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Rift in the Soul (A Soulwood Novel Book 6) (edició 2024)

de Faith Hunter (Autor)

Sèrie: Soulwood (6)

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When a local vampire reports a dead body on her compound, Nell Ingram, along with her Psy-LED team, discovers this is just the beginning of a mystery involving supernaturals of all kinds, and as she gets closer to the truth, she senses there is something personal about this crime.
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Títol:Rift in the Soul (A Soulwood Novel Book 6)
Autors:Faith Hunter (Autor)
Informació:Ace (2024), 398 pages
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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WHAT'S RIFT IN THE SOUL ABOUT?
As is so often the case with books in this series, there's a lot going on--issues with Nell and her powers, Nell and her sisters/pets/family, and some sort of supernatural-based crime for starters. So this isn't going to be exhaustive (I hopefully never am, but I felt like I should say that here).

Nell is summoned to appear before Ming of Glass, the vampire Master of the City. They've had an interesting relationship in the past, and from the moment the two encounter each other in these pages you know things are going to be much more so. Because this book happens after the events of Final Heir and Ming and her vampires aren't quite like they were last time Nell crossed paths with them.

There's a body on Ming's land that she wants Nell to take away and investigate. Her people aren't responsible for the death--and none of them understand it. As it's on Ming's property, it's a PsyLED problem.

Before PsyLED can do anything about it, Nell catches the attention of vampires that aren't associated with Ming. And...I don't know what else to say about that beyond, drama, violence, and other tense nouns ensue.

Oh, and in the middle of all this, Nell has to prepare for Christmas with her expanding family and a wedding. Because even for a PsyLED Special Agent, there's more to life than just ancient vampires on the hunt.

THE JANE YELLOWROCK RIPPLES
I may spill a bit more from the end of the Yellowrock books than people who haven't finished might like. If that's you, read this next paragraph and then skip to the next heading, okay?

As I've said frequently when it comes to this series--if you haven't read the Jane Yellowrock books that it spun off from, you're going to be okay. You have all the information you need in the Soulwood books. However, if you have read both, you're going to get a lot more from the series.

Boy howdy, is that true here. Yes, it seemed like almost everything got resolved and wrapped up in a pretty little bow at the end of the Yellowrock series. Buuuut...there were enough things dangling to make it seem realistic and maybe allow for short stories from those characters and so on--or, for Soulwood to pick them up and do something with them.

For example--is everything peachy keen in the vampire world now? Is everyone getting along? (I think we know the answer to that) What does it mean for vampires to have their souls back? That's a bigger question than this book can really answer, but we get a peek into the answers.

There are some other things, too--but you should find those out for yourself.

I found this aspect of the novel very satisfying and it scratched an itch I didn't realize I had. We don't see Jane or hear from her directly. But we get to hear a vague update on her and a couple of familiar names pop up to help out here.

THE VAMPIRE TREE/THE GREEN KNIGHT/SOULWOOD
Every time we readers--or Nell--seem to think we all have reached some solid conclusions about Nell's abilities and her land, Hunter comes along, shakes her head at our naiveté, and shows us how little we actually get.

This is all the clearer when it comes to The Vampire Tree and The Green Knight persona. As both seem to be developing and evolving, it's understandable that we (readers andNell) keep being surprised. It's also kind of nice that we can't get complacent. Nell was rocked by some of what she experiences in this book--and, reader, you will be, too. You will almost certainly want more details--like 4+ bonus chapters just about these things (you'll know them when you see them), and will likely have a couple of dozen questions to ask Nell and/or Hunter.

But wait, there's more. We get to see the way that Mud and Esther connect to all this--and it is not precisely the same way that Nell does.

Fans are going to sink their teeth and/or claws into this aspect of the book--and might not care that much about the plot in contrast to this. Well, that might be overstating it--but many fans would be content to hit "pause" on the action for a bit to focus on it.

SPEAKING OF THINGS THAT WE READERS THINK WE UNDERSTAND...
As one would expect, things (outside of Nell's personal life) bring us back to God's Cloud of Glory Church/cult/compound. We end up circling back to events of Blood of the Earth and Curse on the Land in troubling ways. This leads Nell to rethink some of the theories and conclusions she reached back then, and to ask uncomfortable questions.

It's only when you get a series to this kind of length that it becomes this rewarding to come back and take a second look at things like this (sorry for the vagueness). But in the light of these new circumstances, it's good that we readers and Nell get that second look. It really pays off.

I wouldn't mind a little less from this group in the future, but I don't know if that's possible given the way this series has been build. (at the same time, I don't mind seeing them, I'm just worried that it's becoming a rut)

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT RIFT IN THE SOUL?
I don't want to overstate this, but I'm not sure how I could. Nor am I going to explain this. No future Soulwood book is going to be like the ones that came before this one. Yes, yes, yes--the crimes, the monsters, the magic in each is a different kind of problem. But beyond all that, there's a lot to each of these books that take on similar shapes, and patterns--just in the characters, but outside that, too. That all changes here.

And it's a good thing--as comfortable as it is to watch the same set of investigators run down leads, do some magic, shift into wereforms/other shifts, and so on. A good, healthy series grows and develops--like, a garden or a forest (golly, why would someone think in botanical terms when it comes to this series?).

Rift in the Soul acts as a pivot point, or maybe a stepping stone between versions of these two (let's go with a stepping stone, so I don't have to keep hearing Ross Geller yell "PIVOT!" in the back of my mind). There are some hellos, some goodbyes, some..."huh, that's new." (some of which I alluded to above, a lot I haven't). This novel acts as a cap and a launching pad at the same time for the series.

It's tough to consider this book without reference to that, honestly, because so much of the warp and woof of the novel is that. But let's try: you've got some solid vampire action, you've got strange vampire action, too. Some great action scenes. Good, strong character development. Solid emotional beats that are well-executed and earned. Things might not be the same soon, but for now, this is a good time with your group of friends.

Obviously, I don't recommend this as a jumping-on point for the series, but it would be okay if you decided to. (but don't, go back to the beginning). I think you'll like the time in this world. But for people who've been with Nell and her team/work family/blood family since the beginning? You're going to walk away very pleased.

Oh, one last note before I go: Faith Hunter/Publishers: Mud deserves at least a solo-novella. You've got something great here, use it. (unless you wanted to team her up with Jane Yellowrock's Angie) ( )
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