Series: Soulwood #3
Published by Ace on December 5, 2017
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to rape.
Reviewed by: Julia
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.
Catnip for process nerds and urban fantasy fans alike, riding along with Nell Ingram on any given day is a treat. FLAME IN THE DARK is a particularly fraught for her, both personally and professionally, but the rich texture of Nell's day to day life often drowns out window dressing like "plot".
Nell’s growth, her social and professional development, her compassionate navigation of disparate communities... there is so much to enjoy in this series, and FLAME IN THE DARK brings most of these to a head. But to be fair, I'm more interested in how Nell warms up her skillets or plans her meals than the preternatural threat PsyLED spends this book investigating. And while I greatly enjoyed Nell's romantic growth, her latest suitor served much more as a catalyst for Nell to process past and present than to be an actual character, making her ultimate choice a foregone conclusion. But these events don't detract from enjoying Nell's thoughtful competence and continued growth.
Don't let these criticisms fool you into thinking FLAME IN THE DARK isn't a satisfying conclusion to a really enjoyable series. More so than even the Jane Yellowrock books, Soulwood is a series made captivating by its main character. FLAME IN THE DARK is a great cap to the series, but having more opportunities to ride along with Nell would be even better.Series Titles:
- Blood of the Earth
- Curse on the Land
- Another heroine with a mix of day to day immersion and preternatural hijinx is Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse. DEAD UNTIL DARK is the first in the series.