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….
CURSE ON THE LAND
By Faith Hunter
November 1, 2016 | ISBN: 978-0451473325
ROC | $7.99 | 352 pages
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About the Author
Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series, including Shadow Rites, Dark 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 Host, Seraphs, and Bloodring.