I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Circle of the Moon (Soulwood, #4) by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #4
Also in this series: Spells for the Dead (Soulwood, #5)
Published by Ace on February 26, 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Supernatural
Format: Paperback ARC
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Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the fourth Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who channels her power from the earth.
Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she's been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned--and to find true friends. Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank--he's naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there's a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him. Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.
Dec 8, 2018: Man that was so good. So. Good. I will listen to the audio when it comes out. I love this world.
Jan 10, 2019: I finished this book about a month ago, and I think I can be coherent enough now in a review that it wouldn’t be all gifs. Maybe.
The bond Nell has with her team has grown strong over the series, and that really shows in this book. I have loved watching her develop distinct relationships with each person, and especially love her with Occam and Rick. Occam because he is just SO sweet on her and patient, considering her background. Rick because even though he is her boss, she doesn’t have any trouble putting him in his place. She has finally realized she is a strong person and is not afraid to let everyone know it.
Poor Rick has … well, not had a streak of luck in a while. Without giving anything away, his luck doesn’t seem to be turning yet. I am so glad he has the team and Nell to support him, because otherwise I don’t think he would be able to handle life. We really get to see he hasn’t been dealing with things well at all throughout this story, and the team really does try and rally around him, while still respecting his authority.
I also love how Ms. Hunter develops Nell’s relationship with her family. It is strained, but both sides really want to make it work, and you can tell everyone is trying. It is real and they struggle and make mistakes, but it is 100% believable because of that. I also love how fiercely protective she is of her little sister.
Basically, I just love this book and this series. This was the first one I read rather than listened to, and I have already pre-ordered the audio version and will listen to that when it is released. I will probably re-listen to the entire series. And may even go back and listen to the Skinwalker books too, all in chronological order. They are just that good.