Blood of the Earth

Blood of the Earth

by Faith Hunter

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In this series set in the same world as the Jane Yellowrock novels, New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter introduces Nell Ingram, who wields powers as old as the earth.

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her.

Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville.

Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nell and the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451473301
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Soulwood Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 132,583
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Faith Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series.

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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

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Blood of the Earth 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a new series. I loved Nell's sass. I also love how she's retained some of the better aspects of her upbringing and hasn't become bitter from the worst parts. Her tie with nature is something new and I can't wait for the next book. The setting is refreshing, pun intended. Urban fantasy going to summer camp.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter is the first book in her new Soulwood series. In Blood of the Earth, Faith Hunter keeps us in the Jane Yellowrock world, as the heroine of this book is Nell Ingram, whom we met recently in a Jane Yellowrock novella. Nell has magical powers using the earth and all the surrounding land where she lives in Soulwood. Nell is in continuing danger by those from the local Church and the cult that runs it. She manages to keep the cult at a distance using her powers, which even she is not sure what she can do or what she is. The PsyLED is a security agency that handles paranormals, and is headed by Rick LaFleur, the former lover of Jane Yellowrock. Rick, having been alerted by Jane, wants Nell to join his team, especially with the investigation of kidnappings of young girls, which includes one girl belonging to the Master of Nashville Vampire Clan. It will be Rick, and his team that will come to Nell’s rescue, when she is attacked by the Church men. This will be the start of Nell finding a way to learn more about herself, and use her powers to good use and being part of a team, instead of always being alone. What follows is a complex and exciting story, where Nell will slowly discover more about her powers, as well as accept who she is and to become part of a team. Nell is truly the lead in this series, and she was a great heroine, especially as we see throughout her growing powers; her changing into a stronger and wiser person, and what she can do. It was amazing and different to see her use those powers to fight off the nasty evil villains. The Nell Ingram we meet at the start rises up over time to become someone to reckon with and a true member of the PsyLED team. Besides the villains of God’s Cloud of Glory Church, there is also another group call Human Speakers for the Truth, whom is suspected of working together to kidnap the girls. It was an interesting, and complex story, but very tense and exciting. I loved near the end when Nell and her family, whom she had not seen much of for a long time, rebel and bond together to fight the terrible evil being done to woman of the church. The PsyLED team is made up of different types of paranormals, such as werecats, vampires, empaths, and other species. Now with Nell added, it promises to be even better. Blood of the Earth was a very good start to the Soulwood series, and I look forward to what comes next. If you like Urban Fantasy, Paranormal and a great heroine in Nell, then you should read Blood of the Earth.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
This excellent new series, Blood of the Earth, is part of the Jane Yellowrock world. When Jane came blasting into Nell Ingram’s domain in the short story, Off the Grid, she set Nell’s life on a new course by referring her to Rick LaFleur and PsyLED. Nell has some special magical talent that even she does not fully understand. She has lived very alone, after her much older husband passed, and in fear of the religious cult she grew up in. Nell reluctantly joins up with Rick’s team composed of an unusual group with their own special talents. Nell’s special abilities tie her emotionally and physically to her land and the earth. It speaks to her as almost a living entity. She has the unusual powers to control the flora and fauna around her which of course is very useful to PsyLED. Nell is accustomed to being quite alone having broken from her large and complicated family while maintaining a hostile relationship with the past and current church leaders. With the invasion of Rick and his team, Nell has a big learning curve to understand not only her own powers, but how to work with other supernatural and magically talented folks. Nell’s upbringing was so subjugated that she has to constantly fight against the instinct that men will always try to dominate her. Nell has a lot of emotional issues with the way she was brought up which, in several ways, is the antithesis of the way she is living now. She stays on her land despite the problems with God’s Cloud of Glory Church for two major reasons: her supernatural connection to Soulwood and in hopes of providing a place of sanctuary for her sisters should they leave the cult. Nell reminds me of the term organic intellectual. She is mostly self-taught from books and has a fine mind that continually surprises and intrigues her new PsyLED associates. Her personal combination of supernatural powers and well thought out reasoning makes Nell a formidable force to be reckoned with even among seemingly more powerful supernaturals such as the vampires and weres. Now, I am going to say something about Rick and the less than pleasing Paka, who broke up his relationship with Jane. Readers are angry with him and so may find forgiveness difficult, but it’s important to understand that he is not happy with Paka as Nell notices: “But oddly, I did not see love as I understood it… It wasn’t a happy love. It was addled.” I have to say that boy is a mess and though he is very good at his job leading the PsyLED team, Rick’s personal life is in ruins. There are lots of arguments to be made for most of this being his own dang fault. He was a player who made some poor choices in the past, consequently, he is suffering for it so although Rick has a mate, he is far from happy: “He didn’t love Paka. But he was tied to her. Magic, I thought.” Believe me when I say my feelings for Rick’s behavior in the Jane Yellowrock books are both strident and intense. Here we get a look at the man he might have been”…before he was bitten by a wereleopard and all the joy was bled out of him.” And Nell does something to Rick that will have a lot of people standing up cheering and doing the wave. So give ol’ Ricky Bo a chance because Nell’s story is quite well done and deserves to be heard. And there is much satisfaction in Karma doing her thing to Rick La Fleur. For all his faults, he appears to be a good team leader caring about Nell and her feelings. Nell has much to learn about herself as well as the larger world. For too long she has
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I the Nell was so well written, her toughness to get by on her own, and the way she realizes that she still thinks so much like a woman in the cult. I wish Rick could be happier though, i feel sorry for him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More in this series please!!
Covegirl More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by Nell when she popped up as a side character in a Jane Yellowrock short and was excited to hear she would have her own series. Faith Hunter did not disappoint! She gave us another great story with a new lead that you want to see grow. We get insight into Nell's mind and life and get to watch it develop as she comes out of her shell. We are also hit with some new interesting characters (and a few old ones), from the start. I can't wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A terrific start to a new series, set in the same world as the authors Jane Yellowrock series. Solid and captivating world building and character development. I highly recommend!!
S_White_1218 More than 1 year ago
Blown away. You can really tell when an author has grown (plant pun!!!) when she can take characters you don't really like and make them likeable. When she can set up a spinoff in the same world as her amazing other series and make it not only stand extremely well on its own, but make it so incredible that you beg for more. Blood of the Earth literally has me begging for book two. I am so glad that Curse on the Land comes out in November, because I am in desperate need for more of this creatively original Urban Fantasy. Nell finds out some of the things she's known as truth her whole life are really lies. She finds out that the solitude she's chosen might not be the best life for her. She discovers family in so many senses of the word. She learns more about her strange powers even as they teeter vicariously on the edge of being out of control. But mostly, Nell just wows me. She's got depth, strength, courage, passion, empathy, and in just this one book, I feel like I know her. Like I want to know her. Like I'm missing out on something amazing by not really knowing her outside the pages of a book. You don't have to read Jane Yellowrock to enjoy this book. Reading this book will spoil some of the Jane Yellowrock series for you, but it's not required reading. There's enough backstory here to get you through, just enough to tempt you to read the Jane series without being so much information that you feel like you can skip them altogether. I would recommend it, as there's 10 books and a handful of short stories that help establish this world, but honestly, this is just as good a place to start as Skinwalker if you're okay with Rick's story being spoiled a little. Because honestly, Jane is kickass, Nell is kickass, and you need to read THEM ALL. This is book #101 for me for the year, and it's probably my favorite that I've read so far, and I've read some awesome books. Pick this one up. You won't be disappointed. :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Nell. I liked her determination to learn and live well and grieved with her over the loss of her dogs.
knobren More than 1 year ago
Earth magic user joins a nonhuman law-enforcement team This book is the first in a trilogy set in the world of Jane Yellowrock. It is not necessary to have read the Jane Yellowrock series to enjoy this book;however, those who have will recognize a few characters and have a greater understanding of some of the supernaturals either encountered or mentioned in this story. Those readers will have background knowledge of and opinions about the character, Rick, who leads the PSYled law enforcement team. However, the main character is Nell Ingram, a magic user and surviver of the cult she was born into. Nell encountered Jane Yellowrock in a novella called "Off the Grid". Nell gave Jane information about the cult grounds and access to them from her lands, so that Jane could rescue a vampire being held captive at the cult and also save some of the cult's children from their parents and the cult's elders. Jane recognized Nell's magical abilities and her vulnerable position living next to and being harassed by her former cult. She sent Rick and PSYled to recruit her. This story is about Nell's recruitment by Rick and integration into his mostly nonhuman team. Nell is a strong, young, female character, who is still trying to outgrow the shackles of her cult upbringing. She is magically and emotionally tied to her land. She is independent, but lonely. She misses her family, who she is largely estranged from and fears for their safety within the cult, but she is thankful that she escaped. She suffers from self-doubt, but she is working on it. She is self-educated and largely a loner, who isn't sure where she fits in. Her views of herself, her family, her beliefs, and her abilities (both normal and paranormal) are changing, and we get to tag along while that happens. There are also a series of kidnappings for the team to solve.
MzJaym More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Faith Hunter and her Jane Yellowrock series for quite some time. One of the things that keeps me coming back time and again for more is Hunter's ability to keep the story fresh with interesting new characters and unexpected, yet plausible, plot twists. We first met Nell in a short story, Off the Grid, where Nell was approached by Yellowrock to assist with a missing vampire case. Nell was reclusive and and terribly isolated, living in an old cabin in the woods, but presented a very strong, independent, yet wary personality. Although not a witch, she has a deep connection with the land and an affinity for growing things and is smart as a whip. Jane's contact with her has skewed her world, wiping away a lot of Nell's previously enjoyed anonymity with her involvement, opening up young Nell to further outside contact. This is where our story picks up. Nell is called upon by PsyLED (a federal paranormal law enforcement division) for intel about her neighbors, a religious cult, who is suspected to have ties to a radical group involved in a string of abductions. Great bit of writing and threading Nell's story together with a good detective/crime plot. I'm so glad that Nell got her own spin off series to tell her tale. She was such an intriguing character I didn't want the original short story to end! You won't be disappointed with this installment, either. It was truly a joy getting to know Nell better, learn her abilities with her as she grows and explores her potential, and delve into her past secrets that helped sculpt this remarkably complex woman.
Gail_S More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Earth is a spin-off from Faith Hunter's outstanding Jane Yellowrock series. We get to see a few old friends and definitely make new friends in this introduction. Being a long time reader of Faith's work, I was looking forward to this first book in her Soulwood Series. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Nell Ingram was introduced to us in a short story called "Off the Grid" when Jane Yellowrock needed assistance to locate a missing vampire. That story gives us a glimpse of Nell, who seems to be not only alone, but lonely. Nell has a talent for being able to 'read' the land, and the land her. Blood of the Earth is an awakening for Nell. When Rick La Fleur, from PsyLED along with a woman, Paka pull into her driveway she senses that her life is going to change. And change it does. Rick wants Nell's help in finding kidnapped girls, but the help he wants puts her right back into God's Cloud of Glory Church, a cult that she escaped. Blood of the Earth lays the groundwork for what I expect to be a long and excellent series. I cannot wait for November to get the next book in this series, Curse of the Land
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, Love, LOVE this story. No, REALLY. As a person who has lived some 18+ years in the area the story is set in, I really appreciate the way the strengths of a Country/Mountain Woman are shown in the main character. I love, also, the way the flavor and beauty of the area is shown. Nell, herself, is such a multi-layered and nuanced character. I love her grit, her heart, her intelligence. I hate that I have to wait 3 months for the sequel!!!
Michelle Motyczka More than 1 year ago
Opening up Blood of the Earth for the first time was a surprising experience. I have been so ingrained in the way that Jane Yellowrock thinks, talks, feels, and acts, that I wasn't quite prepared for Nell. At first, I was a bit worried. Would I like this character the way I like Jane? Would Nell turn out to be a bit boring? After I started to get further into the first few chapters, I realized I made a terrible mistake: I should've had more faith in Faith. There's no way she would let her readers down, and BOTE was fantastic. Though the focus was a bit different, Faith masterfully brought together real-world issues together with the world of the supernatural. Nell comes from a lifetime of being raised as a second-class citizen. Growing up as a member of a cult, particularly one that does not discourage polygamy, has left scars on her psyche and self esteem. Surviving her own personal traumas has brought Nell to the place where we first meet her: She's living alone in the home that she shared with her deceased husband and sister-wife. Though her life wasn't too peaceful (the cult does not like women who defect and lead their own lives), her life had a comfortable routine. In Faith's short, "Off the Grid", Jane shakes Nell's world around, exposing her to an unknown side of the supernatural and catalyzing change. Nell, who has a supernatural bond with the Earth, has never exactly been "normal". However, as she gets involved with PsyLed, and a Ricky Bo (who Janie fans will recognize), she is thrown back into the cult-world she tried to leave behind and finds herself forced to learn more about her own non-human nature and who she can become. Nell is someone that readers will be drawn to; her frame of reference for the world is so different from many of our own (she's never had pizza until she meets the PsyLed crew, that it is so intriguing to see how she processes the behaviors and feelings of those around her. She is forced to grow with all of this new information, and she begins to find a new home and place in the world with potential to grow with PsyLed. Along with Nell, whose deduction and stubbornness will win you over, Faith has created a supporting cast of characters that you can't help but love. Empaths, humans, were-leopards, were-jaguars and more are waiting in BOTE. Each character has a distinct flavor and personality that make you wish they were real so you could just sit down and talk. Faith fans will not be disappointed; the best part is, book 2 is out in November, so there's barely any time to wait for your next dose of Soulwood.
MJLuckett More than 1 year ago
I'm a HUGE Faith Hunter and Jane Yellowrock fan.... I expected to like this book.... didn't really expect to LOVE it.... But I do LOVE it!! Never liked Ricky Bo much still am not crazy about him.... but I don't loath him.. he seems to truly care about his team and Nell. I was very happy to meet the new PsyLED employees... I really like them.... especially Occam..... I see great things for him in the future books. Yummy is hysterical.... Loved how Nell reconnects with her family, and gets lots of questions answered.... Another HUGE hit for Faith Hunter.....
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
I savored each and every word of this book. I love the Jane Yellowrock series and this series will be just as wonderful. We were introduced to Nell in a short story last year. She and her team have more than lived up to all of my hopes for this series. There are a couple of characters that we know from Jane Yellowrock. I will say that I enjoyed learning more about them. I loved that although this takes place in the Yellowrock world, it was different, Faith Hunter explored the life that may exist for some religious cults. I loved the twists and turns, and finally finding out who was at the bottom of the trouble in this book. I also really loved finding out more about Nell and I will look as forward to more of her life as I do Jane Yellowrock's. I can't wait for the next book.
BCTM More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Earth is simply amazing! The plot grabs you from the beginning, and doesn't let go! Nell is a strong woman who is full of sass, and has to overcome her past in order to help do what's right. It was very well written, and the plot twists flowed together. And for the Jane Yellowrock readers, Ricky Bo gets some very nice karmic payback! Faith Hunter did a wonderful job, and I can't wait to read book 2!
InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
What a great new series start for Faith Hunter and Nell Ingram! Though set in the same world, it is somewhat different than Jane Yellowrock and fascinating in its own right. I’m very excited about the Soulwood series! What drew me to this book: I adore the Jane Yellowrock novels by Faith Hunter. So of course I’m going to read a new series set in Jane’s world.:) What kept me reading: Faith Hunter’s writing and storytelling are top-shelf. The story and characters made for fantastic entertainment. In addition to that, there were some things in this novel that were intriguing to think about. First, Nell is raised in what seems to be a paranoid, survivalist, polygamist, Sovereign Citizen movement, religious “cult.” My brain labels that as “bad.” However, Hunter goes to some length to show the reader what can be appealing about these groups–at least the family and community aspect of them. I can’t say as I’ve ever considered the sense of extended family and community that could exist in these groups in a positive light before. I was surprised that Hunter took this approach, and it made me think about these groups a little differently. Second, Nell is forced to look at the beliefs and experiences of her childhood in a whole new way, reevaluating them in light of new information. We can be radically shaken to realize that the truth of our existence, those experiences that shaped who we are, may be based on false perception. It takes a lot of courage to be open to considering that our perceptions may be wrong and to realign our life in light of new information. On a different note, I found it hard to remember that Nell is only 23 in the book. She’s had a lot of life experience by the time we meet her, being married at 15 and widowed early. She owns a house and weapons, and knows how to use them. She’s solitary and curmudgeonly. All these things make me forget that she’s actually very young and even more inexperienced because of her upbringing. I had to keep reminding myself of her age. Why I recommend it: Though I’ve only read her Jane Yellowrock series, I feel that it goes without saying that Hunter delivers quality writing and entertainment. I’m not surprised to find that this new series is really good. Fans of the Yellowrock world will certainly love it—we get to see Rick LaFleur squirm, after all—but you don’t have to be a Yellowrock fan to love this new series. The world- and character-building, the mystery, and the magic are all beautifully done. I am certainly looking forward to more adventures with Nell.
Windi_Henri More than 1 year ago
What a fascinating new series ... Soulwood ... Nell's home. LOVE IT. Another success! Faith Hunter has begun The Soulwood Series with her usual flair for presenting very real characters with personal issues that they continue to discover and internalize, transforming themselves and discovering more about themselves throughout the story. I dearly love Nell, the heroine, and I enjoyed her interaction with PsyLED and Ricky-Bo LaFleur crossing over from Hunter's Jane Yellowrock Skinwalker series. Rick is still the character of whom I wasn't very fond, but even he appears to have grown under Nell's influence and straightforward outspokenness. We revisted a cultish church in which Nell was raised, and the ending of the story ... reunion ... left me thinking, "What, Faith???!!! It ends HERE????" That thought and the feelings accompanying it are an indication that I MUST reread the novel immediately to discover what subtleties I missed (with every one of her Skinwalker and Rogue Mage series, I always discover subtle details that enhance the story when I read it a second time).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood of the Earth is right up there with the best of the Jane Yellowrock series. Bell is an intriguing character with and interesting story. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the follow up book in November.
bookaddictHW More than 1 year ago
Nell escaped a cult like polygamist church when she refused marriage at 12 yrs old. Taken in by the Ingrams, she stays with the couple, and marries Old John when she becomes of age after Leah dies. Nell has earth power, and it generates from the land she inherited from John. The church wants her land, and for her to return to the church and marry one of theirs. Jane Yellowrock spin off, the paranormal division recruits her to search for missing girls. Evil lurks in the church congregation, paranormal hater group is involved. Her powers are growing stronger, and she doesn't know what type of paranormal she is. Excellent worldbuilding, fast paced unique storyline. Vampires, shifters, spooky magic.
Gypsywych More than 1 year ago
Old world, new series, some familiar characters, some new ones & a bit of karma thrown together with something special. Here comes Nell. She's not kickass Jane. She doesn't need to be. She's something different. She's my new BFFF (book best friend forever). I loved every word of this book and I can not wait for the next.
mlharg More than 1 year ago
This new series from Faith Hunter is awesome - and a spinoff from her Skinwalker series, so some of the characters are familiar. The main character, Nell, is a strong woman with great affinity for the earth, has issues with the leaders of the misogynistic cult she was raised in, and gets tangled up in helping solve kidnappings involving non- and part-human investigations. A great read that I hated to have end - I'm already looking forward to the next book.
raesv1 More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fan of the Jane Yellowrock series, it's one of my all time favorite series so that's when I first became interested in Nell, the main character in this book. She was introduced in a Jane Yellowrock story as a survivor of a cult who lived off the grid in the hills of Tennessee. I live in East Tennessee so this made me even more interested in Nell's story. Faith Hunter has never disappointed me in a book and she certainly didn't disappoint with this one. I enjoyed getting to know Nell, where she came from, her life with her family, and her struggles to survive in and out of the cult. When Rick, a character from Jane Yellowrock shows up asking Nell for help with a case he's working on Nell sees a way to better herself, make some much needed money, and help people at the same time. Nell has to to learn to trust the power that she has, her connection to the land. She also has to learn to trust people again and learn to work with them. I never liked Rick in the Yellowrock series, he was a player, and at times used people to get what he wanted no matter how much it hurt people he said he cared about. I never wanted him with Jane and was glad when he left. In this book I still don't like him or his girlfriend Paka but I got over some of the dislike after they ended up helping Nell. The book was full of action, and had a good storyline and I grew to really like Nell and her coworkers/team members. Nell is somebody that you'd just love to be friends with and that's how you feel at the end, like you just made a new friend. I received an ARC through Netgalley for an honest review.