Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384 pages
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…
Set in the same world as Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series (awesome. If you haven’t read it, do so now. I’ll wait.), Blood of the Earth reintroduces us to Nell, a young woman who allows Jane to access a cult via her land. Since she “betrayed” the cult to the outside world and law enforcement, cult members have been making Nell’s life hell. She just wants to do her thing on her land and farm that her husband left her but no, those cultists just won’t let it drop (she was, after all, a cult member as a child and they feel like they still control her).
Enter Rick LaFleur (better known as Ricky Bo, Jane’s crappy ex. Such a dick.) and his PsyLED team, who need Nell’s help yet again. Reluctantly, she agrees, knowing that having them around will but her even deeper in the cult’s bad graces but she doesn’t care. She wants to do what’s right and keep the freedom she so rightly deserves and being a part of PsyLED will help with that. Plus, her power and connection to the woods around her is growing, and she wants to get a handle on that.
Ricky Bo is still a dick in this book, though he’s the Boss Dick. I was a little afraid that I’d hate this book because he has a pretty big role but I shouldn’t have doubted Faith Hunter’s ability to spin a story. For me, Rick kind of faded into the background giving Nell and the other members of the PsyLED team a chance to really shine.
It took me a while to get into this story. Slower paced than the Jane Yellowrock series (though I kind of remember feeling this way about the first book in that series, too, come to think of it. Huh.), this book gave us a chance to get to know Nell, to discover her rather interesting connect to her land, and to meet all the members of the PsyLED team. After the first quarter, I really got into it and had a hard time putting it down. A great start to a new series.
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