Faith Hunter fans will devour FLAME IN THE DARK, the third
installment in the Soulwood series with glee.
Hunter's prose crackles with life and the story speeds
along, making it nearly impossible to stop reading.
Nell Ingram and the rest of Team Eighteen join the
investigational fray after an attack on an exclusive
political fundraiser. Unsure if the perpetrator(s) were
after a senator or the vampire Ming of Clan Glass, Nell's
Psy-LED team combine their efforts with the FBI and Secret
Service to solve the crime. But this crime ups the ante as
the assassin is invisible on security cameras and literally
vanishes into thin air.
Nell reads the earth and finds a trail of dead earth, but
neither she nor her teammates know of a paranormal creature
with this characteristic. With some false starts and dead
ends, the team persists, not realizing until near the end
what a force of evil has been unleashed.
As with the other novels in this series, crime leads the
way, but in each tale, we get to know Nell a little better.
It's fascinating to watch as she learns to live in
a "normal" world and how she balances it with her church
upbringing. To that end, she also must look out for her
sister, Mud, who shares her power and is in jeopardy of
being married off in the church as a very young age. Can
Nell help her?
Nell's love life also plays a role in this tale. She and
Occam continue to banter and flirt and plan to have a date,
but her parents have plans of their own, setting her up
with a friend of her brothers who is more progressive but
still lives in the church environment.
Following Nell's growth as she discovers more about herself
and her magic fascinates this reader. At first, I thought
this was a trilogy, but I'm certainly hoping I'm wrong as
this story ends with much room to proceed and many paths to
take. I look forward to the next installment. While this
book can stand on its own, I recommend starting with BLOOD
OF THE EARTH. Also, this book intertwines with the Jane
Yellowrock novels more than the previous two, so readers
may want to get caught up on that series, too, while
waiting for the next step Nell will take.
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.