Book Review: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

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The unusual earth-connected being that is Nell Ingram has graduated from Spook School, after having proven her worth to Unit 18 of the paranormal-policing PsyLED division of Homeland Security against the gwyllgi that infested her family’s church-cult in the first book, Blood of the Earth (I absolutely enjoyed Nell’s detailed church background Hunter provided in the first book). On returning home from training, she discovers her own lands inherited from her dead husband, are sick. The evil life force of Brother Ephraim that she had fed to it still lingers underground, but he has somehow linked itself to the church compound of the God’s Cloud of Glory Church and has grown slightly stronger. However, Nell’s dealing with her own land issues and those of the church take a backseat when the boss, Rick LaFleur, informs her that he needs her to report in early for her first day of work, for her special earth-based skill set is needed in a new case involving odd-acting geese infused with magic found on a particular section of land. Nell’s attempts to read the land involved in the initial incidents result in her being attacked by something residing within, and she learns pieces about the underground residents from her perceptions while scanning the area—things that she does not fully understand. As more and more deaths occur, escalating from animals to humans, the PsyLED team races to find answers to the source of the troubles.

This series is set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s well-received Jane Yellowrock novels, but it has its own unique soul (if you will allow the pun), and the books offer up a fresh reader experience in the crowded urban-fantasy field, for Nell Ingram is not a witch, not a skinwalker, nor were-creature or vampire. She is something completely different—and she does not even know what she is. Though the intrigue about Nell’s nature alone will bring the reader along for the ride in Curse on the Land, Faith Hunter’s skill at character development, her vivid world description, and her mastery of mystery will keep the reader enthralled with the book. The Inter-special PsyLED team of weres, witch, human, empath, and Nell truly comes alive in this book (and appeals to the tabletop gamer in me as a very interesting adventuring party), and getting to the underlying cause of the magical disturbance proves highly intriguing.

This is a series you will want to inform your friends about. It is not to be missed.

Disclaimer: The reviewer received an advanced reader copy (ARC) of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by Christina


About the Book

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the second Soulwood novel tells the story of a woman whose power comes from deep within the earth…
 
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in her arcane connection to the dark woods around her. But now she has friends in the newly formed PsyLED team to keep her grounded—even if being part of the agency responsible for policing paranormals comes with dangers of its own….

After training at the PsyLED academy, Nell returns home to her woods to find the land feeling sick and restless. And that sickness is spreading. With the help of her team, under the leadership of agent Rick LaFleur, Nell tries to determine the cause. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that awaits: an entity that feeds on death itself. And it wants more….

 


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CURSE ON THE LAND

Soulwood #2

By Faith Hunter

November 1, 2016 | ISBN: 978-0451473325

ROC | $7.99 | 352 pages

Purchase Link: CLICK HERE


About the Author

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Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, including Shadow RitesDark Heir, and Broken Soul; the Soulwood series, set in the world of Jane Yellowrock, including Blood of the Earth; and the Rogue Mage series, including HostSeraphs, and Bloodring.

Book Review: Shadowed Souls

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Who really travels the road to the light all of the time?

That’s what the short story collection Shadowed Souls, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerry L. Hughes aims to explore. Sometimes the good guy isn’t always the pure hero; sometimes the good guy has a troubled past, does questionable things, or just falls into the “bad guy” category for some other reason.

There are 11 stories in this collection, but three stood out to me to highlight in this review.

First, Jim Butcher’s “Cold Case” — This is a “Molly” story, a character from his Dresden Files series, which I have not read. I include this one because even though I am not familiar with the character in the setting of the other stories, I was able to read and enjoy this story on its own. Also, it made me want to read more in Butcher’s world, so I’ve added the Dresden Files to my endless TBR pile.

Next, Jim C. Hines’ “Hunter, Healer” — I include this one because it had me hooked from the first page. A wise-cracking, foul-mouthed hearth fairy just sets the tone for the entire story: dark with a sense of gritty humor.

Finally, Kat Richardson’s “Peacock in Hell” — Holy dark story, Batman. I love dark stories, the more disturbing the better, and this one puts the reader right there in the story and hits right in the senses. Great description, great story.

Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy (ARC) from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


About the Book

In this dark and gritty collection—featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman—nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil..

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.


About the Stories

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad…

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner…

And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nastyImpossible Monsters.

ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY

Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *


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SHADOWED SOULS

Edited by: Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes

Roc Trade Paperback Original

$17.00 / 352 pages

November 1, 2016

 


About the Editors

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri.

Kerrie L. Hughes has edited thirteen anthologies in addition to Shadowed Souls, including Maiden Matron CroneChildren of MagicFellowship Fantastic, and Dimension Next Door.

Blog Tour: An Import of Intrigue by Marshall Ryan Maresca

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Enchanted Review

I enjoy fantasy, but true High Fantasy has never really been my thing. Maresca takes high fantasy and combines it with three things that I really do like: dark and gritty world building, a solid mystery, and great characters.

I fell in love with this series when I read the first book, A Murder of Mages (review coming soon), but the second installment is even better. The stakes are higher, the world is darker (a change in setting contributes to that) and we get to see some things we thought we’d figured out turned around on their heads (no spoilers!) to really push the complexity and depth of the characters.

I will definitely read the next installment, and I will go look for his other books set in the  port city of Maradaine.

5 Lamps

Enchanted Rating: Five Lanterns


About the Book

This second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series blends high fantasy, murder mystery, and gritty urban magic…

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and Uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the rival groups resident in this exotic section of Maradaine, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And the conflicts erupting in the Little East will spark a citywide war unless the Constabulary solves the case quickly.


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AN IMPORT OF INTRIGUE

Maradaine Constabulary #2

By Marshall Ryan Maresca

November 1, 2016 | ISBN: 9780756411732

DAW Mass Market | $7.99 | 400 pages


About the Author

7179557Marshall Ryan Maresca grew up in upstate New York and studied film and video production at Penn State.  He now lives Austin with his wife and son.  His work appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced and has worked as a stage actor, a theatrical director and an amateur chef. His novels The Thorn of Dentonhill and A Murder of Mages each begin their own fantasy series, both set in the port city of Maradaine. For more information, visit Marshall’s website at http://www.mrmaresca.com.

Cover Reveal: Whitecapel Paranormal Society

October is the perfect time to unveil the debut covers from the upcoming Whitechapel Paranormal Society series.  Keep reading for a chance to win a $15 Amazon Gift Card.

New Victorian Gothic Horror Series Set in London’s East End.

The Whitechapel Paranormal Society is coming in 2017.  Until then, we have these gorgeous covers from Phatpuppy Art Studios and Sacred Oaks Press.

Eeper Weeper Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Horror by E.J. Stevens

Eeper Weeper (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5) by E.J. Stevens

The great and
prestigious man of science, Doctor Jameson Foster Hadley had
somehow made a mistake. I wasn’t good and I wasn’t normal. His
experiment had failed.

The tedium and terrors of Josephine “Jo” Hadley’s existence within
the stone walls of London’s Bethnal Asylum are interrupted by a
strange visitor, Cora Drummond, a woman who demands to interview
one of the asylum’s most insane residents. The patient’s rantings
include tales of ghosts and demons, but it is the bizarre,
near-riotous muttering of prophetic nursery rhymes that follow Jo
throughout the asylum wards that is most illuminating to Miss
Drummond.

Eeeper Weeper, chimney sweeper. Had a wife, but couldn’t keep
her…

Days later, Jo and her adoptive father receive an invitation to
attend an exclusive tea at the prestigious Whitehall Club. But the
request for Jo’s attendance is more than it might seem. She has
caught the attention of a secret branch of government working
directly for the queen.

Will Jo Hadley’s unusual talent for inciting prophetic nursery
rhymes prove useful to the crown? She is given one chance to
demonstrate her worth to the Special Paranormal Research Branch,
but this is one mission that even the most highly trained
operatives might not survive.

Eeper Weeper is a prequel short story in the Whitechapel
Paranormal Society series by award-winning author E.J. Stevens. One
for Sorrow
(Whitechapel Paranormal Society #1) takes place
six years after the prequel short story Eeper Weeper
(Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5). The Whitechapel Paranormal
Society series is a Victorian horror (dreadpunk) series set in
London’s East End.

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Release Date: June 2017

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One for Sorrow Whitechapel Paranormal Society Victorian Horror by E.J. Stevens

One for Sorrow (Whitechapel Paranormal Society #1) by E.J. Stevens

Afternoon tea
had served us up a demon.

It is six years since Josephine “Jo” Hadley joined the ranks of
the Special Paranormal Research Branch and three years since the
S.P.R.B.’s mission was terminated. After their superiors declare
that the supernatural threat is quelled, Jo and her colleagues
returned to civilian life with varying degrees of success. But
when Jo, Edith, and Flan cross paths with a slogoth demon there is
no escaping the terrible truth. The supernatural threat was never
defeated.

One for sorrow. Two for mirth. Three for a funeral. Four for a
birth. Five for Heaven. Six for Hell. Seven for the Devil, his
own self.

Demons and necromancers went into hiding within the labyrinthine
warrens of Whitechapel, but after three years of secretly feasting
on the souls of London’s East End they are back stronger than ever
before. Will the Whitechapel Paranormal Society rise up from the
ashes of the S.P.R.B., or will all of London become the Devil’s
playground?

One for Sorrow is the first full-length novel in the
Whitechapel Paranormal Society series by award-winning author E.J.
Stevens. One for Sorrow (Whitechapel Paranormal Society
#1) takes place six years after the prequel short story Eeper
Weeper
(Whitechapel Paranormal Society #0.5). The
Whitechapel Paranormal Society series is a Victorian horror
(dreadpunk) series set in London’s East End.

Release Date: September2017

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Official Website: WhitechapelParanormalSociety.com

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What do you think of the covers?