Series: Soulwood #1
Publisher: Roc on August 2, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Source: Blog Tour
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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…
At A Glance
Holy Carnivorous Trees Batman!
Hands down, you have never read a story like this. What a concept! Okay, before I go squeeing all over, let me just say Blood of the Earth is the first book from a spin-off series (Soulwood) from the Jane Yellowrock series that I love. Though the style is similar, this is a whole other playground. I can’t even really describe what the book is about without going off on a tangent, so here is a glimpse: crazy cult people, blood, carnivorous forests, missing vampires, deadly shapeshifters, creepy magic, and Rick Freaking LaFleur. Yeah, pretty much perfection.
Nell was all sorts of awesome. She was raised in a strict cult most her life but now that she left the church, she is trying to assimilate to her new life. Nell is immersed into an even dark world as she is tantalized into helping the PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, find a very important missing vampire that may have been taken by Nell’s old cult. Nell ever so slowly comes out of her shell as her new ragtag team investigates a string of kidnappings and murders. I found it so interesting how Nell was a little bit of a void in the beginning. She doesn’t have much of a personality but that’s the point. The new personalities around her bring out her real feelings. She lives isolated for the most part so having people invade her space is challenging for her but that’s how she learns about normal social interaction and how to handle different supernaturals. She really is a unique heroine. She’s not physically strong or good with weapons. But she does have this certain ability that will make you shit your pants!!! Freaking creepy and frick. Even Nell is a little creeped out my herself. I won’t reveal anything else about it though.
For those of you who read the Jane Yellowrock series, you might be a little pissed that Rick is in this series. But let me tell you, he is not a happy man. He’s made his mistakes and he is paying for them. And, the best part, Nell tells him off so good I literally stood up and cheered. Okay, enough Rick bashing. He is a good leader of the PsyLED so you have to give him a some props.
The story flowed well. The mystery was multilayered and captivating the whole time. The characters really made this book though. Every character was awesome, but if you want to know why, you have to read this book. You can even read it and understand it without reading the Jane Yellowrock series first. Some things might go over your head, but it’s not that big of a deal. I am soooo excited to continue this series.
Nada damn thing.
No snuggly in this one, though I did see a possible romance brewing for the future. Very subdued though.
Read Blood of the Earth!!!!!! Like, now! Or when it comes out. 😉 That is all.
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