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Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #1
Published by Roc on August 2, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, an all-new series starring Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.
When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.
Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.
Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…
I LOVED the start of this new series by a favorite author! The main character, Nell, was introduced in a Jane Yellowrock short story, Off the Grid. Nell is fascinating and on the brink of a new phase of her life. She is much younger than I felt originally. I am SO excited to learn more about Nell and watch her growth in the Soulwood series.
Nell works with a new PsyLED team, led by Rick LaFleur. I was afraid for Nell, all the time. But she was not stupid; she was strong and smart. The depth of the characters and the imagery of the world were spellbinding. The team dynamics were intriguing, as well as the team members. I really enjoyed them. I wondered about Soul, who was Rick’s partner, and Brute, who were not on this team. I look forward to learning more about PsyLED.
For those who have read the amazing Jane Yellowrock series, the new perspective on Rick LaFleur and his current life was captivating. I fell for Ricky Bo and then I felt angry and hurt, but still attracted to him there. Until I remember what he’s done, then I hate him. I feel none of that here in Nell’s world. Apparently, I do become the character somewhat. You can read Blood of the Earth without reading Jane Yellowrock, but you absolutely should read Jane because she is awesome.
Wow. The story has plenty of mystery, action and suspense. The standard practices of the cult are for mature audiences only, however. The church / cult wants Nell back and they are willing to do whatever they can to get her and her land under their control. The religious front for the horror show is disgusting. I love the path Nell takes and her situation at the end of the book. I can’t wait for Curse of the Land, book 2, to be published November 1, 2016.
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