Blood of the Earth is a paranormal mystery set in a land full of were-animals, vampires and “other” species. Faith Hunter has developed this world in her popular Jane Yellowrock series where we were first introduced to the main character Nell Ingram. Nell, an ex member of a local cult, signs on as a consultant to PsyLED, a paranormal government agency that explores and investigates what the normal agencies can not explain. PsyLED believes that some kidnappings of young women may be tied to her family’s church group (cult), and as an ex member who still has access through her family, her involvement becomes the key to their success.
As her team investigates these disappearances, Nell, who initially seemed to be just a woman trying to survive on her own farm, explores her gifts to search for clues, but also to help her survive against the cult next door. As the investigation becomes more personal, she takes more chances, exploring gifts that she has always taken for granted. These gifts grow into a force that surprises herself, and also members of her PsyLED team. Nell’s character was fascinating, a mix of intelligence, naïveté and ruthlessness. Every chapter something new was revealed in her character that moved the story forward but also enmeshed her more tightly to the team she was working with. As this is the first book in a new series, we are still learning about her gifts, and those of the other members of her team. She becomes a little less innocent for her association with them, and that makes her even more interesting. If I had to look into the future, I would guess that a love interest will be revealed further down the line, and that will enrich her character even more.
The mystery the team was investigating was well written, and the characters were well fleshed out for a first book. I will definitely be reading the second book in this series. In Nell Ingram, I think I may have found another Lily Yu, Rachel Morgan or Mercy Thompson, and I couldn’t be happier. I was given a copy of this book through the publisher, Penguin Publishing Group, through NetGalley, for my honest review.
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