Title: Blood of the Earth
Series: Soulwood #1
Author: Faith Hunter
Release Date: August 2, 2016
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…
Faith Hunter UF's book are a must for me. They have the perfect combination of action and romance I have come to expect from this genre. It helps that I love her other characters in this world: Beast, Jane, and Bruiser.
I was looking forward to reading this new series which is set in the same world as Jane Yellowrock. Even more important, Jane has met Nell and she is the catalyst to Nell's life becoming even more interesting.
Nell Ingram was part of a cult as a child. She left God’s Cloud of Glory when she was twelve and she was told she needed to marry the colonel. Her exile came with the help of a married couple who were leaving it for good. They took her in to help take care of the dying wife. After her passing, Nell married the male who became sick and died too. However, the "church" wants Nell back into their fold and they want to take her land too. Help comes in the form of Rick LaFleur and his PsyLED team. They are offering to make her a consultant in exchange for information regarding the cult and their ties to a recent series of kidnapped young women. At first, Nell is reluctant to let all these people into her life. She has been a loner for the most part. She's not sure if she's ready to share with them her powers and her connection to her land/ earth/soulwood. Little by little she starts trusting them and soon she becomes indispensable to their investigation.
Nell was a great heroine. She's smart, strong and she isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She also has a sense of family despite how dysfunctional and crazy hers is.
One thing that made me love her, even more, was that she was able to put Rick in his place, not once but three times!! A certain scene gave me so much pleasure. Rick deserves that and much more after what he did to Jane. Yes, I'm not over his betrayal and I don't care if he's not happy with Paka.
I sure hope Mrs. Hunter never brings him back into Jane's love life. Goodbye and good riddance!
“If you want to wallow in guilt and misery, by all means have at it. But wallow later. Right now you have a job to do. So do it.”
In regards to the rest of the team, I can say I liked them all except I'm not crazy about Paka. I do like Occam, the other wereleopard. I'm guessing he's going to be one of Nell's romantics liaisons in books to come. Tandy brought feelings of protection, just like it happened to Nell in the book.
Blood of the Earth has excellent worldbuilding. At times, the details were a little too much for me but I know it's only going to help make the series stronger. I hope we get many more books.
A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.