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Spells for the Dead

Soulwood, Book 5
Written by: Faith Hunter
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Series: Soulwood, Book 5
Length: 16 hrs
4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nell Ingram faces a dark magic with no known origin in the newest pulse-pounding paranormal procedural in the New York Times best-selling Soulwood series. 

Nell is a rookie PsyLED agent, using the powers she can channel from deep within the earth to solve paranormal crimes. Together with her team, she's taken on the direst magic and the most twisted foes. But she'll need to tap into every ounce of power she has for her newest case. 

Nell is called to the Tennessee mansion of a country music star and finds a disturbing scene - dead bodies rapidly decaying before everyone's eyes. The witch on her team, T. Laine, has never seen magic that can steal life forces like this. PsyLED needs to find this lethal killer fast. But when a paranormal-hating FBI agent tries to derail the investigation and the dark magics begin to spiral out of control, they find themselves under attack from all sides.

©2020 Faith Hunter (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Souls of the dead

Faith you have out done yourself once again . As a solid Jane fan Neil it fast approaching the same status. Wow at the ending loved it . Thank you Faith and cris for another book well done .

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  • P Chez
  • 2020-07-29

Just Perfect

I'm just a mediocre fan of the author's famous Yellowrock series which means I read them but may not preorder or get them on Audible. Her Soulwood series however has a special place in my heart. It is imaginative and full of adventure but isn't plagued with the over abundance of political vampire machinations which drives Yellowrock despite it being set in the same world. This installment continues the Soulwood saga with plenty of adventure, mystery and heart. It may be the best Soulwood novel to date. The story is jam-packed with both battles and revelations, teamwork and romance. We get to know much more about the characters. In the spirit of a fair review I usually list a novel's main shortcoming. In this case there really is nothing to list. As long as you've read the preceding novels in the series this story and prose should satisfy. Yes, I think Faith Hunter has written the perfect Soulwood book while still leaving plenty of space for more adventures. I certainly hope there's more to come. The solid performance of Ms. Hvam, the narrator, compliments the story and blends with her earlier narration of the series while lending believability to the protagonist's emotional and physical maturation within the series. I enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Witch-at-Heart
  • 2020-08-01

Absolutely amazing book with an Amazing narrator!

Spells for the Dead id book five in the Soulwood series and it does not disappoint!! The narrator is amazing and truly brings this book to life. Nell has evolved so much throughout this series and has truly come into her in. She stretches the limits of her oaowers in ways she never thought possible and so many things about her nature come to light. I love The Green Knight and the complicated relationship it has with Nell has as she learns to understand this sentient tree created by her power. I love how Soulwood seems to grow more and more powerful with Nell and she has learned to connect with it even when away. The world and character development is off the chart as this team becomes a tight knit unit built on genuine trust and love. Absolutely brilliant writing and I can hardly wait for the next installment. Also the book is absolutely amazing and it's a must have if you love a good read! I have both read the book and listened to the audio twice and hands down this is the best one yet... and Occam oh my what a catch for Nell he is the perfect man/catman for her and I just love their relationship and the devotion they have for each other.

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  • William Bradner
  • 2020-08-11

So called entertainment full of Leftist Propaganda

Haven't even made it through the 4th chapter yet and there have already been multiple references to anything negative as being "Right Wing"! Regardless of your political views, Right or Left, why do authors think that shoving their political views down the ear canals (Audiobook) of their readers in a Fiction book is a good idea? I mean we read/listen to Fiction books to get away from realities and politics only to have it shoved in our faces in what is supposed to be our escape!! Not sure if I am going to bother with finishing this book and I doubt I will ever read/listen to any more books by this author. The only saving grace for this book so far is the narrator, Khristine Hvam, whose political views I don't know or care to know! Khristine Hvam as always does an amazing job bringing the characters to life and is the only reason I might bother finishing this book. If I finish the book and find "Left Wing" thrown at negative things as well I will come back and edit my review! Here's hoping I get the opportunity to do just that, Optimism don't let me down!

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  • Pam W
  • 2020-08-05

I love you to the full moon and back

I've followed this series and look forward to it, but this is probably the last for me. The majority of the reviewers love this story, so it's most likely me getting burnt-out on a series. So if you love the series, don't let me discourage you. I'll just share my gripes, to explain my 3 stars. The "death and decay" mystery was a boring one, not creating much action to the story, people just dying and turning to goo. Nell sinking her hands into the ground to solve problems, doesn't excite me at all, not like a good sword or were-cat fight. I could have screamed with Ocam's sappiness and "I love you to the full moon and back". Ugh, enough already. The church group always annoys me, I was hoping the author would phase them out, but looks like we're just moving them more to the focus of this series, so time for me to move on. I still love Jane, so hopefully that series will remain tough.

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  • LISA
  • 2020-07-30

Not my favorite but still good

I miss Jane Yellowrock. I enjoy still being able to peek into this world but it's not as satisfying as the other stories. I also find her powers hard to follow.

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  • sharkbait
  • 2020-08-11

Law and Order

Wow this was like a episode of law and order supernatural edition the twist after twist and The Who’s and who’s and even more twists but it easy to follow along and yeah there was quit of a bit of fuller here and there :(

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  • Patricia Fontana
  • 2020-08-03

so worth the wait

I love all of Faith Hunters series. The soulwood series is my newest love. Kristen Hvam is a true jewel .This book series is worth the listen.

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  • Kindle Paying Customer
  • 2020-07-31

Loved it.

This story was well worth waiting for. The further development of the superb characters, along with a great imaginative story line, was a pleasure to read. I only hope there are more in the series!!!

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  • Richard Newville
  • 2020-07-29

wow what a great book in the serise

what a great story and great telling of the story. enjoyed every min. i can not wait till next book \

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-07-28

Great series!

Great series! Very enjoyable books Faith Hunter is a wonderful author all of her books / series are worth a read if you haven't

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