Review: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter (@jessicadhaluska, @HunterFaith, @AceRocBooks)

Posted March 15, 2017 by Jessica in Jessica, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 10 Comments

Review: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter (@jessicadhaluska, @HunterFaith, @AceRocBooks)
Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter
Series: Soulwood #2
Published by Roc
Published on: November 1 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 349
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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 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...

When I found out that Faith Hunter, author of beloved JANE YELLOWROCK series, was writing a new urban fantasy series about fae in my backyard (Oak Ridge, TN), I whooped.

Literally. Out loud. At a convention. It was kind of embarrassing.

*whispers* I got over it.

And after the awesomeness that was this second installment, I even feel justified. Not that I’m surprised. B/c Faith Hunter.

BUT.

If you’re familiar with my reviews of the aforementioned JANE YELLOWROCK series, you know my one reservation was that Rick Lafleur (the slimeball) is a significant character in this spin-off from Jane’s world.

I loathe him. LOATHE. L-O-A-T-H-E.

I’m not sure, but he might even be the inspiration behind the creation of my hate-loathe-despise-and-abominate shelf on Goodreads.

But we were told that Rick doesn’t get off unscathed, doesn’t get to skip off into the sunset and live happily ever after, after he didthething (which elicited another vocal response, this time of RAGE—an author who can provoke such visceral responses speaks for herself, doesn’t she?), and in CURSE ON THE LAND we finally see that promise come to fruition.

*is gleeful* *maybe even smirks*

And do I feel sorry for him in the aftermath? That would be a resounding NO. View Spoiler »

Moving on from my Rick rant, SOULWOOD #2 has much more to offer than resolution to long harbored resentment of a member of Nell’s supporting cast.

You: Like what?

Me: Things like Old Ones slumbering deep in the earth.

You: Old Ones?

Me: Ancient and powerful entities best left undisturbed . . .

Which of course is going to take some doing from Nell and her PsyLED cohorts.

Are they successful?

READ THE BOOK. *winks*

And that’s not all. There’s also Knoxville turning into an alien landscape of black slime mold and scary flowering outgrowths, revived Nazi plots, corporate espionage, escalation of individual’s superpowers and the resulting abuse, lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

So, I repeat, READ THE BOOK. Highly recommended.

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.

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10 responses to “Review: Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter (@jessicadhaluska, @HunterFaith, @AceRocBooks)

  1. You know I hate to admit this but I listened to the first Jane Yellowrock a few months back and I wasn’t a huge fan, I just knew I would be, but I think it was the choppy sentences of the animal in her that didn’t do well on audio for me. It drew me out of the story and my mind wondered. 🙁 Maybe I need to try the next one in print and not audio….is this series a spin off or completely different?
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