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Curse on the Land

Soulwood, Book 2
Written by: Faith Hunter
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 14 hrs
5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Set in the same world as Faith Hunter's New York Times best-selling 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.

©2016 Faith Hunter (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • The Mays
  • 2016-11-13

Wow!

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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Teri
  • 2016-11-02

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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  • LHF
  • 2017-07-19

Not the depth of character in Ms. Hunter's Jane Ye

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I read the first two books in this series because I enjoyed the Jane Yellowrock books and was hoping for a spin-off series I would enjoy equally as much but the Soulwood books didn't measure up for me. I felt the characters lacked depth and the heroine herself comes across as annoyingly whiny (sorry).

What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Although Khristine Hvam reads the book well and voices the characters as the writing seems to have been intended they be read not even her talents could save this story for me. I am rarely unable to finish listening to a book but this one truly tested that practice and only Khristine Hvam's abilities helped me make it to the end.

Could you see Curse on the Land being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Casting someone like Eliza Dushku as Nell would add a bit of an edge and strength to the character if the series ever made to it to the screen.

Any additional comments?

Regardless of m own opinion of this novel I encourage everyone to take a chance if you're a Faith Hunter fan, opinions are very personal and you may feel this is the best book you've ever listened to so go with your gut on this one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-07-13

review<br />not quite as good as book 1 but better than

not quite as good as book one, but better than most of the books of this type.

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  • Humility
  • 2018-06-16

A dozen hours of flowery tension building.

The book is just hour aftee hour after hour of flowery spoken tension building without any relief. With most lines existing just to pad and drag things. Not my cup of tea. Exemplifying what I found unpalatable about the book is its climax.

The author tossed in the expected complication, the two spells they were trying to divide had merged into one single spell! There was nothing to break apart! Oh no! How will this problem be overcome? Cleverness? Some kind of last minute remembered clue? Would soulwood rush in like the cavalry to save the day? Deux ex machina maybe?

Nope. They just kept doing what they were already doing and it worked. No change needed, but now they were more tired then otherwise.

So that entire complication existed for no other reason then to pad out a few more paragraphs worth of tension building.

That pretty much sums up the entire book. Huge amounts of flowery detail. Very little substance. The author should write political speeches.

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  • carol
  • 2017-02-07

too many initials

The book just feels like it's bragging then telling a story. Letting me know the initials of all these different branches of government and a lot more filler contact I guess to make the book longer.

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  • Kim
  • 2017-01-23

Great story

The only thing that was not satisfactory was that there was way too much verbiage about investigative procedure and protocol. It felt like it was done as a filler.

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  • Will
  • 2017-01-05

love the story, but

There are a few to many repeats. Starts to make you feel like the author is testing your intelligence. Still awesome story and concept

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  • lisa
  • 2016-11-08

Really..... toxic mold... nazis..... witches. How completely ridiculous!

I really struggled to get through the book.I have enjoyed previous faith hunter novels but not this one. If toxic mold and crazy witches is the best she can do, then the Soulwood series is not for me.

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  • Jana
  • 2018-07-26

Did Faith Hunter really write this?!

I have several issues with this book. First, the narration was AWFUL. There wasn’t infliction between the characters at times, so it was hard to follow. I thought it was my device, so I downloaded it again, but to no avail it skipped horribly at times.

Faith Hunter is one of my favorite authors. I absolutely love the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series. I kept listening hoping that the storyline was building and just wading through details of the story, but it never happened— Worst. Listen. Ever.

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