“Circle of the Moon” Soulwood series By Faith Hunter: Review/Giveaway

by Terrance McArthur

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of this book and links to purchase it.

Nell isn’t your normal paranormal. She doesn’t drink blood (Well, lately she’s had a problem with the bloodlust that wants her to drain people down into the earth), and she doesn’t turn into an animal (although she was on “disability” for six months when she became a tree, and she has to trim the leaves growing from her hair and fingers in the morning). She can make things grow, and communicate with the earth by touching the dirt, and she is the voice we hear in Circle of the Moon, the fourth novel in Faith Hunter’s Soulwood series.

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Nell, raised in a polygamous sect in Kentucky (some men want her as a plural wife to get the land she owns, and others want her burned as a witch), is working for the Psy Law Enforcement Division, on a team with werefolk, a witch, an empath, and a computer hacker. Witch circles with dead animals in them are showing up in the area, making Rick, the team leader, black out and turn leopard. Blood magic is afoot, and Nell feels traces of vampires in the ground near the circles when she makes contact.
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Nell’s focus is split by the presence of Mud, her sister, of whom Nell is trying to become guardian, taking her away from their church and helping her deal with some growing paranormal powers. Bringing the house into the twenty-first century and legal matters cost money, and Nell doesn’t have a lot of it.

Then, there’s the vampire tree spreading from the church compound into Nell’s Soulwood forest, the result of a day Nell needed urgent healing. It seems to be developing a will and personality of its own.

The delights of Hunter’s book include Nell’s attempts to master popular idioms, her near-Sherlockian deductive reasoning, and her slowly-developing relationship with a team member. 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.

Circle of the Moon is intricate, convoluted, and it’s worth the reading.

To enter to win a copy of Circle of the Moon, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “circle" or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen March 23, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Terrance V. Mc Arthur is a Librarian in Fresno County, California. He is also a storyteller, puppeteer, magician, and maker of pine needle baskets. On top of that he writes stories that range from rhymed children's tales to splatterpunk horror. He's an odd bird, but he's nice to have around.

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