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Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #2
Published by Roc on November 1, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Before Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she had no one to rely on, finding strength only in 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 presents 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...
The Soulwood series is a spin-off series from the Jane Yellowrock series by (the awesome) Faith Hunter. It may not be necessary to read Jane to read Nell but why wouldn’t you? They are both excellent stories. The introduction to Nell is in a short story Off the Grid and then the first in the series is Blood of the Earth which I reviewed here.
Curse on the Land had three things I wanted and needed. First, it had Soul, who I missed in the first book. Second, it had more depth and development of what is going on with Rick LaFleur. I really enjoyed both these tremendously. It gave more insight into PsyLED. Ricky Bo has some major events. Character development makes for amazing books and this happened. We learn more about the whole team.
Third, I was eager to see how Nell grew and developed into a regular member of the PsyLED team. Nell went to spook school and gets her first case. The case is suited to her individual talents. Nell builds her relationship and works with different members of the unit. She surprises me with how she takes off on her own agenda, and scares me. With her upbringing, I expected her to work more easily with a group and follow orders better. I understand she is independent now which is fine for her personal life choices. BUT this is her work team and her decisions affect them all.
This is a unique world all its own and there is much more for us to learn about the people and the world. It’s wonderful to see Nell able to interact and even work with her family now. I’m excited to go on with Nell and her team.
Q – What pulled you toward the subject of fringe religious groups for this series? Was there some “trigger point” that sent you in that direction?
Q – Does Nell get to talk to her Maw Maw and family, the women who yinehi, like her and mud? Is Nell still like them or is she changing again into something even more different?
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