When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.
Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.
Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…
So remember Nell, the woman who escaped a cult but ended up living next door to it? There's just something magical about Nell and she finds herself being asked to help PsyLED with a case involving kidnapping and the guy in charge, Rick, has good reason to believe the 'Church ' might somehow be involved. Nell has an affinity for nature that ties her to her land but as the story progresses Nell discovers so much more about herself and her abilities. Yet Nell is in very real danger as she struggles not only with her own indoctrination and beliefs, but finds herself facing the very thing PsyLED is hunting!
Nell dominates Blood of the Earth and rightly so. She may not be rough, tough and quick on the draw like other heroines but she is so bright, she shines. Underestimated by many and even distrusted by some, yet this brave soul will fight for those she loves. I have no wish to ruin this for other readers so will be careful what I say, but it's a good lengthy read with a plot that is far more complex than many other urban fantasy stories.
Yes, it's the same universe as the Jane Yellowrock books but actually it does work as a standalone. Plus, it was a delight seeing Nell interact with the supporting characters who helped enrich the story. I defy anyone to pick up this book and not like Nell because she is an awesome character with depth and I can't wait to see how she blossoms as this series continues.
I was gifted a copy of Blood of the Earth from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.