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Agent of Hel is an Urban Fantasy series written by Jacqueline Carey.

Pemkowet isn't your average tourist town. In addition to the families coming through for the summer, the rich beachfront owners, and the working class joes keeping it all running, Pemkowet is also a sanctuary for the occult. The Norse goddess Hel carved out her domain here, and her presence creates an umbrella effect for fairies, vampires, water spirits... all manner of supernatural creatures make their home here, as one of the few places left in the world with the magic to sustain them. The tourism committee is even successfully using it in their advertising, drawing in people wanting a glimpse of the supernatural.

Daisy Johanssen is a product of both worlds. For the town, she works for the local police force, on the books as a clerk but off the books as a liaison to the town's semi-secretive folk. For the supernatural, she is the chosen enforcer of Hel's will, ordered to keep the peace so that the fragile sanctuary is not threatened. That's on top of her own problems - as a half-demon, she's not supposed to exist, and she's literally able to summon Armageddon if she just has one bad day and lets it happen...


The novels in the trilogy are:

  • Dark Currents (2012)
  • Autumn Bones (2013)
  • Poison Fruit (2014)

These books provide examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Jen's father is a physically abusive alcoholic.
    • The incubus Belphegor certainly counts for Daisy, not bothering with his daughter much except tempting her in weak moments.
    • Subverted with Daisy's mother, who loves her completely and has never made an issue over her father.
    • Sinclair's mother, who uses magic to take what she wants, which included Sinclair's father.
  • Accidental Murder: The main plot of Dark Currents. According to Thad's friends Mike and Kyle, the three were heavily drunk when Thad was dared to swim the river and accidentally drowned. The only true part of that story is that the three were indeed together and it was an accident.
  • Action Girl: Daisy doesn't much act like this, and so manages to surprise Cody with the fact she knows taekwondo - by flipping him to the ground.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: One of Cody's old friends randomly calls Daisy "Pixy Stix", and Cody from then on hardly ever calls Daisy anything else.
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: Played mostly straight with the Outcasts, the biker gang with lots of ghouls that takes center stage in Dark Currents. Under Stefan's leadership, they're getting closer to being honorable thugs, although plenty are chafing and would rather play up the stereotype.
  • Alpha Bitch: Stacey Brooks works for her mother in the Pemkowet Visitors Bureau and clings to old high school rivalry with Daisy in the absence of anything else. Being a target of the "Tall Man" attack brings her down to earth and partially into the Scooby Gang, and her mother throwing her under the bus during the lawsuit completes the process.
  • A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: A surprisingly explicit example, in the opening of Autumn Bones, as the entire population of a gay nightclub suddenly decide to get it on with everyone else, regardless of orientation or gender. A cop that tries to check it out gets ensared too, and Cody and Daisy get to half-dressed before they snap out of it. Turns out a satyr went into heat, and this was his idea of a good time.
  • Asshole Victim: Thad Vanderhei. His frat house, Triton House, has gotten an idea around that Triton was worshipped by mermaids begging for a chance for sex with him. One leader among them actually paid money for a chance to do just that, and found it so disturbing and repulsive to rape a captive mermaid that he naturally spread the idea to Thad to share the pain. Thad goes gung ho and tracks down the same criminals, only to drown in the tank when the ghouls feeding off the mermaid lose control.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Lady Eris the head vampire. Daisy believes there's no way it can be her real one. As it turns out, it is. She was named both for the goddess of sowing discord, and the pun created by the fact that in the nineteenth century, she was the daughter of a wealthy man: an heiress.
  • Ax-Crazy: "Tall Man" Brannigan, one of the original founders in the area (he built the logging town ruins that Hel turned into Little Niflheim), lost everything and went insane with an ax, and cursed the Cavanaugh family with his dying breath. For the climax of Autumn Bones, the duppy gets the last Brannigan descendent to steal his bones and armor them, so he can ride Tall Man around, fulfilling the curse, going on another murder spree, and dooming the town.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: Sinclair's family obeah magic has rules based on this, and is the reason he left home. The more he grew in skill in white magic, the more his sister was able to do with black. His sister and mother are demanding he come back home because they can't claim more power without him.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Lee Hutchins as a normal in an eldritch town doens't just want to hear about the supernatural but be part of it. So he bargains with Daisy for a glimpse of Hel. Once he gets it, Hel starts squeezing his (and Daisy's) hearts out of their chests for the lack of respect shown. Still in pain, he replies if Hel kills him now it would still be Worth It, and she relents.
  • Berserk Button: Do not, under any circumstances, refer to the vampire den the House of Shadows by it's common nickname of "Twilight Manor", at least not where they can hear you.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Jen's sister is effectively a junkie, living blissed out in thrall at the House of Shadows, and has been for around eight years. In Autumn Bones, the sponsor keeping her finally turns her into a full vampire, upon which she flips off the sponsor, races home, declares she will now be protecting the family, and comes within inches of killing her abusive father in the process of "communicating". Turns out, getting vampire strength to protect her mother and siblings was her plan all along, she just got too hooked when it took longer than expected.
  • Cabin Fever: Being mostly unable to leave Hades' domain has left Persephone more than a little insane.
  • Coitus Ensues: Right after Sinclair's family parley goes to hell, and the police discover Tall Man's bones missing, Daisy rushes to bring in Cody, who's still coming down from the full moon. Whether just finding him vulnerable and animalistic, or due to the stress of her day (or both), she goes straight for the hot and heavy sex, despite having discussed the Strictly Professional Relationship, and as the case goes on they hook up at least once more to burn stress off. They later learn they blew their only chance to tie the whole plot up neatly with that first delay.
  • Compelling Voice:
    • Dufreyne's most obvious demonic power, which he uses to compel some of his land purchase and to keep the judge, jury, and media on his side during the Pemkowet lawsuit. Daisy and the coven work a countermeasure to protect the judge, but it doesn't last.
    • Persephone crashes the town's emergency meeting after the lawsuit, and has everyone there (except the eldritch) eating out of her hand within minutes.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Light version with Daisy. The most she inherits from her demon father is black eyes and a tail, which she tries to keep tucked in "like a drag queen".
  • Damsel in Distress:
    • The mermaid, having been a captive and constant rape victim long before Thad's death led to her being rescued.
    • Daisy too, unfortunately, as the rebel ghouls figure she's getting too close, so they kidnap her and her magic dagger, to set a trap for Stefan.
  • Deadly Road Trip: Downplayed; Daisy's job is to prevent this where possible. She's in a constant tug of war with the tourism bureau - she keeps insisting that the supernatural is not safe, what with fey luring children, hobgoblins running gambling scams, and predators in the wilds. The bureau insists sparkly fairies are better business and she needs to prevent bad events and bad press before it happens, to keep the tourists coming in.
  • Disposing of a Body: Once some traction is finally gained on the Dark Currents case, eyewitnesses (naiads) and the coroner confirm Thad Vanderhei drowned, but not swimming the river. His body was just dumped there to support the drunken accident story.
  • Don't Think, Feel:
    • Several of the minor powers that Daisy picks up along the way (a mental shield against psychic assault, a minor version of a veil) require a degree of this, which ends up difficult since she's constantly controlling her oversized emotions.
    • Three different soothsayers end up telling Daisy her heart will decide the fate of the world. She ends up invoking Armageddon nearly on instinct, not to claim power for herself, but for the chance to avert the destruction of everything she knows.
  • Emotional Powers: Daisy's demon heritage makes her emotions more volatile, and when she loses her grip on them, bad things happen. She specifically calls unwanted bursts the Seven Deadlies, and already has lots of techniques for calming herself.
  • Emotion Bomb: Daisy, in the middle of an all out brawl between ravening ghouls, taps into her positive feelings of warmth, friendship, and love to bring all the ghouls to a screeching halt.
  • Emotion Eater: Ghouls. A major part of Daisy's attraction to Stefan is that she can completely throw away all the emotional control she's built up and count on him to drain her away from the danger point. When events get crazier, Daisy comes to rely on him and a few others for crowd control, siphoning off excess fear to keep tourists in the middle of a supernatural mess from panicking. Care and discipline needs to be maintained however - if their hunger gets too stimulated, they can end up taking it all.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: If Daisy ever accepts her father's offers to claim her heritage as a full demon, she will create a hole in the wall that keeps the divine forces out of Earth, letting all the demons pour through. At which point, angels will have to all come down to stop them, and armageddon will be in full swing.
  • Evil Counterpart: Daniel Dufreynse, a lawyer Daisy finds conducting odd land deals. He's hellspawn, like her, but somehow has claimed his demonic powers without ending the world. Apparently only the spawn of an innocent carries that danger; his mother knew what she was doing. He's also representing an Underworld goddess, and is arranging a hostile takeover of Hel's domain.
  • Fantastic Racism: Pemkowet's neighboring town of Appeldoorn has a high number of very religious people who think Pemkowet is an endless pit of sin, the very existence of an Underworld proof that everyone there is part of a Satanic cult. Thad's parent number among these, and bounce between blaming the town for his death and shock and disgust at what he was doing there.
  • Forged by the Gods: Once it's clear that the ghouls have something to do with Thad's death, Hel grants Daisy the dauda-dagr, a magical dagger capable of killing the immortal undead. Practically any being with power can feel it on her, and it forces Daisy to stop thinking of herself as just a fledgling ambassador and face that she's actually enforcing the peace.
  • Genre Savvy: It seems like Daisy's mom used pop culture to educate her child where possible, to good effect:
    • Midway through Dark Currents, the police are investigating the bartender of the ghoul bar, and mention he used to work for a carnival. Daisy recognizes the circus name as a Last Unicorn reference, and works to the conclusion that the circus had something captive, which leads into the reveal of the long-suffering mermaid.
    • Jen and Daisy take a pause in Autumn Bones to discuss how Daisy is building up her own Scooby Gang, with Jen lamenting that her closest fit is Xander.
  • Ghost Amnesia: All the ghosts that rise in the wake of the duppy don't remember they're dead - the bride they find first is looking for her husband (she'd killed herself newly wed after finding him with the maid of honor), the groundskeeper is still patrolling his property trying to fend off trespassers...
  • Godzilla Threshold: With Persephone's military lobbing explosives down the gate of Little Niflheim, and casualties mounting, Daisy has enough and decides invoking her birthright can't make things any worse.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Daisy is a half-demon through her father. Her mother had a bad night with a Ouija board, which is apparently a little more than effective in Pemkowet.
  • Heroic Seductress: Lurine Hollister, for a given value of "heroic". She freely admits to Daisy she's a dangerous creature, and Daisy pointedly never asks what happened to her late husband. That said, she helps Daisy flirt with drunk frat boys to get information, and defuses the rutting satyr's orgy by way of showing up, literally dragging him home by the package, and shamelessly screwing him until he finally wears out (it takes a day or two).
  • Idiot Ball: Even aside from new to the job naievity, Daisy grabs this plenty during Autumn Bones -
    • Daisy enlists Lee's computer skills by promising him a glimpse of Hel (he's a muggle, so he wants "in" to the eldritch community, and she needs to contact Hel to OK the idea anyway). Hel is doubly offended that Daisy brought a mortal to her domain uninvited, and that he bargained for her like a tourist trinket, and comes within inches of killing them both before Daisy admits her mistake.
    • Knowing Sinclair's sister will be coming back to town to bully him into going home, knowing the family has access to unknown magic and made threats with a kind of ghost called a duppy, Daisy not only lets them set the location of the parley in a graveyard, but fails to anticipate Sinclair's mother showing up too, and doesn't immediately take control when they reveal they brought the duppy to unleash like a ghost bomb on the town unless Sinclair obeys. Hel is not amused.
  • Instant Web Hit: Stacey Brooks of the Pemkowet Visitors Bureau spends the last half of Autumn Bones trailing behind Daisy and Cody getting ghost footage, and turns it into a series of viral videos promoting the town. Backfires in a big way with the duppy attack on a large crowd - there's only minor injuries, but this gives Dufreyne his opening to sue the town, with the videos as prime evidence of negligent behavior.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Most of the immortal characters introduced in the series are in the prime of life. Subverted with one of Stefan's lieutenants, Cooper, looks like he's seventeen. He's really over two-hundred years old.
  • It's All About Me: Persephone's attempt to take over reeks of this. She has to spend half the year with Hades as per legend, but needs to stay near his underworld the rest of the time anyway or risk The Magic Goes Away. She's not technically an underworld goddess, so she can't create her own domain, thus the plan to take Hel's, treating it like her summer home to ease her Cabin Fever and replacing half the wilderness with a tacky resort. When asked what happens to the rest of the eldritch community when she's not there, it's clear she didn't think that far and doesn't care to, and believes they all can be "seasonal residents" just like her.
  • Loners Are Freaks:
    • Played straight with Clancy Brannigan, a shut-in so reclusive he gets nicknamed Boo Radley by Daisy, who spends his isolation obsessing over old family misfortunes and dreaming of revenge.
    • Subverted with Lee Hutchins. While he's introduced as a paranoid reclusive, he has his reasons (high-school drama, My Beloved Smother, and job competition). Once he knows Daisy is on the level, he builds her eldritch database with everything she could possibly need, and quickly becomes an overenthusiastic ally and even part of Daisy's social circle.
  • Love Triangle: Half-demon Daisy has a long-running crush on Officer Cody Fairfax, but has serious reasons to keep impulses of lust under control. Cody is himself a werewolf and returns Daisy's interest, but werewolves can only have kids with other werewolves and there's serious family pressure on him. Into this waltzes Stefan, a very attractive ghoul who can eat Daisy's excess emotions, allowing her the freedom to go wild with him. The triangle keeps through most of the series, while rotating fourth members in and out to various parties, before finally resolving in favor of Cody.
  • Magical Negro: Played with and Lampshaded by Sinclair, who is trying to start up a tour bus business highlighting the supernatural in Pemkowet, and invokes the trope by playing up a Jamaican accent (he's of Jamaican descent, but grew up in Kalamazoo). He actually can see auras, making the literal meaning stick, and has magical family drama, but this becomes central to the plot of Autumn Bones so doesn't otherwise fit the trope.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Part of the setting. At some murky point in history, most gods and mythologies were removed from the picture. Only those gods with some tie to the Underworld managed to stay. Without the magic aura of the gods suffusing the world, supernatural creatures simply fade and vanish as well, making the few god-auras that are left, like Pemkowet, sanctuaries for their survival.
  • Mermaid Problem: Played for rather disturbing drama, as the mermaid in question is not willing. One cop cleaning up the scene wonders this aloud, and regrets getting the answer that they were basically using her urethra.
  • Mind Rape: Two tourists end up a victim of this as one of the ghouls brought in for crowd control, Cooper, at Halloween ends up ravening. Daisy too, when she pitches a fit at Stefan and pushes his control too far.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Jen for Daisy, mainly to highlight the problems of relationships and secrets - Cody starts hitting on Jen, but wouldn't commit to her since he's a werewolf. Daisy warns him off, but fails to tell Jen why, or that she's not entirely selfless in it.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: Cooper the ghoul is a subversion of the usual immortal teenager trope. It's clear that being stuck in a teenage body has not been good for his state of mind. He covers it with a devil-may-care attitude, but ends up trying to get Daisy to kill him with dauda-dagr at the end of Autumn Bones in a Suicide by Cop moment. Daisy decides to enlist his help to show a Wangsty sixteen year old why her desire to be turned into a teenage vampire is a very bad idea.
  • Not So Different: Once Persephone is sane again, Daisy remarks their helplessness and lack of power over their circumstances is actually quite similar.
  • Occult Detective: Daisy falls quite naturally into the genre, especially in the first book.
  • Only One Name: Daisy thinks Cooper is this. As it turns out, his name is John and Cooper turns out to be his last name. He teases her since she never bothered to ask to find out his real name
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Hel put the dauda-dagr in Daisy's hands. It freezes the limbs off anyone else who dares touch it. Unfortunately, the rebel ghouls figure out enough insulation can let it be used briefly, and try to use it to kill Stefan.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghosts only start showing up in Pemkowet during Autumn Bones when the duppy's presence (a bound and powerful unrestful ghost) opens the gate for all the other spirits that aren't at rest. They can only be put back to sleep by nailing their shadow to a wall, and they only cast a shadow in the light of a spirit lantern (which Hel provides to Daisy).
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: In this setting, ghouls actually fill the brooding vampire niche. They're humans that died, but didn't fit either Heaven or Hell, so they were kicked out of the afterlife back into their bodies. They're quasi-immortal in that they're alive, but if they're killed, reality just hiccups and they instantly come back good as new. They also need to feed on emotion to sustain themselves, but if they're not careful about it powerful emotion triggers a feeding frenzy.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The local coven is called the House of Shadows, and mostly relies on classic tropes, feeding on blood and showing super strength and speed. They only feed on willing donors, but such donors are often compared to junkies, and the entire setup is treated like a particularly dangerous drug den.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Officer Cody Fairfax serves as the prime example, and he fits the classic stereotype fairly closely. The entire Fairfax clan is introduced in later books and counts as well.
  • Playful Hacker: Lee Hutchins, who quite honestly looks down on Daisy trying to get him to design a database for her (he designs high end video games), but quickly changes his tune once he meets Hel.
  • Plot Hole: Werewolves are stated to only turn when they reach puberty. So why do Cody's nephews run around growling, yipping, and playing like wolves if they're still children? It is suggested that their parents might be a bit too overindulgent on letting them get to know their heritage, but it still doesn't fully explain why they don't act like normal kids. Daisy even Lampshades this in her inner monologue.
  • Power Incontinence: When Daisy gets frustrated, bottles randomly burst and there's a small chance of minor fires. When she trying to do her job and investigate a murder, trying to question stonewalling beings that don't want attention as well as don't respect her, she gets frustrated often.
  • Rape as Drama: The mermaid has been abused for so long that Daisy honestly doesn't think she'll survive much longer. She does, and makes it to freedom, mostly thanks to Lurine's care.
  • Reset Button: Daisy learns the angels cannot protect Pemkowet from Persephone in perpetuity, once the Wall is back up they have no power. Their substitue offer however, is to push several of these:
    • Persephone's madness is forcibly removed, and she immediately recognizes the destruction she's caused.
    • The ghouls are cured of their Outcast status, and every last one is granted mortality again.
    • The angels throw this in for free - for tempting Daisy constantly, Dufreyne's demonic heritage is purged, also turning him normal.
    • Daisy pushes the last button herself, returning her demonic gift unused and forsaking it forever, healing the divine breach and averting Armageddon.
  • Romantic False Lead: Daisy is dating Sinclair in the opening of Autumn Bones, but Sinclair's family taking Big Bad status highlights to Daisy how she's really just trying a normal safe relationship and avoiding her two more passionate and dangerous candidates. She lets him down gently and they remain friends.
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: Daisy and Cody get tipped off to one of these calling itself "Masters of the Universe" at the frat Triton House, thinking it linked to Thad's death. Subverted, as it's just one frat leader hamming up a "secret circle" to haze Thad into doing the same disgusting thing he did.
  • Sex Is Evil: In the first book, Daisy flirts with this assumption, having had bad experiences (tails aren't common) and wary of triggering her Seven Deadlies. Love triangles and eldritch secrets don't help either. Her gaskets are blown after encountering the satyr though, and the pent up lust is enough to blow out random speakers. She hooks up with Sinclair, and getting good sex doesn't end the world or even trigger a demonic visit, so she starts accepting her desires more fully.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Persephone acts like she's conducting perfectly reasonable business by purchasing Hel's lands from Pemkowet at a crazy price, allowing them to pay off the lawsuit, and the normal town population buys it hook line and sinker. It becomes very very clear that Persephone's terms to the eldritch are completely irrational however, and the muggles just put their town at ground zero of a war between Persephone and Hel. If it needed further proof, showing up with bought mercenaries to eliminate Hel with RPGs and guided drone missiles sealed the deal.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Lurine, again. She has zero qualms about receiving guests while skinny dipping, or stripping down so she can take full size, and seems to take particular delight in teasing Daisy with her body (both human and lamia) and getting her conflicted reactions.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few to other urban fantasy works, mostly Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, and True Blood.
    • Daisy remarks that she tries to tell tourists that this isn't Sunnydale, Forks, or Bon Temps when they underestimate how dangerous the supernatural world is.
    • She also mentions having her own Scooby Gang a la Buffy.
    • The House of Shadows where the vampires live is derogatorily known as Twilight Manor. Cooper also cheerfully states he's "Team Stefan" in the matter of Daisy's love triangle.
  • Snake People: Lurine Hollister is a rather rich and famous actress, used to be Daisy's babysitter, comes across as a particularly shameless and playful aunt, and also happens to be a deadly and powerful Lamia.
  • Strictly Professional Relationship: Cody and Daisy work closely together on cases, discuss how a relationship wouldn't work for multiple reasons, and manage to keep the trope going despite their mutual attraction. Right up until halfway through Autumn Bones, when Daisy jumps his bones. It gets reinforced by Cody to start Poison Fruit, but dropped completely by the end.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Daisy claims her demonic powers, not to pit them against Persephone and her army directly (which is implied to be well within her reach) or to end the world to spite her, but to create the hole in the Inviolate Wall that will let the angels through, and bargain with them against Armageddon to prevent Pemkowet's destruction.
  • Surfer Dude: Skrrzzzt the fearsome looking bogle lives out of an abandoned summer camp and sets up big scares for any trespassers. Once he's had his fun, he's completely friendly and is a righteous dude. He'll chat, play board games, and dole out all the advice he learned from teen camp counselors. Keep him stocked with beer and he's a friend for life.
  • Tarot Troubles: At least once a book, Daisy's mother offers a card reading to help the matter at hand, although she uses a Mexican loteria deck instead of the classic Tarot arcana.
    • In Dark Currents, the symbols drawn end up being quite literal rather than metaphorical - a spider card ends up representing a bartender with a spider tattoo, and the mermaid card shows up long before anyone realizes there's one captive. Cody isn't sure what to think of it all - until he draws one card for himself and it ends up being The Moon.
    • They try it again to ask about the plague of ghosts in Autumn Bones, but no matter how many times Daisy cuts the cards her first card always ends up The Moon - she can't get away from the fact that she slept with Cody.
    • For Poison Fruit, metaphor finally comes into full swing, with The World upside down, power and wealth symbols drawn, and a Star representing hope for the outcome.
  • Taught by Experience: Daisy, especially at first, seems terribly young and inexperienced. She took Hel's job offer as a way to find a purpose and a way to do good, not because she had any innate skill or knowledge to bring to the job beyond being raised in the community. By the time of Autumn Bones, she's quite capable of figuring out what allies to call and how to handle unique situations (the orgy) but is terribly tired of being blindsided by myths and creatures she hasn't learned about yet. She starts planning a compendium of all the arcane creatures in town so she can handle their needs better.
  • The Charmer: In contrast to his boss Stefan's Byronic Hero tendencies, Cooper is this instead. Part of it is an act to keep from thinking too hard about the fact he's seventeen forever, but he definitely has a knack for getting people to like him. Daisy states instantly he's the ghoul she trusts the most after Stefan about a day after she's met him.
  • The Clan: The Fairfax werewolves are one and fairly isolationist at that. It's to the point where Daisy remarks how odd it is that Cody's older brother and wife prefer to let their two sons be homeschooled because they consider regular school "dangerous" despite the fact the boys won't turn until their teens.
  • Throne Made of X: Hel's servants went salvaging in the lumber mill ruins, and created her throne from old saw blades.
  • Two-Faced: Hel is portrayed in classic style, her right side that of a beautiful maiden, kind and considerate, her left a withered charred corpse with a glowing ember of an eye, ready to deliver judgment and death.
  • The Underworld: Hel has grown a new world tree over the ruins of an old logging town, and created the frigid domain of Little Niflheim deep within the roots. It's not explicitly portrayed as an afterlife, merely her castle and court, although no one is stupid enough to inquire too deeply of the power or secrets kept there.
    • A list of 7 or 8 major American cities get listed as having active underworlds, and thus a god figure and a supernatural community. Pemkowet seems to be the only mostly rural location. Montreal comes up more than once, and it turns out to be the demesne of Hades, which gets more focus in Poison Fruit.
  • The Unmasqued World: With the tourism board actively advertising for supernatural seekers, and a tour bus startup trying to use Daisy's influence to rope fairies into reliable sightings, it's clear there isn't much hiding going on anymore. Most of the inhabitants still keep their secrets, as they just want peaceful lives, but they also recognize the importance of the town to their survival.
  • Vain Sorceress: Lady Eris. Despite having decades of knowledge she could put to good use, she prefers to spend her time throwing eternal, nineteenth-century style lavish parties with tableaus and beautiful gowns. She also wants everyone to worship and adore her, becoming quite put out when it turns out her power to seduce mortals doesn't work on her.
  • We Can Rule Together: Daisy's father Belphegor inserts himself into Daisy's life by sending her "temptation scenarios", dream visions of claiming her demonic birthright and all the power and badassery that comes with it. Usually right at a moment where she really could use some help.

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