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Spells for the Dead (A Soulwood Novel Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- Book 5 of 5 in A Soulwood Novel
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"Hunter's brand of supernatural is equal parts exciting, engaging and entertaining...Filled with high-stakes tension, Hunter's storytelling is vivid and descriptive with edgy, sharp dialogue laced with humor."--RT Book Reviews
"Nell's coming into her own as an independent woman…Hunter's many fans will be delighted with her strong new heroine."--Publishers Weekly
“Once again, Hunter proves she’s a master of the genre.”—Romance Junkies
"There is wry humor, mild levels of snarkiness, cross-pollination with Hunter's characters and events from her Jane Yellowrock series, and passages setting a breakneck pace that may cause you to forget to breathe."--Kings River Life Magazine
“I love Nell and her PsyLED team and would happily read about their adventures for years.”—Vampire Book Club --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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- Publication Date : July 28, 2020
- File Size : 1772 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 381 pages
- Publisher : Ace (July 28, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0399587969
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07ZY9427S
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- Best Sellers Rank: #20,408 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Nell is now a fully-fledged PsyLed agent though she is still the bottom of the food chain. Her unique talents and abilities are once again called into play despite the risk to her life. Ayatas FireWind, much to Nell’s consternation and whom she has some serious problems with, decides to office permanently with Unit Eighteen. He is on scene for much of the investigation riling up folks while challenging Nell and her team to do their best. Ayatas definitely has a different method than his sister, Jane Yellowrock, whom Nell likes, her brother though, not so much.
The putrid and rank contagion the team fights takes quite of bit of meticulous investigating to uncover. Nell’s skills come up against one of her fiercest enemies, and yet, something is uncomfortably familiar about this toxic destroyer. She will have to call all her skills into play in order to overcome this horrific threat.
Back home at Soulwood, Mindy and Esther are giving each other grief, squabbling over just about everything so as usual, Nell has several matters going on including dealing with new issues regarding the Vampire tree who literally has a mind of its own. With three very strong-willed and related females in the house, Nell has lost some of her peace and quiet. Nell and Occam’s relationship continues to deepen as she and her “cat-man” work together as a team fighting to contain this deadly force. Since Nell and Occam’s intimacy level progressed off the page so to speak, don’t expect any details. Nell has some serious decisions to make regarding the state of where they are going as a couple.
I enjoyed Ayatas FireWind’s enhanced role in this fifth book of the Soulwood series. Ayatas irritates and intrigues Nell in equal measures and as readers have seen with Rick LaFleur, his character becomes more fleshed out than just being Jane’s annoying, arrogant, and another “A” word, younger brother. With his stronger presence as the big boss-man on scene, more is revealed about Ayatas’s prior life and how it has influenced his attitudes and demeanor. Readers with a weak stomach be warned, things get rather gross in places; however, fans of the series will deem it a must read.
There was a lot more Ayatas in this novel which was fun and interesting. I'm not good at the whole synopsis thing, so I'll leave it at that. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it! If you liked the last book, you'll enjoy this one too I think :)
Publishers, stop releasing these books at midnight. You're killing my sleep. ;)
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The book opens with about as gruesome a scene as we've ever seen in any of Faith's series. Several people aren't just dead, including the megastar Stella Mae Ragel, but literally rotting in her home, seemingly decomposing at an impossible rate. Unit 18 is called in because there is no scientific explanation at all-and people who have gone near the decaying remains are "catching" the same thing and dying the same way. Rick is off with the new recruit from the previous book on a different case, so Firewind steps up. That's where the good news ends.
It very quickly becomes apparent that whatever they've found in this place is a kind of Death Magic they've never seen before-and they don't even know if they can contain it, let alone stop it. T. Laine, Unit 18's Witch, tries everything short of sacrificing living beings, but makes little progress. A friendly Witch Coven shows up, which helps, but none of the Coven have seen this before-and they have both hands more than full just stopping things from getting much worse.
Then an FBI SAC sticks his foot out and tries to claim the FBI already have the killer in custody-who just happens to be a Witch on the scene at the time of the deaths. The whole of Unit 18 know it's not her, but Firewind has to get directly involved and run the issue up the chain of command when it comes out that the Witch is an Irish citizen who is being denied her rights because the FBI SAC is a racist who see's para's as non-human monsters and nothing else. The Irish Ambassador, the State Department and high-ranking officials at both Psyled and the FBI get involved, which does nothing to help the investigation.
Just because things aren't complicated enough, Nell is helping with the investigation with both her Sister Mud and her other Sister, Esther, staying in her house while she's at work. Esther, heavily pregnant, has Separated from her Husband because he cannot deal with the fact she is just like Mud and Nell. She's living with Nell with nowhere else to go-and is not at all happy about it. Poor Nell has to put her foot down to get any tranquillity in her own home.
Just because we need more, Nell's Vampire Tree is now confirmed sentient and has ideas of it's own Nell may not agree with. With Soulwood behind her and her "Cats" backing her up, Nell is by far the stronger-but the Vampire Tree, in it's "Green Knight" guise through their link, saves her life in a way Unit 18 could not have done. So Nell is left trying to work out what to do, since the tree is trying to help but may not know what it's doing...
Also, Nell has, once and for all, come into her own. A hysterical scene see's her calling a company to locate an individual who is part of their investigation on the phone, since they can't find him. She gets the front desk-and deals with the receptionist in such a way she gets their answer all by herself. T. Laine just stares at her, and asks where Nell is and who she's talking to...
The best Nell book yet, easily. Faith continues to thrill, interest and tantalise. If you love great urban fantasy with unusual, strong female paranormal characters? You'll love this. If you love Faith's work? You'll REALLY love it. Read and enjoy, it's well worth it.
But this tale exposes Nell like no other, from the tips of her curling red hair to her sprouting toes she is confronted, confounded and challenged. It is all there, the answers she has sought, clarity for herself and her sisters. As Esther, Nell and Mud all make their way on Soulwood it all comes together, even the vampire tree has his moment.
New to this writer please read the series, you don't need to as this book stands as a story in its own right. However there are references to the past which may make you wish you'd started at the beginning.
I have the luxury of reading this in one sitting which was wonderful as it really draws you into the characters world. One from which I find it hard to leave to do chores.
Good series, I look forward to the audiobook.
Thank you Ms Hunter.
I love the series and I especially love the way characters from one line drop in on another.