Curse on the Land

Curse on the Land

Book - 2016
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Penguin Putnam
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....

Baker & Taylor
Returning home to her woods after PsyLED academy training, Nell Ingram begins feeling sick, along with countless others, and it is up to her and her team to stop an entity that feeds on death itself from claiming even more lives. By the New York Times best-selling author of Blood of the Earth. Original.

Publisher: New York : Roc, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451473325
0451473329
Branch Call Number: HUN
813.6000
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 18 cm

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LauraSteinert
Nov 18, 2019

Another brilliant supernat story by Hunter. Again, a good one for teens--although at 340 pages, it is a substantial read--but wonderful for any adult who likes magical beings. I found it nearly impossible to put down, and the characters grow and evolve in wonderful ways that kept the story exciting.

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ldusername
Aug 29, 2019

Terrible.
In 4 weeks a sheltered uneducated farmer can become a special agent and caught up on pop culture?! Every challenge, magic ones in particular, is contrived since she can’t possibly be near death yet somehow attempt the same thing but then suddenly succeed.
The last battle was confusing and contrived again.
Her relationship with her coworkers is unreal (whether she likes or suddenly dislikes them). Same with her family.

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fabglo
Dec 20, 2016

Faith Hunter is an excellent story teller. Not relying on sex, or shock to keep you interested one of the best authors I've enjoyed. Great series, enjoy it immensely.

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terilee
Nov 08, 2016

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.

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