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.
Warning! Mild spoilers below.
In Flame in the Dark, Nell Ingram, now a fully integrated member of PsyLED Unit 18, and her unit are called out to an attack at a political fundraiser. Upon arriving, its clear that there’s no paranormal aspect to the attack since it was a sniper attack and its unknown if a politician or one of the Mithrans were the target. Due to that, PsyLED aren’t in charge but need to help out. After a couple more attacks, it becomes clear that some paranormal creature is targeting a senator and his family so PsyLED have to find out what’s after the senator and why is it attacking him. Luckily, thanks to her abilities in communing with the land and animals, Nell is the only one who can sense the creature. However, as the investigates goes on it soon turns into something darker and sinister especially once certain secrets are revealed and not everyone are what they say are.
Overall, Flame in the Dark was well written and as always was a gripping thrill ride to read! Nell is no longer the churchwoman we first met back in the novella with Jane Yellowrock. Nell is finally turning into a confident and independent woman who is not afraid to stand up for herself and to be heard. Yet, as we see in Flame in the Dark, Nell still struggles to distance herself from the ways and practices of the church she was raised in. Especially since her family are still devoted followers to the church and Nell wants to help her younger sister, Mindy or better known as Mud, who’s a lot like Nell. Nonetheless, Nell proved to us and herself that she’s not going to be the old Nell again and is determined to move forward in her new life. Now in case you were wondering if this is the final installment to the Soulwood series, I doubt it. Once you read Flame in the Dark, you’ll realize that Faith Hunter will most likely write another book. So let’s look forward to hearing the news of another installment to the Soulwood series!
*I received Flame In The Dark from Berkley Publishing Group via Netgalley in return for an honest review.*