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Flame in the Dark

(Soulwood #3)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  4,726 ratings  ·  461 reviews
Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, h
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Ace Books
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

HOO boy.

I’ve been an advocate for Faith Hunter’s SOULWOOD series since the first book. That being said, Hunter hits her stride in FLAME IN THE DARK.

When a senator’s home is attacked during a gathering of Knoxville’s prominent citizens, the local law enforcement doesn’t think the crime was perpetrated by, or directed at supernaturals, but Nell’s PsyLED team is called in due to the presence of Ming Glass, the numero uno vampire of the city.

A good thing too, b/c when Nell “l
Total. Book. Hangover. I immediately started this entire series all over again because I just can not get enough of Hunter’s Soulwood characters. Yes, I did re-read Flame in the Dark and I’m sure I will be re-reading it again! It was that good!

Nell raised as a “churchwoman” and now a probe member of the SciLED team is using her cunning and ability to see past the norm to solve complex crimes. I love how she uses her churchwoman speak to her advantage and carefully conceals her genius intelligenc
Robin (Bridge Four)
Faith Hunter does a few things really well. One of them is having strong female characters that struggle in their personal lives due to their pasts. Nell Ingram isn’t Jane Yellowrock she doesn’t kick butt in a conventional fighting kind of way but she is still dangerous and a force to be reckoned with as well as someone that needs to be protected. Jane is a shapeshifter and Nell is something different. The way she can talk to the land, pull energy from or give it to the land is different than an ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with my GR family in the Wednesday UF group @ BB&B!

Faith Hunter is one of the most reliable UF authors out there. You can count on her to deliver a solid, imaginative, engaging and addictive read and this is the reason I have everything she has ever written and plan on reading everything she comes up with in the future. I love Jane Yellowrock, but come on, everyone can fall in love with a kick-ass shifter assassin and all together superior warrior like Jane, she is easy
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Faith Hunter continues her exceptional Soulwood series with this very entertaining 2017 publication.

I like Soulwood for the same reasons I like Terry Pratchett’s witch books – I like that the strong female characters are independent and are impressive with their work-related skills. Pratchett described Granny Weatherwax and Tiffany Aching as accomplished and powerful witches who used their formidable powers sparingly; most of the magic they demonstrated was of the domestic and practical kind – m
Thanks to Netgalley and the amazing publishers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Five supernova, fiery, supernova, pick up this book (or book one) immediately stars!

Stop whatever you're doing and pick up Faith Hunter. Seriously, right now. This woman's Jane Yellowrock series is AWESOME as it is, but she's at the top of her game when she writes about Nell Nicholson Ingram, PsyLED probie and all-around kickass protagonist.

This time around, a Senator's famil
Douglas Meeks
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! First off let me point out that while I LOVE Jane Yellowrock and this whole world, she is pretty unique BUT there has never been another heroine like Nell, she is the most original character in urban fantasy in many years.

This time she seems to be up against something they can't even identify and add that to the normal trials and tribulations of a woman who had spent her whole life as a "churchwoman" in a near cult-like existence, she is proving to be one heck of a strong heroine.

Nell is in
4.5 love is deeper than roots stars

first thought: Yo quiero un Occam

btw, short-short story before this book could be read here: Black Friday shopping with Nell and Occam

Nell Ingram has powers upon the land that she doesn't know very well, and now is the probie agent in PsyLED aka the 'witch-squad' who police paranormals (vampires, witches, shapeshifters and who knows what). Her unit are called because a Senator and other VIPs , like Ming of Glass , suffered an attack; other Agencies are involve
Marta Cox
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
I was lucky to be included in the list of readers chosen to read this before it was published and can honestly say I loved it. I actually find that the more we learn about Nell then the more I like her and dare I say I might actually prefer her to Jane ? Yes I know many readers will disagree but I'm just loving this woman who is such a born survivor.
Nell has accomplished so much, come so far and yet here she is embracing all that it means to be a modern woman whilst still respecting her family
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with the Wednesday UF Group.

Boy, do I love this world? And I love it even more thanks to my fellow buddy readers who always find a way to improve a book *waves at Steven still laughing over one of his remarks*

I want to take the time and say a few words about the audio version before I move on to the book itself. Khristine Hvam is an incredible narrator and it's always a pleasure to listen to a book she's narrating. She has distinct "voices" for all the characters and it's so easy to d
RachelW (BamaGal)
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Full review...

This series is so very different from Jane Yellowrock. Where Jane is pretty much straight UF, ‘Soulwood’ is kind of a funky UF/RS combination. Nell is now a fully integrated member of PsyLED Unit 18, and in this book the team takes on a paranormal case of multiple attempts at murder and spontaneous fire at each scene. It’s not long before the case turns into something different; darker and more paranormally sinister. Towards the end of the story things get really, really weird. The
A mysterious creature is targeting a senator and PsyLED are racing against time to not only save him and his family but find out what the creature is and why it's attacking. Adding to their problems Nell is the only one who can sense the creature ... and she can't be everywhere at once.

Flame in the Dark is everything this series can be. It's brilliant. It's Nell on her land...using her magic to hunt and take down evil. I enjoyed the first two books. They were straight up Urban Fantasy. Well writ
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

In this latest installment in the Soulwood series, Nell and her colleagues at PsyLED are brought in on a case where some prominent members of the community are attacked and there appears to be paranormal involvement. Nell still is a probie, challenged to find her place on the team and in her personal life as the attacks increase and become more bizarre.

In some aspects, the story was satisfying, with Nell learning more about herself and what she wants from her life. Other parts, though,
Anne - Books of My Heart
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 7arcs

Wow! 4.5 stars   Flame in the Dark was interesting on so many levels. There was some world-building in the types of supernaturals and also the traits of ones we already know.  The PsyLED team has a big, intensive new case. The team members of Unit 18 have various professional and personal developments. Best of all, Nell grows.

Nell is so strong and smart. She is NOT lazy. Nell chooses to do the right thing, in spite of the physical or emotional dangers. She has integrity and thinks of others. Ne
Sheyla ✎

I'm very happy that Faith Hunter decided to expand her Jane Yellowrock world to include Nell Ingram in it. She's a smart heroine who thinks before acting. Her strength comes from the land. Her power comes from Soulwood. Nell is able to communicate with the land and if necessary defend herself using it.

In this latest installment, Nell has finished spook school and now she's the new probie with Unit 18 for the PsyLED. She's getting used to her job and learning the natural interactions outside
Flame in the Dark was such a fun read for me! I love the paranormal investigation team PSYLed Unit 18 and in this story, they are back and in full swing. This story starts out smack dab in the middle of an investigation. There had just been a shooting at a senator’s house and Nell is cutting her teeth as a full-fledged probationary paranormal investigator. Nell is officially done with spook school and although just a probie, she is being brought in and given tasks that probie’s usually do not re ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/5; 4 stars; A-

I like the Soulwood series. Its interesting how Nell's magic works as well as the others on the team. I found the 'church lady' aspect a bit aggravating sometimes and the mystery was unnecessarily convoluted in parts but, overall, an excellent addition to the series.
This is a unique, sometimes grim, sometimes funny urban fantasy with great characters.

I had gotten insufficient sleep for days and the catnap did me good. I chuckled quietly at the thought. Catnap. The movement of my laughter caused a reek of rotten fish to waft into the air. My clothes were ruined. There was no way I could get the stink out of them. “What’s so funny, Nell, sugar?”
“I was attacked by . . . salamanders? I was saved by a cat. I took a catnap. I smell like rotten fish. I’m growing l
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Well a breath of fresh air on one front. An author who knows how to stick and create cohesive world building unlike what I’ve been reading. While I liked the story well enough, my one complaint was Nell. I didn’t like her very much; almost how much I dislike Jane Yellowrock. As I will continue both series, I don’t have to like the main character to enjoy the story. This plot was interesting and kept me interested throughout. However, I thought Nell was different and more likable than Jane. Unfor ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pre-ordered Audible version.
All Things Urban Fantasy
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Catnip for process nerds and urban fantasy fans alike, riding along with Nell Ingram on any given day is a treat. FLAME IN THE DARK is a particularly fraught for her, both personally and professionally, but the rich texture of Nell's day to day life often drowns out window dressing like "plot".

Nell’s growth, her social and professional development, her compassionate navigation of disparate communities... there is so much to enjoy in this series, and FLAME IN THE DARK brings most of these to a he
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: Here there was no fear or grief. No worry or pain. Here I would stay.

Reviewed by Tori

Picking up not long after book two, Curse of the Land, Flame in the Dark opens to Nell arriving at a crime scene where a senator has been attacked at a fundraising party and the whole situation has a strong supernatural feel to it. Especially when the prominent guest list comes to light. Was it the senator, Abrams Tolliver, o
Loved it and want more!!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Flame in the Dark must be my most highly anticipated book of 2017. Not only are the two previous books on my top 3 of 2016, I adore the main character. And the support crew. And the worldbuilding. And the unfinished business. Okay, I love everything about this series. It has the best from the Jane Yellowrock universe, without the focus on vampire politics (which I kinda hate and only tolerate because Jane and her crew are so good). So yeah, it sucked me right in.

I am loving Nell's growth. Sure,
Sigh. This series becomes more intriguing, more engrossing with each book.

WAIT NO LONGER, start this series now!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5-4


Flame in the Dark is the third installment in author Faith Hunter's Soulwood series. Special Agent Nell Ingram is a probationary paranormal investigator for PsyLED. She has found a home among Unit Eighteen which includes team leader Rick LaFleur (were-leopard), T. Laine (witch), Occam (were-panther), Jojo (IT Specialist), and Tandy (empath). As the story begins, someone is targeting an influential US Senator who is pro-paranormal rig
This was great. There is a mystery on who is attacking and whom they are attacking. They are burners of some sort but no one can identify what creature it is. Nell is more a part of the team and is given more responsibilities. At home, her sister at 12 is being looked at by some of the church elders even though her parents have said that wouldn't be happening. She is trying to figure out how she can help her sister too. Also her family is trying to play match maker within the church, while at wo ...more
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 1/2 Stars

This book is my favorite in this series. The fabulous storyline, filled with creatures old an new, suspense, laughter and sweetly develped romance, captivated me so thoroughly I hate having to wait for the next book.
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