I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #4
Published by Ace on February 26, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Also by this author: Mercy Blade, Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Flame in the Dark, Blood of the Earth, Raven Cursed
Also in this series: Flame in the Dark, Blood of the Earth
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the fourth Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who channels her power from the earth.
Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she's been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned--and to find true friends.
Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank--he's naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there's a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.
Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.
I was both thrilled and apprehensive about diving into Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter. With the way everything ended in Flame in the Dark much wasn’t given to know what would come next for the PsyLED crew. But, despite any reservations I had, I set some time aside and dug into Circle of the Moon and took the story as it was presented to me.
I loved the progression we received throughout Occam and Nell’s romance. I think things progressed nicely and realistically, to a degree. Some things that Occam said made me want to know in more detail about the events that took place during the time jump from Flame in the Dark and Circle of the Moon. We’re only three book into the series and already the L-word has been dropped and commitments have already been given. Maybe some things were cemented between the two while Nell was a tree and after, but we’ll never know unless the author chooses to reveal what went on during that time that’s both mentioned and somewhat revealed in the reading of Circle of the Moon.
Also, I loved how Hunter dumped all, or almost all, of the skeleton’s in Rick’s closet into the one book. Ever since Rick was changed in Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series I have always wondered about the turmoil he always seemed to wear as a cloak to keep others out. Plus, with the bombshell that was revealed in Flame in the Dark, I needed to know more, and Hunter provided that in spades in this installment.
The conflict and crisis of Circle of the Moon by Faith Hunter was too big for the characters, I felt. Yes, the mystery needed to be worked out, but close to the end too many things were being thrown around. The resolution was also done up in what I felt was a nice cutesy little bow that left me somewhat disappointed. The climax was for naught since I felt I was given such a high only to later crash in the resolution.
If Nell could’ve saved the day so easily with a few necessary pieces, then why wait until the team is almost killed before stepping in. It all too cookie cutter for me, it wasn’t solid enough compared to the previous installments within this series. Hopefully there’s some redemption in book 5 that I can get on board with.