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, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.
A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.
Occam stopped, backed slowly to the car and behind the door. “Come on. Get in the car. I’ll take you back to the house. Rick should never have sent you out alone.”
“Why? ‘’A’cause I’m a woman?” I asked in my strongest church dialect, indignant.
“No. Because this is a dangerous situation and we should be working in pairs.”
I thought about that. If I’d had someone with me, would I have spent less of myself trying to save the sapling? Probably. I’d have been smarter because I’d have been thinking more about humans and not so much about trees. Occam stood by his car, letting me think. In a more townie accent I asked, “Where’ve you been all night?”
“In the office off the master suite, questioning the party goers,” he said, his Texas accent stronger than usual, deliberately calming, soothing. “Bunch a self-entitled snobs. Useless in a firefight. Two of ’em wet their britches.”
A chuckle burst out of me. Dark cop humor, bloody and coarse, but it helped newbies to adjust, to view death and horror impersonally. My laughter faded away. Yes. I had needed a partner.
New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Altogether she has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes two contemporary Urban Fantasy series: the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.
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