Review: Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey
I have regrets. Deep regrets reading this book out of order. Somehow, I read books two and now three. I never read book one. As a completionist, I am going to have to go back and read book one. I really enjoyed this final book in the Agent of Hel trilogy. I have no idea why I waited so very long to read this trilogy. I should know by now that if it is Ms. Carey, I'm going to enjoy her world-building, character creation, and tormenting plots.
Daisy is just your average half-demon/half-human paranormal in the small town of Pemkowet. Apparently, this is a town in Michigan. It is obviously not real as I live in Michigan and was a bit confused at first. I thought maybe Ms. Carey meant Petoskey, Michigan. Anyway, reading this book years after reading the middle book in this trilogy actually worked out okay. It was easy to get back into the groove and understand what was going on. I guess possibly this could be read as a standalone story, but it is much better to read all the books in the order they were written.
This book is all about the big showdown and Daisy confronting her fears. Her fear is a doozy and I'm rather impressed with how this all worked out. There are goddesses involved, God, and so many different fae. This final book sucked me in and I read it in one sitting. I admit to reading it during some boring meetings for my day job. That is how much I enjoyed it that I kind of blew off work. Doh!
Daisy is a character I admire. She is doing her best. She also has a great relationship with her mother and she's one who does the best she can with the hand she's dealt. This story ended in happily ever after which surprised me. I'm so used to Ms. Carey tearing my heart out and giving me a bittersweet ending or a completely depressing end. Although some readers may quibble about the HEA. I did find this story wrapped up much faster than anticipated in the last 8% of the book. (I read it on a Kindle so I have no idea how many pages were left.) This urban fantasy with a dash of romance is recommended to readers who enjoy a character who would sacrifice all and dare to bargain with gods.