Series: Soulwood #3
Publisher: Ace/Roc on December 5, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult
Format: ARC Paperback
Source: Blog Tour
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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.
Nell’s got a lot on her plate: a mean, carnivorous tree, an evil soul in her land, church/cult stuff, and the whole people dying thing. Same old, same old. I get so excited to see how Nell handles certain situations. She’s getting into the flow of ‘normal people’ stuff. She’s definitely no churchwoman anymore. She is a strong, free-thinking female. I feel so proud of her, like I had something to do with her blossoming independence.
Her oneness with mother nature is blossoming as well, in good and bad ways. I’m getting nervous for Nell because if she does not get a handle on her abilities things are not looking good for her. If only it was just trimming leaves off herself in the morning. No, we are way past that. But the standout, for me, is Occam and Nell’s relationship. It has taken some time, but finally Occam is pushing and Nell is receiving. FINALLY! So freaking exciting.
PsyLED has a very complicated case this time. The team works well together, but even with their expertise and unique abilities, they are stumped on this one. When we get to the end, I was completely shocked and grossed out! Didn’t see that coming.
I had a hard time keeping up with all the people and all the details of the case, mostly the people though. Even at the end I couldn’t get straight who was who and what was what, which took some of the enjoyment out of the story.
Squeeeeee! Nell and Occam sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Just steamy kissing so far. *Le sigh*
A great story overall, but my least favorite of the series. The case and all the people involved stalled the book a bit. However, the character growth was great and Nell is always an awesome heroine. Very recommended.
Q1: What inspired you to write the Soulwood series?
Faith: I’m a tree hugger from way back. I used to be a very alone child and I’d go into the woods behind the house and hug a tree. Nell loves trees and plants of all kinds, and she can heal a tree that is in trouble and boost the energy of a wilting plant, sending nutrients and water to it through the soil – all the things this tree hugger can’t do. Nurture the earth.
Q2: If you could choose one character from Flame in the Dark to have dinner with, who would you choose and why?
Faith: Mud. That child is priceless. She says what she means, and she understands that even when life is a bed of roses, it has thorns. She needs a puppy. I need to get her a puppy. Hmmm…
Q3: Do you have a set plan for the rest of the Soulwood series, or do your characters tell you the direction you need to go?
Faith: There are external plot lines and internal plot lines. For external plot lines — Soulwood is paranormal police procedural and so crimes will always need to be solved. For the internal plot lines I am aiming for Nell to solve the problem of the vampire tree, of the polygamous church she fled, and … get Mud a puppy. Mud really needs a puppy!
Q4: Finish this sentence: I cannot write without…
Faith: Tea. Today’s is iced Golden Monkey with a sprig of chocolate mint in it.
Q5: What was your funniest (or weirdest) moment as an author?
Faith: I was going through the Hardees (that’s a fast food hamburger place for people who are unfamiliar with the franchise) and the girl at the window handed my order and said, “That is the BEST book! You will LOVE it!” And it was my book. I told her so and somehow she believed me. I signed my meal receipt for her and handed it back. Pretty cool!
The tour giveaway is for 3 sets of the 1st 2 Soulwood books ( BLOOD OF THE EARTH and CURSE ON THE LAND ) and one $50 Amazon gift card (US residents only)!