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…
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
Get your wallets ready because you’re going to need them to get your hands on a Blood of the Earth copy to read. Fans of the Jane Yellowrock series will enjoy this first installment of the all new Soulwood series!
Our main heroine of the Soulwood series is Nell Nicholson Ingram who readers first met back in Off the Grid, a short story in the Black Water: A Jane Yellowrock Collection, as a side character.Not to mention, Nell possesses an unusual ability that she herself does not fully understand.
For those of you who need a brief summary, Nell grew up in a cult known as the God’s Cloud of Glory Church. At the age of 12, Nell left God’s Cloud and was taken in by Leah and John Ingram, two older members of the church. Years later, Leah and John eventually pass away but they leave Nell as the sole heir of their home, Soulwood, and the surrounding land. There’s just one problem. God’s Cloud want the land back so the members have been harassing her ever since. To make matters worse, ever since Nell helped Jane rescue a Master from God’s Cloud, the members have made her life even more difficult than it was before.
Before she left, Jane promised to help Nell out and in Blood of the Earth that help arrives. PsyLED agent Rick LaFleur and his mate Paka arrive on Nell’s doorstep and offers her offers her a position on the PsyLED as a consultant. However, Nell soon learns that position comes with a catch when Rick LaFleur is involved. Turns out that Rick wants Nell’s assistance in an investigation against God’s Cloud. The investigation is the kidnappings of several young women and the suspects are the cult, Human Speakers for Truth, which have ties to God’s Cloud. Nell reluctantly agrees to help Rick and his team and this becomes the start of Nell leaving her hermit life behind and the start of her becoming a new Nell.
Nell may not be a kick ass heroine like Jane but as you read you’ll see that she has her own talents and skills. Also, who knows? Maybe as the Soulwood series goes on and Nell’s character grows may be force to reckon with. Overall, I think that Faith Hunter did a great job with the Soulwood series because its off to a great start with Blood of the Earth. As a fan of the Jane Yellowrock series, I enjoyed reading it and now I’m so intrigued by it that I’m left wanting Curse on the Land, book 2 of the Soulwood series.
*I received Blood of the Earth from Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*