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Curse on the Land

Curse on the Land

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by Faith Hunter

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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


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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From the Publisher
Praise for Blood of the Earth:
“The best first installment of an urban fantasy series I’ve read in about a decade. Highly recommended.”—Rabid Reads
“Faith Hunter's powerful voice and exceptional skills come through crystal clear in her latest urban fantasy series that expands upon her very popular Jane Yellowrock world.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Plenty of action, magic, and fascinating characters, both familiar and new, create another terrific urban fantasy from an established author.”— Library Journal
“The dynamic world building, intense characterization, and an action packed storyline that hints at increasing darkness nurture and grow Hunter’s newest heroine.”Smexy Books
Praise for the novels of Faith Hunter:

“Smart, sexy, and ruthless.”—Kim Harrison, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Witch with No Name

“Bold and imaginative in approach, with appealing characters and a suspense-filled story.”—Library Journal

Library Journal
Having completed her training at PsyLED Academy, Nell Ingram (introduced in Blood of the Earth) has returned home, but Soulwood doesn't feel right. An evil sickness is wandering deep in her woods. Animals and people are behaving strangely, culminating in multiple deaths. As Nell and her PsyLED team work to identify the source of the taint, they discover that the malaise spreads further as the death toll rises. VERDICT Hunter's side exploration of her Jane Yellowrock world brings fans deeper into the workings of PsyLED, the Homeland Security agency that monitors paranormals and its employees with the same vividness and detail as her other series.—KC

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Penguin Publishing Group
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A Soulwood Novel Series , #2
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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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.

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Curse on the Land 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Windi_Henri 9 months ago
I was so excited to immerse myself in Nell's world again. I've read this book in record time. I'm about to read it a second time to catch all the tiny bits and pieces I missed the first read. It's an amazing complex tale with several story lines at once, like all of Faith Hunter's books, and each is easy to follow yet intriguing and fascinating as a whole. Rick LaFleur has a powerful change in his life, and true to his nature of having difficulty with gratitude, we're left wondering. Relationships of Nell's PsyLED team are empowered, and Nell's experiences with her own magic and the Earth grow and mature. I'm already all ready for the third on the Soulwood series. Faith, you ROCK!!!
LynnLTX 9 months ago
In this second novel from the Soulwood series, Nell returns home from the PsyLED training center after learning the necessary skills to be a fully functioning member of her team under the leadership of Rick LaFleur. Her time in “Spook School” has also been a crash course on bringing Nell firmly into the world of popular culture. The action starts quickly as two major issues challenge Nell’s magic affinity with the earth. The first problem being on her own land with the malevolent dark spirit of Brother Ephraim still lurking below causing problems for Nell and perhaps, the church compound. As a newbie PsyLED agent, Nell expects only to be doing grunt work, but her insights, magical talents, and unique perspectives on the world are needed to help the team solve a complex and intricately detailed case. First animals, and then people behave strangely in Knox County before they start dying. After communicating with the land, Nell senses an ancient power, and a new potent force that could have devastating effects if not contained. Nell’s own magic has dark aspects that threaten to pull her under because of the yearning to “feed the earth…that part that felt so good, yet was sinful by every human standard I knew.” Ironically, though Nell seems to abhor vampires, her magic has some commonalities with its strong blood call. Not surprisingly, witches are involved, good and bad ones, in a complicated and scientifically complex way. Adding to the fun, the full moon cycle affects the Weres Rick, Paka, and Occam during a critical part of the investigation. So once again much rests on Nell’s magical strength and abilities. Nell’s formerly quiet life has taken on a frantic pace to help solve this case before a catastrophic outcome. On the personal front, Occam’s interest in her might be more than just the comradery of a team member. Nell wants to live a life unrestricted now, but she is not quite sure what that will look like as her church upbringing still holds some sway. Interesting changes are also happening at God’s Cloud compound. Rick’s past sins and relationship with Paka catch up with him in a painful and dramatic way adding another level supernatural drama to the story. Jane Yellowrock helped to set her life on a new course which Nell is not always sure she is grateful for, but there is little time to settle and reflect on with dangers at her job and doorstep: “I still wasn’t sure if I hated or loved Jane Yellowrock for all the changes in my life.” As Nell seems to be awakening to her powers, so does her land making stronger their symbiotic relationship. The threat to her property and a nearby one pushes her into the hot zone and keeps them all scrambling to contain a possible magical disaster. One of the things I like about Nell is her evolution from living a solitary rural life to becoming PsyLED Special Agent Nell Nicholson Ingram, albeit a “probie,” but one who soaks up knowledge like someone parched from the desert taking advantage of formerly unimagined opportunities to become a fully realized woman not restricted by any previous dogmas or rules. Nell shows that courage is not the absence of fear, but doing the difficult and scary thing anyway even while risking much. This new job is a big step out and quantum leap from Nell’s earlier life; however, it is one in which she can soar.
knobren 9 months ago
Another reviewer said this book has an X-Files vibe. I concur. Nell Ingram has returned home to Soulwood from her PsyLED training at "Spook School", but she doesn't get her expected time off, before Unit-18's leader, Rick LaFleur, calls upon her services. The team is now officially stationed in Knoxville, and they now have an office instead of a hotel room. A bizarre series of events involving local wildlife needs to be investigated and Nell's special abilities to read the land might be vital to the case. She is a probie (probational member) and expects to do more grunt work and research at this stage, but Nell is critical to solving the case and helping to contain and correct the problem. Concurrently, she is trying to deal with the problem at Soulwood carried over from the first book. Nell is more worldly after her exposure to more pop culture, slang, electronic instruments, and investigative techniques during her training. Her magic is evolving, as well, as are her relationships with family and coworkers. Relationships among team members are strained from exhaustion, changing phases of the moon, and other factors that I can't explain without spoilers. If you are a Jane Yellowrock fan, you must read this book for a big plot development with Ricky-Bo! Overall, the book has well-developed, unique, interesting characters and an engaging story with a complete story arc and some elements that carry over from the first book and which will continue in a subsequent book. Unlike the first book or the Jane Yellowrock series, this book contains a lot more "scientific" and magical techno-babble, as well as law enforcement and procedural lingo. However, the part that detracted the most for me was the X-Files or B-movie sci-fi feel about the case. I also feel that some people might be offended or uneasy with some of the back story, but I'm not sure how to leave a non-spoiler warning. I guess, if Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Arc didn't bother you, then you can probably read this book. I hope that isn't giving too much away. I apologize, if that is too much.
Anonymous 8 months ago
So good...i just wanted to keep reading!
MzJaym 9 months ago
Wow! Loved this second installment in the Nell Ingram / Soulwood series. You can tell that Hunter has done a ton of research on police investigative procedure and given great thought to the mechanics of how magic works to bring yet even more depth into her already complex world building efforts. Our heroine, Nell, has continued on her path of personal growth by completing training at the Psy-LED (paranormal) law enforcement academy. She returns to her land with new skills and tech to rejoin Rick's unit and start her first case as a bonafide rookie. Animals have been behaving oddly and begin dying and as the case expands the abnormal behavior spreads to humans. It doesn't take long to determine that this isn't a natural occurrence and that the team are looking at a magical working either being used as weapon or gone horribly wrong. We get a glimpse into the detailed workings in a police/Psy-LED case from the ground up as Nell goes through the rookie grunt work of collecting evidence and painstakingly documenting crime scenes. While working an intense case like this is stressful, Nell also has to begin to deal with an issue with her own land, Soulwood, with which she is magically connected. Nell is tied to the land through her still mysterious affinity for the earth and growing things, able to sense who and what is lurking in the woods around her home when she concentrates. In the last book, Nell had defeated a bad guy who was attacking her with the help of Soulwood, using spilled blood to magically forge an connection between her enemy and the land, effectively opening a channel for the land to consume him. Seems the bad dude's shade is still lurking around looking for a chance to cause harm however possible. Add into the mix that the moon is waxing full and that half of Nell's new unit are shifters and things get a little dicey. Team leader, Rick LaFleur, (whom we met through Hunter's Jane Yellowrock books) is still having issues with changing into his cat shape because of a previous magical attack and this affects his self control. He and a couple other team members are using Soulwood as their stomping grounds for this month's full moon. I thought this was a great installment in the series. A little different flavor from the previous book, but that is a good thing as we see Nell branching out from the reclusive person we first met and testing her new lifestyle and freedom. I love that she is able to stay grounded and begin to heal old wounds by continuing to reconnect with her family that we met previously. Nell was already a charming and complex character in the last book, but these new dimensions really suit her. Can't wait to read more!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Faith Hunter's latest series brings a new mythology and very different logic to urban fantasy. Nell, the main protagonist , is learning about herself and her world...and keeps us following like a plott hound after a fresh scent. Those who enjoy the Yellowrock series will love this.
PollyBennett 9 months ago
Exciting! I love Soulwood as much as the Jane Yellowrock series. Nell's character is learning and growing. The stories are complex, woven together to make a very exciting and different world. There is nothing better than a Faith Hunter book.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Nell is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. She is both naive and intelligent so her reactions to things and her perspective sometimes make you smile and other times leave your mind blown. In this second installment of the Soulwood series Nell has gone through training and is now a member of the paranormal policing agency PsyLED. The team is investigating what on the surface seems to be a minor magical event, but actually turns out to be something significantly worse. On top of this, Nell's woods are sick and with her gift, she sees that the "sickness" is trying to spread. Not only do we get to see Nell expand her own horizons, but in some ways those of her team. We get to see the team become more cohesive while suffering a few growing pains of its own. Mrs. Hunter incorporates scientific explanations along with good old fashioned magic in ways that weave a story that keeps the reader looking for what's going to happen next. I am looking forward to seeing how she continues Nell's journey.
mlharg 9 months ago
Wow! I really liked the first Sourwood book, but this one surpasses it! The book starts out a little slowly giving a lot of interesting background info to understand the current paranormal case that Nell (our heroine) is assigned. Once that action picks up, it doesn't stop and can really interfere in the amount of sleep you get before you finish! The book involves witches, weres, and other magical beings and a serious life-threatening case with vast possibilities of destruction if not solved and stopped soon. Nell is an interesting and engaging character and I really don't want to wait too long to hear more about her! You don't have to have read the first book, Blood of the Earth, to enjoy this one, but it's really good too - so might as well get and read it first!
Covegirl 9 months ago
I'm loving this series! Nell is definitely one of my new favorite characters. It is so interesting to watch her grow and really develop into her own person. Faith has done an excellent job showing backwoods and modern day collide!
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved it!
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Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved the book. Can't wait to read more of Nell's adventures.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I can't wait until the next book in the series comes out! I love Nell and the unique world Hunter has created. Looking forward to seeing what happens w/Occam sugar.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This story was full of amazing characters. A fast paced plot quickly pulled me into the world. I can't wait for the next book.
MJLuckett 8 months ago
I am LOVING Nell and her Psyled team,..... Especially Occam.... LOVED this book... Can't wait for more... I see big things in the future for Nell. Love that all her relationships are growing... and she even calls Jane Yellowrock on occasion.... Great book, Great writer...
thereadingchick 9 months ago
Nell has just completed training at the PsyLED academy, and is back home ready to start her new job. A case breaks and she is sent out to a pond to take a psi reading on a group of ducks who are swimming continuously in a circle. Nell who was revealed to be inhuman, in the first book, is connected to the land in a mystical way. When she tries to "read" the earth, she comes under attack and her team comes to her rescue rescuing her from an energy that tries to pull her underground. This situation is the first of many incidents that tie together mythology, science and fantasy creating a fantastic, unique mystery. I fell in love with Nell in the first book, Blood of the Earth. She is an interesting mix of youthful naïveté and cutthroat ruthlessness. She uses that southern "bless your heart" charm, filleting suspects with a smile on her face. Nell is not the only character to have evolved since the first book. We learn a lot more about her team and their relationships with each other. Nell's love interest, Occam, slowly makes a move, but is frustrated by Nell constantly being in danger. I look forward to that relationship advancing further in the next book. She needs to see herself as other than a "widder woman", and I get the feeling that when she does, her magic may grow with te strength of her emotions. I am slowly reading Faith Hunters Jane Yellowrock series, and after the multiple references in this book to Rick LaFleur and Jane's past, and the possibility of Jane showing up in the next novel, I think I'd like the historical background so that I'll fully understand the emotional impact of their reunion when it happens. However, you don't need to read that series before reading the Soulwood series. I promise you will enjoy the unique qualities of these mysteries.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Another amazing effort from Faith Hunter, who is in top form with "Curse on the Land". Nell is a fascinating and flawed character dealing with witches, magic, missing ley lines, ancient entities and plague. Quite a handful for a newly minted PsyLED officer. Skillfully plotted, and impeccably written, "Curse on the Land" is an enjoyable story for new readers or long time fans. Brilliant addition to the Urban Fantasy universe of Jane Yellowrock. If you are unfamiliar with Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock world, and haven't read the first Soulwood book, trust Faith Hunter to write a totally enjoyable book for newcomers. The background information from the first book 'Blood of the Earth" is skillfully presented over the course of the first chapter, and sprinkled naturally throughout the course of the story. No dreaded info dump here. "Curse on the Land" is structured as a police procedural with a lot of magical forensic work. We see the inner workings of PsyLED, the magic cops who are tasked with keeping humans and supernatural folks safe. Nell is smart, has unique magic herself, and has trouble adapting to the structure of working with a team. If you've read "Blood of the Earth" "Curse on the Land" picks up right after Nell returns from her stint at "spook school", reuniting with Unit 18. Nell makes a number of newbie mistakes, but overall is working hard to shed both the narrow definitions of womanly behavior from her fundamentalist cult upbringing, and her knee jerk reaction to authority. The sweet romance arc with Occam the were leopard continues, as does the destructive Rick/Paka relationship arc. We find out more about Tandy, Tlane, and JoJo, and they all play significant rolls in solving the central mystery. The Vampire Oak tree is acting up, as is the evil Brother Ephraim. Just one bit of info that may come in handy, Light Dragons or Rainbow Dragons are powerful magical beings from another dimension that are fond of humans. And lastly for followers of the Jane Yellowrock series, Jane makes a cameo phone appearance, Soul as a senior PsyLED officer is present to handle the political fall out and prevent things from spiraling out of control. The tension between humans and witches escalates, as does the conflict between PsyLED and other Law Enforcement Agencies. There are major developments in the Rick/Paka situation which go back to events in "Mercy Blade" and "Raven Cursed". Many things are completely resolved, with enough problems left to guarantee Soulwood 3 will be entertaining. Can't wait to find out why Nell is sprouting leaves, and just what's up with the Vampire Oak tree. Can't wait to see what happens in "Flame in the Dark"--- Soulwood 3.
BCTM 9 months ago
Another amazing Soulwood story by Faith Hunter! I love Nell! She's sassy, and follows her conscience. She's learning more about herself while learning how to be a team player. I couldn't put it down, and I can't wait for the next book!