Curse on the Land

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5 out of 5 stars
By The Mays on 13-11-16


I love Faith Hunter's writing. The way she can weave something from a book years ago in the Jane Yellowrock series into this story so brilliantly.
As always Khristine Hvam's narration is absolutely beautifully done.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Teri on 02-11-16

Another winner from the fantastic Faith Hunter!

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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 Soulwood 3.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Susan Mahoney on 04-04-17

Great Story!

I really like Faith Hunter's books. This is a fascinating story line. I love the fact that the main character is discovering herself as we discover who she is. The reader does a great job, even though I am not a fan of her strong southern accent.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By PlantCrone on 31-12-16

Enjoying this new series a lot

Set in the same dimension as Jane Yellowrock's series, "Soulwood" is a great addition to Hunters oeuvre.

Narrated by the amazing Khristine Hvan-a woman of many voices-, Soulwood has many new to us characters as well as some familiar ones--wonder where Rick is? He's moved to Soulwood for now.

As a series, do read the first book before this one-the back story is horrible to imagine but important.

I like this better than I did book 11 of the Yellowrock series..More character development sooner than in Janes world. Or maybe Hunter is refining her writing?

Series recommended highly for urban fantasy lovers.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By susan on 06-11-16

love all the new characters.. Team 18 rocks

team 18 comes together and solves the mystery with Nell and her special gift. RickyBo still breaks my heart, cant wait for Jane to kick Pacas fury behind

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5 out of 5 stars
By B Hurst on 05-12-16

Another great book from Faith Hunter

A very enjoyable performance of great book from the creative mind of Faith Hunter. It is a pleasure to immerse myself in the world of vampires, shape shifters and other beings. Especially when the story is brought to life by Khristine Hvam.

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