Pros: Interesting settings and characters.
Cons: Weak protagonist.
Death's Daughter tells the story of Calliope Reaper-Jones, a young woman trying to make her way up in (or, more precisely, up to) the fashion industry in New York. Or at least that's who she thinks she is until she eats an enchanted brownie that destroys the Forgetting Charm she's placed on herself, making her remember that she's an immortal whose father is the CEO of Death, Inc. The brownies were planted by her father's executive assistant, a faun named Jarvis, who soon arrives to inform Calliope that her father's been kidnapped and she has to temporarily take over the family business.
Of course, it's not quite that simple. Before Calliope can become Death, she must pass three "tests" by retrieving one of Cerberus's pups, some of Indra's sea foam, and the Cup of Jamshid. Unfortunately, the Devil's protégé, Daniel, also wants the job and tries to keep Calliope from completing her tasks, usually by distracting her with his sexiness. She also has to deal with a detective from the Psychical Bureau of Investigations who believes that she's in league with the kidnappers.
The book has only one major flaw: the protagonist, Calliope Reaper-Jones. She comes across as an uninteresting, vapid, man-crazy (the sexual tension with Daniel works well, but she also wants to jump just about every other male character she meets) Sex in the City type and, while she does experience some character growth, never really develops into a likable character. More troubling than her relative lack of personality is the fact that Calliope does hardly anything on her own. As she travels through various otherworlds trying to complete her tests, she is assisted at every turn by supernatural surrogates who do most of the work and bail her out whenever she gets into the slightest bit of trouble. And I do mean slightest bit of trouble: at
one point an unconscious opponent falls down, pinning Calliope underneath him and she summons (Hindu goddess) Kali to pick him up.
For a book whose main character is a perpetual damsel in distress posing as a heroine, Death's Daughter is surprisingly good. The world that author Amber Benson (better known to many as Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), full of mythological characters engaging in human behaviors, is reminiscent of the more humorous work of Neil Gaiman or James Morrow. Many of the characters, especially Kali, are very entertaining. The plot is well put together, if a tad predictable. Overall, the book is a light, fun read.