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Monday, October 31, 2016

Book Review: Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (Spoiler-free) + giveaway

Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2)
by Faith Hunter
November 1st 2016 by Roc
352 pages
Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Timesbestselling 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.

Book two picks up after Nell has finished Spook School. She's just gotten home when the team is put on a case that could have dire consequences for the paranormal community's fragile relationship with humans. Nell also has her own problems in her land. The dark presence from book one is still there, but something else has started to grow. And if that wasn't enough crazy for the gang...the full moon is here and half their team will be going furry, including their leader Rick who has he own set of problems.

There is so much—plot-wise— going on in this book. I'm amazed Hunter could keep it all straight! The paranormal mystery Nell and friends need to solve is full of twists and proof Hunter's imagination is a scary place indeed. Nell and the reader learn more about her powers and that of her land. I can't talk about the plot because...spoilers!

This isn't an easy read. You have to pay attention to keep up, there is a lot going on and skimming any part might leave you lost. If you prefer books more like a hearty beef stew than a salad then you will enjoy this.

There is some fun humor too:
"Gear up how?" T. Laine asked.
"As in weapons and unis and the psy-meter 2.0. As in any magical tricks, trinkets and magic wand. Take a frigging Quidditch broom if you got one. Soul says someone is flying."

"What happened to the bulldozer?" I asked.
"We think the tree ate it."

4.5 "slime" Sheep


About the Author:
Faith Hunter, fantasy writer, was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. She writes three Urban Fantasy series: the Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires. The Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. And the Rogue Mage novels, a dark, urban, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. (There is a role playing game based on the series, ROGUE MAGE.)

Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 30+ books in print in 29 countries.

Hunter writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their rescued Pomeranians to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.


  1. Got this pre ordered and can't wait to get it.

  2. pre-ordered and day of PTO to read it

  3. Want to hear Khristine Hvam's voicing this now!

  4. It is so nice to hear someone else plans release day, up to a vacation day, for a new book. And am positively drooling to read the Rick drama in the midst of Nellis blooming.

  5. So can't wait to start this one. I really enjoy Faith Hunter's book.