I’m as big a fan of Faith Hunter’s Soulwood series as I am her Jane Yellowrock, and there’s a brand new installment of Nell Ingram to be had! Check out all the tour stops for more reviews, the rest of the excerpts, and a serialized short story!
Read an excerpt from Flame in the Dark:
FLAME IN THE DARK – Part Nineteen
I parked the old Chevy beneath the trees in front of the three- story structure that was home to my extended family: my father, my mama, her two sister-wives, and all the assorted sibs and half sibs. Before I could get out of the truck, the door was yanked open and Mud, or Mindy as the rest of the family called her, threw herself inside and hugged me so hard I thought I might break in two. “I missed you’un,” she mumbled into my coat. Before I could respond, she reared back and said, “You’un stink like fire. Not like a campfire, but like garbage burning.”
I dropped off the seat, to the ground, and said, “I was at a house fire. Part of my job.”
She narrowed her eyes and studied me like she might an unfamiliar beetle she found eating basil in the greenhouse. “Did somebody try to burn a family out? Was they witches?” Her voice dropped. “Did they burn her at the stake?”
“No one got burned. No stake. All house fires stink really bad. And in the real human world, witches don’t get burned at the stake.”
Mud made a sound of disagreement that was remarkably like Mama’s and took my hand, pulling me up the steps to the porch. “Breakfast is on. You’un comin’ to church with us this morning?”
“No. Just breakfast and then home.”
“You’un fallin’ away? The mama’s say you’un’s fallin’ away and driftin’ into sin.”
“I have a job. And no, I’m not falling into sin. But I don’t worship at God’s Cloud anymore.”
“You’un going to church somewheres else? ’Cause iff’n you ain’t going to church then you’un’s falling into sin. Sam said so.”
“Did he now?” Sam was my older full- sib and a bit of a worrywart. He also didn’t always know when to keep his big mouth shut. “I’ll speak to Sam. Let him know I’m not falling into evil and damnation.” Except I’d killed two men . . . so maybe I was.
Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #3
Published by Ace Books on December 5th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Ever since I met Nell, I can’t wait for more of her. More of Nell interacting with the modern world. More of Nell interacting with all the things that go bump in the night. And more of Nell interacting with Occam… 😉 This church-woman’s coming into her own, slowly but surely, yet she manages to handle the new life she has with the land that’s important to her, and the family she’s reconnecting with.
In Flame in the Dark, Nell meets a new kind of creature – one that’s been around for a long, long time, and isn’t above killing to keep its secrets. While creature-hunting, Nell manages to date, sass off at the local vamps, and try to figure out the growths from when she’s communing too much. A veritable multi-tasking protector of the land, is our Nell.
I love the sass (are you surprised?), and I love the character development. I enjoy following along as Nell figures things out – it’s almost like the culture shock I experienced when I first came for school. I hope she continues to grow, and that she figures out the evil tree thing soon.
If you’re new to Nell, start with Blood of the Earth. And when you’ve done binge-reading Nell, check out Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read Flame in the Dark? What did you think?
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