Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter – Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter – Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

 

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Flame in the Dark
Soulwood series – Book #3
by Faith Hunter
Release Date: December 5, 2017

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Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

 

 

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Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter is the 3rd book in her Urban Fantasy Soulwood series. Though this is a spinoff from Hunter’s wonderful Jane Yellowrock series, this is a totally different kind of storyline. 

Nell Ingram is our heroine, and in Flame in the Dark, we learn more about her powers.  Nell is now a member  (probie)of Psyled, a Homeland Security division that investigates paranormal cases.  Also on the PsyLED Eighteen team are two others we know from Jane Yellowrock, Rick LeFleur and Soul.  There are werewolves, witches, empaths, and even a dragon that work together.

Nell is now a more confident and stronger person, and knows she is not human, but does not know what she is.  Nell has an ability that allows her to feel and absorb the earth’s powers, to heal her or fight off enemies. By the end of Flame in the Dark, we will know exactly what Nell is. 

At the start of Flame in the Dark, the PsyLED team is called on a case where a Senator and his family have been attacked.  The team senses a paranormal element in the attacks, but cannot determine who the target is, which they originally thought was vampires.  As more attempts and murders happen, it becomes apparent that the villains are pyro’s, with the victims being burned.  Nell’s unusual ability allows her to put her hands into the earth to scent, vision or feel strange and dark vibes of something very dark and dangerous.

What follows is an intense, exciting, gripping and violent tale, where Nell will find herself in bad situations that threaten her own life.  With people dying, she will have to go above and beyond to discover who and what is causing these horrific deaths. I was so engrossed into this story, I was unable to put the book down.  Flame in the Dark was very well written by Faith Hunter.

What I also enjoyed was the team camaraderie between Nell and her team, especially as they learn more of what she is, and try to help her.   We also get to know about Nell’s younger sister, who is slowly developing the same kind of powers, which Nell wants to help her slowly learn to control.  But best of all, I loved the slow build budding romance between Occam and Nell, which we expect to become full blown in future books.

This is really a difficult review to do, as telling too much more would be spoilers.  I will say that besides being suspenseful and exciting, it was also amazing & wild to see what Nell can do.   There was so much more in this book (murder, strange fires, dark and horrific villains, and a fantastic cast of characters you enjoy the ride with), something you will need to read and find out. 

Reviewed by Barb

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Guest post-White and RedI often get asked – when you write a novel, do you start with Characters or Plot? 

Every book is different, but with the Soulwood series it was character all the way! Well, that and the big question of all writers – What If?

Early on, I knew several things about Nell:
* that she would be a cult survivor
* a woman who loved a solitary existence, off the grid, in the hills near Knoxville.
* would become a member of a paranormal team of crime solvers
* that she would solve murders committed by paranormal means
After that it was a matter of deciding on each book what crime needs to be solved and what kind of paranormal creature committed the crime.

Nell—who she is, where she comes from, how she lives, who she loves—and a conflict idea for a story, or one of those unanswered “What If” questions, all have to come together for a book to work.

I always say (and please forgive the one “teachy” note in this post): Your main character has to have at least one great strength and at least one great weakness. The weaknesses make the conflict worse, the strengths and developing strengths save the main character and resolve the plot. This is called the marriage of character development and plot conflict. (End of teachy stuff.)

In Nell’s case, she is a polygamous cult survivor in a modern day alternate reality who starts out the series trusting no one and no thing, living off the grid and making a living as a farmer. She is in danger every day by the members of the cult who want her back inside so they can get her farm and who would then burn her at the stake as a witch because she is a paranormal being. Nell lives in danger. That danger and the fact that she knows so little about the modern world are her main weaknesses.

Her strengths are her individuality, her ability to adapt and survive, and her fearlessness when it comes to protecting other potential escapees from the cult. These women include her sisters, and half-sisters. Her adaptability means that when she is asked to join a law enforcement team to hunt down criminals, she is able to take her strengths and merge in to the team.

All memorable characters have these strengths and weaknesses , and if a reader analyzes the characters, each and every one will grow through the weaknesses, as well as rely on their strengths. The character becomes a friend as you read. I hope you’ll take a chance on Nell.

Faith Hunter
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Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, including Cold Reign, Shadow Rites, Dark Heir, and Broken Soul; the Soulwood series,
set in the world of Jane Yellowrock, including Curse on the Land and Blood of the Earth; and the Rogue Mage series, including Host, Seraphs, and Bloodring.

 

 

 

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Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter – Review & Giveaway

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter – Review & Giveaway

 

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Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly-formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals presents dangers of its own…
 
After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more…

 

Review:

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter is the 2nd book in her Soulwood series. When we last left off in Blood of the Earth, Nell Ingram, our heroine, had become a member of PsyLed, as she was just starting to learn how use and learn more of her unknown powers.  Nell is a more confident person, as she was able to move from under the evil that threatened her life in the first book.  Now Nell returns home to Soulwood, after training at the Spook School and plans to rest a bit before she starts her next assignment.  But not long after she arrives home, her boss, Rick LaFleur calls her to help with a new case that is tailor made for Nell’s abilities.  When she joins her team, Nell is happy, as the members have become friends of hers, and she feels comfortable & free in her new life.   But this new case will be much worse than what she has faced before.   Seems that there are dead animals, and humans being affected by some strange and deadly fungus/parasite in the land.  Nell using her powers to feel the land,  senses something or someone very powerful causing innocent people to do strange and destructive things.

No matter that Nell can read and hear the earth, the danger is at times horrific, and she has to rely on her teammates to rescue her.  The team will find their researches will go back in time to World War 2, and the current time.  It will lead Nell and the PsyLed team to chemical firms, witchcraft and an ancient entity, but it will take Nell to put her life in danger to find a way to stop this violent powerful force.

This is a difficult review to write, as anything more would be spoilers.  There are so much scientific details written by Hunter,  that at times it blows your mind; being difficult to follow, especially, if you aren’t into many of those terms.  But Faith Hunter does a masterful job in writing this suspenseful exciting story, and has created a wonderful new heroine in Nell, who continues to grow into her powers.  By the time we come to the tense ultra exciting suspenseful last 1/3 of the book, we are holding our breaths and unable to put the book down.

There were some interesting twists that will involve Rick, Paka and others, not to mention how strong Nell seems to be getting. I cannot wait to find out more about her powers. I also enjoyed seeing Nell’s growth in allowing  herself to enjoy the attention Occam seems to be giving her.  A romance between them is surely on the horizon.   I said this before, and I haven’t changed my mind, please Faith, keep Rick here and don’t bring him back to Jane.  If you like Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, a great heroine, than you need to read this series.

Reviewed by Barb

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Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter – Review & Giveaway

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter – Review & Giveaway

 

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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…

 

 

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Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter is the first book in her new Soulwood series.  In Blood of the Earth, Faith Hunter keeps us in the Jane Yellowrock world, as the heroine of this book is Nell Ingram, whom we met recently in a Jane Yellowrock novella.  Nell has magical powers using the earth and all the surrounding land where she lives in Soulwood.

 Nell is in continuing danger by those from the local Church and the cult that runs it. She manages to keep the cult at a distance using her powers, which even she is not sure what she can do or what she is.  The PsyLED is a security agency that handles paranormals, and is headed by Rick LaFleur, the former lover of Jane Yellowrock.  Rick, having been alerted by Jane, wants Nell to join his team, especially with the investigation of kidnappings of young girls, which includes one girl belonging to the Master of Nashville Vampire Clan.  It will be Rick, and his team that will come to Nell’s rescue, when she is attacked by the Church men.  This will be the start of Nell finding a way to learn more about herself, and use her powers to good use and being part of a team, instead of always being alone.

 What follows is a complex and exciting story, where Nell will slowly discover more about her powers, as well as accept who she is and to become part of a team.  Nell is truly the lead in this series, and she was a great heroine, especially as we see throughout her growing powers; her changing into a stronger and wiser person, and what she can do.  It was amazing and different to see her use those powers to fight off the nasty evil villains.  The Nell Ingram we meet at the start rises up over time to become someone to reckon with and a true member of the PsyLED team.  Besides the villains of God’s Cloud of Glory Church, there is also another group call Human Speakers for the Truth, whom is suspected of working together to kidnap the girls.  It was an interesting, and complex story, but very tense and exciting.  I loved near the end when Nell and her family, whom she had not seen much of for a long time, rebel and  bond together to fight the terrible evil being done to woman of the church.

The PsyLED team is made up of different types of paranormals, such as werecats, vampires, empaths, and other species.  Now with Nell added, it promises to be even better.  Blood of the Earth was a very good start to the Soulwood series, and I look forward to what comes next.  I will add that there were a lot of details that slowed things down somewhat, but many times the first book in a fantasy genre will have this due to introductions to the world building.  Lastly, I am not a fan of Rick LaFleur and was happy he is not with Jane; and he did not change my opinion of him in this book.  Hopefully though, he will stay here and not go back to Jane Yellowrock.  🙂  If you like Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and a great heroine in Nell, then you should read Blood of the Earth.

Reviewed by Barb

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