic
personal life. First up is her partner, red-hot werewolf Officer Cody Fairfax;
the lust is mutual, but traditionalist Cody wants a family and so must mate with
another werewolf. And then there’s equally red-hot Stefan Ludovic, 600-year-old
Bohemian knight and leader of the ghouls, or Outcasts, who, rejected by both
heaven and hell, are immortal and feed on emotions. However, with Stefan away
in Poland on private business, Scott Evans, a veteran with severe PTSD, complains
to the Pemkowet PD that he’s being haunted by a witchlike, soul-sucking Night
Hag. And then hell-spawn lawyer Daniel Dufreyne wallops the town with a massive
lawsuit. The really bad news is that Dufreyne, having accepted
his birthright, has demonic powers of persuasion. Daisy isn’t sure how that
works: She’s refused to claim her own birthright despite frequent urgings from
dad, the lesser demon Belphegor, lest she unleash Armageddon. Steamy sex,
meddling monsters and a hell-spawn heroine with a volcanic temper: Even in the
off season, there’s nothing dull about Pemkowet.
What more could series addicts ask?