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Circle of the Moon

Soulwood, Book 4
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Soulwood, Book 4
Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
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Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's New York Times best-selling 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.

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Another winner for Faith Hunter

This is probably my favourite in the Soulwood series. Awesomely written, and well narrated. So enjoyable.

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Excellent

Circle of the Moon is excellent. The best Soulwood novel so far. This book has the main plot and at least 6 subplots and also incorporates the plot and subplots from the Jane Yellowyick stories too, that's amazing for an urban fantasy book but adds SO much to the overall novel. i tryluly loved it. Faith Hunter is an awesone author.
Nell just continues to grow into her power, there's more magic and action and we get a deeper look into Rick's history/story.
A fantastic story. Audible narration for this is top notch too.

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  • Melissa
  • 28-02-2019

Faith Hunter is the true master of the long game!

Circle of the Moon is the fourth book in the Soulwood Series and is set in the same world as the Jane Yellowrock books. This story comes after Dark Queen, so beware of spoilers. We pick up not long after the end of Flame in the Dark when Nell and Occam, as agents of PsyLED, are called to a riverbank where lead agent Rick LaFleur has been drawn to a witch circle. What follows is a wild ride where multiple cases keep the team hopping, while mystery swirls around Rick and his unknown past.

I love the overlap of characters and happenings in New Orleans. Faith Hunter takes details from early in the Jane Yellowrock series and seamlessly weaves them into this present day story. I adore the growing relationship between Nell and Occam, as well as the character growth of Nell as she takes over the care of her sister Mud. I had some doubts at the end of Flame in the Dark, and really wondered where this series was going, but Faith Hunter pulls off a truly amazing read with action, adventure, mystery, and a touch of romance. It has a little something for everyone. Khristine Hvam does an amazing job with all of the Jane Yellowrock/Soulwood Series characters, male, female, privileged vampire, to God's Cloud cult member, she never fails to bring them to life!

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  • Gina F
  • 27-02-2019

Daaaaaamn, that was good.

I can honestly say I officially like this series even more than Jane's. Devoured it in one day.

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  • Sandy M
  • 05-03-2019

Good, But not my Favorite

This book was good, but not my favorite. Liked it a bit better the second time I listened to it.
I like Occam/Nell story line, but think it is really moving TOO slowly.
Liked that T. Laine had more story line this book. She is a wonderful character, as well as JoJo and Tandy.
Also liked the addition of Margo, a well needed smart, less emotional lady.
Like Yummy and Nell becoming friends.
I like Mindy, but the Larry/Mindy story line was tedious. Seems like the "momma's" keep going backwards in progression in lieu of for progressing forward as the started to in book 1.
Where did Soul disappear to? No real mention of that. Where did Jane's brother come from? Little explanation on both of these subjects.
Too much Rick and his tats for me. and Lori Ann, wtf? lets keep trusting her even though she is TOTALLY not trustworthy. Really smart people acting stupidly is too boring of a story line for my liking.
My favorite books are Flame in the Dark and Blood of the Earth. Then Curse on the Land. This book my least favorite of all. Just my humble opinion.

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  • Florida Mama
  • 28-02-2019

A Different Perspective (And Plenty of Twists)

Nell has really started to grow on me - no pun intended. There's conflict at work and at home that pulls her in different directions, but she's well-grounded (that one might have been intentional) enough to use her connection to Soulwood to get her through the worst of it. Book 3 was a nail-biter. Book 4 made me sigh with relief. This sassy heroine is vulnerable and strong at once, and that's all part of what makes her such a wonderful character.

I'm a huge fan of both the Soulwood and Jane Yellowrock series. That being said, with this fourth Soulwood installment, you really get an interesting take on characters from the JY books, since the story arc in this book touches back on the events in JY book 12 (Dark Queen). If you''re up to date with both series, this is gravy. It's not necessary, however, to have read the Yellowrock books to enjoy the Soulwood novels. They'e incredible books with a storylines and a main character distinct and separate in every way that matters. Different characters come with their own histories and personalities, and, as such, their perspectives on characters and plot points they share makes for an interesting reading experience. It's like artists in a room sketching the same still life and coming up with different pictures. I appreciate that. It adds to my enjoyment and the deftness with which the author writes well-rounded characters.

What I love about this series is that Nell grows and evolves just as her story does. She's flawed, she has weaknesses, she discovers strengths she learns to use to her advantage, and she continues to forge a new future for herself as she finds her place. It's really a story about making your way in a world that sometimes pushes back.

I've fallen in love with a few of the main players, and this novel gave them a bit more exposure, which I was delighted to discover. It was hard to put this book down once I started listening.

Keep 'em coming, Ms. Hunter. I love the world she's built with her Soulwood series, and I can't wait to see where she takes it next!

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  • Mj
  • 27-02-2019

The best so far

Holy mother of GOODNESS!! This is a well written story line. I was captivated by my emotions that I experienced while reading and listening to this book. A must have for your book collection !!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2019

Not bad

I agree there wasn't a lot of character development but I'm okay with that. I found it entertaining and loved listening to it. I would encourage Ms Hunter to find other descriptions when Nell reaches for Soulwood. I got exasperated....I look forward to #5 nonetheless.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 19-03-2019

Slow paced but lots of questioned answered



Circle of the Moon starts a few months after The Dark Queen in the Jane Yellowrock series. Reading the Jane's Dark Queen novel isn't necessary to understand what's happening but be aware that it is referenced a lot.

This story is 60% about Rick's background and it finally sheds light on what his enchanted tattoos were designed to do.

This is a slow read. It's not a bad book. The writing style seems consistent with the previous books. There are things happening but there is definitely some drag here and there.

Nell also becomes even more powerful by the end of the story. At the rate she is moving she will become "all-powerful" and that's not what I'm hoping for with her. When characters have too much power or get to the point where no one can compare them the suspense of storytelling is mute. You'll always know that they'll do their "special power" and win in the end. The not knowing is what makes the page worth turning. I hope Hunter finds a way to level things out with Nell's strengths.

I find this series is an opposite/balancing work of literature to the Jane Yellowrock series. Especially since I just read The Dark Queen a couple weeks ago. Where Jane is action-oriented and a kick-a$$ hero, Nell tends to be more of a sneaky-pete/polite-planner with a few suppressed blood thirsty tendencies. Jane is very open about her love of the fight, where Nell tries to fight the pull towards violence.

I'm torn about the amount of details in this story. Nell's books seem to be filled with elaborate details on her interpersonal battles between what she was used to with the church and what is acceptable in the general public. Though most of it is relatable. There are times that her need to be independent in EVERY SINGLE THING comes across as irrational. Something as simple as someone buying her lunch will be portrayed from her as the Male purposely taken her decision away from her. Even I wanted to tell her to chill out a bit and eat the damn burger.

One other thing that bothers me about this series is the existence of the grendalowes. (I listened to audio version so not sure how she speaks that) I understand the purpose that Hunter has given them, but I don't see why it's necessary. Every single were-animal is at risk to spread the virus, so in theory every single were-animal would need one. Also, if a were-animal can never spread the taint then how would there ever be more weres? In theory, eventually were-animals would become existent if they all followed the rules. Then what would be the grendies purpose? Every species has a desire to procreate and expand, so it's a bit like fighting nature. Yes, I'm thinking deep into this but I'm weird so bare with me. My whole rant is to build up to the point that I don't care for these creatures in the story and "IF" one of my favorite characters were to die at their hands I'd be extremely ticked off... EXTREMELY! That isn't a spoiler, just an opinion.

This story has the same feel as its predecessors. At times it felt a bit slow paced and again the internal conflicts were turned up a notch. If you really enjoyed the first few books then this one isn't far off from their levels. There isn't anything that would turn you off with this one. However, if you were on the fence about this series, then this might be the one that will make you're decision on it final.

Kristine Hvam does an excellent job with her narration as always.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

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  • Coleen
  • 28-02-2019

Exciting and breathtaking!

With each and every book that Faith writes you become more enthralled in her universe.
Khristine Hvam is the perfect narrator for the Soulwood and Jane Yellowrock worlds.
It was worth the wait. I’m off to listen again!!!

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  • Sho Sunaga
  • 28-02-2019

Wow

All the incidents that seems unrelated at the beginning becomes so well interwoven that I was sucked into the book until the very end. I guess the best part about this book is that even though it’s actionfilled it never forgets to show us how Mel is moving on with her life. She is so much more comfortable with her Powers and her role as an agent.

I was very satisfied in knowing Rick’s Mysterious tattoos and illness is finally resolved in this amazing story. I had hated him for a long time for how he treated Jane but also have been feeling bad about his heaps of misfortune and unhappiness for a while now.

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  • Megan (There's This Book)
  • 27-02-2019

phenomenal!!

This book was phenomenal! The series just gets better and better with every book. I can't wait for more!

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  • DebB
  • 13-04-2019

Excellent continuation of Nell’s journey

You can’t drop into this cold – you have to read the preceding 3 books to understand what’s going on. Reading the more recent (as in 2017/2018) Jane Yellowrock books will probably also help, but I’m behind on those, and didn’t suffer for it, just wondered what the devil had been happening down New Orlean’s way!
The books have all had a strong storyline involving non-human problems and mischief making, all involving Psy-LED 18, with its witch, empath, two weres and human hacker, but it’s Nell who shines in all the books, making her way from an apparently human woman, living on the edge, threatened, alone - a recluse - to a capable non-human, beginning to find peace with herself and those around her. The long slow love story continues without any silly obstacles or bumps in the road, although in this book poor old Oakum (or Occum) is on his own journey back from death by fire in the previous book.
You need patience; the author takes her time here, but it’s well worth the patience. I did feel Tandy’s Lichtenberg lines were over mentioned – we were told about them several times as if for the first time, but that’s a very small niggle. Beautifully read as ever by Khristie Hvam, complete with Appalachian back woods accents when Nell drops into “church speak” and “dang nabbits”.
The storyline is a doozy, black magic, a powerful, old curse, a revenge served very cold, something very dark and awful, a new boss (courtesy of those missing Jane Yellowrock books I think), Mindy, the vampire tree that clearly sees itself as something very different, and powerful, blood-hungry Soulwood with its massive trees and deep, deep calm.
This is an excellent series by a competent author, who creates and develops strong female characters without emasculating the men around.

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  • Suzanne
  • 20-03-2019

Love 💖 Soulwood

This 4th book was the best yet I just love Nell and unit 18. The crossover into JY was well executed bringing in Firewind Never sure about where Soul gets to however? Mum but Ricki Bau has a large part in this book and my favourite romance blissfully blossoms (sigh) perfect 👌 I just hate it when it ends. Soulwood is a much softer series than JY and I really enjoy our 🌳 protagonists ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2019

well written well narrated

i enjoyed this book easy to read as well as to listen to. look forward to next in series.

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  • Dan Wright
  • 24-07-2019

great series

awesome series of books. love the character of Nell. really eager for the next book.

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  • DE
  • 26-05-2019

Great story, great narration

I am a huge Faith Hunter fan, but have always been a reader rather than a listener until recently. The narrator has a strong accent, which if you are used to listening to audio books read by Stephen Fry etc will sound odd to begin with. But once you are a chapter or so in, her lovely voice blends with the brilliant pictures painted in the book and really brings it to life. If you enjoy urban fantasy, do try any (indeed, ALL) of Faith Hunter's works. This is a spin off from the Yellowrock series, but can be read as standalone.

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  • Aleksandra Popovic
  • 06-05-2019

Hope this is not the end!

I love listening to Khristine Hvam and I love Faith Hunter. That is to said, I love Circle of the Moon. Many new developments in this book, and please, if you haven't listened to previous books in the Soulwood series, start from the beginning. Also, it may be a good idea to listen to Jane Yellowrock series first as well, as it will make much more sense. I just hope new Soulwood books will be coming up soon, as I would be miserable if this is the end.

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  • boudmaria
  • 20-03-2019

Great story!

Love this book and the overall series :) cant wait for the next sequel of these series or jane yellowrick ones. P. S. I love how the two are intertwined :)

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  • Book addict
  • 15-03-2019

Great listen

This book got steadily better as it went on and I felt utterly hooked by the end. I just wish Faith Hunter released books more often!

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  • Berkshire Book Wench
  • 13-03-2019

love Nell and the team

Nell gets closer to Occam, finally.
unit 18 gets a new member but everyone is wary.
a portion of rick's past comes back to haunt him.

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  • Books4women
  • 10-03-2019

Loving this series, Nell is one fab leading lady.

I really like the characters in the Soulwood series. Nell is unique and very appealing. I will anxiously wait for more in the series. Faith's writing is, as usual, top of her genre and her books hard to put down. The audio book is well read and will buy both paperbacks and audio. If you haven't read this series, please do and also Faith's other books, you won't regret it.