Synopsis and Details:
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.
Series: Soulwood #4 | Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal | Release Date: February 26, 2019 | Publisher: Ace | Pages: 400 | ISBN: 978-0399587948 | ASIN: B07DBQFWGL | Format: ARC | Source: Netgalley
Review with Rating:
Nell is back in Circle of the Moon and though her road to self-discovery has not been an easy one, it has been so worthwhile. In spite of the fact that she still has some struggles departing from the teachings from her upbringing, she has truly stepped out on her own in this story and I am loving her evolution. It is so endearing to see how she and the members of Unit Eighteen of PSY-LED have bonded over the course of this series. They will need that bond in order to survive what takes place in this story because many things they have took for granted are going to be tested.
Despite never being the biggest fan of Nell’s boss, Rick, this story has gone far in changing my feelings towards his character. There is a huge mystery element in this story and it surrounds Rick, although no one is truly sure if it is a coincidence or intended. There is much that is explained throughout this book that puts his character’s history into a different light and I really had my fingers crossed for him. As the plot thickened, so to speak, Rick’s past would bring about unintended consequences to those closest to him and would also bring his self-control to the breaking point.
Nell has always been at a loss for understanding what she was capable of because she had no true definition for what kind of paranormal she was other than being considered a “one-off” by the higher ups. Through trial and error, she has learned much and up to this point she has kept many of her abilities secret because she was unsure what would happen if others were truly aware of her abilities. As events take place that bring an unforeseen danger to all those that Nell cares about, she embraces her abilities despite her fears of the truth coming out and what she manages to accomplish was extremely exciting, amazing, and mind-blowing in its reach.
I believe that this book is a real turning point for Nell’s character on both a paranormal and personal level. There was a bit of a romance that takes place in this story that is so very swoon worthy, it was everything I was hoping for! The Soulwood series just keeps getting better and better! The character development throughout this series has been nothing short of phenomenal and every single book spins a tale that has me burning through the pages. I have truly become addicted to this series and the characters within it! Circle of the Moon is an urban fantasy that is a must-read addition to your TBR pile!
*Thank you to Ace & NetGalley for this eARC of Circle of the Moon*
This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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Excerpt from Circle of the Moon:
I stretched and went to find a cup of Rick’s dark French roast Community coffee. The stretch in HQ, before five a.m., doing paperwork and database scans, was hard on me. Trees slept in the night and the urge to lie down and snore was strong, but as probie it most often fell on me, and would until September when the budget said we’d be getting a new probationary officer (unless there was a new hiring freeze), or when I got custody of Mud, whichever happened first. My schedule would change then. For now, I was night shift and I needed the caffeine pick-me-up with three packets of sugar and a dollop of real cream. I made a second cup for Tandy and considered which fixins to add. I had learned that his coffee preferences tended to change based on who he worked with, so I situated the painted metal travel mugs and creamer and sugar packets on a small tray. I placed his coffee at his side and fell into my chair. “Dark. Creamer and packets of sugar and sweetner to the side if you decide to come to the light side.”
Tandy smiled, his skin white, the scarlet Lichtenberg lines vibrant in the light of the screens. “Star Wars? Impressive, Ingram.”
I smiled and sipped. “Does my being so sleepy cause you to feel sleepy?”
“Yes, Nell. It does. It’s easier when there are several people in the building, as the effect of any single person’s emotions is mixed and blunted. But with everyone off shift but us, your . . .” He paused. “The force of sleepiness is strong in this one.”
Tandy pushed away from the keyboard and took a sip, opened a tiny plastic tub of cream, and poured it into his mug. Sipped again. All of our mugs had been painted by an anonymous artist, Tandy’s with clouds and lightning, which was kinda mean, though he seemed to find it amusing. Mine was painted with green leaves. Tandy asked, “Do you hate paper trails as much as I think you do?”
“I’d rather have a bad cold than have to do an NCIC search and now I have two of them.”
“Grindylows are scary. The list of were-creature kills is spectacular and a little terrifying for the U.S. grindys.
“Also, blood-sacrifice witch circles are a pain in the neck. I’ve been paper-tracking through police records for reports of sacrifice on the bank of any river or creek and trying to tie it to waning moon cycles. So far I have nothing. You got any idea how not-user-friendly NCIC is for magic-related records?”
The National Crime Information Center—NCIC—might be the lifeline of law enforcement, but it was downright painful for us to use. The agency was an electronic clearinghouse of crime data available to virtually every criminal justice agency nationwide, twenty-four/seven. It had helped LEOs identify terrorists, track down and apprehend fugitives, locate missing persons, and convict serial killers. It had been estimated that there were currently thirteen million active records available, and searchable according to specific keywords. But not magic keywords.
And it was boring.
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About the Author:
Faith Hunter is the award-winning New York Timesand USAToday bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock, Soulwood, Rogue Mage, and Junkyard Cats series. In addition, she has edited several anthologies and co-authored the Rogue Mage RPG. She is the coauthor and author of 16 thrillers under pen names Gary Hunter and Gwen Hunter. Altogether she has 40+ books and dozens of short stories in print and is juggling multiple projects.
She sold her first book in 1989 and hasn’t stopped writing since.