Friday, February 15, 2019

Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

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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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Flame in the Dark is the third installment of the Soulwood series and cannot be read as a standalone. I strongly suggest reading in series order. While this is a sister series to Jane Yellowrock, it can be easily read independently while sharing the same urban fantasy universe and a few major side characters.

I had a slight problem with the last installment, simply because it felt more inundated with details in a police procedural than Urban Fantasy or Paranormal, all at the expense of character building. There is more of a balance during Flame in the Dark, Nell's personality and her growth taking on a larger role, which made reading more enjoyable and less tedious for me this go around.

There is more of a laid-back, living her life feel, which I appreciated because it meant I could fall into the story and find something that would resonate within me, instead of a laundry list of details, description, and jargon tossed about. Nell is still dealing with the affects growing up in a religious cult, how it affected her mentality and changed how she views herself and the world around her. These facets are what makes Nell fascinating to me.

This supernatural whodunit, where Nell and her PsyLED team are sleuthing out the clues, involves a murdered senator. Sometimes I'm curious about the police work in books, other times I'm not. I'm not necessarily a reader who reads to figure out the clues, nor am I one who is exclusively drawn to the romance of it all, but I do like a little of each. It's the character building and growth of all the characters that is my driving force. Without spoilers, I did enjoy this crime-solving better than the previous installment.

Highly recommend to fans of Faith Hunter and the Jane Yellowrock series, and those who enjoy a different take on Urban Fantasy, featuring a woman who communes and commands the earth beneath her feet. Luckily, I have the newest in the series to look forward to in the very near future.

Also Available in the Soulwood Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Blood of the Earth post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our Curse on the Land post.

New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter writes three series: the Jane Yellowrock series, dark urban fantasy novels featuring Jane, a Cherokee Skinwalker; the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban fantasy/post-apocalyptic series and role playing game featuring Thorn St. Croix; and the Soulwood Series featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram.

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Erica reviewed her personal copy of Flame in the Dark (Soulwood #3) by Faith Hunter for this post.

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