Review with Excerpt: Spells for the Dead by Faith Hunter

Spells for the Dead by Faith Hunter

Synopsis and Details:

Nell Ingram faces a dark craft known as death magic in the newest pulse-pounding paranormal procedural in the New York Times bestselling Soulwood series.

Nell Ingram is a rookie PsyLed agent, using the powers she can channel from deep within the earth to solve paranormal crimes. Together with her team, she’s taken on the darkest magic and the direst foes. But she’ll need to tap into every ounce of power she has for her newest case.

Nell is called to the Tennessee mansion of a country music star and finds a disturbing scene—dead bodies rapidly decaying before everyone’s eyes. The witch on her team, T. Laine, knows this can only be one thing: death magic, a rare type of craft used to steal life forces. PsyLed needs to find this lethal killer fast. But when a paranormal-hating FBI agent tries to derail the investigation, they find themselves under attack from all sides.

Series: Soulwood #5  |  Genres: Fantasy, Mystery  |  Release Date: July 28 2020  |  Publisher: Ace  | Pages: 384  |  ISBN: 978-0399587962  |  ASIN: B07ZY9427S  |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After reading Spells for the Dead, I can say that I am absolutely 100% still in love with the Soulwood series! Nell’s character growth throughout this series has been incredible and this is the first book in which she stands on her own as a full-fledged agent. No longer a probationary agent, she’s stepping out and leading her portion of the fact-finding with decisiveness and confidence. Although she is still getting used to making investigatory choices on the fly, Nell holds her own when it comes to investigating the most heinous crime the team has encountered to date. Some pretty creepy stuff takes place in this book and it left all agents wondering if they would ever solve the case.

Speaking of the PsyLED team, many made appearances, with some being involved more than others, but there have definitely been changes occurring within the team. All very positive changes that I am looking forward to seeing play out. Ultimately, this story was one where the focus was really on Nell. Everything was moving in a positive direction for her and although parts of her life could be a little frustrating for her at times, all aspects of her life are exactly where they need to be. I loved that and I also loved that this story was akin to a paranormal police procedural! The investigation in Spells for the Dead follows many threads and although not every lead comes to fruition, the mystery was satisfying overall and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that you get your hands on a copy today!

*Thank you to Ace & NetGalley for this eARC of Spells for the Dead*

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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.



Excerpt from Spells for the Dead:

Alvin said softly, “I feel sorry for her. Purdy li’l thing like that, having to be in charge of all this.”

“Alvin. You do know she does this all the time. It’s her job. She loves it. She’s good at it.” When he looked puzzled, I said, “She isn’t doing this job to snag a husband, quit work, and raise babies.”

He looked truly confused. “Every woman wants babies.”

I closed my eyes. Breathed. Though I feared the stupid might be in the air, something contagious. “No. They don’t. Lots of women don’t want kids.”

“Well, sheeeit. These modern women jist don’t make no sense.” He shook his head and looked over my shoulder. “Incoming,” he said.

I looked where his eyes led, to see Sheriff Jackett striding toward us, between us, and up to Unit Eighteen’s witch. T. Laine had just dropped into a chair on the side porch, frustrated, tired, and worried, pinching the bridge of her nose between two fingers, eyes closed. “I want access to that basement,” he demanded.

T. Laine dropped her hand and looked up at the sheriff. She said nothing. I had a feeling she was counting to a hundred. Or mentally using the sheriff as target practice for ninja throwing knives. “Oh?” she said.

“Wiggle your nose or blink hard or whatever you do. But make it safe to enter. We need our crime scene.”

It was an insult based on old TV shows. Softly, T. Laine said, “Really.” Her face was cold, expressionless.

“I can’t see that you’re doing anything at all but wasting my time.”

Occam, sensing or hearing the ruckus, appeared from a tent and ambled closer. Unit Eighteen closing ranks.

Lainie stood and pocketed all her null pens. Every face in the yard was turned to her, waiting as she arranged things in her pockets to her satisfaction. I couldn’t see Jackett’s face, but his body language suggested he was getting riled. Ruminatively, T. Laine said, “While you’ve been running around glad-handing, getting ready for the next election, and chatting with the press despite your own gag order, I’ve been evaluating the efficacy of the spelled unis and the null pens against the things happening in the basement. I think I’m close to a conclusion, but I’m not there yet. You got spelled unis? No. You got null pens? No. You don’t. So, go on in, but you and your deputies go in without my gear. Which means your people may die. Otherwise, you’ll wait on my evaluation. Now. Get outta my face and take your insulting witch comments, and let me do my job.” T. Laine pushed past Jackett and gestured to Occam and to me.

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About the Author:

Author Faith Hunter
Photo ©: Kimberly Hunter

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.

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